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60+ bikes delivered to Franklin
Chronicle Correspondent

On Dec. 24, an unlikely
batch of Santa Clauses drove
from Tallahassee to deliver holi-
day cheer to over 60 Franklin
County children.
Chosen by school and
church personnel, social work-
ers, or personal friends of the
families, the children were the
happy recipients of shiny new
bicycles, appropriate for their
ages and heights.
The great gifting was made
possible by -the cooperation
between "Cops for Kids," an
organization of volunteer -law-
enforcement personnel that rais-
es funds or goods and gives the
proceeds to charitable efforts
around the nation, and. "The
Christmas Connection" a branch
of which is operated in Tallahas-
see by A.J. Smith,, a retired law
enforcement chief and govern-
ment consultant.
Arriving about 9 a.m. in
Carrabelle, the volunteers, four
members of the Grayson family
from Apalachicola, proceeded to
sort the bikes out by child and
community. Wheeling a p.ert
pink ride off a trailer, 10-year-old
Alyssa commented, "This is a

The Grayson family and others deliver bikes in Carrabelle. .-. .-

good gift. I think I might get one
for Christmas."
Mark Grayson, who is a fire-
man with the Apalachicola

Volunteer Fire Department; and
wife Robin have been doing this
happy duty for five years.

"It's always a good time
with the kids," he said, "deliver-
ing presents on Christmas Eve."

Homes, businesses awarded for decorating

Chronicle Correspondent
The Carrabelle Area's Cha-
mber of Commerce 2007 Home
and Business Decorating Con-
test yielded quite a few ingen-
ious, well-lit efforts that gave the
judges a fun evening of riding
around the town and into the
outskirts to view them all.
From Lanark Village to
Lighthouse Estates and Carra-
belle Beach, the "judgemobile"
made the rounds last Wednesday

evening, and made the difficult
decisions. One of the judges
remarked, "As usual, many more
homes would have been under
consideration if they had been
entered. We hope everyone
remembers that next year. We
passed over several potential
winners. It was a unanimous
choice for number one; the rest,
the judges couldn't agree on, it
came down to a majority vote."
Here are the results:

* 1st Place: Marc Beson, 602 W.
First St, $100
* 2nd Place: Charles Stevens,
2199 Kentucky Ave., Lanark
Village, $50
* 3rd Place: Fred and Mandy
Jetton, 731 Three Rivers Road,
* Honorable Mention: Carolyn
Sparks and Georgia Russell,
1925 Jonna Drive, Lighthouse
Estates; Rob & Debbie Wohlert,
208 Marks Street; Nelson and
Alisha Woods, 1109 NE 5th St.

"Brilliance in Decorating"
Award, City of Carrabelle
* 1st Place: Carrabelle Palms RV
Park & Store
* 2nd Place: Gulf State
Community Bank
* 3rd.Place: Coastal Community
* Honorable Mention: Walkstreet,
Kickstone & Newman Books.
There is no cash award for
the commercial entries. "We give
Continued on Page 2





Federal funding of $332,000
has been appropriated for post-
harvest oyster treatment (PHT)
research at the University of
Florida, according to Congress-
man Allen Boyd (D-North
Florida), a member of the House
Appropriations Committee.
The funding was included in
the Omnibus Appropriations bill
for Fiscal Year 2008, which com-
bined spending for 11 of the 12
appropriations bills into one
large bill. The Omnibus Appro-
priations bill passed in both the
House of Representatives and
the Senate, and the President is
expected to sign this bill into law.
"The PHT research being
conducted at the University of
Florida is so important to the
oyster industry and to Franklin.
County, and we must continue to
work towards a national stan-
dard for PHT," said Congress-
man Boyd. "I am proud to have
secured funding for this effort,
and I will continue to do all I can
to provide the oyster industry
with the resources it needs to
Currently, there is no nation-
al standard for the post harvest
treatment of oysters to prevent
Vibrio Vulnificus. The Univer-
'Sity of Florida will use this fund-
ing to develop a new process to
reduce the rate of Vibrio and
other bacteria in raw oysters
through the evaluation and prac-
tical application of the different
PHT methods, including pas-
teurization, pressurization, irra-
diation, and cryogenics, to help
reduce health risks in oyster pro-
cessing plants and improve shell-
fish safety for consumers.

A typographical error last
week resulted in an incorrect
quote in the article about the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District meeting. Carrabelle City
Commissioner Richard Sands
actually said, "This is just a stall
factic." The original article mis-
takenly stated "staff tactic."

Same old manatee...but a brand new tag

The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commis-sion
has unveiled the new design for
the Florida manatee license
"This is an exciting day for
the FWC and the Florida mana-
tee," FWC Regional Director
Greg Holder said. "With the
sales from this plate, we hope to
generate revenues that will sus-
tain valuable manatee research
and conservation for years to
The new manatee plate fea-
tures the work of Nancy Blauers,
Margaritaville Merchandising
Senior Artist. Blauers designs

products depicting "the Margar-
itaville lifestyle" for Margarita-
ville stores.
Patrick Rose, executive
director of the Save the Manatee
Club, said, "The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's research and
species management staffs are
among the most .committed and
capable in the world. I urge all
Floridians to support them by
purchasing the newly designed
manatee tag so these dedicated
and caring individuals can be
given the tools necessary to save
the manatees and their aquatic
habitats from the ever-increasing

threats manatees must face as
Florida's human population con-
tinues to grow."
Proceeds from the sale of
the plate are a major source of
funding for Florida's manatee
research and conservation. The
state's manatee programs also
receive money from the sale of
manatee decals, boat registration
fees and donations.
To purchase the new mana-
tee plate, visit your local tax col-
lector's office or log on to As a uni-
que gift idea, manatee plate gift
certificates are available at any
authorized tax collector's office.

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The updated manatee tag was recently unveiled.

Page 2 December 28, 2007


The Franklin Chronicle

State council identifies environmental

projects, including local rivers
Florida's Acquisition and ing and protecting our state's an approximately 1-acre burial
Restoration Council (ARC) has beautiful environment." mound in Manatee County. Thi
voted to focus Florida Forever ARC voted to add three new project will preserve a significar
funding on 21 priority projects, projects to the Florida Forever archeological site and provide
including the Apalachicola "A" list, which allows the State resource educational opportun
River, Ochlockonee River Con- to pay up to 100 percent of ties.
servation Area, St. Joe Timber- appraised value for the proper- Acquisition and Restoratio
land and Wakulla Springs Pro- ties. These additions will go Council members represent th
tection Zone. before the Governor and Cabinet Florida Department of Enviror
Others on the list are: for consideration in the coming mental Protection, Florid
Florida Keys Ecosystem, Lake weeks. The three new projects Department of Agriculture an
Wales Ridge Ecosystem, Wekiva- include: Consumer Services' Division c
Ocala Greenway, Adams Ranch, Crossbar/Al Bar Ranch Forestry, Florida Fish an
Upper St. Marks.River Corridor, (Pasco County): This 12,440- Wildlife Conservation Commis
Bombing Range Ridge, Caber acre project in Pasco County sion, Florida Department c
Coastal Connector Tract, protects a number of natural State's Division of Histori
Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem communities, including sandhill, Resources, Florida Departmer
Watershed, Escribano Point hammock and scrubby flat- of Community Affairs and fou
Florida's First Magnitude woods. Gopher tortoises and members appointed by the gov
Springs, St. Johns River Blue- several active burrows were ernor. The nine-member council
way, Clear Creek/Whiting Field, observed in the area. an advisory council to the gove:
Estero Bay, Indian River Lagoon Myakka Ranchlands nor and Cabinet, is responsible
Blueway, Myakka Ranchlands, (Sarasota County): The Myakka for the evaluation, selection an
Northeast Florida Blueway and Ranchlands Florida Forever pro- ranking of state land acquisition
Northeast Florida Timberlands posal is approximately 18,739 projects.
and Watershed Reserve. acres that protect a contiguous The 10-year, $3 billion
"The Council's vote is a sig- system of state, federal, county Florida Forever program estal
nificant step in our progress with and non-profit conservation lished by the Florida Legislatur
the largest program of its kind in lands in Southwest Florida. This in 1999 conserves environmer
the United States, protecting project would add to the approx- tally sensitive land, restores an
more than 2.3 million acres of imately 121,000 acres of land protects waterways and drinking
land in perpetuity," said DEP currently under protection for water supplies, preserves import
Secretary Michael W. Sole. "The the Myakka River and Charlotte tant cultural and historic
Florida Forever program and its Harbor Estuary. resources, and provides outdoc
predecessor programs have been Pillsbury Mound (Mana- recreation opportunities such a
extremely successful in preserv- tee County): Pillsbury Mound is hiking, hunting and nature stud'




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lows in the
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the mid 60s
and lows in
the low 40s.

