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Jan 10, 2013 Issue

Jan 10, 2013 Issue

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“free”-HOW??From the businesses advertising in this issue.Thank each one as you go to their storeYes 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 Florida
“free”-HOW??From the businesses advertising in this issue.Thank each one as you go to their storeYes 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 Florida

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Volume: 5
 
Issue: 1
January 10,2013
 
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.
Real Estate listings inside:
WCSO Cell PhoneAlerts
 Have you ever wondered when youwent to bed at night if there was a seri-ous weather event how you would findout about it? The State Emergency Re-sponse Team (SERT) in conjunctionwith the Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Administration …….....
Page 3
Getting Rid of Debt
With the average credit card debt near-ing $5,000, according to TransUnion,
it’s no surprise that paying off debts is a popular New Year’s resolution.
 If you vowed to pay off your debts andstart living a more balanced financial
life this year, we’ve ….…….
Page 5
WC New Website
 In what they say is a continued effortto improve the distribution of timelyand accurate information to the pub-lic, the Walton County Department of Public Information will launch of the
County’s new ……….….
Page 10
 
 
Hello and Happy New Year!! So you’ve made some mis-
takes over the years. Maybe you smoke too much, drink toooften or bake under the sun. Maybe you feel like 9 miles of 
 bad road. But it’s not too late to undo some of the health potholes youhave dug. And, as you’ll see below, you’ve got plenty of reasons to give healthy living atry. Plus, find out if you’re ready to quit smoking…
Most people want to do the right things
 – 
lose weight, quit smoking and exercise. They
know they should, but they indulge their desires instead. Then their doctors’ offices become confessionals: “Really, doc, this time I’m going to take care of myself.” You’d
like this to be true, and so would your doctor. But few patients tell their doctors the truthabout their bad habits.
In fact, they go to great lengths to convince physicians they’ve been good.
 No weight loss?
 
“It must be the water I’m retaining.”
Smoking? “
I threw the pack away.”Some patients even empty their pill bottles before a doctor’s appointment to provethey’ve downed the lot. No doubt about it: Bad habits are hard to break. One reason is a belief that a healthier lifestyle won’t make much difference.
You may be thinking,
The damage is done. I may as well keep my bad habits and skipthe agony of change
.But this is not true
 – 
you
can
reverse much of the damage caused by your poor choicesand feel better in the process.
Healing from Harm
You’d be surprised how resilient the body is, with remarkable powers of recovery fromstress and disease. Drop bad habits now, and, as you’ll find out, you can head toward
health. So what kinds of damage can be at least partially reversed?Smoking primarily affects the respiratory tract and the cardiovascular system. Puffingas few as four cigarettes a day can increase your risk of heart disease and of prematuredeath.On average, male smokers lose 13 years of their life, and women smokers, 14.Fortunately, the body begins to restore itself the moment you quit smoking, no matter 
how many years you’ve indulged. Not all the damage is reversible, but the immediate
and long-term health effects are worth it.For example, just 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal.After a few weeks, your circulation improves and your lung function increases. Cough-ing and shortness of breath decrease within a few months. After one year, your risk of coronary heart disease is halved. And you are stopping the premature aging and wrin-kling of your skin that smoking causes.Five years or more after quitting, your risk of stroke lowers.Cancer risk plunges after 10 years
 – 
your lung cancer risk is now half that of a smoker.And the danger of other cigarette-related cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, blad-der, cervix and pancreas also decreases.Fifteen years after quitting, your chances of coronary artery disease are the same as thatof a non-smoker.
I personally know of some people who did what the experts say that you can’t which is
to quit cold turkey. To go from one day then quit to the next and have still been success-ful to this day. They count the days as they go by. Which goes to show that you can dowhat your mind says and staying persistent about it. With all of your New Year resolu-tions to achieve, if you stay focused on your goals you can make it a success.
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
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Web Designer
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 Lee Cox
Contributing Editor
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 Dr. Summers
Guest columnist
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 Erica Beck 
 
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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
 Reach out a
helping hand …..
 You may find  yourself needing one too someday Help those less fortunate.. Happy New Year 
Do you have an Ad that would look nice here?Call to reserve your spot today!850-585-0262
 
 
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
WCSO Cell Phone Alerts
 Have you ever wondered when you went to bed at night if there wasa serious weather event how you would find out about it? The StateEmergency Response Team (SERT) in conjunction with the FederalEmergency Management Administration (FEMA) advises there isan answer to that question. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) arenow being sent out to those who have WEA capable cell phones.Older phones may not receive WEAs and some phones will soonreceive software updates that will add this feature.The free messages are sent out automatically. Cell phone users donot have to sign up for this service but some users have the optionof opting out. Although some cell phone users may be able to optout of these warnings, Emergency Management strongly discour-ages this. The WEAs are not intended to take the place of gatheringfurther information from other weather sources. Stay tuned to your radio, media or your NOAA weather radio for what is happeningand what actions you should take.The messages are sent to phones that are located within a certainradius of a cellphone tower. SERT advises that according to thelocation of the phone at the time of an alert, users may receive mul-tiple alerts for different areas (i.e. individuals in eastern WaltonCounty may receive an alert intended for those in western Washing-ton or Holmes Counties).There are three types of alerts that are issued:1) Presidential Alert
 — 
issued by the President of the UnitedStates in case of nationwide emergency2) Imminent Threat
 — 
issued by National Weather Service. For Florida, this would include such warnings as tornadoes, flashfloods, hurricane, extreme wind or tsunami.3) AMBER Alert
 — 
issued by law enforcement to share informa-tion about a child abduction
Emergency Management Director Major Joe Preston stated, “This
is a great feature to keep our citizens informed of all types of emer-gency situations, not just hurricanes. More and more of our citizensare using smart phones as their only source of communication. This provides a viable option for alerting someone who may not be at
home listening to the radio or watching their television.”
 For further information on WEAs, contact your local cell phone provider or go tohttp://www.fema.gov/integrated-public-alert-warning-system. 
Best Warehouse Store: BJ’s, Costco or Sam’s Club?
 
