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The installation crew works feverishly in the Tuesday i ttcrnoon sun, as they set the Three Soldiers, Detail, in
place. Two of the three replicas are seen in the photo, while the third awaits installation in the crate.

Three Soldiers dedicated Saturday

Three Soldiers, Deiiil. a bronze
sculpture that is the only au-
thorized detail, or partial sculp-
ture, created from the origi-
nal molds used for the Three Service-
men Statue in W.ashingcon. D.C. will
be dedicated at the Veterans Memori-
al Plaza in Apalachicola on S.tuird.i\.
July 12,
The dedication will be at III 30
a m. indy Hart, wife of sculptor Fred-
erick Hart (l'Q43- Iow), will attend the
Jan C. Scruggs. founder and pres-

ident ol the ictin.un Veterans Memo-
rial Fund will be the kcl inot' speaker
Scruggi. was the driingg forcc behind
the etlohr to build the Vietnam Veterans in Washinngton. DC in the
c.irlv 1980s c The Wall. as the Mtrnoriial
is also known, was dedicated in I -'2
The Three Servicemen Statue which is
part of the Memorial site. was created
Il' sculptor Frederick Hart and dedicat-
ed in S-1X4 \\ hIen the statue was dedi-
cated, the entire Memorial was trans-
ferred to the federal governmeiint as a
:giOt to the American people and accept-

ed by then President Ronald REagan
Iihe Vietn.lin Veterans Mm 4onal
Fund is pleased to be part of this effort,
said Scruggps
Another featured speaker at the
event will be Col. Harry Buzzen. one
ol Franklin County's faivort sons.
whose Army career spanned World
War II. Korea and Vietnam. The cer-
cmronv will also feature an exhibi-
tion of Vietnam-era Ilucy helicopters

Continued on Page 18 I

The paradise Lamar built ..-

Time's ticking
Monday, July 07, in the cool
of the morning, the new Vet-
eran's Park city clock in Car-
rabelle was erected. The
clock was donated by Car-
rabelle's Ms. Pat Bragdon,
in honor of her late husband
Sonny. The time may now be
seen by 'Highway 98 traffic
traveling in both directions.
People on foot will soon en-
joy the music feature of the
clock: it can play from a list
of 1,400 tunes.

Chronicle Correspondent
IHundreds of people pass it
every year and hli.ill', miii.
knows it even exists. It is camou-
flaged under a ,ign\ that simply
reads "Airbrush." There. covered
in branches and vines, is a trea-
sure created nmstly from beach
debris that has washed up in the
bay. It is the home of Lamar and
Linda Mitchell.
No words can -i tly describe
what treasures are there at the en-
trance of Eastpoint. Images that
only an artist can see come to
life when Lamar caresses what
seems to be just a piece of cypress
driftwood. A frog appears where
there is only a knot of wood atop

it's wooden at the entrance
of the iJui:l, like ground level. A
nature-made piece of driftwood
that looks like a dolphin 'lirin'
from the i ifi is of a gazebo that
is the entiir y vard of the Mitchells'
You i111.1 have seen La-
mar in the early hours of the di,,
waving to everyone during his
daily walk up and down I lihw.iv
OX Linda Mitchell is a school
teacher here in Eastpoint and the
couple has two daughter, Ash-
lyn, a student at FSU in Tallahas-
see, and Brence, who is the new
mom of 3-month-old grandson,
Natural beauty is not the
only treasure there. Lamar is an

artist of paint, wood, copper and
% r i l Itlin 'g
"I'm pri'.ih'lv the richest
man you know because I have
the freedom to do what I want to
His talents have taken him
i1niii% places and he has always
been able to work as an art-
ist while '.uipprtiing his family.
Now, although he is retired, he
works part time as an airbrush
artist at the lHenna Tatto shop on
St. George Island.
Before the Mitchells made
Eastpoint their home, they lived
in Panama City and Tallahassee,
mi istly. Lamar was one of the first

Continued on Page 10 I

Lamar Mitchell with one of his works of art.

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Page 2 July 11, 2008 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER The Franklin Chronicle

It was a grand Fourth of July Parade

IO 'sWeather

Since I came to this great
Island, this was the biggest, in-
spiringest, thrillingest, red-white-
and-blue-est Fourth of July we've
ever had here. This year's parade
was long and spirited and beauti-
ful fireworks lit up the Island sky
until far into the night,
Mark Twain (1835 1010)
said, "The modern patriotism,
the true patriotism, the only ra-
tional patriotism is loyalty to the
nation all the time, loyalty to the
government when it deserves it."
Saturday we celebrated the
232nd birthday of the lDecla-
ration of Independence with a
rousing tribute to our nation and
the principles upon which it was
founded, Political candidates
showcased themselves, busi-
nesses advertised with elaborate
floats, and many just had ftin rid-
ing in the parade displaying their
loyalty to our nation. From the
beautiful St. George Island tire
truck to sheriff's candidate Bruce
Barnes's bunting streaming bicy-
cle, the parade stretched tfor sev-
eral blocks and was about 45
minutes long. I wish I could have
seen the whole parade but I was
part of the parade showcasing
my candidacy for School Board
and getting doused (along with
everyone else) by water pistols in
the hands of exuberant children
aged 6 to 66! (Now I know why
they call them "Super-soakers)
The fireworks were the best
and lasted the longest I can re.
member. I think some of them
might even have been legal As
I sat on my deck on West G(.ulf
Beach )rive, I was surrounded
by brilliant flashes of color, loud
bangs, and shrill whistles from
away east of the lighthouse to as
far west as I could see. If I looked
to the north there were displays
of fiery rainbow colors over the
bay as well. The displays lasted
almost continuously from dark
until about 10:30. I hate to be a
party pooper but I hope people
have been picking up the trash
left from all that pyrotechnic en-
thusiasm. It's unsightly and hard
on our sea life.
We may not always be-
lieve in the direction our govern-

Frow the IsLaM;

By Tom Loughridge
ment is taking and we may feel a
strong duty to grumble and dis-
agree but by George, you had bet-
ter not try to interfere with the
celebration of our love for this
nation that gives us the freedom,
even the duty, to grumble and dis-
Turtle reminder
peaking of sea life, there are
two more chances to learn about
sea turtles at the presentations at
the SGI volunteer tire Depart-
ment at 324 E. Pine St. The last
three programs will begin at 2:30
PM on July 16, 23, and 30.
Pier update
The SGI fishing pier has been
reopened with new steps leading
up to the pier. The ribbon cut-
ting for the new boat launch fa-
cility under the south end of the
Island bridge was conducted on
Thursidav. Julv 3. and the fishing
pier i-ropened shortly .lter
(hat [hle pIresdent of HCl Civil
Construction, Inc. Hobby Sulli,
van. inloirld ilme that they had .1
crew of 10i to 15 men working ito
finiih the project, which wa.s, tin
ished two weeks ahead of 'ched
ule and well under budget Now
that's news yvou don't hear ve\:v
often Usually it's a million dol-
lars over budget and a year be-
hind schedule Congratulations,
BCL. for doing what you said
you would do. I know. folks, that
should be expected and shouldn't
be something to congratulate a
business for but it has become
so unusual that I felt some rec-
ognition should go to a compa-
ny that keeps its promise. Coun-
ty Commissioner Russell Croft-
on was on hand to thank all the


Michael Morone (right) of the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, holds the ceremonial ribbon tight
as County Commission Chairman Noah Locklcy (left) cuts the ribbon. Other commissioners
are, from left, Cheryl Sanders, Russell Crofton, Joseph Parrish and Bevin Putnal.


people responsible for the suc-
cessful completion of the proj-
ect and help with the ceremonial
ribbon cutting. In response to my
question about tile future of the
handicapped access rilmp, Frank-
lin County Director of Adminis-
trative Services Alan Pierce, said
that bids will be let for thle com-
pletion of the ramp on August 5.
No other completion dates have
been set.
Storm season
lIlurlricane season is upon us.
The first hurricane of the season,
Hurricane Bertha, is churning
its way across the Atlantic and
threatens the island of Bermuda
by sometime around Saturday al-
though it could miss the island
nation altogether and drift off
without touching land at all. Ber-
tha formed off the coast of Afri-
ca last Thursday. It's unusual for
storms to come from so far east
this early in the season and fore-
casters are saying that it could
foreshadow a heightened storm
season We might hope for a re-
run of last season's low storm ac-
tivity but don't bet on it. To be on
the safe side, pick up a copy of the
-2008 Hurricane Survival Guide
for the Capital Area". The guides
are available at the Apalachico-
Ia Bayv Chamlber of Commerce
office at 122 Commerce St and
,t nnv are.i churches and busi-
nelcws lie guides cre fre a .nd
.nr packed with \.luablc inflor
n.aion 'luc'h t.i lmaps of tihe dan.
ge: .>tas,. %shelter inlorm.iton.
c-\.ti.utiiion mps, and advice on
how best to protect your homes,
families. pets. and personal prop-
crtv I hurricanes aren't something
we should be obsessive .about but
au i'tn ,alw.iv pIVN oil
"The big lesson I learned
from I lumcanc Kiatnna is that we
have to bI thinking about the un-
thinkable because sometimes the
unthinkable happens." Michael
Leavit", Secretary of Health and
Human Services.
So. until next week, keep in
touch, keep those local events
in the public eye and may God
Phone (850) 927-2899.


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Florida At A Glance

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Area Cities

Clearwater 92
Crestview 93
Daytona Beach 93
Fort Lauderdale 89
Fort Myers 94
Galmesvlle 93
Hollywood 89
Jacksonville 87
Key West 88
Lady Lake 87
Lake City 93
Madison 95
Melbourne 90
Miami 88
N Smyma Beach 92


Panama City
Plant City
Pompano Beach
Port Charlotte
Saint Augustine
Saint Petersburg
W Palm BeachI

74 rain
75 t-storm
76 t-storm
73 t-storm
78 t-storm
73 rain
72 rain
80 t-storm
74 t-storm
72 t-storm
76 t-storm
73 t-storm
75 t-storm
76 t-storm

National Cities

Los Angoles

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mlt sunny
mist sunny
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New York
San Franosco
St. Louis
Washington. DC

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Moon Phases

First Full Last New
Jul 10 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 1

UV Index
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue
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The Franklin Chronicle

The Franklin Chronicle A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER July 11, 2008 Page 3

Coneernod CHizens of Franklin County





More than a year ago, the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County (CCFC) was formed by local people as a citizens' advocate to
ensure that our county governments are more open, affordable, efficient and responsive to all citizens. The organization seeks
to hold public officials accountable for their actions as they carry out their duties and in meeting their financial responsibilities
to taxpayers. Our goal is for everyone to pay lower property taxes so the government is more fairly and effectively run.
This year, as county officials make decisions that touch all of us, CCFC will report to you regularly on important governmental
issues and actions. As promised a year ago, these reports will be factual, timely and double checked by experts.