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Florida At A Glance



Privacy issues, ID theft top concerns

for online shoppers this season

A new Better Business
Bureau (BBB) survey conducted
by Kelton Research finds that 60
percent of American adult
online shoppers are worried
about their personal information
being sold or reused when asked
what has ever made them hesi-
tant about completing a transac-
tion online. Nearly the same
amount (59 percent), admit
they've had anxiety about their
credit card information being
Despite concerns, con-
sumers are increasingly turning
to the convenience of online
shopping during the holiday sea-
son. In a recent 2007 holiday
spending forecast, Forrester
Research, Inc. estimated online
shoppers would increase season-
al spending nearly 20 percent, to
$33 billion, this year.
"Even though increasingly shoppers have con-
fidence in making online pur-
chases, basic trust in business
issues such as privacy and ID
theft are clearly still top concerns
for many consumers," said
Norman Wright, President/
CEO of the BBB serving
Northwest Florida. "Survey re-
sults show that fears over the use
and safety of personal informa-
tion including credit card num-
bers, telephone numbers,- and
home and e-mail addresses are
the main reasons online shop-
pers second-guess their decisions'
when making online purchases."
BBB offers the following
advice to help make your online
shopping safe and easy:
1. Protect your computer:
Update your computer system
with the latest spam filters, anti-

Decoratingfrom Page 1

the business awards to thank
them for brightening the commu-
nity," said a Chamber member.
Each winner will receive a

virus and anti-spyware software,
and a secure firewall.
2. Use trustworthy Web
sites: Always start with BBB to
check on the seller's reputation
and record for customer satisfac-
tion. Look for a "trustmark"
from BBBOnLine and click on
that seal to confirm that it's
3. Protect your personal
information: Read the site's pri-
vacy policy to understand what
personal information is being
requested and how it will
be used. If there isn't one posted,
consider that a warning that your
personal information may be
sold to others without your per-
4. Trust your gut: Offers on
Web sites and in unsolicited e-
mails can often sound too good
to be true. Always go with your
instincts and don't be afraid to
pass up a "deal" because it might
cost you in the end.
5. Beware of phishing:
Legitimate businesses do not
send e-mails claiming problems
with an order or an account to
lure the "buyer" into revealing
financial information. Pick up
the phone and call the contact
number on the Web site where.
you made the purchase to ask if
there was a problem with your
6. Confirm your online pur-
chase is secure: Look in the
address box for the "s" in
https:// and in the lower-right
corner for the "lock" symbol
before paying. If you have
doubts about a site, right-click
anywhere on the page and select
"Properties." This will let you
see the real URL (Web site

certificate of achievement and
participation froit the Chamber,
which sends out thanks to all the
businesses who contributed to
making Carrabelle a glowing
holiday community, including:

address) and the dialog box will
reveal if the site is not encrypted.
.7. Pay with a credit card:
It's best to use a credit card
because under federal law you
can dispute the charges if you
don't get what you were prom-
ised. You also have dispute rights
if there are unauthorized charges
on your credit card, and many
card issuers have "zero liability"
policies under which you pay
nothing if someone steals your
credit card number and uses it.
8. Keep documentation of
your order: When you've com-
pleted the online order process,
there may be a final confirma-
tion page or you might receive
confirmation by email-don't
delete these, save them!
9. Check your credit card
statement often: Don't wait for
a paper statement; check your
credit card statements for suspi-
cious activity by either calling
the credit card company or by
checking your statement online.
10. Know your rights:
Federal law requires that orders
made by mail, phone or online
be shipped by the date promised
or, if no delivery time was stated,
within 30 days. If the goods
aren't shipped on time, you can
cancel and demand a refund.
There is no general three-day
cancellation right, but you do
have the right to reject merchan-
dise if it's defective or was
misrepresented. Otherwise, it's
the company's policies that
determine if you can cancel the
purchase and whether you can
get a refund or credit.

Harry's Bar, Wicked Willie's and
Riverview Restaurant, Carra-
belle Entertainment, Carrabelle
Junction, Amy's Cakes, Two
Gulls, Coastal Gems and Sandy
Beach Properties.

Area Cities P"

Clearwater 82
Crestview 77
Daytona Beach' 80
Fort Lauderdale 82
Fort Myers 85
Gainesville 82
Hollywood 82
Jacksonville 75
Key West 80
Lady Lake 84
Lake City 79
Madison 80
Melbourne 82
Miami 80
N Smyrna Beach 81

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Ocala 84
Orlando 83
Panama City 75
Pensacola 73
Plant City 87
Pompano Beach 83
Port Charlotte 85
Saint Augustine 77
Saint Petersburg 78
Sarasota 81
Tallahassee 77
Tampa 83
Titusville 82
Venice 83
WPalm Beach 81

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St. Louis
Washington, DC

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The origin of a New Year's tradition

"Auld Lang Syne" is an old
Scottish song that was first pub-
lished by the poet Robert Burns
in the 1796 edition of the book,
Scots Musical Museum. Burns
transcribed it (and made some
refinements to the lyrics) after he
heard it sung by an old man from
the Ayrshire area of Scotland,
Burns's homeland.
It is often remarked that
"Auld Lang Syne" is one of the
most popular songs that nobody
knows the lyrics to. "Auld Lang
Syne" literally translates as "old
long since" and means "times
gone by." The song asks whether
old friends and times will be for-
gotten and promises to remem-
ber people of the past with fond-
ness, "For auld lang syne, we'll
tak a cup o' kindness yet."
The lesser known verses
continue this theme, lamenting
how friends who once used to
"run about the braes,/And pou'd
the gowans fine" (run about the
hills and pulled up the daisies)
and "paidl'd in the burn/Frae
morning sun till dine" (paddled
in the stream from morning to


By Laurel Newman

dusk) have become divided by
time and distance-"seas between
us braid hae roar'd" (broad seas
have roared between us). Yet
there is always time for old
friends to get together-if not in
person then in memory-and
"tak a right guid-willie waught"
(a good-will drink).
But it was bandleader Guy
Lombardo, and not Robert
Burns, who popularized the song
and turned it into a New Year's
tradition. Lombardo first heard
"Auld Lang Syne" in his home-
town of London, Ontario, where
it was sung by Scottish immi-

grants. When he and his.brothers
formed the famous dance band,
Guy Lombardo and His Royal
Canadians, the song became one
of their standards. Lombardo
played the song at midnight at a
New Year's Eve party at the
Roosevelt Hotel in New York
City in 1929, and a tradition was
born. After that, Lombardo's
version of the song was played
every New Year's Eve from the
1930s until 1976 at the Waldorf
You might hear a version of
the song in Franklin County at
one of the traditional New
Year's Eve parties around town.
On Tuesday, Dec. 24, Harry's
Lounge in Carrabelle threw a
holiday feast in their courtyard,
open to all. They will be doing it
again on Dec. 31, for New Year's
Eve. You're invited to bring your
special dish, or just bring your
appetite and good cheer! 6 p.m.
...and don't forget your des-
ignated driver.

Following are excerpts and
highlights of the Nov. 6 Franklin
County Commission meeting,
based on official county minutes:
Doris Gibbs, Supervisor of
Elections, asked for County
Commission authorization to
move a voting site from the
Emergency Operations Center
located at the Apalachicola
Airport to the Legion Hall
Building off of U.S. 98. Motion
by Commissioner Cheryl Sand-
ers to move the voting site from
the EOC building to the Legion
Hall building passed 5-0.
Jimmy Harris, Tax Collec-
tor, asked for board action to
remove hospital taxes from the
tax roll for 2007 and for future
years until otherwise notified by
the Board. A motion by Com-
missioner Bevin Putnal to
remove the hospital taxes from
the tax roll for the year 2007 and
future years until further notice
carried 5-0.
Hubert Chipman, Superin-
tendent of Public Works, stated
that the dry weather is causing
problems with dusty roads and
has resulted in him changing the
duties of some of the Road
Department staff until further
notice. He discussed a situation
where someone is willfully
destroying a dirt road at one of
the boat ramps. Commissioner
Sanders asked him to work with
Division of Forestry with main-
taining McIntyre Road as they
start a project in Tate's Hell.
Commissioner Sanders stated
that she has received complaints
from residents regarding some of
the Road Department staff
members "standing around"
during working hours. She asked
him to provide after hour emer-
gency contact numbers for the
Road Department for all of the
commissioners in case of emer-
Van Johnson, Solid Waste
Director, said the waste disposal
agreement between Waste
Management and the County is
set to expire on March 25, 2008.
This agreement allows Waste
Management to operate the
transfer station at the landfill to
transport solid waste out of the
county for disposal. The Board
executed the initial five-year
agreement on March 26, 1998
and renewed it for another five
years on December 17, 2002. He
asked if the Board wants to
renew with Waste Management
for an additional five years or
instruct staff to prepare a
Request for Proposals? A motion
by Commissioner Sanders to
authorize Johnson to advertise
for Requests for Proposals to
operate the transfer station at the
landfill carried 5-0.
Dan Rothwell, County
Engineer, said the Airport
Access Road contract was com-
pleted on Sept. 8. The grassing is
not complete and final payment
will be withheld for a portion of
grassing. The road has been
patched four separate times by
the contractor to repair faulty
construction, or damage during
phase 2 of the paving. The
paving is complete, but rough
and uneven, though he does not
believe this should affect the
structural capacity of the pave-
ment. It is believed design engi-
neer should make recommenda-
tions if the road meets contract
construction specifications for

smoothness and ride quality.
From a field survey, pave-
ment conditions, residential den-
sity and wishes of the Board, it
was recommended that Otter
Slide, Wilderness, Bear Creek,
Ridge, and Twin Lakes roads
have a speed limit of 25 mph. A
motion by Commissioner Putnal
to accept the recommendation
carried 5-0.
Concerning Northwest Flor-
ida Water Management District
Florida Forever Grant, the coun-
ty staff had previously requested
and received Board approval to
apply for storm water and paving
grants, A grant application has
been submitted to the District for
$1,430,000 to be funded over two
years to approximately $585,000
each year. The project would cre-
ate a storm water swale on the
bay side of East Pine Street, relo-
cate and pave the road from E.
5th Street to E. 8th Street in year
one. In year two from 8th Street
to E. Gulf Beach Dr. will be
completed if awarded by the dis-
trict. Since Franklin County is a
Rural Area of Critical Econo-
mic Concern, the County's
match will be in house surveying
for $35,000 and design for
$116,000 and County permitting
costs of $1,250 for a total value
of approximately $127,285 in
kind expenses.
Concerning Lake Morality
Road, based on review of the
field samples, lab data provided
by Preble-Rish, and obtained by
Magnum Engineering, Inc.,
unless further core testing indi-
cates otherwise, staff believes
that the entire road should be
overlaid with 1.5" of Superpave
asphalt at an estimated cost of
$253,000. David Kennedy, of
Preble-Rish, stated that he was
requested by the County to
reduce the cost of the project
which should explain why some
of the test results were different
from what was originally agreed
to for the project. Commissioner
Noah Lockley asked if a per-
formance bond was still in place.
Rothwell stated that the engineer
of record should be responsible
for explaining why the final
design and test result numbers
were different than what was
agreed to for the project.
Kennedy stated that the contrac-
tor did what he was told to do
based on the budget cutbacks
requested by the County.
Commissioner Sanders stated
that the results of the test were
even lower than what was agreed
to after the cutbacks, and for
that, the contractor was at fault.
Kennedy explained that the
numbers in the results were not
accurate for the purpose that it
was being used for. Rothwell rec-
ommended that. the Board
authorize an overlay before pro-
ceeding with any other actions
on this matter. Commissioner
Sanders stated that the county
should not pay for the entire
project. Sanders made a motion
to direct County Attorney
Michael Shuler and Rothwell to
discuss this project with Preble-
Rish and present some recom-
mendations and options to the
Board at the next meeting. The
motion carried 5-0.
Commissioner Sanders ask-
ed Rothwell to work with Van
Johnson on securing the area in

