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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Local Teen Cancer Patient Teams Up With Southeastern Community Blood Center


Unlike most teenagers, Janna Hamilton, Jackson County’s Teen of the Year, doesn’t subscribe to the "it’s-all-about-me" philosophy. In fact, Janna’s personality is so centered on giving that this year, instead of requesting gifts for her 18th birthday; she is requesting that her friends, family, and others within the community donate blood.
Janna was diagnosed with CNS Sarcoma, a rare type of brain tumor, in April of 2004. Since her shocking diagnosis, she has been dedicated to raising awareness of childhood cancer and the need for blood donations to assist them with treatment. This month, Southeastern Community Blood Center in Marianna is teaming up with this ambitious high school junior to help her achieve this goal.
During the week of September 15th, SCBC will be hosting a blood drive in honor of Hamilton and the cancer patients she campaigns for every day. The event, which will be held at the blood center from Monday through Friday of that week, will provide the community with a simple yet meaningful way to support a wonderful and much needed charitable act.
The blood drive coincides with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, along with Hamilton’s birthday on September 16th. One of Hamilton’s biggest birthday wishes is for SCBC to collect 100 units of blood throughout the week, nearly twice as much as they collected in the previous year’s event. She plans to celebrate her big day by visiting the blood center the afternoon of Tuesday, September 16 and thank the individuals who come out to donate blood.
"Janna supports blood donation because she used over 20 units of blood herself and knows of many children in the hospital who have to wait for their treatment because the blood is not always there," Judy Hamilton, Janna’s Mom says. Hamilton had many stories of youngsters needing blood including a 2-year-old friend of theirs who used 22 units plus platelet transfusions for treatment. Hamilton also said, "People don’t really know how necessary it is to give blood. Giving blood doesn’t cost a dime and you never know when you might need it. I didn’t know my daughter would have cancer and need it."
Individuals interested in showing their support should visit SCBC’s Marianna, Florida location at 2503 Commercial Park Drive from 9:00am to 6:00pm, September 15th through 19th.
Donating is a simple procedure. To be a donor, individuals have to be in good health, at least 17 years old (16 years old with a parent’s permission) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.
According to SCBC, less than 5 percent of the eligible population actually donates blood. For more information, contact SCBC at (850) 526-4403, (800) 722-2218 or visit its website
The Southeastern Community Blood Center is a nonprofit organizations and the only blood center providing blood to families in 26 counties in North Florida and South Georgia. SCBC’s home office is at 1731 Riggins Road in Tallahassee. Additional branches are located in Thomasville, Ga., Douglas, Ga., Marianna and Panama City. SCBC also travels seven mobiles to daily blood drives hosted by businesses, civic groups, schools, churches and state agencies. (Commercial Park Drive is located on 90E past Owens Carpet Outlet.)

What’s Left On The Menu?

Book Signing Slated for Chipola Book And Tea
By Sid Riley

A new book written by Virginia Back of Chipley is now on the bookstands for human consumption. This was a book born of necessity.
Her husband was diagnosed with multiple, serious health problems, requiring careful attention to his diet. This led Mrs. Back into a period of extensive research on diets for various health problems, and this information has now been ingested into the content of her new book. If you have a loved one who has suffered a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event, you need to read this book.
The title of the book is "What’s Left On The Menu", and will be offered in a special book signing at Chipola Book and Tea in downtown Marianna, October 4 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Mrs. Back can be reached at (850) 258-7122.

Waller and Peoples to Preach at BCF


The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville is pleased to have Lee Waller, Pastor of Dawson Street Baptist Church in Thomasville, GA, speak on September 29, and James Peoples, Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone Heights, FL, preach on September 30 and October 1 beginning at 10 am.
Having twenty-four years of pastoral ministry experience, Waller has served in churches in both Louisiana and Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Louisiana College and a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Peoples has served in Keystone Heights for the last fourteen years. During that time, the church has tripled in growth and experienced two major building programs. Peoples currently serves as a member of the State Board of Missions, and was elected this year as the Secretary for the 2009 Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Inspirational chapel services are held in the R. G. Lee Chapel at The Baptist College of Florida each Monday – Wednesday during the semester. For more information on upcoming chapel services and speakers, call 800-328-2660 x 446.