The CCFC wants everyone to pay their fair share of property taxes. Fair property taxes start with property that is appraised
properly, tied to fair market value, and homestead laws equally and fairly applied. Unfortunately, we have found instances
where some property is assessed below market value, based on recent transactions. We've also found instances of properties
being granted homestead status improperly. Owners of these properties pay less tax than they should. As a result, you pay
more. That's not right. I lere are three examples based on recent transactions or appraisals, all taken from the public record. For
each example, we have provided the Property Identification Number (PI\N#) at the bottom of this ad if you wish to verify the
1. The properties in Apalachicola where The I lut restaurant formerly was located were recently sold for $1,050,000. The
properties are presently carried on the County Tax IDigest at $93,2%. The land use classification was switched from
"Commercial" to "Residential, Vacant" in the Property Appraiser's public records. That means the property will be taxed at a
significantly lower rate. That's outrageous.
2. The Best Western Motel is owned by a corporation, vet the property is homesteaded under the Florida Save Our Homes Cap.
Florida law prohibits homesteading for corporate properties and partnerships (Florida Statutes, Sections 196.030 and 196.041).
That means the property taxes from the motel are much lower than they should be. That's outrageous.
3. A home at 833 W. Gorrie Drive on St. George Island has homestead status, yet it is owned by a Partnership. That is not
allowed under the same Florida law cited in No. 2 above. That's outrageous.
In the weeks ahead, we will give you many more examples of unfair actions by our county government that causes Nyour taxes to
be too high. Stay tuned. It gets worse.

CCFC is working for positive change in our county government. It is our government, and ours to improve. Join us. Give us
your ideas so we can be even better informed. ( ie us some of your time so we can benefit from your talents. Help us protect
our rights and pocketbooks by joining the CCFC today. Visit and click on "Membership." Your
generous membership contribution will help us meet the challenges we face. Together we will have a powerful voice. We can
and will make a difference.

Address: P.O. Box 990 Eastpoint, FL 32328 Phone: 850-653-5571
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Random thoughts

About bears
So it finally happened.
After a year in Franklin County, I saw my first bear.
It was just a few hundred yards from the bear crossing sign on S.R.
319 just northeast of SummerCamp.
I saw it a distance, standing on the shoulder of'the highway, look
ing across the road. lle turned and ran toward the woods, then turned
again and ran back to thile highway, then turned again and bolted into
the woods out of sight. It was actually the second bear I had seen in
Franklin County, counting the bear I saw crossing SR 65 in 2001. But
this was the first bear I've seen since moving to Eastpoint one year ago
this month
I know, it's no big deal. It
seems like everyone else around
here sees beats routinely, but it was
still amazing for me
There's something really
amazing about seeing a wild ani-
rmal. I still consider myself' fortu-
nate when I see an alligator's head
on the surfaclie of a pond, despite
the fact that I've seen hundreds of
them through the years,
To e I dt tor And turkeys are common.
but it month ago, when I sa w two
By Russell Roberts adults and a half-dozen chicks on
U S. 27 near the Georgia state line,
I still slowed to watch them cross the highway
Heck, I'll even study a scraggly old coyote when I see one
Deer? That's another story. I see too many of them I worked a
night shift in a previous job, and it often felt like I was driving through
a herd of deer while heading home on a rural road, and more than
once I had to swerve and brake hard to avoid a collision
Still, when I recently saw eight of them grazing along a road. I
slowed and told my 5-year-old son to look
Unimpressed. he looked nonchalantly and said. "I'vr seen
deers before."
About lawsuits
Fairly in my career as a reporter, I recall my rookic enthusiasm
when I brought a story idea to a wise old editor I can't recaall the details
of the case, but somebody had sued someone for something alleging
all kinds of awful shortcomings, so I figured I had a story
I figured wrong.
After pitching the story to my editor, he cut me off and rejected
the story with six words I've remembered ever since.
"Anybody can sue anyone for anything," he said
That's why I can't too excited about the lawsuit filed by the former
office manager of the Lanark Water & Sewer Distnrict who lost her job
when the district was abolished
The ridiculousness of the lawsuit is astounding
The lawyer who filed must be hoping the city's attorney will set-
tIle the case to avoid the expense of defending this absurd legal claim
Surely she must know the case has no merit.
Well, like they say, anybody can sue anyone for anything'!

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Franklin County's turnstyle bridge

made a permanent impression

There are certain people who are particularly
concerned with the question "what's important?"
Philosophers, writers, and talk show hosts are a few.
As an aspiring "internationally famous winter and
author" for most of my teenage and adult life, this
has always been one of my particular concerns. Not
too many hopeful writers become international-
ly famous writing about things that really aren't all
that imponitant So every time that a writer takes pen
in hand or puts finger to keyboard he must ask him-
self. "Is writing about the fact that I was born with
six toes on my nght foot really all that important to
the rest of mankind; or is the fact that every time I
eat a peanut but-
ter sandwich I
get indigestion
more grippingg"
Over the
years this di-
lemma has per-

pcared. Now
come an "old
person" overnight, I have no problem in figuring
out what events of my past are important enough to
write about. It s robelativly easy these days.
I figure tha ip-f I can still remember this partic-

ular happenstance from my ancient past it must be
important. I mean I have already forgotten more
than most young people Richarned the first thirty
years" of other life. Actually I have consider this to be one
of my biggpat art achievements to date.

Mark Twain once said something to this effect;
"My memory has now gotten tasy thee point that the
only figure thatings I remember fr sure ar those things that
never happentanedm my all." And cient pamust sayit must bedo
rethan most young people have learned mblethe firt ththairti remark
Strangely enough our first day here in Eass point
and Franklin County is still vivid in my memory's

W"My memory plowing through main streehat Apala-
chicola in our Chevy Van towing our Airstream

surprise was appenosted as thrilling as the day arrived

in Mena, Arkansas on the annual celebration day of
Lure and Abner.
We were thrilled by all the excitement. We
were gawking every which way until we got to inthe
Apalach Bridge. Some contraption vivid in like a raiy'soad
crossing ge came plowtumbling down in front of oupala-
truck and the middle of the bridge turned side-

ways. We didn't know what the heck was going on. I
now know that type bridge was called a "turnstyle"

We peeked around and watched some of the
other vehicles that were backed up behind us. Many

of them turned off their ignitions, left their vehicles
and began wandering around on the bridge. We de-
cided to do likewise. A few Gulf shrimp trawlers
were lined up waiting to pass through the turnstyle.
There was a bridge operator sitting in a glass
room high up on the bridge and she waved to the
shrimp boat captains as they slowly floated through
the newly made temporary hole in the bridge. The
shrmp boats looked older and even more antiquat-
ed than the bridge.
Since Carol and I were hoboes with no partic-
ular place to go and no certain time to be there, we
just stood on the bridge and watched. It took quite
some time for the few shrimp trawlers to get clear of
the bridge and on their path out to the Gulf.
Neither of us mentioned it but I know we were
both thinking how truly un-American this whole
deal was. Can you imagine in New York City or
Boston or Chicago if a bridge split open every so
many hours and tied up the traffic for fifteen min-
utes to a half hour? Why my goodness, there would
be riots in the streets.
But here in Apalach everyone turned off their
ignitions, left their vehicles and stood around on a
bridge pointing, gawking, giggling and chit-chat-
I really didn't know what to make of it. I mean
in a world where every day was go-go-go and time
was money, here's this bridge that opens up in the
middle of the afternoon, stops all the traffic and
commuters and most surprising of all nobody is
complaining. They're all acting as if this is an every-
day type thing and, of course, it was. It was hard
to believe.
We immediately decided that we had to stay
here for a day or two and check this strange com-
munity out. There may have been other places with
bridges like this but in all our travels we never saw
We found a little campground right on the wa-
ter for $25 a week rent and then we ran over to an-
other bridge and fished off the "catwalk" not too
many places had catwalks either. We caught the big-
gest flounder that I had ever caught in my life and a
great big red fish.
It was a memorable day. And now 25 to 30
years have passed and we are still here. To be honest
there has not been a week that has gone by in all this
time that I haven't thought of hitting the open road
once again but yet I haven't. Someone once said to
me that once you get some of that Eastpoint sand
in your shoes, you just can't get rid of it. So far that
seems to be the case.
Hobo-ing America and A Summer with Charlie
are books written by Richard E. Noble. They are both for
sale on Richard Noble is a freelance writ-
er and has been a resident of Eastpoint for 30 years If
you would like to stock his books in your store or business
he can be contacted at richandedwardnoble@gtcom. net or
call 850-670-8076.


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Page 4 July 11, 2008

The Franklin Chronicle


Talking makes this a new day, a new outlook

There are times in everyone's
life when it seems that the very
words you speak can often come
back speaking at you louder than
spoken by you.
As the Franklin County Sea-
food Workers Secretary, I often
have a voice in matters that are
important to the men and wom-
en we represent. I feel very privi-
leged to be able to have that voice
and I try hard to represent them
in a manner that is beneficial to
them, As hard as I try sometimes
I feel I have failed in that there are
times we still feel we are the for-
gotten people.
While every effort has been
made to have their stories told,
to give others better understand-
ing of how and why the seafood
workers feel the way they do and
why we are fighting so hard to
hold on to a life that others see as
no great loss. It is often not easy
to continue to speak when you
feel it is falling on deaf ears.
Just about the time I start to
question if we are really getting
the message across to people, if
it really matters at all, or if it is
worth even trying along comes
yet one more second wind.
The FCSWA has been very
proud to take part in being able
to speak with the Corps of En-
gineers, Tri-Rivers Association,
Apalachicola Riparian County
Coalition and many of' the ma-
jor representatives and associates
working on the ACF Issues. In
conjunction with the Apalachi-
cola Riverkeepers, we have been
able to speak out on all our be-

T ie C&LL Iro
By Linda Raffield
half to ensure we receive fair con-
sideration in the ACF Issues.
There have been few times
when we have felt so proud or
have been so confident in what
we do, and what we say and how
effective it is as now.
Monday evening, we dined
with many of the key stakehold-
ers and the Corps of Engineers
while discussing in a casual set-
ting the concerns for which we all
tifeel very passionate. Early Tues-
day we were able to host a boat
ride on the bay with a hands-on
tour of the seafood workers do-
ing what they do best, harvesting
oysters, and we were well pleased
with the response from General
Schrodel and Colonel Jorns.
It was very efr'reshing to
find out that the Corps of Engi-
neers are not the stuflcd shirt.
stilT necked, uncarinng folks that
we had originally envisioned.
bit lountiil thim to IV' \riv nll
derstanding. and intently inter-
ested on our perspective of the
problems with the ACF Issues
In actuality there was a shared
exchange of information and

Oystermen tong in Apalachicola Bay.
knowledge that we all seemed sumptious as the ones we consid-
to benefit from and we left feel- cred to be "our enemy."
ing that this truly was a huge step While we have all pro-
in the right direction to working claimed the "human element" or
on a pmrblem and helping to find "human equation" to be lacking
lIttcr oluiiolns in the irepois, istalitsti.s and data,
A. I spoke to them, and lis- the fact is that we have given little
tcned as they spoke, it dawned on thought to the "human element"
me that. we as seafood workers, from their perspective. Those
as a community and as a state, who we might perceive as, at the
have been as guilty, and as pre- very least, "a threat" to our way


of life and our needs, have been
overlooked for their compassion,
understanding and rationale.
When we stopped judging,
and started interacting with each
other much was accomplished
and it was most certainly a new
day, a new outlook.

Why have so many fees in Clerk's Office gone up?

