In an effort to clear up confusion over a July 17 vote to send the two female county commissioners to the Dixie Softball World Series next month in Virginia, commissioners voted unanimously at Friday’s budget workshop to rescind the earlier motion.


In an effort to clear up confusion over a July 17 vote to send the two female county commissioners to the Dixie Softball World Series next month in Virginia, commissioners voted unanimously at Friday’s budget workshop to rescind the earlier motion.



Commissioners Cheryl Sanders and Pinki Jackel had been approved to accompany Franklin County’s Dixie Debs when the local 18-and-under girls, who won the Florida state championship two weeks ago, travel to Powahatan, Va. Aug. 3 for the World Series.



The July 17 vote by the commissioners to send the women to the series was accompanied by the county’s contribution of $5,000 to the Debs’ fundraising effort for the trip.



At the time of the unanimous vote to both bless the two commissioners attending the series, and to reschedule the regular Aug. 7 meeting to Aug. 1 to accommodate it, Sanders asked that the board “give myself and the chairman, being the two ladies on the board, permission to go with our girls to Virginia for the World Series, I would ask that the board would allow that.”



Commissioner Bevin Putnal then asked, “To do what now? Just to go? Do we have to give permission for you to go?”



Sanders replied that “Well, if we get compensated for it, if we get our rooms paid for.”



At Friday’s budget workshop, Sanders clarified that following discussions in the community over the last couple days, “I am going on my own money in my own vehicle to help represent these girls. Cheryl Sanders is going to be paying her own way.



“I never heard anyone say anything about travel funds,” she said.



Clerk of Courts Marcia Johnson reminded commissioners their vote had been required in order to make the trip official business for the two commissioners and thus eligible for reimbursement.



“I cleared it up,” Sanders replied. “I cleared it up.”



Jackel also announced that due to a family event, she would not be attending the World Series.



“I will not be attending because I never really planned to attend,” she said. “My brother’s son is getting married, and I don’t think it would be very popular (with the family). I’m looking forward to spending time with my grandson.”



After the commission began the meeting by receiving a $500 check for the softball team from the Alligator Point Taxpayers Association, presented by Allen Feifer, Jackel said the St. George Island Civic Club had responded to a July 19 presentation from the softball team by passing the hat, also raising probably upwards of $500 for the Virginia trip.



“We’re seeing tremendous community support for our girls,” she said. “It’s a good, happy positive thing. It's unfortunate that there has been negativity to follow such a positive event.



“I hope this concludes the misinformation,” said Jackel.



The Franklin County Debs now head to the five-day event, held at Fighting Creek Park, which will attract 24 teams, comprising both 16-to-18-year-old Debs and 13-to-15-year-old Belles teams, made up of 288 softball players from 11 states.



Team leaders are working hard to attract financial support to make the trip possible. Those interested in backing the Debs’ trip to the World Series as asked to please donate to Dixie Youth League Girls, 210 State Road 65, Eastpoint, Florida 32328.



For more information, call Kevin Newell 370-6176, Allen Millender 653-7946, Nikki Millender 899-4008, or Link Carroll 653-6240.