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May 31,2012 Edition

May 31,2012 Edition

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Published by Emerald Starnews
A Walton County, Florida based newspaper
www.emeraldstarnews.com

The Emerald Star News
P.O. Box 1133
Freeport, Fl 32439

Need for advertising sales people needed. 20% comm. call today-start today. Contact Frank

850-585-0262 or frank@emeraldstarnews.com

A Walton County, Florida based newspaper
www.emeraldstarnews.com

The Emerald Star News
P.O. Box 1133
Freeport, Fl 32439

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850-585-0262 or frank@emeraldstarnews.com

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Volume: 4
 
Issue: 11
May 31, 2012
 
bi-weekly Edition
merald Star News
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The
BEST LIL’ NEWSPAPER in
 
W
alton county -
from
Freeport, Florida 
A style of it’s own
a community Based Newspaper
Free 
offered ‘free’
…….from our business Advertisers inside this week
 
Made possible by your localadvertising businesses in this edition.
Low cost Advertising space available inside
Give us a try. We currently have the lowest pricing available in Walton count
 Just give us A cAll todAy…...850
-585-0262
Inside this WEEK:Capital Case LawyersSeek Additional Pay
The lawyers who recently worked cases inWalton County, came before Judge KelvinWells and asked for more pay than is nor-mally allowed. The two asked for the addi-
tional pay beyond the norm...…..
Page 3
Alaqua Offers Cat Adoption
It is a fact - adult cats have a longer stay inthe shelter environment than kittens or dogsof any age. Cats are less time intensive in
their care requirements and….….
Page 5Walton County Health
Department Urges Residentsto Avoid Contact with Wildand Stray Animals
 
--Rabies is preventable, but not curable--- Walton County health officials urge resi-dents to avoid contact with wild and strayanimals to protect themselves from the risk of rabies exposure. In Florida, raccoons,
 bats foxes and unvaccinated..…...
Page 8
 
 
 Hello to you all. I hope this past weekend was a great timefor your friends and family. The weather was hot but awe-some. I finally was able to make the time to venture outamongst Freeport parts of the bay. Piney Point was very tranquil to enjoy.The amount of trees provide endless driftwood along the shorelines giving it a uniqueatmosphere. With all of the different passage ways around there I made sure to stick with my group of friends for not to get confused or lost. A lot of it looks the same. Itlooked like an abundance of fishing spots too.
There doesn’t seem to be much to comment on lately. However, I was surprised at the
responses from the past few editorials and the support for this enterprise continues on.I would like to invite all of you to be a part of this newspaper. How? I have plenty of ideas to share and with the right few people this venture can restart itself as it did back acouple years ago.For example, Seniors who graduated that would like a p/t job selling advertisingspace, the opportunity is now. Stay local and in between college you can get to knowyour community. Create experience in a field that always is looking for the sharpest people around. Build a good reputation along the way. Retiree? Same thing. A slowsteady pace can make the week go by fast when making contacts. Maybe you only have
a few hours a day, that’s fine. Maybe a couple days a week? That’s perfect! If you may
have noticed there are several new businesses in our coverage areas. If you live in Free- port, Santa Rosa and DeFuniak Springs I can offer you a good deal for your time pro-moting this newspaper. The rest is up to you, give me a call @ 585-
0262 and we’ll go
from there.In a rebuilding stage of a business one looks for avenues to help others who can utilizetheir business as well. We all need to advertise.DID you know? Every issue of the Emerald Star is online? Business Ads receiveworldly exposure and from the numbers we have from hits on our web page says a lot.
Granted many folks have moved away but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t checking onthe area often. I have even had several phone calls from visitor’s asking of upcoming
events over the weekend. That means they know our name and number to ask.A couple weeks back I was approached by a woman who asked if I knew of a yardman, someone who will keep up her yard work. I remember the name and number of those who advertised in the paper before and refer them. As I found out recently the few
numbers I have given now have steady enough work to help support their family. Isn’t
that what it is all about? For helping us, we do our best to help you too. So figure, even
the company who hasn’t advertised in awhile still get referrals from fellow readers
needing services through us. Call any other newspaper and see if you get those results.Getting back to the point. We need some help. Spread the word to businesses, havethem call us for the lowest guaranteed pricing available in the county!
WE ARE….NOW hiring! No experience necessary just a willingness to learn will be
fine. I look forward to hearing from you!
Dent & Bent Groceries
 