Q. Why have so many of the
fees you collect in the Clerk's Of-
fice gone up recently?
A. The Florida Legislature,
not the Clerk's Office or local ju-
diciary, regulates court fees. Fees
have not been adjusted since 2004
when a revision of Article V of
the Florida Constitution altered
how the court system is fund-
ed. The fee increases are expect-
ed to ease, but not eliminate, next
year's budget shortfalls in the state
court system. Governor Charlie
Crist signed new legislation that
increased many court-related fees

By Marcia Johnson
Clerk of Courts
effective July 1. 2008. The bill, ti-
tiled CS/SB 1790, r.used fees on a
wide variety of activities, includ-
ing divorce and other civil filings,

tenant evictions, applying for a
public defender, traffic infraction
fines, and some criminal prosecu-
tions. The bill also added some
new fees, including a $10 charge
for issuing a summons and a $295
fee for filing a counterclaim.
Some examples of the in-
creases are as follows: Filing a di-
vorce increased from $352.50 to
$397 50. filing foreclosure actions
increased from $255 to $300, evic-
tions increased from $80 to $270.
speeding of 10 to 14 mph over the
limit increased from $155.50 to
$173.00, and FWC moving boat-

ing violations increased from $65
to $90. In addition, many of the
service charges collected by the
Clerk increased.
The changes will generate
revenue for the state's general rev-
enue fund, and part will be al-
located for the Florida's courts,
prisons, state attorney, public de-
fender, and other related offices.
While the Clerk's office is respon-
sible for collecting the fees for the
various court-related activities,
it will not receive any additional
revenue from these increases, as
it will be distributed to the State

Department of Revenue Gener-
al Fund.
The Clerk is currently in the
process of updating her website,
and a list of the most commonly
used fees will be available online
upon completion of the upgrade.
If you have any questions or comn-
ments about this column, please for-
ward them to: Marcia Johnson, Clerk
of the Court, 33 Market Street, Ste
203, Apaladcola, Florida, 32320, or
by e-mail to: mmrnohnson@fianklin-, Visit theClerk's website at

The Franklin Chronicle


July 11, 2008 Page 5

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People lined up along the railing at the Riverfront Pavilion to
view the fireworks display.

And a fine Fourth it was!

Carrabelle Beach filled up
early, as folks arrived by 8 a.m.
and staked out their tables under
the pavilions, set up their umbrel-
las and portable cabanas on the
beach, positioned the grills and
coolers, and let the kids loose to
frolic on the sand and in the wa-
ter. Seagulls gathered along the
fence, eying the picnic prepara-
tions and planning their raiding
In town, traffic was brisk
and visitors plentiful, resulting in
happy vendors celebrating a good
day in retail after so many dismal
weeks in recent months.
As dark-thirty approached,
pedestrians and vehicles slowly
converged on Marine Street, con-
gealing in the vicinity of the Riv-
erfront Pavilion.
An overcast sky and a stormy
forecast continued to loom over
the town, but the threatened ramn
never arrived, and the fireworks
began with a boom to the expect-
ed chorus of ooohs! and aaahs'
from the audience gathered along
the riverfront.
The Riverfront pavil-
ion was the place to be, and it
was crowded with folks, many
of whom had arrived early with
lawn chairs and umbrellas, well-
prepared to remain in comfort for
the show.
The professional
display went on for a
good long while, and
when a multiple ex-
plosion of starbursts
and whirligigs appar-
ently signaled the fi-
nale, many cries of
"That's all?" echoed
along the docks, only
to be hushed by a re-
newed volley of more
showers of flaming
sparks in many-hued
The grande fi-
nale was spectacu-
lar and unmistakable
with the traditional
finish of red, white
and blue, punctuated
for a full.minute bv K
the deafening booms
of the "bombs" set
off among the spar-
kles. The crowd gave
a burst of applause
for the show, and
gradually dispersed
to continue their cel-
ebrations at home,
where many private
displays glowed in
the skies around the
area well into the
And the Time

First thing Mon-
day morning, the
technician arrived

I Arow.K C rrbette

By Laurel Newman
to install the City of Carrabelle's
new town center clock in Veterans
Park. After installing the clock on
its pedestal mount, the time and
chimes were set under the watch-
ful eyes of City Manager John
Mclnnas, Mayor Curley Messer.
City Clerk Couriney Mallender.
and clerk Kcisha Smith
The clock has Westminnster
chimes, and strikes on the qutar.
ter. and chimes count out on the
hour, It is sct to play '"Taps" at six
p.n., and then the chimes stay si.
lent until the following morning
at six a.m. So for 12 hours of the
day, citizens of Carrabelle and
visitors will be kept aware of the
passing of that day by the melo-
dious tones from the town center

William Massey, Carrabelle's supervisor
of the Streets and Roads Department,
admires the new clock.

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Page 6 July I, 2008

Tlis or nC iAYEDJl

Athletic Woes


55 years of volunteer

service honored
On Friday June 20, at a special ceremony at an American Red
Cross Disaster Services gathering, Carrabellc volunteer Don
MacLean was recognized for 55 years of volunteer services
for the ARC. "I've been through hurricanes, mudslide, earth-
quakes, tornadoes and floods," he said. "Some years there arc
a lot, some there arc none. But when they call me, I go." Ma-
cLean is also a Lanark Village Volunteer fireman, and also
donates his time to the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum.

Call 697-2046

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Non-fiction, Health & Nutrition, Religion. Sci-Fi.
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This Week's Answer

Cogno's Corner

Answer to question #229 is: True.
The Sun, like other stars, is all boiling gas and plasma. There
is no solid surface anywhere inside it. However, it is difficult to
imagine a spaceship that could withstand the heat, pressure and
friction, while somehow keeping you safe inside!

1. Secret store
6. Iron-gloved god
10. Rod Stewart
14. Skater-turned-
actress Sonja
15. Novelist Jaffe
16. Small, at
17. Actor In a crowd
18. Cast-of-thousands
19. Essayist's alias
20 Hurt athlete's
least favorite
23 Apt. extras
26 Tennis do-over
27. Bottomless pit
28. Not of the cloth
30. Yes-man
33. salts
34. Klutz's comment
35. _-mo replay
38. Hurt athlete's
least favorite
42. Yodeter's perch
43. WWll-era pope
44. Former Three
Stooges associate
45. Bonn's river
47. Nurses, at a bar
48. Claro residue
51. One in a six-pack
52. Suffix with acetyl
53. Hurt athlete's
least favorite
system of
58. Cookie holders
59. Male porker
60. French fries
source. slang ly
64 "Bus Stop'
65. "Arivederc.
66. "The Gift of the
Mag literary

67. Middling grades
68. Taken by mouth
69. Name in fine

1. "Thats all _
2. Cowpoke's
3. Aardvark's morsel
4. Impersonal letter
5 It may keep fast
food warm
6 Doggie bonus
7. Kachina dol-
making tribe
8 "Come _. the
waters fine"
9. Talatdega 500.
10. Words after
'slowly I turned
." in a comic

11. "Roots" author
12. Name after
13. jaw (pug's
21. Fam. member
22. Pop
23. A Baldwin brother
24. "It's a Wonderful
Life" director
25. Rope fiber
29. Makes more
30. Knitted cap
31. Important work
32. Naked _)aybird
34. Father of 6-Across
36. Car dealers
37. Fabric created by
39. Prefix with center
or dermis


40. Nasal woe
41. 1/1 song title word
46. FDR's successor
47. Mattress problem
48. Storage place
49. 59-Across. e.g.
50. Piece of hardware
on a 55-Down
51. Reef makeup
54. River of Spain
55. Way in or out
56. Tibetan monk
57. Fish used in
gefifte fish
61. Excessively
62. Put a stop to
63. Nursery rhyme

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Now serving some of the
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Sunday- Friday
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Page 8 July 11, 2008


The Franklin Chronicle

kBy Jeff IIamd




Fishing for

Flounder were featured onil
both the angling and the culinary
menu this past week.
I have been catching an oc-
casional flounder here and there
in the East and St. Marks rivers
but never more than one or two,
either on shrimp or the Gulp! 3"
molting shrimp on a 1/8 oz. Jig-
Well, Capt. Rick, out of the
spirit of friendship, netted a buck-
et tull of finger mullet and 2-3 in
pintish for me last week liHe
couldn't make the trip so Don
Mincy and Ax Kemp of Apalach
came with me. Caught four tine
flounder between l band 21 inch-
es using a Carolina rig with 18
inches of 14 lb. test fluorocarbon
leader (for those new to fishing,
fluoro leader is virtually invisible
in the water) and one of those
live baits hooked through the lips
on a 1/0 hook and slowly worked
along the bottom. We fished the
sandy bottom points in the above-
named rivers. A couple of nice
keeper speckled trout and a mess
of croakers rounded out the
I thought I really had this
flounder stuff figured out! So
back I went to the same place,
same tide and time with live well
full of fresh live bait. You can
probably guess, no fish and only
2 bites in 3 hours. Always a hum-
bling experience (see the column
on "25 Reasons Why You Didn't
Get'Em"). But there was some
consolation. Brought that 21 inch
flounder to Tamara's Cafe in
Aplalach and master chef James
Ponder cooked it 2 different ways
for my wife Carolyn and I. Talk
about fine dining!
Offshore fishing at the
Apalach Reef produced some
red snapper, some of those 5-8 Ib
grey snapper, the usual collection
of sharks, large and small, and
just about all the king mackerel
you could catch.


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joined Capt Rack and I on the
trip Don landed a scrappy 15-20
lb cobia At the same moment
that fish struck, Rick also had
on a much bigger cobia which
he brought to the surface quick-
ly, but that battle was far from
over. Your intrepid reporter fool-
ishly attempted to gaff that still
'green' fish. Rick yelled 'no, not
yet!,' I jabbed at the fish with the
gaff and a brand new heavy Penn
Stammer rod snapped like a dry
twig! I did get a new rod at no
cost to replace that one but still
felt kind of dumb My outstand-
ing catch that day was a 26 Ib
king mackerel. What made it un-
usual was that it was landed on
a tiny I/O hook and 30 Ib mono
leader instead of the normal wire
leader to guard against the for-
midablc set of sharp teeth on the

kingfish These fish arc hitting
free-lined cigar minnows with
reckless. abandon these days so
if you want a great battle get out
there now The limit as 2 per an-
gler. 24" to the fork and please re-
lease any fish that you don't real-
ly need
A big black drum
In news of other outstand-
ing catches, Hank Garen Jr. land-
ed a 46 lb. black drum near the
Apalach Bridge The specks have
beccn biting around Cat Point Bar.
according to Hank's uncle
Charles Pennycuff of Fisher-
man's Choice Bait and Tackle in



Eastpoint. Also whiting and an
occasional speck can be had in
the SGI surf.
SGI facility open
The new launching ramp at
the SGI end of the SGI Bridge is
now open as well as the fishing
pier therm. Folks who know are
getting a variety of fish off that
pier. If you want to Try it, stop in
and see Charles or Rex and they
will fix you up with bait, tackle
and good info.
Youth tourney
There will be a Youth Fish-
ing Tournament (up to 15 years

of age) at C-Quarters Marina in
Carrabelle on Saturday, July 19.
It will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and is strictly river and bay. Call
Millard at 697-8400 for details
and registration. Free rods and
reels will be given to the first 100
registrants and there will be hot
dogs etc.
Major bite times:
Fri. July 11 7:09 AM
Sat. July 12 7:51 AM
Sun. July 13 8:33 AM
Mon. July 14 9:17 AM
Tues. July 15 10:02 AM
(Note: the major bite gener-
ally lasts about 2 hours)
Good fishing and tight lines!