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The Franklin Chronicle

In memory of Tom Hoffer
Editor's note: Twelve months ago, Thomas Hoffer, the founder of The
Franklin Chronicle, died. Today, The Chronicle recognizes that sad anniver-
sary by publishing an article from our archives satirizing Chronicle correspon-
dent Richard Noble's early career with Hoffer Noble thought that if Hoffer
were alive today he might get a kick out of it.
Chronicle Correspondent
Who would have believed it, at 63 it's me, Walter Cronkite, Peter
Jennings and all the rest of them. I've been reading the memoirs of
Walter, Dan, Peter and all of my slightly better known peers, but I'm
finding that my first experiences in journalism are more in line with
the early careers of Mark Twain, William Sydney Porter and Ben
Although I think of myself as a-very serious and intense individ-
ual, my life experiences always seem to turn out to be along the line
of the Three Stooges or the Marx brothers.
Tom Hoffer is the owner/publisher of the newspaper that I'm
working for. He started the paper about 15 years ago. It started out as
a little, local, biweekly, 12 to 14 page nothing-very-important kind of
a paper. Today it has grown to a local, biweekly, never more than ten
pages, nothing-very-important kind of a paper.
I'm really not a good judge of newspapers, because I don't read
newspapers. I've always prided myself on never reading a newspaper.
I've always considered the phrase "Gossip Columnist" for the Such &
Such Herald to be a redundant statement. Well at 63 I decided to pur-
sue my avocation in life.
I began my career as a writer by filling an entire spiral binder with
my name when I was ten years old. I wrote Richard E. Noble sever-
al thousand times and filled the entire notebook with my name writ-
ten over and over. I don't know what significance you might see in
this, but I have always interpreted this as the first budding of a famous
and successful writer. What could be more important to a famous,
successful writer than possessing a huge ego? I felt that this propensi-
ty to write my name over and over was a primary sign.
I started my retirement avocation career as a writer by self-pub-
lishing my life story. Now you might ask yourself who wants to read
the life story of Richard E. Noble. That is a good question. If only I
had asked myself that question before I spent all my money publish-
ing that book. But nevertheless, I brought a copy of my book down to
Tom Hoffer to see if I could get him to include it in his local
"Bookshelf" section of his paper. He was very impressed. Not by the
book; he didn't read it-but by the fact that I had the ego required to
do such a thing. He asked me who edited my book and I told him that
I had edited it myself.
"Wow," he said in total admiration. "Are you looking for a job?
I need somebody to edit my newspaper."
So there you go! I'm in the newspaper business. I'm getting paid,
not to write, but, at least, to read. That's good, I figure.
The entire staff at The Chronicle consisted of me, Tom Hoffer,
Diane Dyal, who does just about everything and her husband, Andy
Dyal, who does all that's left.
Tom is a classic. He is a retired college professor. He loves histo-
Continued on Page 6


It's Christmas, so cheer up!

There are only two kinds of people in the
world-those that love Christmas and those that
hate Christmas. I have always been a born and
bred, true blue, Christmas hater. And I have very
good, rational justification for my adherence to
such an attitude. But as fate will have it and just to
break my chops and
bust my bubble, the
all-knowing messen-
gers from the above;
the designers of the
expanding universe;
that impossible infi-
nite brain who con-
trols all the planets-
sent me a bride whose
birthday just happens T
to fall on ... December
What do you By Richard E. Noble
think of that? You've
heard of the odd couple? How about a situation
comedy with Ebenezer Scrooge and Santa Claus
living in the same apartment?
It happens every year at about this time. My
mind starts to search the dark and dingy corners of
my bleak, unhappy childhood for all those tales of
misery and neglect that linger like scar tissue on my
inner personality and my wife starts bouncing
around like a little elf, putting up Christmas lights,
doing red and green needlepoint things, and play-
ing Dean Martin's "I'll be home for Christmas"
around September. That's when I dig out my Edgar
Allen Poe, and start making my annual inquires to
the suicide hot line number to see if they are taking
on any extra help.
I've always figured that I have the perfect atti-
tude to talk to potential suicide candidates. First, I
would listen to their terribly depressing story, and
then, I'd say; "Well, sounds to me that you have a
perfectly good reason for committing suicide BUT
... let me ask you this. If God could do all of this to
you, what makes you think that He is going to
lighten up if you commit suicide? You must realize
that you are a person who is on God's pooh-pooh
list-if you know what I mean. Did you ever figure
that it ain't gonna get no better than this, and that
maybe being a hopeless alcoholic is going to be the
high point of your eternity? He put you here and
did this to you--do you really want to find out
what He has planned next?
To tell you the truth, for the first five years or
so of our marriage, just looking at my wife's bub-
bling smile and rosy cheeks at this'time of the year
gave me chronic morning sickness. In fact, this
year, I've sent for my own home pregnancy test kit.
Boy, that's all that I need.
But enough of this fun and games, I've sat
down here today to make all of you cry-after all,
this is Christmas. But first, I have to get you all in

the mood.
Tell me, do you have any retarded children?
Anybody in your immediate family have an incur-
able disease? Did you ever back up out of the drive,
over one of your own children? Come on, THINK!
You couldn't have lived through all of these
Christmases without being miserable at least once
in your life. Didn't you ever say, "So what if our lit-
tle Nancy got bit by a strange dog. How does any-
body really know if that was actual saliva foaming
around its mouth? And besides, this tetanus shot
business is just another plot by doctors to make
themselves a bunch of extra bucks."
So, are you getting into a crying mood yet?
No? Then let's think: Cancers? Terminal brain
tumor? Unemployment? Bankruptcy? Stock mar-
ket crash? Hunger? Pestilence? Poverty? Starva-
tion? Nuclear fallout? War? Global warming?
Experimental research on the Easter Bunny? That's
not a lump, Honey, it is just a little fat-too many
kielbasa sandwiches, more than likely.
But can you believe this! Do you see what's
happening? That's right-my wife is starting to rub
off on me. She is beginning to win the battle. I sat
down here today to write something depressing. I
hoped to make everyone cry, or, at least, get sick to
their stomachs and puke. But, instead, all that I can
come up-with is this light-hearted dribble about dis-
ease and suicide. I'll tell you; this makes me want
to barf! I'm disgusted with myself. I might just as
well go write a Christmas list, or hang some silver
I'd really like to tell all of you little kids out
there that Santa Claus is really dead. But, I have
recently read that he was a secret witness for the
FBI. Seems that he was involved in some political
gift-giving bribery scam and the FBI has issued him
a new identity. He is presently living under an
assumed name in some remote sheep herding vil-
lage in northern Argentina. Don't expect him this
year, boys and girls.
So, you see, nothing is working out for me
today. I really don't think that I could depress any-
one. Everything that I write about is positive. I
think that I will just scrap this whole article, and
ask my wife to write something cheery about how
it feels to be 60. I mean, she is the one who was
born on December 25th, not me. Oh well, happy
birthday, honey.
So, tell me, has anyone in your family ever
lived long enough to collect Social Security? And I
mean lived! Laying in an iron lung for 15 years,
back in the laundry room of some Jamaican nurs-
ing home in Miami, doesn't count.
Well, the heck with this-everything that I
think of sounds just too Rudolph-like. I guess that
I am just going to resign myself to directing my feet
to the sunny side of the street and decking the halls
with bombs of holly-I mean balls ... that's balls ...
I mean boughs of holly.
So OK, have a Merry Christmas.

Office: 850-670-4377
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Volume 16, Number 32 December 28, 2007
Publisher & Editor
Russell Roberts
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Congress addresses collapse LETTER TO THE EDITOR

of subprime mortgage market Writer takes issue wi
*s: Am *^ .d. a- I am6 m.

The problems
surrounding, the sub-
prime mortgage mar-
ket have pushed the
housing market into
its worst slump in 16
years-weakening the
economy in Florida
and throughout the
country and making
American families
less secure. Before
turning the lights out U.S. Senator
on the first session of
the 110th Congress, lawmakers passed two impor-
tant pieces of legislation that address the crisis.
When a debt is forgiven on a home loan, the
homeowner must count that debt forgiveness as
income and pay taxes on it. I cosponsored a bill-
the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of
2007-that creates a three-year exception for debt
forgiveness on home loans, helping families
already unable to meet their mortgage payments to
avoid incurring large tax bills as well. The legisla-
tion also extends a provision allowing homeowners
to deduct mortgage insurance payments from their
taxable income. The president signed this biparti-
san bill into law.