Lunch meats-Frozen Foods
near date groceries &
more!
 Accepting 
-Food Stamps, EBT, Debit & Credit cards
 
(850) 880-6175
located on Blueberry Rd.-
FREEPORT in 331Plaza
Stop in and see what we have, great prices!Editorial
Views expressed in
The EMERALD STAR NEWS
do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. The staff of 
The EMERALD STAR NEWS
 pride ourselves in our efforts to ensureaccuracy of the publication contents. However, there is no guarantee of the accuracy of all the Information nor the absence of errors and omissions (especially when sent through a third party);therefore, no responsibility can or will be assumed. 3000 copies printed bi-weekly.
 
Publisher/Editor
Frank Wolfe Jr.
(850) 585-0262
Check us out on FACEBOOK!
E-mail info. to:
Frank@Emeraldstarnews.com
**
Main Office/Sales - 850-585-0262
Web Designer
 – 
 
 Lee Cox
Contributing Editor
-
 
 Dr. Summers
Guest columnist
 – 
 
 Erica Beck 
 
Page 2 The EMERALD STAR NEWS Inc. Thursday, May 31, 2012
Look us up online
: Emeraldstarnews.com
Mail invoices and other information to:
P.O. Box 1133
Freeport, Florida 32439
 
Quote of the week :
The Wolfe’s Den
 
 
free”
-HOW??
From the businesses advertising in this issue.Thank each one as you go to their store
 
Yes it’s true. The rising demand for this newspaper our delivering needs we
could not meet each week. If you live a bit further out we will get it to you.We need advertising help too, just give me a call today!
The Emerald Star News is published bi-weekly
We are locally owned and operated in Freeport
“Happiness
is like abutterfly;the moreyou chaseit, themore itwill eludeyou,
 but if you turnyour attention toother things, itwill come and sitsoftly on your shoulder 
...”
Do you like this spot?
Advertising special prices……
 
You may be surprised of the deal, give us a call now!!
 