According to Consumer Reports, shoppers can save up to 55 percent at warehouse clubs
 – 
on every-thing from bulk packages of toilet paper and frozen pizza to Coach handbags and vacation packages. If 
you belong to one, you’re probably enjoying the savings and the “treasure hunt” shopping experience – 
 
never quite knowing what you’ll find on shelves and pallets.
 
It’s no surprise that as warehouse clubs open more locations and offer a wider range of items, sales are
growing. The $390 billion industry has seen a 137 percent jump in sales from 2001 to 2011, comparedto 47 percent for all general merchandise stores, according to First Research.
But which warehouse club is best for you? Sometimes it’s as simple as finding the one closest to
home, but if you have choices, you should consider factors, from selection to return policies. We putthe big three to the test by comparing 11 factors
 – 
from basic membership costs and locations to selec-tion of luxury goods.
Membership costs
Basic membership is $50 a year at BJ’s, $55 at Costco, and $40 at Sam’s Club. If you want to test the
waters first, keep an eye out for free trials.
Rewards
Warehouse clubs offer rewards programs, but they’re not free. Become a BJ’s Rewards member for $100 a year (or upgrade an existing membership for $50), and you’ll get 2 percent back on most in
-
club and BJs.com purchases. Costco’s Executive Membership is $110 a year and also offers 2 percent
rewards
 – 
 
capped at $750 a year. Sam’s Club is experimenting with the idea of a cash rewards pro-
gram; in a new rollout, Plus members ($100 a year) are now receiving $10 for every $500 spent
 – 
 which also comes out to 2 percent
 – 
capped at $500.
Nonmember surcharges
Thinking about shopping at a warehouse club without footing the bill for a membership? Costco is the
least expensive: the surcharge to nonmembers is 5 percent. BJ’s is the highest at 15 percent, whileSam’s Club’s surcharge is 10 percent.
 
Shopping experience
In a Consumer Reports survey, 26,000 shoppers evaluated their experiences at 10 major retailers:
Costco, JC Penney, Kmart, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Meijer, Sam’s Club, Sears, Target, and Walmart. Costco
was the top-
rated store in the survey. Sam’s Club got average or slightly above average grades in allcategories. BJ’s wasn’t included.
 In another survey by Temkin, 6,000 consumers ranked companies based on customer service. Costco
ranked third, behind Amazon and Kohl’s, with 79 percent of survey respondents giving it an“excellent” or “good” rating. Sam’s Club and BJ’s were close, however, at 78 percent.
 
While this doesn’t point to a clear winner, it’s safe to say the overall shopping experience at any of the big three doesn’t differ much – 
 
and doesn’t disappoint.
 
Return policies
From Costco’s return policies page: “We guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell with a
full refund. The following must be returned within 90 days of purchase for a refund: televisions, pro-
 jectors, computers, cameras, camcorders, touch screen tablets, MP3 players and cellular phones.”
 
From Sam’s Club return policies page: “We offer a 100% guarantee on merchandise and Membership.
We will refund purchases in full with a receipt. Click here to view our Return/Refund exceptions. No
receipt: We will refund the purchase(s) at the last selling price with a shopping card.”
 
From BJ’s return policies page: “Items eligible for return must be returned within 30 days fromdate of shipping. For more information, please see the “Proper Conditions for Return and Credit”
SWFD Looks For Arsonist
 There is a suspected fire bug in South Walton. The South WaltonFire District (SWFD) received a call at 8:55 pm Monday night re-porting a structure fire at 198 San Juan Street in Seagrove.Within minutes of receiving the initial 9-1-1 call, SWFD crews ar-rived on scene and reported heavy smoke and flames coming fromthe back side of the uninhabited 1,200 sq. ft two story residentialstructure. Shortly after arrival, SWFD crews managed to extin-guish the fire and contain the majority of the damage to the firstfloor.The SWFD Fire Marshal/Investigator and the State of Florida FireMarshal Detective were notified to determine cause and origin. Dur-ing their joint investigation it was determined arson appeared to be
the cause of the fire. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was also
notified due to an apparent burglary of this same residence. The fireis still under investigation.According to the Walton County Property Appraisers website, theproperty and structure are valued at an estimated $107,000. Firedamage was estimated at $50,000. The owners were not home at thetime of the fire and there were no injuries.

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