The Senate has just passed S. 2338, the Federal
Housing Administration (FHA) Modernization
Act. The measure increases a homeowner's ability
to qualify for a safe and secure FHA-backed loan
by increasing the FHA's loan limits for single fam-
ilies and reducing FHA down payment require-
ments. This makes FHA loans more competitive
with subprime loans and allows many homeowners
facing foreclosure the ability to refinance their loan
through FHA. The bill also enhances foreclosure
counseling options.
In addition to these measures, the Senate
included $230 million in the omnibus appropria-
tions bill for home mortgage foreclosure prevention
programs. $180 million is to create a new program
specifically targeted to foreclosure avoidance/miti-
gation assistance programs. Housing counseling
programs, which assist borrowers with mortgage
modification and restructuring so they can avoid or
mitigate the losses associated with foreclosure, are
a key part of the solution to our nation's housing
If you or someone you know needs assistance
to avoid foreclosure or refinance their mortgage,
call the Hope Now hotline at 1-888-995-HOPE.
You can also contact the FHA refinancing help
hotline at 1-800-CALL-FHA.

01- Liuae aMjuM-L MUEEgLEEEg

Dear Editor:
I have to strongly disagree
with Skip Frink's article in the
December 14th edition of The
Chronicle entitled "Carrabelle
asks for resignations." While the
title of the article is correct, the
very first sentence regarding a
"move reminiscent of an early
meeting of the previous commis-
sion" showed his bias towards
the previous commission. (Some
people would say that I am
biased also, however, I do not
profess to be a journalist or
reporter and therein lies the dif-
ference.) What THIS commis-
sion did is in NO way equivalent
to the previous commission's
When the previous commis-
sion asked for Mr. Hartman's res-
ignation, it had been properly
placed on the agenda, all com-
missioners AND the public had
the opportunity for public com-


ment, no one was "blindsided"
Sby it, and the vote (if I remember
correctly) was unanimous and
not the 3-2 split that people
expect a lot of votes to come to
while this commission is seated.
Also, the previous commission
APPOINTED the Planning and
Zoning Commission specifically
to give citizens more input into
their community and, while they
didn't receive a salary, they were
at least offered public recogni-
tion for the hard work that they
did. This commission basically
gave them a slap in the face and
didn't even bother to offer a
thank you for their service!
Mr. Cox has served this
commission and the community
well during his tenure and
deserved better than what they
handed him. He has a very
strong background in communi-

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County Commission
from Page 3
Lanark Village designated for
recycling collection from bears.
Rothwell stated that permission
is needed from Progress Energy
to actually secure that area.
Commissioner Lockley ask-
ed Rothwell to check on a proj-
ect on Earl King Road that is
causing a traffic safety hazard.
Rick Marcum, Opportun-
ity Florida, gave an update on
affordable housing. He stated
that Opportunity Florida's
Housing Program has five lots
available, with 20 applicants
already being processed, and
applications are available online.
He stated that with .down pay-
ment assistance, the purchase
price should be in the range of
$95,000 with financing from
USDA at about 1%.
The Advisory Board of
Adjustment report started with a
recommendation to deny a vari-
ance request to construct an air-
conditioning platform four feet
into the side setback line on lot 7,
Block V, Lanark Beach, Unit 1 as

requested by Jeff Dykes, agent
for C.R. Barineau. Rachel Ward,
of the Planning and Zoning
Office, commented on the
Advisory Board of Adjustment
actions. Jeff Dykes, the appli-
cant, explained his request for a
variance to the Board. Motion by
Commissioner Putnal not to
uphold the recommended denial
of the Advisory Board of
Adjustment and approve the
variance request carried 5-0.
A recommendation to app-
rove a request for a Special
Exception to cluster 10 lots on
10.8 acres between Eastpoint
and Carrabelle as requested by
Paul Osterbye, agent for S&PNB,
LLC, was approved 5-0.
C.J. Pipkens. of Escambia
County Housing Authority
spoke in favor of a resolution
supporting the First Time Home
Buyer Program. She explained
the process that would take place
if the Board approves the resolu-
tion, which is good .for three
years. Chairman Russell Crofton
opened the floor for public com-
ments. David Butler, of Gulf
State Community Bank, asked if

the resolution would restrict
access to funds set aside for
affordable housing for any other
housing groups within the
County. Ms. Pipkens told him
that it wouldn't. A motion by
Lockley to approve the resolu-
tion contingent on Attorney
Shuler's approval passed 5-0.
Mike Rundel, Assistant
Emergency Management Direc-
tor, announced the prices includ-
ed in the proposals for emer-
gency debris removal. They
were: AshBritt Environmental,
$7.50 per cubic yard; Crowder
Disaster Recovery, $6.25 per
cubic yard; BAMACO, Inc., $6
per cubic yard. A motion by
Sanders to forward the proposals
to the review committee for a
recommendation carried 5-0.
Marcia M. Johnson, Clerk
of the Court, presented the fol-
lowing items for discussion
and/or approval:
Approval of a budget amend-
ment for courthouse renova-
tions. Peter Brown Construc-tion
received bids for the project, and
county staff has determined
which projects are the highest

priority and need to be complet-
ed as part of the renovation. The
cost of those projects ($798,902)
exceeds the amount budgeted
($635,000) by $163,902. In order
to complete all phases, it's rec-
ommended to use funds original-
ly budgeted for transfer to the
Capital Outlay Fund for the
courthouse renovation project.
The county cut out part of the
project of adding offices. to the
courtroom to save money
because the first initial figures
were over 1 million. A motion by
Sanders to approve the budget
amendment carried 5-0. A
motion by Lockley to approve
the courthouse renovation proj-
ect also carried 5-0.
The clerk said she received
the Certification of Final Tax-
able Value from the Property
Appraiser, and there was a
decrease of 2.35% in value from
the value provided to prepare the
budget. As a result, at the mill-
age rate the county adopted, the
county will collect $334,089 less
in property tax.
Alan Pierce, Director of
Administrative Services, present-

ed the following items for discus-
sion and/or approval.
Previously the TDC has
informed the Board that it was
time to recommend awarding the
Non-profit Sustainable Grants
for the current fiscal year. Two
applications were received-
Camp Gordon Johnston Mus-
eum for $30,000, and the St.
George Island Lighthouse
Museum and Visitor Center for
$25,000. Both can be fully fund-
ed. A letter from the City of
Apalachicola has also been
received asking for help on oper-
ating the city owned Raney
House as a museum, but no
budget amount was submitted. A
motion by Sanders to forward
the proposals to TDC for their
recommendation carried 5-0.
County Commission action
to sign three FWC Florida
Boating Improvement Grant
Agreements: A) Ochlocknee Bay
Boat Ramp for $76,250 for per-
mitting and engineering. B)
Eastpoint County Landing Park
for $68,750 for permitting and
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Tom Hofferfrom Page 4
ry-ancient history. He's -an antiquarian
book collector. He wants to sell antiquari-
an books someday to other antiquaries.
His newspaper comes out every two
weeks, but the news in it may be older.
I've heard some journalistic, pundits pro-
claim that journalism is tomorrow's histo-
ry-today. I suppose then, in a way, that
makes today's newspaper just another
type of history.
To a history professor, I suppose, his-
tory is history. Old history, new history,
today's history, tomorrow's history-it's
all just history. So if all news is history,
what difference does it make if today's
news is yesterday's history or tomorrow's
history? News is history and history is his-
In any case, a story does not have to
be current to get into this week's Chronicle.
As a reporter, though, it does make it
rather difficult to get a scoop.
On yeah, I am now a reporter besides
being the copy editor. Tom Hoffer's num-
ber one reporter (himself) has not been
feeling all that well of late. So I cover the
local County Commission meetings.
Tom's selections are often very
unique. Last week he printed the entire
Economic Recovery Act from the FDR
administration. We got a lot of calls from
people who wanted to know if they had a
chance of getting onto the WPA, or when
were they planning to start construction
on that TVA project: Tom had no idea
what these people were talking about.
Last month we had the Stamp Act-
and.let me tell you people were really
unhappy to find out about all of that. We
got letters from little old ladies who said
that they would never go- to the Post
Office again.
I would say that this newspaper is not
all that great, but as I told you earlier, I
have never read any newspapers.
Tom trained me to cover the County
Commission. The meetings always start at
nine in the morning. I get there at eight-
thirty and Tom is always sitting there in
the first row waiting. He has this huge
mug, like with a gallon of coffee in it-
and he is rolling. Before the meeting starts
he is buzzing everywhere. He has ques-
tions for the County Planner, the Clerk of
Courts, the County Attorney, passers-by,
pedestrians, the Mosquito Control Man,
the Road Department man, the Airport
guy, the boss from the County Dump-
anybody and everybody.
Then the meeting starts. We stand up;
the preacher/County Commissioner says
the prayer; and then we all pledge our alle-
giance to the flag. We sit down and Tom
immediately falls asleep. He's but like a
light. He's gone.
One week, as he slumped there in the
first row snoozing, a senator stepped up to
the podium. The cameras began flashing.
Tom, the instinctive journalist that he is,
woke up instantly. He grabbed his camera.
His camera is strapped together with that
grey hundred mile an hour tape. It must
have been one of Tom's favorite things.
Tom saved all of his "favorite" things.
Just as he was about to snap the sena-
tor's picture, the flash apparatus tumbled
forward and dangled there in front of the
Tom then sat down and tried to tape
his camera back together.
I said, "They just don't make that
hundred mile an hour tape like they used
"It ain't the tape," Tom said.-"This
camera was not engineered properly. I am
going to send it back to the company with
a full analysis."
"You can write in Chinese?" I asked.
Last week he was wearing red sus-
penders, a pair of light blue Bermuda
shorts, a faded green, white collared shirt,
a pair of tan ribbed argyle socks that went
up to his knees, sandals and one of those
K-Mart Alpine hats with a little sparrow
feather in the brim. He looked like the
Ricola man. I suppose that if he wasn't a
well known local newspaper owner the
Commission police attendant would have
arrested him as a vagrant.
Tom is a Republican. He thinks
Republican means frugal. He "shops" for
gasoline. He thinks Jack Benny was a
Republican and exemplified Republican
values. The other day he had me put in