NFREC-Marianna Inducts Herman Laramore into Hall of Fame


Mr. Herman Laramore was the sixth recipient of the University of Florida, North Florida Research and Education Center – Marianna Hall of Fame Award. The Hall of Fame Award is presented to individuals that have made significant contributions of their time, guidance, support, and leadership to the NFREC-Marianna.
Laramore owns and operates one of the largest beef cattle operations in the Florida panhandle and is a progressive producer that implements numerous new technologies to enhance the productivity of his operation. As a friend of the NFREC-Marianna, Herman has provided leadership and support to the beef/forage program at the Center. He has served on the FL Bull Test Advisory Committee, on numerous occasions he has served on search and screen committees for faculty positions and most recently for the NFREC Center Director.
In addition, Herman provides guidance for NFREC by serving on the NFREC Advisory Council and working as an advocate for NFREC with the legislature and local law makers to ensure that the necessary funds were secured for development of the NFREC facilities. He has been instrumental in assisting in the decision making process when developing the beef and forage facilities, pastures, and equipment.
Laramore also allows University of Florida faculity to utilize his operation to obtain data on several experiments and to field test new technologies. He is an early adopter of new ideas and technologies, including new enterprises such as Satsuma mandarins. George Hochmuth (former NFREC Center Director) stated that: "One of the most important things I appreciated about Herman was his steadfast and tireless support of the NFREC beef and forage programs and people-he is a true friend of mine and for IFAS."

Marianna Rotary opens Chipola Brain Bowl Fund


Marianna Rotary on Sept. 17 announced the establishment of the Chipola College Brain Bowl Support Fund.
Rotary president Eddie Hopkins presented Chipola Brain Bowl coach Stan Young with an initial contribution of $500 to be administered by the Chipola Foundation.
Rotary also agreed to invite Brain Bowl team members to attend at least one annual meeting. Rotarians invite other civic clubs, local organizations as well as individuals to add to the Chipola Brain Bowl Support Fund.
Chipola captured the school’s first ever Brain Bowl State championship in March and finished second in the NAQT National Tournament in St. Louis in April.
Chipolas biggest wins at the National Tournament were against Wake Forest and Toronto, which helped Chipola advance to play for the JUCO National Championship. The team scored wins over Faulkner, Wake Forest and Gulf Coast and played against several prestigious universities, including: Harvard, Dartmouth, Stanford, MIT and Brandeis.
The Chipola 2007-08 team members were Mark Hodge, Jantzen Whitehead, Chuck Bryant, Trey Paul and Mitchell Whitehead. Three members of last year’s team—Hodge, Bryant, and Mitchell Whitehead—are currently practicing with the Florida State University Brain Bowl team. Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

5TH Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium


The 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium is Thursday, October 16, 2008, 5:30pm, in the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center located at 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna. The event, now in its fifth year, coincides with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Leading the emphasis for the annual symposium is Marianna’s own Mrs. Lanet James. Lanet has tirelessly led the charge to educate women in the community about Breast Cancer.
Jackson Hospital, for the fifth year, is a key sponsor for the Symposium which provides a focused venue about Breast Cancer; the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Collaborating with Mrs. James, along with Jackson Hospital, is the Jackson County Health Department, American Cancer Society, Avon Breast Foundation and Steven H. Stokes, M.D., of North Florida Cancer Care.
This year’s Symposium guest speakers are Dr. Helen Krontiras, University of Alabama Birmingham, who is at the forefront of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; Dr. Larry Harper, Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic, American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; and Shannon Powell, Director of Radiology, Jackson Hospital.
There is no cost to attend this event nor is it limited to women. This year’s event is expected to be standing room only, so advance registration is requested by contacting Kathryn Jordan, Community Educator at Jackson Hospital, (850)718-2661 or Karen Talley, Education Assistant at (850)718-2842. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for nursing professionals.
Jackson Hospital received the 2006 Patient Champion Award from the American Cancer Society in recognition of outstanding staff and volunteer commitment to serving cancer patients.
If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kathryn Jordan, please call Rosie at 850/718-2696 or email her at

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Over 500 Scholarships Available for Existing High School Seniors


Elks "Most Valuable Student" Scholarship Program
Our local BPOE # 1516 wants the citizens of Jackson County to be aware of scholarship programs their organization is sponsoring. The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated boys and girls in their 2009 competition. Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. College students are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; resident alien status does not qualify.
These four-year scholarships range from $1,000 per year to $15,000 per year. "The Most Valuable Student" scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a US American college or university. Male and female students compete separately.
Applicants will be judged on financial need, leadership and scholarship. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the enrollment of the winner in an accredited US community college, college or university.
Applications must advance through local, district and state competition to reach the national competition. The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500 national winners, and notify them in writing, around May 15, 2009.
Applications for the Elks National Foundation’s 2008 Most Valuable Student contest are available online at or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Elks National Foundation, 2750 North Lakeview Ave. Chicago, IL 60614-1889. Applications for the 2008 contest have to be submitted to Marianna BPOE #1516. PO. Box 577, Marianna, FL 32447-0577 by January 9, 2009.