*Proven Leadership



Committed to Serving and Protecting

Re-Elect Mike Mock for Sheriff on August 26,,2008
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On July 27th and August 31st
Trinity Church will hold its
8:00 a.m. service t Lafayette lPark
All are welcome
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Kids' fishing tournament next Saturday

Clinic planned
the day before

Chronicle Correspondent
The 19th Annual C-Quarters
Youth Fishing Tournament will
be held next Saturday, July 19th,
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., based at C-
Quarters Marina in Carrabelle.
Members of the now-defunct
Timber Island Yacht Club began
this popular annual event in 11 I
to encourage parents to share the
pleasures of fishing with their
children, and instill the apprecia-
tion of( the sport in order to de-
velop a lifelong practice that \'ill
continue to give satisfaction ltobr
years to come. C -Quarters now
sponsors tihe event, in order to
keep the tradition alive.
"This year, we have over Wti
children registered already," said

OK thewaterfOwt

By Laurel Newman
tout nainent coordinator Millard
Collins. "'ach child will receive
a rod and Ieel and aI T-shuit Siitui
day motining, but they must have
a parent with them to receive
these items.
"e at e organtiing to ha.ive
some shr imp and squids for then,
too, and lots of other goodies."
Children up to the age of 15 can
fish in tihe tournament, and there
is no entry fee.

Weigh-ins will go on all day,
right up to 4 p.m., when all fish
and their catchers should be back
at the marina. The children can
fish anywhere along the river or
in the bay, but may not go past
the barrier islands. (Dog Island
and St. C;eorge.)
light species of fish will be
awarded: Speckled tiout, Iloun
dei, all catfish, black sea bass,
pinlish, croaker (piglish), Spani
isih mackerel, and sheepshead.
After the weigh-ins and
awards, thele will be plenty of
hot dogs, chips, baked beans and
drinks lin all the young anglers
and their paienIts.
Clinic planned
In Ipeparation for the tour-
n.unent, organizer Millard Col-
lins has announced that there will
be a youth fishing clinic held on
Friday, July 18, from 6-8 p.m. at
C-Quarters in Carrabelle.

Apalachicola River among great catfish spots

The living is easy in Florida
this summer, and the catfish are
abundant in the state's fresh wa-
Anglers from throughout the
United States and from numer-
ous countries around the world,
flock to Florida, and many fresh-
water catfish species will attract
anglers to Florida's diverse fisher-
ies as well this summer. With va-
cations in full swing (or cast, as
the case may be), and gas prices
restricting long-distance travel,
more than ever, we will see an-
glers from neighboring states and
Florida coming to wet a line in
our prolific waters
Channel cats (Florida's re-
cord 44.5 pounds) with their
deeply forked tails, whiskered
faces and spotted sides are the
most common of our catfish and
found everywhere, except the
Keys. Channel catfish typically
school where the bottom drops
off sharply to deeper water. They
usually do not hide within vege-
tation but can be found outside
on the deepwater side of weed
beds. Stink baits fished on the
bottom are popular for channels.
White catfish (Florida's re-
cord 18.9 pounds) share some
similarities. However, the tail isn't
as deeply forked and the lobes
of the tail fin are more round-
ed. White catfish prefer live bait,
such as a minnow or worm.


Blue catfish (Flonda's record
61 5 pounds) ,re bigger than ei-
ther channels or whites Not only
does their coloring diJtanguish
them. but also the long flat .anal
fin on their belly and hump in
front of the back fin give them a
distinct look These nrver fish in-
habit fresh water in Northwest
Florida. Use cut or live fish baits
with heavy sinkers and bottom
Flathead catfish (Flonda's re-
cord 49.4 pounds), like blues, are
not native to Florida. As a result,
intense harvest of them is encour-
aged. Do not move or live-release
flatheads into other waters. They
are solitary fish that are more dif-
ficult to catch than the others but
are taken with similar equipment
to blues.
Bullheads, the smallest of
the targeted catfish, are identified
by squared-off tails and a heavier

skull than other catfish. The yel-
low bullhead's barbels (whiskers)
aire pale; on a brown bullhead, the
barbels are dark Bullheads are
caught mostly at might on dough-
balls or on worms or crickets dur-
ing daylight hours. They are very
frequently taken for food, and
there is no bag limit on them.
Catfish angling shines dur-
ing the warmer months, but
these fish can be caught year-
round While fishing can be good
throughout the day. catfish are
usually most actir in the morn-
ing and evening Fish on the hot.
toim using a wide vaincty of baits.
fioom chicken lives to comniner-
cAl stink b.aIs, to catch most cat-
fish Catfish also can be caught
on live baits such as small shiners
and minnows fished near the bot-
tom Catfish in lakes and ponds
with automatic fish feeders con-
centrate near these feeders and
can be caught on small pieces of
dog food. bread or hot dogs.
Top spots for catching catfish
occur all over the state
The Apalachicola River of-
fers excellent fishing for chan-
nel. flathead and blue catfish.
Live bream fished on the bottom
work well for big flatheads, while
stink baits or night crawlers (also
fished on the bottom) should do
the tnck for channels. Try fresh
cut bait. such as mullet, if pur-
suing blue catfish The Choctaw-

hatchee River provides outstand-
ing fishing for channel and flat-
head catfish. Try live bream on
the bottom for flatheads up to
30 pounds. Stink baits or night
crawlers fished on the bottom
will do the trick for channels.
The Escambia River gen-
crates quality opportunities for
blue. channel and flathead cat-
fish. Savvy anglers will fish live
bream on the bottom for big flat-
heads and stink baits or night
crawlers for channel cats.
The Ochlocknee River of-
fers excellent fishing for bullhead,
channel, flathead and white cat-
fish Try deep rivers bends with
structure farther downstream for
flatheads as well.
Joe Budd Pond (Gadsden
County). a 20-acre impound-
ment, provides excellent chan-
nel catfishing. Fishing worms or
night crawlers on the bottom are
all that is needed for great catch-
es. Fish can be caught from shore
or from a boat. Gasoline motors
are not permitted. A harvest limit
of six channel catfish per person,
per day is strictly enforced.
Florida earned the title "Fish-
ing Capital of the World" by cou-
pling its great resources with re-
sponsible management of those
resources by the FWC. Help keep
Florida the Fishing Capital by
following sound conservation

"We'll be teaching them knot
tying, how to rig a rod, baiting
the hooks, and casting," he said.
"There will be a casting contest,
and I have a really nice rod and
reel for the winner of the con-
Collins said that he hopes all
the youngsters who plan to fish
in the tout nament will attend the
fishing clinic. "It will give them
a. head start on the basics of lfish-
ing," he said. "Even if they think
they know how to do these things,
a little refresher course can't hurt.
Besides," he continued, "they can
pick up their rods and reels and
i-shirts Friday night, and get an
early start fishing Saturday morn-
A parent must accompany
the registered participants in or-
der to pick up their rods and reels
and T-shirts, either Friday eve-
ning or Saturday morning.

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News froi^ FWC

Sturgeon warning
A sturgeon jumped into a
boat cruising down the Suwan-
nee River on Saturday, but there
were no injuries to the passengers
in the vessel.
"Fortunately, no one was in-
jured during this encounter," said
Maj. Lee Beach, FWC region-
al commander from Lake City.
"However, this is an opportuni-
ty to remind people that sturgeon
are in the Suwannee River, and
the chance of an encounter does
What can you do to protect
"We recommend boaters re-
duce their speed to reduce the
risk of impact and to give peo-
ple more time to react if they do
encounter a jumping sturgeon,"
Beach said. "And always wear
your life jacket, even if you're a
good swimmer. It's hard to swim
if you're unconscious."
The Suwannee River appears
to support the largest viable pop-
ulation of Gulf sturgeon. Biolo-
gists estimate the population at
6,500 to 7,500 fish, each averag-
ing approximately 40 pounds.
They have also been reported in
the Apalachicola River. Gulf
sturgeon can get quite big, ex-
ceeding 7 feet and 170 pounds.
They have five rows of rock-hard
'scutes' along their sides, back
and belly. Sturgeon are a protect-
ed species and may not be har-
Watch out for birds
FWC has asked beachgoers
statewide to be mindful of nest-
ing birds, as even a minor distur-
bance could destroy a nest "Just
approaching a bird is enough to
flush birds away from their nest,"
said Ricardo Zambrano, an FWC
biologist. "When birds are forced
to fly off their eggs, it exposes the
chicks to predators." A variety
of protected birds are currently
nesting on Florida's beaches, in-
cluding terns, black skimmers,
snowy plovers and Wilson's plo-
vers. Earlier this year, the FWC
and other agencies posted signs
around many nesting areas on
Florida's beaches. These closed
areas protect the nesting birds
from unnecessary disturbances
and prevent humans from step-
ping on their nests.

July 11, 2008 Page 9


The Franklin Chronicle

David Ray Ard running for County Commission

Hello, my name is David Ray
Ard, I am a candidate for the of-
fice of Franklin County Commis-
sioner representing the constit-
uents of District One. I and my
parents, Eunice and Carl Ard, are
part of six generations of fami-
ly that live and work in this Dis-
trict. I am 52 years old and have
been a life-long member of East-
point Holiness Church. In 1974, 1
graduated from Carrabelle High
School with honors and contin-
ued my education at Tallahas-
see Community College where I
earned an Associates of Arts De-
gree and completed the Licensed
Practical Nurse Program. From
1978 to 1986, 1 was fortunate to
be elected to serve as a member

of the Franklin County School
Board and to serve as chairman
for the last four years. Those of
you who know me personally
know that I have worked in and
on behalf of the Seafood Indus-
try for 38 years,
In 1978, 1 purchased a sea-
food processing plant and retail
market where we processed oys-
ters, shrimp, clams, crab meat
and various types of fish. For 17
years, the processing plant pro-
vided employment for as many as
250 workers daily 1 believe that
these experiences have educated
me and have helped me to under-
stand the problems that our sea-
food industry faces, Over the past
15 years, I have managed Ard's
Services in Eastpoint.
When elected as your

County Commissioner, I will be
available to you 24 hours a day
and 7 days a week. I will have an
open door policy. I look forward
to the opportunity to meet and
talk to you about your concerns
for our county and how we can
grow in a responsible manner. I
believe responsible growth will
increase jobs and educational op-
portunities throughout our coun-
ty. As your Commissioner, I will
strive for better infrastructure for
the entire county. I would help
to find solutions for problems
of flooding. I would like to add
benches, bathrooms and running
water to our fishing piers and
make them handicap accessible.
One of the most important issues
is the paving of our streets.
While walking and cam-

paigning, I have been asked nu-
merous times where I stand on
the tax situation. My response
has always been the same. I real-
ize that many people 65 years and
older are having difficulty paying
their utility and medical bills es-
pecially since gasoline prices have
increased dramatically. I propose
that we as a county of concerned
citizens exempt those who are 65
years or older from all property
taxes on their homestead proper-
ty. These wonderful people took
care of us in their time. I feel it is
our turn to reciprocate.
On August 26, you will
be called upon to vote and elect
a County Commissioner for Dis-
trict One. I am asking for and
appreciate each and every vote.
Please give me the opportuni-

David Ard
ty to work for you. If you have
questions or concerns call me at
850-670-8463 or 850-899-5556.