three dollars worth of gas at a "price
gouging" gas station so that we had
enough gas to get us to a cheaper more
"American" gas station up the road. I put
in the three dollars worth. He said you
couldn't have, the gauge didn't move. I
said, yeah ... right.
He edits everything I write to make
sure that I don't say anything bad about
Richard Nixon, or Ronald Reagan. He
can spot the word Reagan or Nixon in a
16 page document. Just to keep him sharp
and on his toes, I toss in the word Nixon
in the middle of a random paragraph here
and there. He crosses it out and then gives
me a lecture on how Nixon was misunder-
stood. I tell him so was Willie Sutton, the
Bird Man of Alcatraz and Charles
He is always trying to quote Ronald
Reagan, but just like Reagan, he can never
remember exactly what Reagan actually
He also told me that Herbert Hoover
"redeemed" himself for what he had done
as president of the United States during
the Depression. I said what did Hoover
do, commit suicide? He said no, he helped
feed all the starving people in Europe after
World War II. That's great, I said, too bad
he couldn't figure out how to feed all the
starving people in America when he was
the president of the United States.
Even though Mr. Hoffer sells very few
of his newspapers every week, he feels
that everybody in town reads it--even- if
they won't admit it. I guess he figures that
the few people who do buy a copy, pass
their copy around to everybody else.
I'm trying to make a name for myself
by writing for the local newspaper-just
like all the advisors on how to become a
professional writer tell you to do. There
are only ten thousand people in this
County. I have been working for the paper
for almost two years now. I ask people
that I know if they saw my story in last
week's paper. They say; what paper? I say;
the Chronicle. They say; who publishes
that? I say; Tom Hoffer. They say:
Heffner? I say; no, Hoffer. They say; never
heard of him.
I told Tom that nobody in this town.
knows who the heck he is. He said; I
know but they are going to learn.
See what I mean ... ego. Talent can
only get you to the fifty yard line, but ego
gets you into the end zone. And with a big
enough ego, it is still a touchdown, even if
the game is over.
Tom has a tape recorder and tapes the
entire County Commission meeting. But
I've noticed when he is back at the office
listening to the tape and trying to tran-
scribe a story-he is usually sleeping. He
can't stay awake even for the tape. He told
me the other day that he has trouble sleep-
ing at night. I told him that he should
attend fewer County Commission meet-
He didn't get it.
A jet fighter plane from the nearby air
force base crashed about a block from his
home out in the gated community on our
barrier island. I heard it on the local radio
station on my way to work. When I came
into the building on the Compound, (he's
an ex-military guy and he calls his proper-
ty "a compound") I said enthusiastically;
"Hey Tom, did that jet. plane hit your
"What plane?" he asked uncon-
"That jet fighter plane that a pilot.
ejected out of while over the Gulf of
Mexico. It crashed into the Island out in
your neighborhood and buried itself 140
feet into the swamp out there."
"Oh God," Tom moaned. "Not more
darn news. I've got this week's issue all
"Well, take out the suffragette story
and put in the jet plane crash story."
"I can't do that-suffragettes were
important. The jet plane will just have to
wait until the next issue."
"Well, like I've always said-there's
no news like the Old News. Hey Tom,
why don't you re-name your paper The
Old News."
"Huh? Why the heck would I want to
do that?" he said.
[What do you think? Is this the way
Edward R. Morrow started out?]

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Peter Crowell Presents

Weekly economic update for the
week of December 24, 2007

Quote of the week
"Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth."
-Will Rogers
Consumer spending rises 1.1%


Investors worried about the R-word were cheered by new data
from the Commerce Department: in
November, personal consumption went
up 1.1%, the biggest month-over-month
I *jump in two years.1 Commented
MainStay Investments chief investment
strategist Bill Knapp: "The consumer's
resiliency is just amazing. We're going
to dodge that recession." Wall Street
soared on the news, with the NASDAQ
and S&P 500 respectively gaining 1.5%
o U and 1.85% on Friday.

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AMT patch awaits Bush signature

Srowell, CFP It's all but a certainty: with a stroke
of the pen, President Bush will exempt
more than 20 million taxpayers from having to pay the Alternative
Minimum Tax on their 2007 federal returns. As expected, Congress
came through in the 11th hour, voting 352-64 for a one-year patch of
the AMT and saving potentially affected taxpayers an average levy of
about $2,000.
Fed gets tougher on lenders
The Federal Reserve proposed new rules for mortgage lending
last week. Under the new proposal, no-doc "liar loans" would die
(mortgage lenders would need to confirm income and assets of those
seeking subprime loans), and mortgage brokers would have to admit
in writing (albeit fine print) whether they received bonuses for origi-
nating certain types of subprime mortgages.
Banks can bid for emergency loans
Last week, the Fed also introduced a new auction procedure to
help banks ease liquidity problems and arrange short-term loans.
About $20 billion in loans will be provided, with interest rates of
4.65%, slightly below the 4.75% discount rate. There were 93 bids for
emergency loans in the initial auction. The move paralleled similar
cash infusions last week by the European Central Bank and the Bank
of England.
NASDAQ jumps nearly 4% in a week
The big three indexes enjoyed gains this week, and none more
than the NASDAQ, which rose nearly 40 points on Thursday alone.6
Markets close early Christmas Eve; regular trading resumes
% Change 1-Week 4-Week Y-T-D
DJIA +0.82 +3.49 +7.92
NASDAQ +2.09 +3.54 +11.46
S&P 500 +1.11 +2.95 +4.66
(Source:,, 12/21/07)
Riddle of the week
What was the date and time exactly one million seconds into the
year 2007? Read next week's Update for the answer
Last week's riddle
The Department of Homeland Security advises all homes to have
it. NASA includes it on every mission. It is waterproof, heat resistant
and strong, and it bonds well. What is it? Answer: Duct tape.
Peter Crowell is a Franklin County property owner and a Certified Financial
Planner in Tallahassee. Questions for him can be e-mailed to, or mailed to P O. Box 590, Eastpoint, FL 32328.
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Page 8 December 28, 2007


The Franklin Chronicle


Following is a list of Dec. 4
dispositions of cases in Second
Circuit Court, Judge James C.
Hankinson presiding:
Charged Oct. 28 with resisting
officer with violence; battery of
law enforcement officer; corrup-
tion by treats; DUI. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no contest
and was adjudicated guilty.
Defendant was sentenced to 36
months probation; no drugs or
alcohol, random testing; 37 days
in jail with 37 days credit for
time served; complete Avon Park
dual diagnosis program; condi-
tions of DUI to be completed
after probation; $410 costs.
WADE: Charged July 18 with
felony fleeing or attempt to
elude; driving while license sus-
pended (felony); resisting officer
without violence; willful wanton
reckless driving; Charged 2 times
July 27 with felony fleeing or
attempt to elude. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest to
count 1, 4, and 5 and was adjudi-
cated guilty. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 1 year and 1 day in
prison with credit for time
served; $410 costs. State
Attorney's Office to drop counts
2, 3 & 6.
III: Charged Feb. 15 with sale of
controlled substance cannabis.
The defendant admitted being in
violation and was found in viola-
tion of probation. Probation
revoked and terminated; adjudi-
cated guilty. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 1 year and 1 day in
prison with credit for time
PHEN: Charged April 28 with
driving while license suspended
(felony). The defendant entered
a plea of no contest and was
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to 18 months pro-
bation; 14 days in jail with 14
days credit for time served; $410
Charged July 30 with burglary of
dwelling; Aug. 6 with grand theft
of a firearm; grand theft. The
defendant entered a plea of no
contest. Adjudication withheld.
Defendant was sentenced to 30
months probation; no drugs or
alcohol, random testing; sub-
stance abuse evaluation and
treatment; restitution to victim;
no contact with victim or resi-
dence; $370 costs.
DEE: Charged March 13 with
fleeing or attempting to elude
law enforcement officer. The
defendant entered a plea of no
contest to lesser charge of resist-
ing law enforcement officer with-
out violence. Adjudication with-
held. Defendant was sentenced
to $335 costs.
JR.: Charged with trafficking in
controlled substance hydroco-
done. The defendant entered a
plea of no contest to the lesser
charge sale of controlled sub-
stance hydrocodone. Adjudica-
tion withheld. Defendant was
sentenced to 36 months proba-
tion with credit for time served;
$470 costs.
September 6 with sale of con-
trolled. substance cannabis;
September 21 with possession of

cannabis; possession of para-
phernalia. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest.
Adjudication withheld. Defend-
ant was sentenced to 2 years pro-
bation; 8 days in jail with 8 days
credit for time served; substance
abuse evaluation and treatment;
$500 costs.
G: Charged September 15, 2006
with sale of controlled substance
cocaine. The defendant admitted
being in violation and was found
in violation of probation.
-Probation reinstated modified;
all prior conditions re-imposed
with no NPI.
CELINA: Charged November
11 with possession contraband at
state correctional institute. The
defendant entered a plea of no
contest. Adjudication withheld.
Defendant was sentenced to 2
years probation; no alcohol or
drugs, random testing; 30 days in
jail with 24 days credit for time
served; substance abuse evalua-
tion and treatment; $510.
Charged June 14, 2003 and July
9, 2003 with aggravated assault
with intent to commit felony.
The defendant admitted being in
violation and was found in viola-
tion of probation. Probation
revoked; adjudicated guilty.
Defendant was sentenced to 1
year & 1 day in prison with cred-
it for time served.
Charged September 21, 2007
with burglary of dwelling; grand
theft (to be dropped); dealing
stolen property; criminal mis-
chief 3rd degree felony. The
defendant entered a plea of no
contest. Adjudication withheld.
Defendant was sentenced to 48
months probation; 4 days in jail
with 4 days credit for time
served; no contact with victim;
restitution joint and severally
reserved on; substance abuse
evaluation and treatment. $410
Charged July 16, 2007 with bur-
glary of dwelling; Charged
August 6, 2007 with burglary of
dwelling; July 28, 2007 with
dealing stolen property; Charged
September 11, 2007 with dealing
stolen property. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest and
was adjudicated guilty. Defend-
ant was sentenced to 15 years in
prison with credit for time
Charged November 2, 2007 with
possession with intent to sell
cannabis. The defendant.entered
a plea of no contest and was
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to 90 days in jail
with 34 days credit for time
served; $410 costs.
Charged October 12, 2006 with
sale of controlled substance
cannabis. The defendant entered
a plea of no contest. Adjudica-
tion withheld. Defendant was
sentenced to 24 months proba-
tion; no drugs or alcohol, ran-
dom testing; substance abuse
evaluation and treatment; $510
Charged September 13, 2007
with sale of controlled substance
within 1,000 feet of a church;
possession of drugs with intent
to sell within 1,000 feet of