 
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The EMERALD STAR NEWS Inc.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
WC BCC Kisela Resigns
 As reported by WZEP AM1460
At last Tuesday morning’s Walton County Commissioner meeting, Commis-
sioner Kenneth Pridgen said he met with County Administrator Greg KiselaMonday.He read a letter where Kisella agreed to a voluntary resignation and gave anagreement worked out by Kisela, the County Attorney and himself. The Countywill pay Kisela for six months salary in exchange for satisfaction of any claimshe may have against the county. The motion was made by Pridgen and seconded by Sara Comander. The vote was 3-1 with Cecilia Jones and Larry Jones the nayvotes. Gary Demers will step in as interim administrator and Dede highnote willassist.
Bob Hudson, president of the Walton County Taxpayer’s Association asked
why, since Kisela has a contract with the county, are they paying him for sixmonths when he is voluntarily resigning. Hudson said Kisela is worth more, butquestioned why there was a hiring contract if they were not going to follow it.Pridgen said this is the agreement they worked up at the meeting Monday.County Attorney Toni Craig said it is legal.Mary Nelson also questioned the motion and asked how the motion could bemade if they had not already made up their minds and met out of the sunshine.She said the motion was quickly made and passed. She said it is likely a daygoing backwards for Walton County.Commissioners thanked Kisela for his time and service and recognized hiswife who was in the audience. The two have a farm in Paxton.Also at the meeting, Raymond Jackson, president of the local NAACP cover-ing Walton, Holmes and Washington asked to speak with the commissioners. Hetalked about the email Commissioner Scott Brannon sent using a racial slur.Jackson said they find this offensive. Jackson said they accept the apologyBrannon had previously made.He also said the county flying a Confederate flag is a concern and asked for itsremoval from the courthouse. He noted the upcoming meeting of the NAACPleadership in Walton County. The Confederate Stars and Bars, one type of Con-federate flag used during the time of the Confederate States, flies over theWalton Confederate War Memorial. This was put into place many years ago as away to remember those who served. Florida was part of the Confederacy. The
 NAACP had asked for the flag’s removal in the past, but the commissioners de-
cided not to take action, acknowledging the historical value of the memorial.Jackson called the flag a symbol of hate.
WCSB Meeting
The Walton County School Board took up social media. This is for creating a policy on the use of social media by anyone, staff, parents, students and otherswho want to work with the district. The policy is to make sure anyone whomakes a social media site that represents a school or part of the district, does sowithin certain guidelines. The vote passed 3-2 with Roberts and Leddon the nayvotes.The Board also approved personnel recommendations, agreed to waive the 7thgrade retention requirement in the Student Progression Plan and approved four expulsions and set the first budget workshop for May 29th at 5pm.The Board approved a job description of Coordinator of Instructional Servicesand took another look at the analysis of the Staffing Plan, an item that was previ-ously tabled. They tabled the staffing plan again. Superintendent Anderson saidthe job description is to adjust so more people can do the job, making it moregeneric, so people can move around.Anderson said this is a new job description that encompuses other positionsand is at the same pay scale as other coordinators. The people that would be putinto this job description would be a coordinator. Board member Faye Leddonsaid she checked the request out and found it is not creating a new position. Shesaid she wanted to make sure that if they are telling teachers they do not haveenough money, then they do not need to create a new position. Anderson agreedand said this is a generic job description.Member Mark Davis said he would not be voting for funding another coordi-nator position.
Capital Case Lawyers Seek Additional Pay
 As reported by WZEP AM1460
The lawyers who recently worked cases in Walton County,came before Judge Kelvin Wells and asked for more paythan is normally allowed. The two asked for the additional pay beyond the norm due to the amount of time they spentworking on cases involving possible death penalties.Sharon Wilson, an attorney for Steven Cozzie, asked for $62,550 for her work in the case. Jay Gontarek, the attorneyfor Thomas Ford McCoy, Jr. asked for $42,500. The statenormally allows a $15,000 payment and can double that to$30,000. Since the amount requested was much more, JudgeWells had to give approval.The Justice Administrative Commission representative toldthe judge in a phone conversation that the requests were de-nied since they go above the normal amount. The JAC alsoquestioned the charges submitted, saying some are not al-ways considered allowed. The main reason, however, wasthe amount exceeded the cap.Judge Wells asked what the average for a capital case is.He told the JAC representative they would find the circuit innorthwest Florida was probably the lowest in the state as far as fees. He also said the cases were involved, with travel andlinked to other cases. Wells said the rate charged was $100 per hour and he knows what the cases involved.
Calling the cases, “Not run of the mill”, the judge eventu-
ally decided to award Gontarek the requested $42,550. Hetold Wilson he would award her $55,000, less than what sherequested, but the highest amount he has ever allowed. Wellsalso approved paying Dr. Larson $26,000 for his work.
Helen McCallPark 
On Friday Commissioner Cecilia Jones hosted aribbon cutting at the newSplash Pad at HelenMcCall Park. The SplashPad is the first of its kindto open in South Walton.The opening had manyfamilies excited about thethe pad. Following theceremony and ribbon cut-ting, about 2 dozen chil-dren enjoyed the new fea-ture.Helen McCall Park islocated at 325 Moll Drivein Santa Rosa Beach. TheSplash Pad is the newestaddition to the park whichcurrently featuresMission Play Park, base- ball/softball fields, battingcages, football fields, pic-nic tables, restrooms, pa-vilions and soccer fields.

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