Griffin running for Supervisor of Elections

I'm Rence' Shiver Griffin
and I'm seeking the office of Su-
pervisor of Elections. I am a life
long resident of Franklin Coun-
ty and my family and I reside in
My 25 years of service in the
Clerk of Courts Office brought
me not only the importance of
the budget situation but also that
service to the public is of the up-
most importance.
After I left the Clerk's office
in 2004, I managed a Real Estate
Title Company with three branch
offices. During this time I met
many people who had concerns
for our county government.
Later, I was fortunate to be

> Lamar

airbrush artists in Panama City
Beach. In several towns around
this area he has made miniature
golf courses come to life with his
creations of the structures and
characters that dominate every
hole. His works grace the homes
of local residents and some of
those afar as well.
Lamar was an art student at
FSU, and was given the chance to
study in Europe and Greece. He
was a street artist in London for

able to buy my current business,
which is a florist and gift shop lo-
cated in Eastpoint. Managing a
small business that makes you a
living is a tough job in our cur-
rent economic times and I believe
it has taught me a heightened re-
spect for the concerns people have
for our county taxes and budgets.
Probably the experience that
qualifies me most of all for Su-
pervisor of Elections happened
in 2004 when I myself ran for
an office in Franklin County I
saw a need for more registration
drives to get young and new vot.
crs to participate in elections and
to be excited about our election
process It's alarming how many
people are not registered to vote
in our county. A fresh and excit-

a while but he painted in galler-
ics as well. His favorite things to
paint are portraits, "but it's hard
to get people to sit for portraits,"
he said. He prefers to paint pas-
tels rather than oils.
He is a modest man who
laughs a lot and accepts com-
pliments saying. "awww, that's
nothing. The tales he has that ac-
company certain objects or pieces
are just as intriguing as his art. He
tells where this idea came from or
what mood he was in while creat-
ing certain pieces.
The amazing climb up the
steps made from scrap wood

ing approach to voter registration
will help defeat voter apathy and
a lack of interest and knowledge
about local government.
Workshops for candidates,
especially first time candidates
would be very helpful and is an-
other one of my goals if elected.
Since I have such a short time
to campaign for this office, I may
miss some of you. Feel free to
contact me at 850-670-8620 and
I will answer any questions you
might have I have and always
will be accessible to the public.
Please vote and elect me as
your next Supervisor of Elec-
Vote For expenence, knowl-
edge. public service and account-

to his one-of-a-kind trechouse
brnngs beauty that is surrounded
with singing birds and cats that
welcome with a rub against the
legs. The trectop view of the bay
is one that should be shared, but
understandably is a private place
that anyone would want to hide
and keep secret.
The winding walkway
around the tree tops gives scen-
ery from all of Eastpoint that no
shotgun house on the beach ever
will. French doors open into a
structure that Tarzan would call
a mansion. The wooden path is
laid out through the tree branches

Rence Shiver Griffin

and flowers of every color catch
the eye.
His paintings are unseen
beauties that lay scattered around
his workshops. Bay scenes and
oyster boats painted in oil and
pastels decorate the walls of the
family home. Faces of oyster
men and beautiful ladies from the
past and present give the feeling
of home to his private gallery.
Portraits and sketches. Wood
and metal. These are the things
that make the paradise that La-
mar built.



in national

Carla Bravemen, President
and CEO of Big Bend Hospice,
was recently chosen by the Flor-
ida Hospice and Palliative Care
Organization as one of three del-
egates from Florida to attend a
workshop in Baltimore on the
new Medicare Hospice Condi-
tions of Participation, which gov-
ern how hospices provide care.
This is the first time that the
guidelines have been significant-
ly revised since they were creat-
ed in 1983 and, at the same time,
reflects a significant shift in fo-
cus for the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services, the feder-
al agency tasked with developing
and enforcing them.
The two-day workshop,
which was organized by the Na-
tional Hospice and Palliative
Care Organization (NHPCO),
brought together more than 300
hospice leaders, representing 46
states. "The purpose of the meet-
ing was to give hospice leaders
a more in-depth understanding
of the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services' (CMS) intent
behind the revisions so they, in
turn, can help educate providers
in their states about what is now
expected--and why," said Judi
Lund Person, vice president of
regulatory and state leadership.

Mannix-The First

6-DVD set (retail $54.99)
Dashingly handsome, con-
vertible-driving Joe Mannix
(Mike Connors) is a rough-and-
tumble gumshoe unafraid of
dirtying up his crisp white dress
shirts in this popular TV series
from 1967. Cool as a cucumber
even when being hit, stabbed,
knocked out, shot at or taking
some other kind of all-in-the-
line-of-work punishment in these
24 episodes, Mannix was a detec-
tive who always solved the crime
his way--much to the conster-
nation of his bosses, who want-
ed him to play less by his instincts
and more by the books. DVD ex-
tras include commentary and in-
terviews with Connors and co-
star Joseph Campanella.

Uncle John's

Bathroom Reader
Takes a Swing at

Softcover, 288 pages
(retail $12.95)
For two decades, the "Bath-
room Readers Institute" has
been cranking out easy-to-pick-
up, hard-to-put-down collections
of trivia, fun facts, stats and an-
ecdotes perfect for browsing
anywhere, anytime-including
quick trips to the bathroom. Now
it's batter-up for the subject of
baseball. Whether you're a Lit-
tle Leaguer or a Hall of Famer,
you'll cheer as this spunky, pint-
size compendium merrily rounds
the bases... then sprints across
the outfield, runs into the stands

and rummages through the club-
house! Hippie Dictionary

Softcover, 704 pages
(retail $19.95)
The era of civil rights, free
love, peace movements, drug Cul-
ture and Viet Nam had its 'own
lingo, touchstones and person-
alities. Whether your interest in
the '60s is academic, nostalgic or
merely curious, this A-Z compen-
dium is a groovy way to re-exam-
ine the many wonderful, way-out
colors of the decade's cultural ka-

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Dinosaurs and Big Cats lurk in the corner of the library "jungle."

Kids' art on display at the Carrabelle library

Chonhicle Coirwspondent
Youngsters attending the
KIT (Keeping It Together) after
school program at the Carrabelle
Branch of the Franklin County

Public Library have a display of
their artistic endeavors on show
in the library
The children made a group
of inventive shadow-boxes in-
spired by their favorite films or
documentaries. The offerings

cover a range of subjects, from
Haley Pouncey's "Big Cats," a
pair of white tigers lounging un-
der a tree on the African plain, in-
spired by a PBS documentary; to
an eerie scene from "The Spider-
wyk Chronicles," by Cayce Dan-

iels. Other boxes feature "Dino-
saurs" by Johnnie Daniels, and
the ever-popular "Harry Potter"
by a young lady only identified as
The program is funded by a
grant from the Florida Depart-

ment of Juvenile Justice, and co-
ordinated in Carrabelle by Su-
zanne Creamer. Her assistant,
Joan Matey, who is a talented
artist herself, helped the children
with their creations.

Charles Dodson running for Circuit

Charles Dodson announc-
es his candidacy for Circuit
judge for the Second Judicial
Circuit, Seat 4. The Second
Circuit covers Franklin, ad-
sdcn, iefferson, Ix.on, l.iber-
tv and \'akulla counties. The
election is August 26.
"After serving my corn-
munity for three decades and
as an experienced courtroom
lawyer, I feel I am well quiali
fled for this next step," said
Dodson. "I have worked hard
at earning the experience and
the credentials I need to beI a
well-qualified circuit judge."
Dodson is a native lorind-
ian, growing up in the small
panhandle town of Sneads. He
graduated from Sncads High
hool in 1970. His father was
a career teacher and coach in
Sncads. In 1970, Dodson ob-
tained an appointment to the

Charles Dodson
I'nted States Military Acade-
my at \West Point. lHe attend-
ed West Point for two years
before transferring to Florida
State University to complete
his undergraduate studies.
Upon graduating from
IFS's law school in 1976 with
high honors, Dodson began a

long and successful legal ca-
reer btult upon honesty, hard
work and respect tor others.
After working at the offices of
I olland & K-night in Bartow,.
I ltandl.i he niov ed back to Tal
lhi.,.scc in 199(I. whcrc hel
ha- li\cd cvcr si'intc. In addi
tlt n ti, his practice at I lolland
& Knilght s 'l'TallahasscC of-
tIc. D)i lson ha'.s IKIen .a pnn
cipal partner .it thl law tinrms
(it VYnd'l. & l),idsOn; I 1tll
CI, | son, (.tInnir, Iajlly& lDoldson;
Charles \\ Ddlson, P.A.; and
is currently \with l)odson &
Boge law firm. In his law prac-
ice. Dlodson has fought to
preserve the nights of clients
trom individuals to large cor-
poranons, and has particularly
distingiushed himself as a civ-
il tmal pracntioncr. A rcspect-
ed litigator, l)odson is a Board
Cernhcd Civil Trial Artorney.
He w\as voted trial lawyer of
the year in 2005 by the Talla-

hassee chapter of the Ameri-
can Board of Trial Advocates.
Additionally, he has served in
riunerous professional orga-
nl1ations dedicated to inprov-
ing the practice of law.
Dodson's contributions have
not been limited to the legal pro-
fession. During his entire adult
life., he has also been a commit-
ted contributor to his communi-
ty. One of his favorite volunteer
activities has been coaching van.-
ou.s youth sports teams, where he
has guided and influenced count-
less young people in the Tallahas-
see area. The son of a high school
teacher, Dodson has also taken
time away from his legal practice
to teach and coach at both God-
by High School and North Flori-
da Christian School. His dedica-
tion and leadership qualities have
routinely earned the trust of his
peers. He has been President of
the Tallahassee Kiwanis Club, a
board member and Chairman of
the Leon County Schools Foun-

dation, and a deacon of Faith
Presbyterian Church. Dodson
grew up in a small town where
everybody seemed to know one
another, and that upbringing
has been reflected in his lifelong
commitment to reach out to his
neighbor and serve his commu-
nity. As one of the most experi-
enced civil trial attorneys in this
region, he wants to bring his inti-
mate knowledge of the legal sys-
tem to the office of 2nd Circuit
Charles Dodson has demon-
strated throughout his life the val-
ues and sensitivities that are need-
ed on our judicial bench: a desire
to serve the public, a thought-
ful respect for his neighbor, and
a level of practical, legal experi-
ence rarely surpassed. He asks for
your vote on August 26, 2008.
For more information on the
campaign, go to dodsonforjudge.


The work continues
There's no shortage of cranes and rigging on the waterfront in
Apalachicola these days. The yellow crane in the background
continues work on the straight pier at Battery Park Marina.
Piles are now being driven for the shelter at the end of the
pier. In the foreground, work began Tuesday on the loop pier
in Battery Park, which also sustained damage from Hurri-
cane Dennis in 2005. Minor repairs are being made to slop-
ing decking and damaged railings. This project is also part of
the project in the background. The contractor on the loop pier
repairs hopes to complete the work by this weekend. Anglers
who use the pier for fishing will back at their favorite fishing
spot soon.

"Home is Wher' The rt IS"
Community Wide


Oulf State Community Bank, Apalaehiola State Bank and Superior Bank .

Ace Hardware All That Jazn Apalachicola Chocolate Co. Apalachicola Riverkeeper
Artemis Gallery Avenue E Avenue Sea Blue Braswell's Seafood Cafe con Leche Cathey's Hardware -
Chamber of Commerce Ches Funk Cooper's Cut & Style Downtown Books
Dr. Zoe Segree Eastpoint Fitness Center Emerald Coast Outfitters Expressions Fish House Fbrgotten
Coast Outfitters Frame Shop Georgio Trattoria Grady Market Gulf Foods Gulf State Community Bank -
Half Hitch Tackle Happy Hours Kayak & Canoe Holly Stott IGA Apalach Indian Pass Marine Indian Pass
Raw Bar Lane & Company Life Line Screening Loggerhead Gril Lu Lu's Sweet Expectations Market
Street Diner Marquardt's Marina Natural Medicine Shoppe Oasis Petals by the Bay Piggly Wiggly
Apalach Port St. Joe Marina Store Prickly Pears Ramsey's -Red Top Caf6 Richard Bickel Photography
River City Trading Co. Riverlily Salty's Beach Shack Scallop Cove Seahorse Gifts & Flowers Sirens -
Sister's Restaurant- Southern Sage St. Joe Shrimp Company Stuffed Owl Sugar Shack -Tamara's -That's a
Moray The Garden Shop The Grill The Grove The Port Fine Wine & Spirits Trading Post Triple Tails Two
Crabs Seafood Veranda's White Eagle Lodge
Carol Erwin Coldwell Banker Forgotten Coast Realty
Steve Newman & Patrick Farrell Port St. Joe Realty
Travis Stanley Fickling & Co.