Covenant Hospice offers Orientation for New Adult Volunteers


Covenant Hospice is seeking individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of patients and families facing end-of-life issues and in supporting the organization. A volunteer workshop will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Marianna Covenant Hospice branch office, located at 4440 W. Lafayette St. The workshop is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be provided.
Patient and Family Support Volunteer Training will provide an overview of hospice care, including Covenant’s programs and services and the special roles that volunteers fill. This training prepares individuals to volunteer in a variety of ways. Volunteer choices include visiting and companionship for patients, supporting family members by offering emotional support and practical help, assisting with fundraising events, providing administrative support in a Covenant office, serving as an outreach Ambassador and much more.
No special background or experience is required to volunteer for Covenant, just a desire to make a difference. Time commitment is flexible and based on volunteer availability. Retired and working professionals are also needed to share their expertise and experience with patients and families. To register or to learn more, call Donna Meldon at 850-482-8520.

Cast Announced for Chipola’s "Bus Stop"


The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the dramatic comedy, "Bus Stop," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 6.
Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Brenna Kneiss as Elma, Dianna Glaze as Grace, Aven Pitts as Will, Kyndall Covington as Cherie, Nathan Houser as Dr. Lyman, Aaron Moore as Carl, Garrett Brolund as Virgil and Ben Grande as Bo. Keith Watford and Sarah Martinez are the Stage Managers. The behind the scenes crew includes Haley Barfield, Stephanie Lawson, Courtney Corbin, Kylee Shores, Sarah Lovins, Austin Pettis and Kristina Lopez.
"Bus Stop" is set in a howling snowstorm with a busload of weary travelers holed up at a roadside diner. A nightclub singer named Cherie (played by Marilyn Monroe in the movie adaptation) has been kidnapped by a young cowboy who is ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, kicking and screaming, down the aisle. As a counterpoint to the romance, the cafe owner and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young waitress also gets her first taste of romance. For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

Chipola Artist Series Opens Sept. 22 "Vienna to Broadway"


The Chipola College Artist Series opens Monday, Sept. 22, with "Vienna to Broadway" presented by the Jacksonville Lyric Opera Company.
"Vienna to Broadway" includes highlights of operetta, grand opera, and classic Broadway favorites performed by a quartet of gifted soloists and their superb accompanist.
Titles include The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme, La Traviata, The Student Prince, Show Boat and Carousel. The show features musical staging reflecting the historical period of each piece, supported by seamless transitions from number to number. Stylish costumes and colorful scenic projections will add to the audience’s enjoyment of this musical presentation. Vienna to Broadway is produced in association with Opera Management Corporation, New York City. Three more exciting performances are scheduled as part of the series.
"An Appalachian Christmas," presented by the Atlanta Pops Orchestra is set for Dec. 8. "An Appalachian Christmas" creates the feeling of a small community at Christmas time with a diverse program including holiday favorites ranging from "The 12 Days of Christmas," to "Deck the Halls," and music from the Appalachian region using flute, harp, dulcimer as performed by Gentle Rain and Scott Douglas.
"The Music at the Crossroads" presented by Celtic Crossroads will have audiences enjoying St. Patrick’s Day a bit early on Jan. 26. Celtic Crossroads is critically-acclaimed as one of the best live music concerts to come from Ireland in over 20 years. This magical display of music incorporates seven world-class musicians, playing an array of both traditional and non-traditional instruments on stage, creating an unforgettable musical experience.
Christine Yoshikawa, classical pianist, will perform March 24. The Canadian pianist has enjoyed a multi-faceted international career performing as soloist with orchestras, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching masterclasses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Critics have praised her as an artist of "impeccable artistry and virtuosity" for her interpretation of traditional and contemporary repertoire. She is on the Roster of Recording Artists for Eroica Classical Recordings and serves on faculty at Chipola College.
The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola’s Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.
Season tickets—$40 for all four events—are available. Individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—will be available prior to each performance at the Chipola Business Office. For performance information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or