church/business/school. The
defendant entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced
to 36 months in prison with cred-
it for time served.
ALLEN: Charged August 25,
2007 with aggravated assault
with deadly weapon. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no contest
to the lesser charge of assault.
Defendant was sentenced to 6
months probation; no drugs or
alcohol, random testing; anger
management; no contact with
victims; disposition set. for
January 15, 2008.
Charged March 14, 2006 with
possession of controlled sub-
stance cocaine. The defendant
admitted being in violation and
was found in violation of proba-
tion. Probation revoked; adjudi-
cated guilty. Defendant was sen-
tenced to new 24 months proba-
tion; any conditions not met, re-
Charged July 3, 2007 with grand
theft. The defendant entered a
plea of no contest to the lesser
charge of petit theft and was
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to 12 months pro-
bation; no alcohol, random test-
ing; 8 days in jail with 8 days
credit for time served; $290 costs.
Charged January 25, 2006 with
burglary of a dwelling; grand
theft 3rd degree; Charged
August 17, 2005 with felony flee-
ing or attempting to elude offi-
cer. The defendant admitted
being in violation and was found
in violation of probation.
Probation revoked; adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced
to new 36 months probation to
include 22 months Wakulla
County bed program.
Charged August 5, 2005 with
sale of controlled substance. The
defendant admitted being in vio-
lation and was found in'violation
of probation. Probation revoked;
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to new 24 months
probation; complete NPI and
aftercare program; any condi-
tions not met, re-imposed.
Charged May 11, 2004 with pos-
session controlled substance;
driving while license suspended
or revoked. The defendant
admitted being in violation and
was found in violation of proba-
tion. Probation revoked and ter-
minated; adjudicated guilty.
Defendant was sentenced to 9
months in jail with 207 days
credit for time served.
Charged- November 14, 2007
with possession cannabis with
intent to sell within 1000 feet of
a church or business. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no con-
test. Adjudication withheld.
Defendant was sentenced to 30
months probation; no drugs or
alcohol, random testing; 60 days
in jail with 20 days credit for
time served; substance abuse
evaluation and treatment; $510
costs. This case is concurrent
with another case.
Charged November 14, 2007
with possession of controlled
substance hydrocodone; posses-
sion of cannabis; possession of

paraphernalia. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest and
adjudicated guilty count 2 & 3;
adjudication withheld count 1.
Defendant was sentenced to 30
months probation; no drugs or
alcohol, random testing; 60 days
in jail with 20 days credit for
time served; substance abuse
evaluation and treatment;
$510.00 costs. This case is con-
current with another case.
LEE: Charged October 24, 2007
with burglary of dwelling; crimi-
nal mischief 200 to 1,000 dollars
(to be. dropped). The defendant
entered a plea of no contest to
lesser charge of trespass and
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to 41 days in jail
with 41 days credit for time
served; $295 costs.
Charged 2 times May 14, 2007
with sexual battery on child
under 12 years of age by defen-
dant under 18 years of age. The
defendant entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced
to 60 months sex offender proba-
tion; attend and complete sex
offender course, with treatment
and counseling; no alcohol or
drugs, random testing; curfew 10
pm to 6 am; $722.00 costs, cost
of supervision waived.
ed January 11, 2007 with sale of
controlled substance. The defen-
dant admitted being in violation
and was found in violation of
probation. Probation revoked
and terminated; adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced
to 1 year & 1 day in prison with
credit for time served.
Charged October 26, 2007 with
possession with intent to sell
cannabis (3rd degree); posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. The
defendant entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated
guilty count 2; adjudication
withheld count 1. Defendant was
sentenced to 24 months proba-
tion; 2 days in jail with 2 days
credit for time served; attend and
complete NPI and aftercare;
$510 costs.
Charged January 4, 2007 with
possession of controlled sub-
stance cocaine; Charged 2 times
April 16, 2007 Tvith sale of
cocaine. The defendant admitted
being in violation and was found
in violation of probation.
Probation revoked; adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced
to 1 year & 1 day in prison with
81 days credit for time served;
cases concurrent.
GLEN: Charged October 2,
2006 with felony battery. Defen-
dant admitted being in violation
and was found in violation of
probation. Probation revoked
and terminated; adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced
to 24 months in prison with cred-
it for time served.
Charged May 12, 2007 with pos-
session with intent to sell
cannabis; possession drug para-
phernalia.. The defendant
entered, a plea of no contest.
Adjudication withheld. Defend-
ant was sentenced to 36 months
probation; no drugs or alcohol,
random testing; 60 days in jail;
substance abuse evaluation and

treatment; $450 costs.
FORREST: Charged July 29,
2005 with driving while license
Suspended felony; Charged
August 23, 2007 with burglary of
structure (charge to be dropped);
criminal mischief 3rd degree
felony. The defendant.entered a
plea of no contest and was adju-
dicated guilty; admitted being in
violation and was found in viola-
tion of probation. Probation
revoked. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 24 months community
control; followed by 18 months
probation; 104 days in jail with
104 days credit for time served;
restitution to victim; substance
abuse evaluation and treatment;
$410 costs.
LYNN: Charged August 6, 2007
with possession. with intent to
sell cannabis. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest.
Adjudication withheld. Defend-
ant was sentenced to 2 years pro-
bation; no drugs or alcohol, ran-
dom testing; $510 costs.
GENE: Charged November 11,
2007 with corruption by threats;
DUI (to be dropped); reckless
driving. The defendant entered a
plea of no contest and was adju-
dicated guilty count 3.
Adjudication withheld count 1.
Defendant was sentenced to 24
months probation; 30 days in jail
with 3 days credit for time
served; substance abuse evalua-
tion and treatment; $410 costs.
GENE: Charged October 2,
2007 with flagrant violation of
net law; resisting officer without
violence. The defendant entered
a plea of no contest and was
adjudicated guilty count 2; adju-
dication withheld count 1.-
Defendant was sentenced to 24
months probation; 30 days in
jail; substance abuse evaluation
and treatment; $410 costs.
TOPHER: Charged September
2, 2007 with lewd or lascivious
battery; contribute to delinquen-
cy of minor. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest to
lesser charge of simple battery
and was adjudicated guilty.
Defendant was sentenced to 1
year probation; 94 days in jail
with 94 days credit for time
served; no drugs or alcohol, ran-
dom testing; substance abuse
evaluation and treatment; no
contact with victim; $582 costs.
JR.: Charged August 6, 2007
with felony flee or attempt to
elude officer; resisting officer
without violence; August 22,
2007 with reckless driving. The
defendant entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced
to 18 months in prison count 1
(concurrent with -another case);
11 months, 29 days in jail with
credit for time served count 2; 60
days in jail with 60 days credit
for time served count 3.
JR.: Charged with possession of
controlled .substance cocaine;
dealing in stolen property; pos-
session controlled substance
with intent to deliver; sale of
controlled substance. The defen-
dant admitted being in violation
and was found in violation of
Continued on Page 9

The Franklin Chronicle


December 28, 2007 Page 9

Here are excerpts of the
report from Franklin County
Extension Office Director Bill
Mahan to the County Commis-
sion meeting on Dec. 18.
Red Tide: A harmful algae
bloom has been identified in
patches from Gulf County to
Hancock County, Miss. Patchy,
very-low impacts are possible ...
in bay regions of Gulf and
Okaloosa counties as well as
Mobile and Baldwin Counties,
Ala., and Hancock County,
Aquaculture: At a Gulf
coast Marine Fisheries Manage-
ment Council public hearing in
Tampa on December 10th, feder-
al regulators got an earful from
people worried about offshore
fish farming in the Gulf. Con-
cerns ranged from pollution, to
hurricanes,, to animal cruelty.
About 70 commercial fishermen,
recreational fishermen, environ-
mentalists and "plain" citizens-
cheered each other on for- a
mutual cause. They almost all
hate the idea.
Reef fish amendment:
Greater amberjack and gray trig-

Court Report from Page 8
probation. Probation revoked;
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to 30 months in
prison with credit for- time
JR.: Charged March 22, 2007
with possession with intent to
sell cannabis; possession drug
paraphernalia. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest and
was adjudicated guilty. Defend-
ant was sentenced to 48.months
probation; no drugs or alcohol,
random testing; 120 days in jail;
$470 costs.
GILBERT: Charged 2 times
September 13, 2007 with posses-
sion cannabis with intent to sell
within 1,000 feet of church or
business. The defendant entered
a plea of no contest and was

gerfish: The GMFMC released
on December 5th, the final draft
of Reef Fish Amendment 30A:
For greater amberjack and gray
triggerfish. The amendment
revises the rebuilding plan and
accountability measures for
greater amberjack and establish-
es a rebuilding plan to end over-
fishing and accountability meas-
ures for gray triggerfish. The 337-
page amendment proposes 10
separate action items, consisting
of 39 alternatives and 6 sub-
alternatives to address the
rebuilding and overfishing of the
greater amberjack and grey trig-
gerfish fisheries. For amberjack,
the preferred alternative (#4)
would have a recreational bag
limit of one fish, increase the
minimum size limit to 31 inches,
fork-length and eliminate the bag
limit for captain and crew of for-
hire-vessels. This is estimated to
reduce landings by 26%. The
preferred alternative (#4) for
commercial fishermen would
reduce landings by at least 38%
and establish an annual commer-
cial quota for amberjack. For
grey triggerfish, five alternatives

adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to 1 year & 1 day
in prison (concurrent); disposi-
tion set for January 15, 2008.
Charged November 15, 2007
with criminal use of personal
identification information. The
defendant entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced
to 90 days in jail with 19 days
credit for time served; $410 costs.
LEE: Charged with sale of con-
trolled substance; 2 "counts
aggravated battery. The defen-
dant admitted being in violation
and was found in violation of
probation. Probation revoked
and terminated; adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced
to 180 days in jail with 98 days
credit for time served.