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The Blessing of the Fleet, which signals the beginning of the Florida Seafood Festival in Apala-
chicola, was performed from the decls of the Florida Belle in 1974. The Florida Belle was one
of the last river cruise boats that had their heyday in the 1950s and 60s, when tourists flocked
to Franklin County to fish and party on the beautiful waters.

Hospice hosts clergy luncheon

How to contact
The Franklin Chro-:
The best way to contact 7w
an email to infl@Franklin c nt. You
e-mail address to submit news items, send inF
4ds, request display advertising rate imali -
other queens. ."-
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Big Bend Hospice invites
area clergy to attend a special
luncheon on Thursday, July 17,
2008, from noon I 15 p.m at
the Tallahassee Memorial Ilos-
pital Auditorium, 130W) Miccosu-
kee Road, Tallahassee
A complimentary lunch will
be served. Guests are asked to
park in the parking garage and to
come through the hospital (direc-
tional signs will be posted). Park-
ing tickets may be validated at the
reception desk in the Atnum.

"We have planned a wry spe-c
cial time obr our clergy to gather.
fellowship and to discuss issues.
that impact them in then minis-
try." said Rev Candace McKibh
I'en, Big Hend Hospice Pistoral
Care coordinatorr "At this quta.
terly meeting Reverend Dr John
Galloway .Pastoral Care lnrc..
tor and CPE Supervisor at Talla-
hassee Memorial Hospital, will
speak about Ministerial Sensitiv-
ity to Suicidal Loss A discussion
will follow.

The meeting is open to all
clecgv in leon. Je1feison. Madi-
son. tl'aylo. \Wakulla. Franklin.
I iltrity and t Gadsdten counItes
l'o make reservations foi the lun-
cheon. please contact Rev (-'an-
da.ce M cKibthen at Big Bkend I los
pice by July 15th it possible HIle
email address is cadlacc:tbig-
bchdllhopicc.oli or you may call
her at (850) 878-5310 ext 250 or
toll free at (800) 772-5862 Please
feel free to invite other clergy

Each puzzle is divided into nine sections, and each section has
nine blank squares. Fill in all 81 squares on the puzzle with
numbers I through 9. You may not repeat any numbers in any
one of the nine sections that you've already used elsewhere in
that section. Also, you can use each number 1 9 only once in
each horizontal line of nine squares, and in each vertical col-
umn of nine squares. The puzzle is completed when you cor-
rectly fill every square. Answer to this week's Sudoku Puzzle
is on page 15.

1 2 3

4 1 2

3 5 6 7

5 1 3 4

2 8 7 6

3 6 9 8

2 3 8 1

7 4 9

6 2 7


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Drought will be topic of meeting

On iMonday, July 21, 2008,
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-
North Florida) will host a Con-
gressional Forum in Chatta-
hoochee on the impact of the
southeastern drought and low
freshwater flows on the Apala-
chicola River and Bay and North
Florida's communities.
U.S. Congressman Illeath
Shuler (D-NC), the Chairman of
the Small Business Subcommit-
tee on Rural and Urban Entrepre-
neurship, will be Congressman
Boyd's special guest at the forum
and will help determine what
Congress can do to assist the peo-
ple of North Florida and small
business owners affected by this
historic drought and low flows.
Other forum participants will
include representatives from the

Alligator Point

Mission by the Sea
Pastor Ed McNeely
County Road 370
Sunday Worship 9 a.m.


Covenant Word Christian
Pastors David & Harolyn Walker
158 12th St.
Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.
Children's Church (2 and up)
First Pentecostal Holiness
Revs. Emory and Susan Roach
379 Brownsville Road
Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Living Waters Assembly
of God
Pastor (Rev.) Lois Long
1580 Bluff Road
Sunday Worship, 10:45 a.m.
nursery provided
Trinity Episcopal Church
Highway 98 & 6th Street
Sunday Worship, 8 & 10:30 a.m.
St. Patrick Catholic
Father Roger Latosynski


Highway 98 & 6th Street
FST. 1816

oa Report
By Rep. Allen Boyd
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice (FWS), Florida's stakehold-
ers, local business owners, local
oystermen, and ex'pei ts on the
Apalachicola -Chattahoochee-
Flint (ACF) River System
"The people of North Flor-
ida, who depend on the Apala-
chicola River and Bay for their

27 6th Street
Sunday Mass, 10 a.m.
no nursery
First Assembly of God
Rev. Gwinell & David Wilson
267 Brownsville Road
Sunday Worship. 11 a.m
no nursery
Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church
Pastor James Williams
233 9th St.
Sunday Worship: I a. in
no nursery
First Baptist Church of
Pastor Bill Plazann
46 Ninth Street
Sunday Worship II a.m.
Nursery Provided

Carrabelle Christian
Donald B. Carroll. Sr. Minister
142 River Road
Sunday Worship, 10 a.m.
nursery provided
First Baptist Church of
Mark Mercer. Pastor
206 SE Ave A

St. George Island
501 E. Bayshore I)i.
.Join us as we praise and
worship the living Christ!

Sundi, Bible Study 10:00 a;.m.
Worship & P)raisc II :00 ai.m.
Sunday Night 7:00 p.1m.
,Wed. "Power flour" 7:00 p.m. .
W walkingg ,. :"
"Walking Chris"

Sunday Worship, 10 55 a in
nursery provided


Eastpoint Church of God
Pastor Casey Smith
379 Avenue E
Sunday Worship, II a m. and 6
p I
nursery provided
United Baptist Church
Pastor Bobby Shiver
Bnan St and CC land Road
670-5481 or 670.8451
Sunday School. 10 a.m.
nursery provided

Lanark Village

Lanark Community
171 Spnng St.
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
Catholic Church
Father Joseph Ssemakula
2653 Hwy. 98. Lanark Village
Sunday Mass. 10 a.m.
no nursery
Pa rnacea

First Baptist Church of
Ochlockonee Bay
Rev .lames 0 Chunn Sr
366 Coastal I lghway

member of the Apalachicola Riv-
er Riparian County Stakehold-
ers Coalition; Kevin Begos, Ex-
ecutive 1)irector of the Frank-
lin County Oyster & Seafood
Task Force; Grady Leavins, own-
er of L.eavins Seafood; Franklin
County Commissioner Joseph
"Snmokey" Parrish; and Dr. Feli-
cia C, Coleman, Director of the
FlSU Coastal & Marine Labora-
The meeting is at the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers' Re-
source Office in Chattahoochee.
Due to space limitations, the fo-
rum is not open to the general

Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Panacea Congregational
Holiness Church
Rev Ronnie Metcalf
1127 Coastal Highway
Sunday Worship. 1I1 a.m.
no nursery

St. George Island
First Baptist Church of
501 E. Bayshore Drve
(on the bay)
Pastor Mike Whaley
Sunday Worship 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Children's Worship 11 a.m.
SGI United Methodist
201 E. Gulf Beach Drive
Pastor Themo Patriotis
Sunday Worship, 9 a.m.
nursery provided
Having your main church senice
listed is fire. To be included, sub-
mit inftrnation by e-mail to inf@ or by mail to
P0O Box 590. Eastpoint. FL 32328.

St. George Island
United Methodist Church


201 E. Gulf Beach Drive on the island
P Pone,927,2088 eob site;
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livelihood, must be heard," Con-
gressman Boyd said. "I am ea-
ger for thile Corps and FWS to
hear firsthand from our oyster-
men, shrimpers, and others along
the river and bay who have a tre-
miendous stake in the ACF is-
sue. Those of us in North Flori-
da are committed to making stiue
that Floriia'is resources are pro-
tected After years of disputes, I
will continue working and push-
ing on a local, state, and federal
level to see that a reasonable and
long term water management so-
lution for the ACF system is de-
Among other attending will
be. Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachi-
cola Riverkeeper; Dave McLain,
Senior Policy Director for the
Apalachicola Riverkeeper and a

Since 1962, John Zweifel, 70, of Orlando has organized
the construction and upkeep of a 1-inch-to-i-foot ex-
act scale model of the White House. The 60-foot long
replica has been displayed in all 50 states.


Questions & Answers
About Our Environment

pear EarthTalk:
Hlow is it that hydrogen can
replace oil to run our cars? There
seems to be a lot of controversy
over whether hydrogen can really
be generated and stored in such a
way to be practical?
-Stephane Kuziora, Thunder
Bay, ON
The jury is still out on wheth-
er hydrogen will ultimately be
our environmental savior, replac-
ing the fossil fuels responsible for
global warming and various nag-
ging forms of pollution. Two
main hurdles stand in the way of
mass production and widespread
consumer adoption of hydrogen
"fuel cell" vehicles: the still high
cost of producing fuel cells, and
the lack of a hydrogen refueling
Reining in manufacturing
costs of fuel cell vehicles is the
first major issue the automak-
ers are addressing. While several
have fuel cell prototype vehicles
on the road-Toyota and Hon-
da are even leasing them to the
public in Japan and California-
they are spending upwards of $1
million to produce each one due
to the advanced technology in--
volved and low production runs.
Toyota hopes to reduce its costs
per fuel cell vehicle to around
$50,000 by 2015, which would
make such cars economically vi-
able in the marketplace. On this
side of the Pacific, General Mo-
tors plans to sell hydrogen-pow-
ered vehicles in the U.S. by 2010.
Another problem is the lack
of hydrogen refueling stations.
Major oil companies have been
loathe to set up hydrogen tanks at
existing gas stations for many rea-
sons ranging from safety to cost
to lack of demand. But obvious-
ly the oil companies are also try-
ing to keep customers interested
in their highly profitable bread-
and-butter, gasoline. A more like-
ly scenario is what is emerging in..
California, where some 38 inde-
pendent hydrogen fuel stations
arc located around the state as
part of a network created by the
non-profit California Fuel Cell
Partnership, a consortium of au-
tomakers, state and federal agen-
cies and other parties interested
in furthering hydrogen fuel cell
The benefits of ditching fos-
sil fuels for hydrogen are many,
or course. Burning fossil fuels
like coal, natural gas and oil to
heat and cool out buildings and
run our vehicles takes a heavy toll
on the environment. contributing
significantly to both local prob-
lems like elevated particulate lev-
cls and global ones like a warm-
ing climate. The only by-product
of" ni inning a hydrogen powered
luel cell is oxygen and a trickle of
w cr,i neither of which will cause
a ,\ harml to human health or the
But right now 95 percent
of tile hydrogen available in the
U.S. is either extracted from fossil
fuels or made using electrolytic
processes powered by fossil fuels,
thus negating any real emissions