Art Kimbrough to Chair March for Babies


Premier March of Dimes Fundraising Event
The March of Dimes Florida Chapter is pleased to announce that Art Kimbrough of Jackson County will serve as chair for March for Babies at Citizens Lodge. Formerly known as WalkAmerica, March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies—those born healthy as well as those who need help to survive and thrive.
"I’m proud to be part of a national movement to ensure that every baby has a healthy start in life," Art said. "Everyone can be a champion for baby health by signing up for March for Babies." Art continued. Originally from Panama City, Florida, Art is the Jackson County Chamber President and CEO. As a community leader in Jackson County, Art has served on many charitable boards and committees; Art has a diverse business background that includes experience as an educator, chief executive of a private college, senior executive of a large technology company, a professional speaker, author, consultant, and entrepreneur.
He and his wife Michele live in Marianna, where they are restoring a 112 year old historic home near downtown.
"The involvement of high profile local leaders across the nation is a key element in our goal of helping more babies come into the world healthy," said Michelle Robletto, President of the Big Bend Division Board of Directors. "We are fortunate to have someone so committed to our cause."
Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year including 15.5 percent of live births in Jackson County. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to be sure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. The March of Dimes is there for all babies.
In Jackson County March for Babies will take place on September 20th at 9:00am at Citizens Lodge. Jackson County residents can sign up today to help fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. Funds raised by March for Babies in Jackson County support Jackson County Storks Nest, New Born Screening, State Children’s Insurance Program (SCHIP) and Access to Health Care Coverage
"It’s easy to join me," said Mr. Kimbrough. "Just visit or call 1-850-422-3152 to sign up as an individual, start a corporate, family or friend’s team, or donate to help babies be born healthy."
In 2008, national March for Babies sponsors are CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, Farmers, FedEx, Grain Foods Foundation, Liberty Tax Services,, and Kmart, the March of Dimes number one corporate partner which has raised more than $63 million for babies. Additional national sponsorship is provided by Discovery Health, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Outdoor Services and Ther-Rx.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit or

Chipola ‘Rock the Vote’ Rally Is Sept. 19


The Chipola College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will hold a Rock the Vote rally at Citizen’s Lodge, Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The purpose of the event is to register new voters. According to organization’s website Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election and to give young people the tools to identify and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process.
Five local bands will perform throughout the evening. Solo artist Jonathan Gluck will open the event.
"One Last Breath" will perform with members Brandon Hill, Jon Hughes, Zac Culpepper, and Tim Rocwell.
"Break to Bloom" members include: Trent Hatcher, Jonathan Keeman, Dennis Keeman, Kevin Shores, Dylan Bass, and Nick Melvin.
Evangel Worship Center’s Youth Praise and Worship Band "Anthem" will perform with members Shannon Mercer, Michael Lingerfelt, Kylee Shores, Kevin Shores, Sianna Davis, Cassie Mitchell, Adam Johnson and Dylan Bass.
"The Original Artists"—Royce Reagan and Richard Hinson—will close out the event. The Optimist Club of Marianna will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs, and giving away free soft drinks. A homemade cake auction will be conducted to raise money for March of Dimes.
Politicians from the five-county area are invited to attend. Those holding office have been invited to speak on the importance of voting. Those running for office are invited to set up booths to speak with voters.
Any U.S. citizen can register at the Rock the Vote event with a valid driver’s license. For more information, contact Pam Rentz at 526-2761, Ext. 3287 or Cassie Mitchell at 557-3307.

Malone Citizens Remember September 11, 2001


As the sun set over the verdant rows of peanuts and cotton that surround this rural corner of Jackson County, more than 80 citizens gathered next to a brand new flagless flag pole located near the Malone Volunteer Fire Department. There they remembered the tragedy of 9-11, and honored their local first responders: fire fighters, law enforcement officers and emergency management personnel.
The local lodge of Woodmen of the World donated the thirty-foot flagpole and flag to the town of Malone as part of WOW’s community flag projects. Patriotism and reverence for the American flag are deeply embedded in Woodmen of the World’s culture, which supports Flags Across America, a nationwide event designed to instill a greater sense of patriotism in all Americans, and to bring communities together to celebrate our freedom and liberty.
The Malone "Salute to America’s Heroes" began with a welcome by Gene Wright, mayor of Malone; the invocation was delivered by Dr. George H. Kinchen, Jr., pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. The guest speaker was Mrs. Theresa Bergman, a member of the Malone Town Council and a native New Yorker. Bergman gave a first-hand view of the 9-11 tragedy and its effect on the citizens of the New York City area. Rhonda Byrd, president of WOW Lodge 65, officially dedicated the new flag and flag pole and recognized the first responders and veterans present at the ceremony.
Dillon Kilpatrick and Doug Neel, representatives of American Legion Post 241, raised the new United States flag; then lowered it to half-staff in honor of those lost in the 9-11 tragedy, while the Star Spangled Banner was sung by Malone School student Storm Floyd. The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Holly Askew, Little Miss Malone, Lindsey Wyatt, Junior Miss Malone and Keyonis Shack, Miss Malone.
Second only to the United States government in volume of flags purchased each year, Woodmen of the World celebrates and honors the American flag throughout the year, and presents flags to deserving organizations in communities, and plans celebrations centered around the flag.

