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Two Port St. Joe High School students killed in Saturday night accident

Two Port St. Joe High School students, ages 16 and 18, were killed in a late night single-car accident on County Road 386 Saturday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at around 11:06 p.m. EDT after their vehicle traveled off the roadway and collided with a culvert, becoming airborne.

The high school identified the victims as student-athletes TJ Jenkins and Andrew Sheppard Sunday Morning.

“The faculty and staff of Port St. Joe High School wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to the families of student-athletes TJ Jenkins and Andrew Sheppard,” wrote the school in a Facebook post. “This is a tragic loss for the Port St. Joe community and our Tigershark family. “

The school will open its doors at noon EDT Sunday for those who wish to gather in the students’ remembrance. Coaches, school counselors and staff will be available for students and family members who may need support.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor


  1. I sent your predecessor Dave a idea for a human interest story about Barbara Eells. She is a wildlife rehabilitator, also on the turtle patrol, very involved with her church and helping others including visiting the nursing home. She is a PSJ native, 80 yrs old, everyone knows and loves her. I don’t believe she has ever gotten the recognition she deserves.

  2. My heart breaks for the family and friends of these fine young men. They are now watching over their loved ones from heaven. Praying for you all.

  3. We are sharing in your sadness as you all remember your loved ones, Travis Jenkins, Jr. and Andrew Shephard. We cannot imagine the pain and heartache you all are feeling. May you all look back on the precious memories and find peace. We are praying for peace and comfort for both families” and may God build a fence around you all.

  4. Sending my deepest heartfelt condolences to the families of Travis Jenkins jr and Andrew Sheppard.

  5. Sending our heartfelt condolences to the Jenkins and Sheppard families. MAY God walk with you all and give you strength, peace, joy and heal you with His amazing love. When you are hanging on by a thread, make sure it’s the hem of His garment.????

  6. My sincere condolences to both families. May you all look to God for comfort and peace. You are all in my prayers, in Jesus name. Carolyn Nettles

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