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July 11, 2008 Page 13

The Franklin Chronicle



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Page 14 July 11, 2008


The Franklin Chronicle

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Following is a summary of
the July 1 Franklin County Com-
mission meeting.
All five commissioners were
present at the meeting. The Board
voted unanimously to pay coun-
ty bills totaling $1,030,850.56
drawn from funds in the General
Bank Account.
Tax Appraiser Doris Pendle-
ton presented the 2008 Tax Roll
and told commissioners that there
is a 10o decline in taxable value.
After a general discussion about
ways to make cuts in the bud-
get for the next fiscal year, Mar-
cia Johnson, Clerk of Court, an-
nounced that budget work books
will be ready for commissioners
at the July Board meeting.
Budget Workshops are sched-
uled bfor July 23rd for the Coun-
ty Governmental budget and July
24th for non-governmental bud-
getary items.
Both workshops will begin at
9 a.m. at the Courthouse.
The Bo'ard discussed the new
rules and laws for the Value Ad-
justment Board and what chang-
es would be necessary to bring
the VAB in compliance. The
board requested that this item be
placed on the agenda for the next
Commission meeting. The Board
unanimously passed a motion for
the Appraisers Department and
Tax Collector to use up to $5,000
for each of three pending law-
suits and they must come back to
the Board if they are in need of
additional funds for legal expens-
es. The Board also passed unan-
imously a motion to sign off on
the Tax Recapitulation Report.
Commissioner Russell Croft-
on then made a motion that the
County Tax Collector is to col-
lect the Tourist Development
Tax, seconded by Commission-
er Cheryl Sanders, which passed
Public Works Department
Hubert Chipman informed
the Board that he had met with
John Mclnnis on which roads
in Carrabelle need to be cleared
on the right-of-way and that the
DOC certification class was com-
pleted for this current year. Com-

missioners were given a list of all
the Public Works projects com-
pleted or in progress since the last
Solid Waste/Parks & Rec
Van Johnson informed the
Board that Franklin County An-
imal Control and Emergency
Management have been work-
ing on updating the County's PIet
Evacuation Plan4. They need cag-
es to transport pets to a sate lo-
cation in the event of an enmel-
gency. Pets cannot be evacuat-
ed by emergency workers unless
they are in cages. Responsible pet
owners should have ready cages
for their pets should evacuation
be required. Since the county
does not have any money budget-
ed tfo the purchase of the neces-
sary cages, it was suggested that
anyone having unused cages do-
nate them to the county for use
in an emergency. Sanders made
the motion to table this item, sec-
onded by Crofton which passed
Van Johnson recommend-
ed to the Board that they should
consider implementing manda-
tory garbage pickup through-
out the unincorporated areas of
the county. Alligator Point, La-
nark Village and Eastpoint are ar-
eas that have recycling contain-
ers in place that are being trashed
by people dumping their house-
hold garbage instead of items for
recycling. Also piles of house-
hold trash are being mixed in
with yard waste and left on the
street rights-of-way for the coun-
ty to pick up The mixing of
yard waste and household waste
is costing the county additional
money to dispose of in the land-
fills. Crofton made a motion for
County Attorney Michael Shul-
er and Van Johnson to get togeth-
er with some concerned citizens
to come up with a solution to the
waste disposal problem. Motion
seconded by Commissioner Jo-
seph "Smokey" Pamsh. which
passed unanimously Commis-
sion Chairman Noah Lockley
raised the question regarding
whether the county should go to
four day weeks

The County Health Depart-
ment working with Parks & Rec-
reation has purchased $8,561
worth of outdoor fitness equip-
ment with funds from the Health
Department's Chronic Disease
Program, which they have do-
nated to the county. The Parks
& Recreation stall will install the
equipment iiaround the walking
tracks at Kendrick Paik in Cat-
rabelle, Vrooniani Park in East-
point and 1). W Wilson Park in
Apalachicola. Users of the walk-
ing tracks will have live diller-
ent exercise stations to work out
on while walking or jogging the
t ,ick
County Engineer
Dan Rothwell reported that
he had no items for Board ac-
tion. In his written report, he list-
ed seven projects completed or in
Emergency Management
Butch Baker discussed the
FEMA declaration about pet
evacuation for the pets of the Spe-
cial Needs people evacuated to a
"special needs" shelter. He esti-
mated that there were about 90
special needs people in the coun-
ty Not all have pets. The county
must also be able to evacuate the
animals held at Animal Control.
He estimated that they will need
75 cages at a cost of $4.920.45.
which Baker had not allocated in
his budget Again there was a re-
quest for donated cages
Baker told the Bokard that the
air-handlihng system in the FOC is
de'fectve and also there is no heat
in FOC The repair or replace-
ment estimates for these items
rangc from S4.Xn)( to $1Q.Sl.
which is outside the Emergen-
cy Management budget. Sanders
made the motion for repairs, sec-
onded by Crofton. which passed
Sanders asked Baker about
the emergency communication
system Baker replied that it is
not uniformly interchangeable
but he has put together systems
so there will be some method of
communication Baker listed six
emergency training or planning

meetings to be held in July.
Brian McGraw gave the
Board an update on the servic-
es The Natural Resource Com-
nunity Services provides to the
county. This covers providing soil
surveys, soil maps and topogra-
phy maps, septic tank permitting,
,111d soil scientist consults. There
,ie also several programs that do
many projects from planting trees
to erosion control. County Ad-
ministrator Alan Pierce was di-
rected to make the contacts with
NRCS as needed,
The Board opened five bids
tor architectural services for
the proposed Carrabelle Clin-
ic. Sanders made the motion to
turn the bids over to the Hospi-
tal Board, seconded by Commis-
sioner Bevin Putnal, and passed
Opportunity Florida
Bridgett Merrill and Rick
Marcum, Opportunity Flori-
da, appeared to discuss "A Ru-
ral Catalyst Project in Calhoun
County." Franklin is part of an
8 county group that is supposed
to benefit from the marketing
programs devised by Opportu-
nity Florida. The Commission-
ers asked how Franklin County
would benefit from this program
and why should Franklin Coun-
ty sign off on it. At best Franklin
would only benefit indirectly and
supposedly share in any revenue
derived from the programs.
What the representatives of
Opportunity Florida wanted was
for Franklin County to pay dues,
send people to the meeungs and
sign off on the plan. Marcum told
commissioners that they must
have a project in order to get any
grant money. Crofton made the
motion to table the request, sec-
onded by Sanders. which passed
County Administrator
Alan Pierce listed the follow-
ing items in his report:
Informed the Board that
DEP Secretary Mike Sole has

distributed a letter informing the
Corps and the Fish and Wildlife
Service of the State of Florida's
intent to sue over the latest Corp's
River plan, and allowing a 60 day
window of response before the
suit is filed. He gave the Board a
copy of the letter from the entire
Florida Congressional delegation
opposing the Corps plan.
Informed the Board that the
SGI Boat Ramp will be open for
business at 3 p.m., Thursday,
July 3rd. The handicap ramp is
not finished yet but fishing par-
ties can walk up the steps to use
the pier. The board will open bids
for completion of the handicap
ramp at their August 5th meet-
ing. Crofton made the motion
seconded by Putnal to attend the
ribbon cutting at the boat ramp.
Motion passed unanimously.
Informed Board that Health
Care tax received for April was
$118,000 and for March was
Informed Board of Hospi-
tal Board bulletin and survey sent
out to all Franklin County resi-
-dents. It is important for all res-
idents to fill out the survey and
send it back so the health needs
of the residents can be planned
Update on the Lombar-
di boat ramp. Crofton made the
motion seconded by Parrish to
declare Tedder Construction as
the sole provider of the Lom-
bardi boat ramp. Motion passed
by Putnal, Crofton, Parrish and
Lockley. Sanders was not pres-
ent at the time of the motion and
Alligator Point Road update
informed the Board that connect-
ing Tom Roberts and Harbor Cir-
cle Roads required the remov-
al of the berm, fence and vege-
tation, relocating the telephone
pole and guy wires and lowering
a PVC cap on a water valve. As
soon as the utilities are relocated
and Attorney Shuler gives to go
ahead, the road will be opened.
The Board continued discus-
sion of the problems on Alliga-

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Unemployment stays flat at 5.5%
That was (relatively) good news for Wall Sucet, which had tfleaied
an increase. The Labor IDepartment reported 02,000 flower jobs in
lJune, about in line with economists' median forecasts.
Service sector contracts
This was (unexpectedly) bad news for Wall Stieet 'The Institute
for Supply Manufacturing's May index posted a -18.2 reading tor June,
notably down tfrom 51.2 in May. (A reading below 50 indicates con
traction.) The median forecast of economists polled: 51 0t
Oil settles at $145
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$145.2) p ti barrel on the New
York Mercantile Exchange, down
from $145 85 in int aday trad-
ing Oil titures gained Friday with
news of increased demand in Ctlu-
na for reconstruction eflorts in the
wake of the May earthquake in Si-
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raised its benchmark interest rate
by 25 basis points to 4 25o,. but as-
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L Ail, C C A T y
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On Tuesday, June 17th,
(Governor Crist signed legisla-
tion that will expand the School
Breakfast Prograin to middle and
high schools beginning the 20011
school year.
11il 623, School Food Seti-
vice Piogramsll, sponsored by Rep.
Will Kendrick (R-Ca.trabelle),
was passed during the 2l008 .eg
islative Session and is expected
to lhve t tremendous benefits to
school chlildien across the state.
The bill met with opposition
eauly on largely due to thle varied
methodologies and forms used
by school districts to report rev-
enues and expunditiuies. Many
groups, including the National
(iot Breakfast Foundation, the
FIlotida department of Educa-
tion, the Florida School Nutri-
tion Association, Inc., the House
Education Committee on K-12,
and the Schools and Learning
Council worked tirelessly to de-
termine numbers that were more
consistent with actual costs ver-
sus reimbursements.
These same groups were in-
strumental in the formulation
and gathering of data and facts
that ultimately led to the filing of
IlB o23.
Rep Kendnck said, "This

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bill will be a huge step forward in
giving students an additional ad-
vantage in supporting their physi-
cal andl educational needs."
The program will make
breaklfaist available to all students
and will include breakfast meals
at an alternative site location.
Also, a breakfast meal will be
available to any student who ar-
iIves on a school bus less than 15
iiiiutes belure the first bell rings
iand then be allowed 15 minutes
i) Cit.t
School districts will set pric-
es that, when combined with fed-
eral reimbursements, are suffi-
cient to defray costs of the school
breakfast program.
School Nutrition workers
throughout District 10 visited
with Rep. Kendrick during Ses-
sion and were excited and sup-
portive of the legislation. Stud-
ies have shown that delivery of
a school breakfast program has a
direct impact on attention spans,
a decrease in discipline issues, ab-
senteeism, and tardiness.
As the economy has slowed
and working families are strug-
gling with balancing the everyday
necessities of food, clothing, and
shelter, a breakfast meal at school
could be the difference between

learning and the concentration
of hunger. Beginning each school
day with proper nutrition will en-
able students to focus on their
studies, encourage the interaction
of classroom participation, and
provide motivation for complet-
ing the school day with more ab-
sorption and awareness of knowl-
edge learned.
Additionally, the legislation
encourages each district school
board to provide universal-free
breakfast meals to all students.
Beginning the 2010-2011 school
year, each district school board
will approve or disapprove a
policy to provide universal-free
breakfasts to all students in which
80% or more of the students are
eligible for free or reduced-ppice
However, this provision can
only take place after receiving
public testimony on a policy at
two or more regular school board
A provision in the legisla-
tion calls for OPPAGA (Office
of Program Policy Analysis and
Government Accountability)
to submit a report to the Gover-