Nation’s Oldest Patriotic Groups Meet to Honor Constitution


Constitution Day was celebrated by Chipola Chapter, NSDAR, Blue Springs Society, C.A.R., and William Dunaway Chapter, SAR with a combined luncheon at McKinnon Hall of historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The Reverend Mildred Barfield spoke on "Not Without Sacrifice." The program included F.S.C.A.R. Historian Adrian Schell, Sr. State Historian Mary Robbins, Chipola Chapter Regent Dorcas Jackson, Blue Springs Society President Markie Parrish, Blue Springs Society Chaplain Thomas Melvin and Alma Milton Chipola Chapter DAR Constitution Week Chairman. The Melvin children presented a special version of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America. Vice President Robert Dunaway of the William Dunaway Chapter, SAR and Sr. Vice President of Blue Springs Society took part along with William Dunaway, President; and Harry Dunaway. Harry rang the historic St. Luke’s bell to conclude the meeting. Following the meeting a live auction was held to benefit State Regent Sue C. Bratton’s Haley House Project.

Covenant Hospice 3rd Annual Garden Gala


Covenant Hospice is delighted to announce the 3rd Annual Covenant Hospice Garden Gala. The 2008 Garden Gala will be held on Saturday, September 20th at the National Guard Armory in Marianna. Guests will enjoy a whimsical evening as they wander serene garden paths, admire beautiful garden art, listen to lively entertainment, participate in silent & live auctions and dine on savory cuisine. This annual event is renowned for the hand painted benches and chairs that local artist design and fabricate. For the third year, Covenant Hospice has provided local artists with custom constructed wood garden furniture to be transformed into exquisite pieces of art. This year, artists had the choice of a bench, swing or Adirondack chair to transform into their canvas. The furniture was constructed by JCARC, under the leadership of Mr. Joe Shores. Tickets for the Garden Gala are available now for $40 per individual or $75 per couple.
The 2008 Garden Gala has received an outpouring of support from the local business community. The Platinum Sponsors are: Graceville Correctional Facility/ The GEO Group, In Memory of Jeffrey Cade "Wheeler" Shouppe and Northwest Florida Community Hospital. The Gold Sponsors are James & Sikes Funeral Homes, Jackson Hospital, Kent Construction, Sun Trust, Wal-Mart of Marianna, Wal-Mart of Chipley and Waste Management. The Silver Level Sponsors are Buckin’ Bingo, In Memory of Cecil Sandifer, Rahal-Miller Chevrolet Buick, Gulf Medical, Alltel Business Sales Rep- Kara Allgood, Bank of Bonifay and Woodall’s Total Comfort Systems, Inc. The Underwriting Sponsors are Anderson Columbia, City of Marianna and West Florida Electric Co-op. Covenant Hospice is so thankful to each business and individual that has contributed to this event.
Proceeds from this breathtaking gala will benefit Covenant Hospice’s Marianna Branch which provides special care to patients and their loved ones in Jackson, Holmes, Calhoun and Washington county areas. The need for Covenant Hospice to serve persons with life-limiting illnesses and their families is growing rapidly. Covenant Hospice’s services are based on need and not the ability to pay.
For more information about the Garden Gala, please contact Jennifer Griffin at 850.482.8520, 888.817.2191 or email To learn more about the compassionate services of Covenant Hospice visit