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Office video conferenc-
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Charged November 29, 2006
with possession with intent to
sell cannabis. The defendant
admitted being in violation and
was found in violation of proba-
tion. Probation revoked; adjudi-
cated guilty. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 1 year & 1 day in
prison with credit for time
YON, JAMES C.: Charged
November 8, 2007 with posses-
sion of controlled substance
cocaine. The defendant entered a
plea of no contest and was adju-
dicated guilty. Defendant sen--
tenced to 24 months probation;
no drugs or alcohol, random
testing; 26 days in jail with 26
days credit for time served; sub-
stance abuse evaluation and
treatment; $510 costs.


A x x

Letter from Page 5
ty planning, development, infra-
structure concerns, and has gone
out of his way to work with
Lanark and developers who were
planning their projects under the
PROPER rules and regulations.
While I didn't always agree with
his legal advice, I was aware of
the fact that it was all given
under the laws of the State of
Florida and the city covenant(s)
of Carrabelle and that his advice
to the commission was being
given in an impartial, but legal,
manner. I can only hope that
whoever the new city attorney is,

County Commission from
Page 5
engineering. C) Bluff Road
Regional Boat Ramp for
$400,793 to construct an addi-
tional boat ramp and additional
parking. A motion by Lockley to
authorize the Chairman's signa-
ture on the three FWC Boat
Improvement Grants carried 5-0.
A Notice to Proceed has
been received for the St. George
Island Bike Path. The project is
ready to go out for bid. Preble-
Rish has designed the project so
Pierce recommended.the Board
negotiate with Preble-Rish to
supervise construction based
upon an acceptable fee, and then
direct that Preble-Rish prepare
the bid packets and advertise. A
motion by Sanders to negotiate
with Preble-Rish for an accept-
able fee and direct Preble-Rish to
prepare the bid and advertise car-
ried 5-0.
The Franklin County
Housing Board is still working
on Affordable Housing, and is
trying to leverage SHIP money
with a program called
CWHIP-Community Work-
force Housing Innovative
Program-so that more housing
funds are available to county res-
idents. One of the requirements
of CWHIP is to have a definition
of "Essential Service Person-
nel." A motion by Commission-
er Smokey Parrish to adopt the
following definition for Essential
Service Personnel, "The persons
in need of affordable housing
who are employed in occupa-
tions or professions such as
teachers and educators, other
school employees, police and fire
personnel, health care personnel
and skilled building trades per-
sonnel or any working person
below 120% of the Area
Medium Income," carried 5-0.
Letters went out to all the
delinquent revolving loan
accounts asking that repayment
be re-started. These are the loans
which the Apalachee Regional
Planning Council was handling
but turned back to the county for
collection. The loans were part
of a 1995 Tropical Storm Alber-
to CDBG program. The county
has been cited every year in the
audit for failing to take adequate
steps to collect the loans. The
Board is ultimately responsible
for the funds, as the funds were
provided to the county to form
the basis of a revolving loan pro-
gram for the seafood industry. If
the Board fails to collect the
loans it might not be given
another opportunity for another
revolving loan program. The
repayment letters asked for
repayment of principal and inter-
est. At some point the Board will
have to deal with those loans
which are not repaid.
St. Joe Company has remov-
ed the "No Trespassing" signs

I'll be able to say the same thing
about him/her, but I already
have my doubts. (By the way, I
.had the SAME doubts about Mr.
Cox when he was hired but was
able to' overcome them after
watching him in action for a
So, no ... this commission's
actions were in NO way "remi-
niscent" of previous actions and
I would really hope that in future
articles Mr. Skip Frink would
stick TO the facts and not let his
own bias show quite so blatantly.
Pat Maier

from the access points along
Alligator Harbor. The county
and St. Joe are going to work
toward a permanent solution for
access in that area.
Two members on the
Weems Hospital Board have
come to the end of their terms.
Both the expiring members and
the Board would like to have
them continue to serve. Commis-
sioner Putnal made a motion to
reappoint. Tammi Hardy and
Margie Solomon to the Hospital
Board to serve three year terms,
expiring Oct. 1, 2010. The
motion passed 5-0.
The governor has forwarded
the Board's letter regarding prop-
erty insurance relief to the Chief
Financial Officer Alex Sink, and"
her office has responded in a let-
ter saying that property rates
were expected to be lower based
on insurance companies' ability
to purchase higher levels of rein-
surance from the Florida
Hurricane Catastrophe Fund
and realize savings from what
their reinsurance coverage used
to cost. However, the new
approved rates based on the pre-
sumed factor would not take
effect until June 1, 2007 so no
savings were seen on policies
that renewed prior to June 1,
Because of the uncertainty
of the impact on the Franklin
County property roles if the
Legislative initiative on property
tax is approved by the voters on
Jan. 29, Pierce recommended the
Board request all departments,
and constitutional offices, enact
a hiring freeze at least until the
impact of the initiative is known.
He said he does not plan to fill
the vacant janitorial position at
this time, and will do the work
with existing personnel. A
motion by Sanders to enact a hir-
ing freeze, unless an essential
position has to be filled, in which
case Board authorization would
be necessary, carried 5-0.
A letter of support from
Franklin County to the Depart-
ment of Elder Affairs for an
application to renovate Holy
Family into Senior Center was
approved 5-0 after a motion by
Ashley Teat presented a
power point presentation on fire
safety and discussed the need for
a County Fire Inspector.
Commissioner Lockley
asked the Board to consider a
one-time $1,000 bonus for coun-
ty employees. The Board dis-
cussed possible funding sources
for this proposed bonus but
could not agree to any funding
source. A motion by Lockley to
authorize a one-time $1,000
bonus for the county employees,
except for the department heads,
failed 2-3, with Lockley and
Putnal voting for it and Crofton,
Sanders, and Parrish voting no.

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dren, Florida Attorney General
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safety measures and guidelines
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can help protect children from
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December 28, 2007 Page 13

New grout will give your tile new life IEARTH

Do you love your tiles but
hate the ugly lines in between
them? If your grout is cracking,
worn, dingy or stained, replacing
it may be your next do-it-yourself
project. Grubby grout can turn
what once was a beautiful tile job
into an eyesore, so why live with
it? If your grout is cracked,
you've got more than an eyesore
on your hands: moisture seeping
behind tile is a recipe for a ruined
wall, floor or countertop.
Don't worry-you don't to remove all of the tiles
just to replace the grout, but this
is a very time-consuming job, so
be prepared. Replacing the chis-
eled-out grout is actually a lot
easier than removing it, so know
on the onset that the first step is
the hardest!
The traditional tool for help-
ing you scrape out that grungy
grout is something called a grout
scraper or grout saw. It's a hand
tool with a super hard diamond
blade to cut through hardened
grout. Scraping is a slow process.
SGo cautiously if you use one
since simple slips can scratch or
chip the tile. We prefer to let a
(small) power tool take the
grunting and groaning out of the
job. A rotary tool like the
Dremel with a grout-removal
attachment makes the process
much easier when doing a whole
room or countertop.
Project Steps
Safety Check!: Remember to
wear your protective eyewear
and mask! There will be numer-
ous flying particles during this
process so you want to protect
yourself from debris and dust.
Begin to remove the grout by
inserting your rotary tool's grout

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removal tip between the tiles and
moving it up and down until the
grout starts to flake off. Go slow-
ly at first until you get then hang
of it and then work carefully so
as not to scratch surrounding
Jane Tip: You can tape the
tile next to the grout line you're
working on with painter's tape to
help protect it from slips of your
tool and accidentally scratching
the tile.
Working slowly in small sec-
tions, work away at the grout.
Remove the larger pieces with
the tip of a flat blade screwdriver
and remove the dust with a
broom or vacuum.
Once the grout is removed
and the surrounding surface is
clean, you've done the hardest
part! Next, you can prepare to
replace the grout. If you're look-
ing to match the existing grout
(or not replacing all of the grout
in a room), take some larger
pieces of chipped out grout with
you to your local tile store. An
experienced clerk should be able
to find a close match.
Or you might consider
changing things up a bit and go
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many different kinds of grout
out there, so ask at the store
about what kind is right for your
type tile and the environment it's
in (outdoors, indoors, kitchen,
bathroom, etc.).
Jane Tip: For most indoor
uses, a grout with a latex acrylic
admix is preferred for durability
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Grout dries quickly, so don't mix
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Using the float, cover your
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tiles to push the grout into the
cracks. Don't forget your rubber
Drying time will vary
depending according to the type
of grout you are using. Count on
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minutes before you can start wip-
ing excess away with a wet
Wipe the tiles clean with a
dry rag, avoiding the cracks with
the freshly-laid grout.
You may need to lay a sec-
ond "skim" coat of grout to seal
the deal since grout sometimes
shrinks as it dries. Your first coat
should dry in about a day, but
check with the manufacturer to
see whether a second coat should
be applied and when.
If a second pass is necessary,
repeat steps 5-8.
Jane Tip: If you have pieces
of dried grout stuck tq your tile,
use an abrasive pad to gently

