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Sept. 6,2012 Edition

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Volume: 4
Issue: 18
September 6, 2012
bi-weekly Edition
merald Star News
alton county -
Freeport, Florida 
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West Nile Virus CasesContinue to Climb
West Nilevirus cases in the U.S. continue toclimb, increasing 40% in just the past week,according to the CDC.As of Aug. 28, 48 states have reported West
 Nile virus infections ………...……
Page 3Tucker Arrested formanslaughter
Sheriff Michael A Adkinson announces thearrest of Brandy Lee Tucker, 31, of Paxton.
After an investigation …………....
Page 4Widening of hwy. 331
TheFlorida Departmentof Transportation (FDOT) hasenteredinto a constructioncon- tractwith
Page 5Train Stop In DeFuniak Springs
The little community aroundSpring Lake caught the eye of railroad survey-
ors in the late 1800’s ……….…..
Page 10
 Hello to each of you. I was thinking about my book title theother day and it got me wondering what would be the electictitle words that would sell millions of my book. Maybe
someday you will get your chance to get one for yourself, but for now it’s
still in the infant stages of it. Beginning
check. Middle
check. End
check. But,
hold on a sec, isn’t there something missing? Something rather vital? In fact, couldn’t it be the key to your book’s selling or not? Ah, yes, the title.
 Sometimes I think I am going to have to give up and employ one of those companies
that do nothing but invent names for things. Usually it’s perfume. Actually I think I
would be good at coming up with names for perfume. Or soap powder. Or vacuumcleaners. But when it comes to books, the job feels impossible. Your mission: summa-rize your entire work in a nutshell.
 If I could do that 
(you want to cry out)
 I wouldn’t 
have bothered writing the book in the first place!
 The ancients felt the same way. Nobody was too bothered about titles. In the good oldoral poetry days, on some far-flung Greek hillside, the audience would have been call-
ing out for “that one about the guy trying to get back from Troy” rather than “The Odys-sey.” And think of the “Bible” (
ta biblia
“the books” or “the scrolls”). It’s scarcely
even a title at all, more a category. Still, it is popular all the same. Maybe if I wait a few
centuries and see what label people stick on my stuff… yes, that ought to do the trick.
I am not necessarily recommending this as an infallible system, but it’s probably worthconsidering if you’re stuck. Here is a possible alternative for the “Kama Sutra”: “64Types of Loving.” I think I still prefer “Kama Sutra,” to be honest. Notice that this is
another of those I-
-even-bother-with-a-title titles. It just stuck there, like a barna-cle. Alternative theory: just go and translate your title into Sanskrit. Now we come to the negatives. We could be here all day talking about all the bad titlesin the world. They are legion. But there is one type of title (hold on, could that be a kil-
ler title: “One Type of Title”?) that really gets my goat. I don’t know why exactly. It’s a
 phobia of sorts, maybe because it has become, I suspect, the most common title struc-ture of our day.Perhaps the rule about titles is that there is no rule. Like everything else we write, a titleis a bunch of words that are arbitrary, random, largely meaningless, and yet still striving
to sound as indispensable as the opening notes of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (nowthere is a possible title for the somebody’s something school of thought).
 I was struck by the title of one book that I came across purely by chance in a bookstore.Lured in by this beguiling title, I took it down off the shelf, only to discover that it wasthe translation of a novel by Michel Houellebecq that I already knew. The original title,
“Extension du domaine de la lutte” (literally, “Extension of the realm of struggle”), isone of those deliberately stodgy ones. It’s the opposite of sexy, flinging that terrible
imperative back in the face of all publishers. But the translator, Paul Hammond, and the
 publishers had most likely felt that they couldn’t get away with that in English. The
version they came up with should, I think, be a lesson to all of us who get wound up
  blocked, even
worrying about titles.That title is a classic one-
worder: “WHATEVER.”
 That will leave the door open for the reader to take it as it is and go from there. Some-times the open ended story gets the most attention from inside the mind of your mind.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Cosson Family TragedyRemembered
 As reported by WZEP AM1460
The Walton County Board of County Commis-sioners, along with the Florida Department of theState and Congressman Jeff Miller came together with community representatives and many Cossonfamily members to sponsor the placing of a histori-cal marker for Mr. James Marvin Cosson, Sr. andhis family.The tragedy occurred on August 11, 1944 whenlive bombs from a training mission at Eglin ArmyAirfield missed their target and fell near the Cossonhome. Four members of the Cosson Family werekilled and five were seriously injured. In 1980, con-gress passed a bill providing a yearly payment to themost seriously injured survivor of the Cosson fam-ily tragedy.
Commissioner Sara Comander’s Administrative
Assistant Melinda Whickham was a primary forcein getting the marker approved. Comander talkedabout the gathering.The project was also driven by a member of EglinAir Force Base District Chief Fire & EmergencyServices, Douglas Kolodziejczak, who explains howit came to his attention.Frank Cosson, who also worked tirelessly on the project, expressed his thanks for the those whohelped to recognize the tragedy, but had comments
about the actual marker’s wording. Cosson said
some family members did get a one time payment, but no one is getting a payment on an annual basis.He also wanted people to know, those gathered thatnight were not partying in any inappropriate way.Cosson says the marker is not correct and their  plans were for more of a headstone type.The marker reads as follows:
In 1936, James Marvin Cosson Sr. moved his fam-ily to this location about one-half mile east of theEglin Army Airfield to have more land to farm andto provide for his wife, Annie Bell Cosson, andtheir four children. During World War II, Eglin Air-field served as a major testing and training groundfor bombing missions. The Army Air Corps regu-larly performed training missions at the Eglin bombing range, located about three miles west of the Cosson home. On the evening of August 11,1944, as nine members of the Cosson family gath-ered at the house to socialize, live fragmentation bombs accidentally began to fall on the familyhomestead. Two bombs fell near the house, killingfour and seriously injuring five members of theCosson family. The accident occurred during anormal bombing test run and was attributed to thefailure of a mechanical releasing device, whichcaused the aircraft's bombs not to be released untilafter the plane had traveled past the bombing testarea. Other training accidents took place in Floridaduring World War II, but the Cosson family tragedywas the worst of the war. In 1980, Congress passeda bill providing a yearly payment to the most seri-ously injured survivor of the Cosson family tragedy.