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nor, the President of the Senate,
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Upon the Governor sign-
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from Dothan, Ala., a wreath lay-
ing at the new statue and a mil-
itary honor guard. Members of
local motorcycle clubs, including
ABATE, American Legion Rid-
ers, AMVETS Riders, Christian
Motorcyclists Association, Pa-
triot Guard Riders, U S. Military
Vets Motorcycle Club and Viet-
nam Vcts/Legacy Vets Motorcy-
cle Club are expected to attend as
Jimmy Moscoms, found-
er and president of Three Ser-
vicemen Statute South, Inc., will
be the master of ceremonies.
Mosconis was an Army staff ser-
geant who was in Vietnam in
1968-69 and served with Scruggs.
The two returned to Vietnam last
year to visit, among other places,
Xuan Loc, where they were both
wounded during the war.
"I am pleased with the en-
thusiastic support we've received
from members of the communi-
ty," said Mosconis. "It is an hon-
or to have the only replica of this
famous statue in our town, and it
is an honor we would not have re-
ceived without the dedication of


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everyone here."
In late June, the Three Sol-
diers. Detail began its trip from
Long Island, N.Y. where it was
cast, to Apalachicola. in a 28-foot
trailer in which it was the only
item being shipped Shipping ser-
vices were donated by FedFlx Na-
tional LTL. the long-haul trans-
portation carrier of Fed Ex. For
shipping, the statue was packed
in three crates and secured with
air hags and bracing to make sure
tils precious cargo got to its des-
tination with no problems
Three Setvicilimen Stat-
tie South is the non profit group
that spearheaded the ('1Clort to
bring the statue to Florida Un-
der Mosconis's leadership, the
group obtained permission from
the estate of sculptor Frederick
Hart and the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Fund more than sev-
en years ago. Apalachicola is the
only city in the United States to
feature this detail of the Three
Servicemen Statute. A detail re-
fers to any partial reproduction
of a work of sculpture.
Three Soldiers, Detail was
created with the original molds
used to make the Three Service-

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tor Point. There was concern that
there would not be enough water
available for all the visitors going
to Alligator Point over thle 4th of
July holiday due to thile fact that
South Shoal will not doit a pres-
sure test on the portion of water
line that crosses their land. The
lhiod expressed coniicen that
South Shoals non-comipliance holding the residents of Al-
ligator Point "hostage." Saniders
made tihe motion, seconded by
Clotlon, to file a lawsuit against
South Shoals which passed unan-
imously. The Dlennis storm de-
bi is imIoval was discussed. Sand-
cis nuIide thile motion, seconded
by Crofton which passed unani-
mously for the Board to ask Rep.
Will Kendrick if there was any
state money available that could
be used for the debris removal.
Airport Advisory Board
Chairman Ted Mostelle recom-
mends that the Board award the
bid for the resurfacing of run-
way 6-24 to Poloronis Construc-
tion Croflon made the motion to
award the bid to Poloionis Con-
struction, seconded by Parrish
which passed unanimously
Informed the Board that
Mark Bemrgan of the State De-
partment of Agriculture will vis-
it Lombardi property and meet


with county representatives to
finalize a contract between the
county and state in order to get
the necessary funds for the devel-
opment of the Lombardi site.
Informed the Board that Dr.
Felicia Coleman has invited the
Board to tour the Turkey Point
Discussed budget work-
Sanders made a; motion
to approve the use of funds in
1)1.FD grants, seconded by Croft-
on which passed unanimously.
Discussed the time limita-
tion on a variance granted over
a year ago which had run out.
The home owner was told that
ihe would have to reapply for the
variance on a home that had not
been built in accord with FEMA
County Attorney
Mike Shuler reported that
the Franklin County School
Board has agreed to sell the
County 5 acres on the corner of
5th and Meridian Streets which
surrounds the Carrabelle County
Health Department building on
the north and east sides. There is
room on the 5 acres for the Clin-
ic, parking and a helo-pad. Sand-
ers made the motion to purchase
the 5 acres for the appraised value
of no more that $100,000 and no
less than $25,000 from the School
Board. Motion passed unani-

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also worked on consideration
of a franchise for waste remov-
al in the county, notified a busi-
ness owner that a variance has
a time limitation, and reviewed
concerns about a transmission
line proposed by Progress Ener-
gy of Florida, Inc. Sanders made
a motion to hold a Public Hear-
ing on the proposed transmission
line at 5 p.m. on August 5th in the
County Courthouse Parrish sec-
onded the motion which passed
Putnal raised the question
of why Franklin County does
not have countywide voting for
Commissioners. Shuler reminded
the Board that there was a 1987
Federal Injunction that the voting
had to remain district by district
within Franklin County.
Commissioner Comments
Crofton proposed that there
should be an alternative energy
plan for Franklin County. The
Board suggested that there be
solar lighting at the recreation
parks. The Board discussed car
pooling for the Corps of Engi-
neer meeting in Chattahoochee
to discuss water flow into Apala-
chicola Bay.
Chairman, Lockley ad-
journed the meeting at 12:50
Editor's note: Extension Director
Bill Mahan's report was published in
last week's Chronicle.

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A waterfront view of a beleaguered river

Chionich' Correspondent
In last week's article in the
Fninklin Chronicle, we told you
about the kayak journey of Sean
Tisdale and Wyatt Pasley, as
they ventured down the Chatta-
hoochee and Apalachicola Rivers
from Atlanta to Cape San Blas,
Florida. (See "Kayakers paddle
from Atlanta to Apalach," July .1,
2008 pg 0).
What started out as a plea-
sure and adventure trip for Sean
and Wyatt turned into something
unexpected. Their trip through
the Apalachicola River watershed
gave them insights into some 1of
the problems related to thile "wa-
ter wars," and the ecology of the
The first surprise they dis-
covered was that Lake Lanier,
the primary water resource in At-
lanta is so low that much of it is
mudflats, with many docks that
are landlocked and nowhere near
the water's edge. The water level
is already extremely low because
of the current drought conditions.
They said that although there are
cries that more water should be
released from Lake Lanier, there
is not enough water in the lake
to release. In contrast, the cit-
ies and communities immediate-
lv downstream from Atlanta that
are calling for more water release.
have lakes and reservoirs that are
at capacity. Their impression is
that not all the story is tbing told
about the water wars
Scan and Wyatt discovered
something else along the Chatta.
hoochce River The further down
the river south of Atlanta and be-
yond the communities that ap-
peared to have enough water, they
found there was even les6 water.
"There is no Chattahoochee Riv-
er. It's just a canal," they said
River obstacles
As well as issues with drought
and low water, there are other ob-
stacles to the flow of water in the
rivers. They discovered there are
many small dams and spillways

in the river, many which were
originally part of some industry
or commerce on the river, but are
no longer in use or needed. The
industry is gone, but the obsta-
cles remain. Their thought is that
some of these unneeded impedi
laments should be removed. Near
Columbus, (la., they said thele
are so many dams or spillways
that they were forced to make
their longest portage of 5 miles.
Between Columbus and
Apalachicola, 'l'isdale and Pas
ley reported the river is still being
maintained as if for collnmercial
navigation. The problem, they
said, is "there is no longer 1iuch
in the way of commercial naviga
tion along that part of the rlver
Industry along the rivet is dead."
Smells were another pol-
lution Sean and Wyatt noticed
along the river. Far too often
they said they were confront-
ed with the smell of improper-
ly or untreated sewage. "Obvi-
ously uncontrolled sewage is tbe-
ing dumped into the river," stated
Tisdale. Another smell which was
obvious was that of chemicals
Although they could not be spe-
cifically identified by smell. Scan
and Wyatt said they could smell
petroleum and chemical odors
several places along the river
Another issue that became
apparent to Scan and Wyatt on0
their trip was the laige amount
of trash in thle rie TIodlav. much
of this tiash is and ii
responstbly left lhind 'bv po,
pie enjoying l'rcAt'.ti1on an1d l1.1t
ing along tie livr Although the\
didn't witness it during hills trip.
thei recognrle p.1:t o the ittrash
problem in the river is lecaus of
storm drain runoff They didn't
notice much trash at the begin-
ning of their journey, as most of
the river through Atlanta seemed
clear of trash. As they paddled
south of Atlanta. the trash got
much worse. "There was a stretch
of the river that was covered with
trash for 50 to 60 miles," they

Camping literally at the river's edge, Wyatt Pasley takes a break from paddling and sets up
camp for the night.

commented. "There are places in
the river that are solid ftash. The
trash collects in the nooks and
eddies of the tiver and becomes
trash islands In other places.
they found themselves paddling
over truckloads of tires. obvious-
ly disposed of illegally
Scan and Wyvalt ae cel-
tan1 of one thing Something
needs to be done to address the
issues along the t'Chatthooche-
.uid Ap.ilahicol.i Riaer.s Scan
attributes p.iil o tihe problems o
getting something done to reflect
i.carinup. is tbt'.ituse thick priollem
1i "out of sight, out oIf inind," ex-
ept for those that u% rhe II' InC
Meanwhile, thlie kavakers
have moved on to their next ad-
venture Scan is planning a soli-
tary 220-mile hike along the John
Muir portion of the Pacific Crest
Trail in Cahlifornia. The John
Muir trail starts at Yosemite and
ends at 14,505-foot Mit. Whitney
Wyatt is currently climbing 14,
411 -foot Mt. Rainier, near Seattle
in Washington State.

This is one of many "trash islands" where litter of all kinds is
trapped along the river.

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men Statue. The sculpture will
be set on a black granite pedes-
tal, serving as the centerpiece of
Apalachicola's newly completed
Veterans Memorial Plaza This
new city-owned park includes
brick pavers that honor veter-
ans from all branches of the mil-
itary who served in all of Amer-
ica's wars. Adding dedications
to the pavers has been a way for
Three Servicemen Statue South
to riisc money to bring the stait
ui to Apalachicola, and oppo ti-
nines aire still available for those
who want to dedicate a brick
Both The Wall and the
Three Servicemen Statue have
become well-loved icons on the
National Mall, serving as sym-
bols of our nations honor and
recognition of the men and wom-
en who served and sacrificed dur-
ing the Vietnam War. When he
created the statute, sculptor Fred-
erick Hart felt it spoke to the true
heroism that lies in the bonds of
loyalty. It is a visual reference for
the ages of the courage and devo-
tion to their country of all service
The public is invited to at-
tend the dedication, which is
Apalachicola's home-grown trib-

ute to the men and women who
went off to war from the many
towns throughout the Southeast-
ern United States Once the dedi-
cation is complete, the new Veter-
ans Memorial Pla7a will be man-
aged bv the Florida State Park
Systern and is expected to diaw
thousands of visitors annually
Three"' Servicermen Statue
South Inc is still raising monev
to pav for the statue,. site prepare
tion and landscaping To make a
donation or dedicate ,i baNcTk pa\-
er. visit wWW,v,% thi'sci vicCmllle-
st.itlit'Msoith Og
Established in 107). tilhe Viet
namn Veterans MeNorial aFund is
tih nonprofit organization ,all
tholr ld bv tiCongress to build
the Vietnlarn VetercirNs MInCorn
al in Washington, I ),C Today.
the Memorial Fund is ian intel
national nongovernmental orga-
nization dedicated to preserving
the legacy of The Wall, pronmot-
mig healing and educating about
the impact of the Vietnam War.
Its initiatives include educational
programs for students and educa-
tors, a traveling Wall replica that
honors the nation's veterans and
a humanitarian and mine-action
program in Vietnam. The Memo-
rial Fund is also building the Viet-
nam Veterans Memorial Center,
an underground educational fa-
cility, near The Wall.


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