scour them away.
Let the grout dry according
to the manufacturer's instruc-
tions-usually it takes up to 7
days to dry completely. Be care-
ful not to get anything on it dur-
ing this period or it can cause a
stain that'll be there forever.
Jane Tip: If you have larger
than normal spaces between
your tiles, be sure to spray the
grout down with a mister bottle
at least once a day for the first
three to four days. We know this
sounds a bit counterintuitive, but
this prevents the top from drying
out faster than the bottom which
will help keep the top from
After waiting roughly seven
days, you're now ready to seal
the grout. This process helps'
close any pores. Yes, your grout
has pores, too! Sealing them will
protect your new grout from
future discoloration and crack-
ing. Simply apply the sealant and
let it dry according the manufac-
turer's instructions. Keep in
mind that most sealants can be
toxic, so be sure to have plenty of
ventilation in the room you're
working in.
You're done! Now you have
beautiful new grout to show off
to all of your friends. Okay,
maybe you won't exactly show it
off, but at least you don't have to
live with the grunginess or
cracked grout you've been com-
plaining about! Remember,
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more serious issues later so solve
the issue quickly-after all, now
you know-it's not that hard to
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- Kurt Perry, Cedar Park, TX
Participating in an environ-
mental club is an excellent way
for high school students to learn
about environmental issues
while providing measurable ben-
efit to their community.
Given their local focus, most
clubs focus on issues close to
home. Many undertake hands-
on activities like cleaning up
local riverbanks and beaches
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recycling program (or setting up
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school officials to print all docu-
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Another way for an environ-
mental club to get involved is to
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group already working on a proj-
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threatened parcel of open space,
promote bus ridership, get a
wind turbine installed in town or
pressure a local polluter to clean
up its act. Polling club members
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them is a good way to get started
on picking projects and activi-
Several national nonprofits
also help environmental clubs
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their goals. One of the leaders is
EarthTeam, formed in 2000 with
the mission of "creating a new
generation of environmental
leaders" by introducing teens to
inspiring environmental experi-
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up extensive resources for start-
ing an environmental club, find-
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on various environmental proj-
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Some popular events among
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After observing a light
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hended three suspects leaving a
private hunting lease on foot, at
night with guns and lights. The
property is owned by St. Joe
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responded to assist with the
arrests. They were charged with
night hunting, trespassing with
firearms, possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon, and posses-
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Earth Talk from Page 13

ups, visits to local wetlands and
nature preserves, and holding
environmental awareness days at
schools. Movie nights are also
popular. Showing a relevant
environmental documentary on
the big screen in a school audito-
rium or some other venue is a
sure way to get a larger member-
ship base and stir up student
interest. Some recent releases
that might stimulate discussion
and ideas include: The Cost of
Cool, an in-depth look at the
environmental consequences of
excessive consumerism, hosted
by former Baywatch star Alexan-
dra Paul; A Crude Awakening,
about the impact of global oil
dependency; and Al Gore's An
Inconvenient Truth.
Another great resource is
Earth Tomorrow, a national net-
work of high school environ-
mental clubs administered by the
National Wildlife Federation.
Through the network, clubs gain
access to a wide range of
resources on which they can base
projects. Examples include the
Schoolyard Habitats How-to
Guide, which walks high school-
ers through the steps involved in

enhancing wildlife habitat and
ecological health on school
grounds, and the Science and
Civics program, which shows
students how to use science, eco-
nomics, the law and politics to
address a local conservation
issue and implement an action
plan. Beyond these pre-packaged
resources, Earth Tomorrow
members can tap each other for
project ideas, help and general
guidance to help make their club
experience as productive and
rewarding as possible.
CONTACTS: EarthTeam,; Earth Tom-

Dear EarthTalk:
My condo kitchen floor is
vinyl, installed back in 1979. I
am told the vinyl contains
asbestos. Now it needs replac-
ing. How do I safely remove the
vinyl and what are some green
choices for a new floor?
- Green Dreamer, via e-mail

Asbestos is a naturally
occurring mineral that can be
used in a variety of industrial
applications due to its strong
flexible fibers, its resilience to
heat and chemicals, and the fact

that it does not conduct electrici-
ty. From the late 1800s through
the 1970s, asbestos was used
extensively in the U.S. and else-
where in everything from pipes
and insulation to siding and
flooring, including vinyl tiles.
The problem with asbestos is
that its microscopic fibers can
become airborne when materials
containing it get worn out, dam-
aged or disturbed. Inhaling these
airborne fibers can lead to a vari-
ety of health problems such as
asbestosis (a chronic lung ail-
ment that can produce shortness
of breath and permanent lung
damage) and a variety of can-
cers, including those of the lung,
larynx and gastrointestinal tract.
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) effec-
tively banned asbestos in 1989.
(The ban was later overturned in
federal court as a result of pres-
sure from mining and construc-
tion interests, but the damage to
the substance's reputation was
too formidable for industry to
start using it widely again.)
Today, the only money to be
made from asbestos is by those
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Hiring such a firm can cost
thousands of dollars; so many
do-it-yourselfers still take it upon
themselves to remove worn
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homes. Anyone willing to under-
take such risks should make sure
to get a respirator and other safe-
ty equipment to protect against
inhaling airborne asbestos parti-
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The Franklin Chronicle

Bring the Big Game Home!

World champion quarterback

Joe Theismann and champion

pitmaster Chris Lilly share tips

for the ultimate back ard tailgate

Just because you don't have tickets to this week's most talked
about football match-up doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself
on game day. Why not use the opportunity to fire up the barbe-
cue, gather friends and family, and bring the tailgating party home?
Chris Lilly, champion pitmaster and owner of Big Bob Gibson
Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Ala., says the key to a successful backyard tail-
gate is a winning game plan. "I like to do as much as I can prior to
game day so that when my guests arrive, I am free to enjoy myself,"
said Lilly. "Easy steps such as marinating meat the night before,
preparing a checklist of necessary items to avoid last minute trips

to the market, and choosing simple recipes make all the difference
when you are trying to catch the first quarter."
World champion quarterback and restaurateur, Joe Theismann, says
he has spent some of his favorite game days in his own backyard.
"Tailgating at home gives you the ultimate home field advantage,"
said Theismann. "The grill is always going, the glasses are always
topped off, and there is always room for a quick game of pickup
football between family and friends."
For an even more authentic game day experience, create a menu
featuring recipes that incorporate the flavors and ingredients of each

team's hometown. When the University of Notre Dame takes the field
this year, Theismann will be firing up Luck 0' the Irish Lamb Chops
to honor his alma mater. Meanwhile, Alabama native Lilly will grill
Smoked Chicken With Alabama White Sauce over a bed of Kingsford
Charcoal while cheering on the University of Auburn.
For more ways to bring the tailgate home, including additional
tips and game day recipe match-ups, visit
While there, share your go-to plays, including charcoal grilling
recipe secrets and strategies, for a chance to win great prizes during
college football season.

Winning Game Plan

For a successful backyard tailgate, execute the following key plays:
a Score an Early First Do n. Mjnnjie nicaj ithe rnigl prior ic gane di.,, using a large
Glad Sil.:rLge-Bag for cein jrd ea; cwaiiing
Cieate a Burger Blitz. For a better game day burger, poke a small hole in the center of
the patty. This will stop the meat from rising in the center, allowing for a delicious,
evenly-cooked burger. For extra flavor, try adding a bit of KC Masterpiece Barbecue
Avoid Pass Interference. Make sure there is a radio or small television by the grill and in
the kitchen so you don't miss any of the action.
m Pack the Stands. To really draw a crowd, add a bit of Kingsford Charcoal with Mesquite
to your grill neighbors won't be able to resist the rich, earthy smell of the.charcoal fire.
Before you know it, your yard will feel a bit like a stadium parking lot.
Take It Into Overtime. To really regulate cooking temperature, use two grills: on the
larger grill, create hot and cool zones to rotate your meat from scaring toindirect cooking;
oil the smaller grill, create a normal fire and cook hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

Luck 0' the Irish Lamb Chops With Minty
Ranch Dipping Sauce
Created by football analyst, world championship quarterback and restaurateur
Joe Theismann on behalfofKingsford Charcoal
Lamb Chops are one of the easiest.and quickest meats to grill and one
of the tastiest. A quick spice rub and you are ready to grill. Pick up a
second rack for a heftier serving.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes

1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon salt
1 rack of lamb, cut into 8 chops
Juice of half a lime
Dipping Sauce
S2 cups plain yogurt, drained
I tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 package Hidden Valley The Original
Ranch Dips mix
Chopped fresh mint

Combine spices in small bowl and rub half over
lamb chops. Turn over lamb chops and rub in other
half of spice mix.
Prepare charcoal grill and place each chop
directly over hot charcoal. Grill 4 minutes; turn each
over and grill another 3 minutes. Remove from heat
and allow to rest. Squeeze lime juice over chops and
serve with dipping sauce.
To make dipping sauce, combine yogurt, mint and
dip mix and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Place a dollop of dip on each plate of lamb chops.
Garnish with chopped fresh mint.

Smoked Chicken With Alabama White Sauce
Created by champion pitmaster Chris Lilly on behalf ofKingsford Charcoal
Southerners like their food with a little (or a lot) of spice, and Alabama is
no exception. Chicken breasts are brined, smoked and dunked into a tangy,
peppery Alabama white sauce. This multi-step process insures moistness
of the meat and a complex, layered flavor.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes plus 1 hour for marinade
Cook time: 12 minutes
8 chicken breasts, boneless
and skinless
1 cup water
1 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
Alabama White Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
In medium bowl add brine ingredients and mix well.
Place chicken breasts in brine and refrigerate 1 hour.
Remove chicken breasts from brine and wipe off
excess salt.
In small bowl add Alabama White Sauce ingre-
dients and mix well.
SPreheat charcoal grill to 400F. Place chicken
breasts on hot grate over direct heat 5 to 6 minutes
on each side. Remove chicken breasts from grill
when golden brown and firm to the touch. The
internal temperature of chicken breasts should be
Submerge each chicken breast into bowl of
AlabamaVWhite Sauce. Remove from sauce and

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