West Nile Virus Cases Continue toClimb
West Nilevirus cases in the U.S. continue to climb, in-creasing 40% in just the past week, according to the CDC.
As of Aug. 28, 48 states have reported West Nile virusinfections in people, mosquitoes, or birds (which carrythe virus). A total of 1,590 cases in people have nowbeen reported, up from 1,118 last week.
Sixty-six people have died this year from complications of the virus, Lyle R. Petersen, MD, MPH, director of theCDC's division of vector-borne diseases, said today in anews teleconference. The death toll last week was 41.Complications include infections of the brain(encephalitis)or the spinal cord and connecting nerves(meningitis). Most people have a less severe form of thedisease, West Nile fever, but it can include severefatiguethat can drag on for weeks or months."The 1,590 cases reported thus far is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to the CDC throughthe last week in August since West Nile virus was firstdetected in the U.S. in 1999," Peterson said."This looks like to us it is going to be our worst year for West Nile," Petersen said.He and other public health experts urged people to follow precautions against mosquito bites, including wearing longsleeves and long pants when outdoors at dusk or dawn,using insect repellents, and getting rid of standing water outdoors, which provides a breeding ground."In light of this ongoing risk, it is important for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites," Petersen said.Although the rate of transmission is low in some states, "itis still not zero," Petersen said.Peterson said he expects the outbreak to peak by the end of this month. There are always reporting time lags, becauseof the time it takes for people to go to the doctor, get adiagnosis, and then for the health departments to report tothe CDC. Because of that lag, the number of cases reportedto the CDC are expected to continue and increase throughSeptember and early October, said CDC spokesman TomSkinner.Why this year is especially bad remains a mystery, Peter-sen said. The heat wave blanketing many states may have played a role. That has been the case in some previousyears."But other heat waves have not produced outbreaks," hesaid.Hurricane Isaac, which hit southern Louisiana on Wednes-day, is not expected to have an effect on the outbreak, Pe-tersen said.About one in five people who get infected with West Nilevirus get West Nile fever. Their symptoms areflu-like andusually appear three to 14 days after the bite by an infectedmosquito.About 1 in 150 people bitten have more severe problems,including meningitis and encephalitis. Some also get acondition called acute flaccid paralysis, in which the per-son is unable to move his arms or legs.There's no reason to believe that severe cases are increas-ing in relation to the total number of infections, Petersensaid. No vaccine is available for the West Nile virus, Petersonsaid, although some are being studied.
Attorney Matters Looked At ByWC BCC
 As reported by WZEP AM1460
Can TDC funds be use for projects like a SouthWalton pedestrian bridge?The County is seeking an opinion from the AttorneyGeneral. Commissioner Pridgen asked to have a third party also look into the matter. That is, the attorneyand the TDC attorney are to ask the State Attorneyand possibly get another attorney to make sure theycan or find out they can not use TCD funds to pay for work on features that tourists use south of the bay.Two commissioners are already saying other countiesare doing this.The Commissioners also talked about adding another attorney for land matters. Commissioner KennethPridgen recommended adding a land use attorney. Hesaid Walton is losing to other areas because of thetime it takes to get permitting. He said they needsomeone to work with staff and on committees. Theyalso need someone to look at the codes. Pridgen sug-gested the person would work under Admin.Commissioner Sara Comander said she brought up anidea for a rapid response committee. This would bringstaff together so the applicant can get the informationat one time. Comander said she would recommend theattorney work under the staff attorney. Pridgen said hehas identified funding and it would not impact the budget.Commissioner Larry Jones said there is a situationwhere the attorney should have a separation from thecounty attorney so there will not be a conflict.Brannon said a rapid response committee would stillhave problems because the codes are messed up. Hesaid they thought the EAR process would have takencare of this, but it is done and there are still problems.Comander said she does not think the land attorneyworking under the county attorney would be a con-flict. Comander said any attorney should be under thecounty attorney. Jones said it has been made clear theBoard Attorney cannot represent staff.County Attorney Toni Craig gave an overview. Shesaid Walton could have another attorney because they both would represent the interests of the board and thestaff. She said they have to do a complete evaluationof what the legal needs are. She said she is competentwith land use issues, but would be happy to pursuehiring another attorney. She said they would not be advocating a position.Commissioner Cecilia Jones said, with new commis-sioners coming aboard, she would not be comfortablewith making the decision. Comander said they have been trying to reduce the attorney costs and asked if they need a recommendation from the County Attor-ney. Craig said her contract states she has the author-ity to hire and fire attorneys. She said she is evaluatingthe services and feels if they make the change, thenthey need to look at her contract. Comander said Craigis doing the job, is straightforward and dedicated andthey should let her come back with a recommendation.Commissioner Larry Jones said they need transpar-ency and need to get it right. He said this is not aboutegos and pride, but what is best for the county. He toldCraig that she is right, she can hire, but he feels shedoes not have an exclusive right. The matter willcome back at the next meeting.

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