"Marianna Day" Celebrates the Battle of Marianna


The William Henry Milton Chapter 1039 is grateful to Marianna Police Chief Hayes Baggett for his E-Bay discovery of Miss Roberta Milton Carter’s personal copy of "Marianna Day" printed in 1919 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter to raise funds for the Confederate Monument in downtown Marianna which honors those who gave their life in the Battle of Marianna 144 years ago, September 27, 1864.
A rare find, Miss Carter’s signature is located on the top of the title page of the book. Miss Roberta Carter (August 7, 1903 – July 5, 1988), great-grand daughter of Governor John Milton, daughter of Roberta Hearn Milton (September 20, 1867 – March 1, 1961), and John Hardin Carter, Sr. (June 30, 1865 – November 11, 1942) was a teacher of American History for many years at Marianna High School on Daniel Street. Miss Roberta’s mother was a charter member of the William Henry Milton Chapter 1039, organized in 1906, and served as Chapter Historian in 1950.
The 2008 William Henry Milton Chapter reprint of the 29-page narrative "Marianna Day" explains the origin of Marianna Day and honors the memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the home they loved. The book also contains the writings of individuals of the time when the Battle of Marianna was fought. They include: a five-page writing by Henry Robinson, Assistant Surgeon, 5th Florida Calvary, CSA; an address by Judge Benjamin S. Liddon: a letter from Dr. Charles C. Burke, Second Lieutenant, 4th Florida Infantry in 2nd Company: a personal interview by John H. Carter, ESQ., of Major Nathan Cutler of the 2nd Main Calvary, USA; and a news item from the local paper, WEST FLORIDA NEWS, dated October 3, 1864, six days after the battle.
The "Marianna Day" booklet will be available Saturday, September 27 at Marianna Monument Park after the Memorial Ceremony at 10 A.M. A contribution of $12.00 will be accepted for the booklet. Funds received will be used to support UDC historical and educational projects. A second printing of the "Marianna Day" booklet is planned. To order a book, contact Jean Brooks at 663-2570 or Nadine Standland at 482-3477.

VFW Essay Contest


The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary are accepting submissions for the annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests for 2008-2009. The national competitions foster patriotism by giving students an opportunity to express their opinions and responsibilities to our nation while improving their verbal and written skills.
The patriotic theme for this year’s Voice of Democracy audio essay competition is "Service and Sacrifice by America’s Veterans Benefit Today’s Youth By…." It is open to students in grades 9-12 under age 19. Contest rules call for a three-to five-minute original essay recorded on a standard audio cassette or CD.
The Patriot’s Pen theme for written essays is "Why America’s Veterans Should Be Honored." It is open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Students are required to submit a 300 to 400 word typed original essay.
Home schooled students are eligible, but foreign exchange students are excluded. Individual entries must be submitted directly to a VFW post. In cases where schools, classes or youth groups have large numbers of students and want to conduct their own competition, one winner for each 15 students will be submitted.
Completed entry forms with students work must be in the hands of the VFW post chairman no later than Nov.1 for judging at the local post level. Those winners will be judged at the district level, and the district winner will advance to state competition. State Voice of Democracy winners receive an all expenses paid four day trip to Washington, DC in March, sponsored by Target. Their entries will compete at the national level for scholarships and U.S. Savings Bonds.
The National Voice of Democracy top prize is a $30,000 scholarship, and the Patriot’s Pen top prize is a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Local post and district winners also receive awards and prizes, and state winners receive prizes and awards from the Florida VFW.
Brochures are mailed early in the school year to schools whose students previously entered the programs. Students or school personnel interested in participating should contact a local VFW post for entry forms and sponsorship information. More information, including entry forms, is at under VFW Scholarship Programs or contact Liz Huber at 526-1880 about the Patriot’s Pen or contact Ernest McNeill at 482-8140 about the Voice of Democracy.

Folsom’s Celebrated their 69th Wedding Anniversary September 15, 2008


Ray Melvin Folsom, born 1917 and Annie Mildred Cloud, born 1919 were married at the Calhoun County Courthouse, Blountstown Fl. on September 15, 1939.
Ray and Mildred began their married life residing in Chattahoochee Fl. Until the 1940’s after which time they moved to rural Jackson County Fl. on homestead property owned by Ray’s family, during the following years Ray and Mildred built a home on the property.
Ray and Mildred worked on the family farm and was also employed at Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee Fl. until they retired during the 1980’s. Ray and Mildred are longtime faithful members of the Dellwood Baptist Church, Dellwood Fl. and was always available to support others who was not as fortunate as they.
From the union of Ray and Mildred three children were born, two sons Jerry and Jimmy and one daughter Jan. Ray and Mildred were also blessed with six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, with another one almost here.

First Presbyterian Church Supports Member Serving in Iraq


Tony Golden is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marianna who is serving with his Army Reserve Unit as a Chaplain’s Assistant in Camp Bucca in Iraq. In a recent letter to the church he indicated that he and his fellow-soldiers had all that they needed but that they would appreciate help with giving small stuffed animals and small toys to the parents and children in the neighborhood of their camp. The First Presbyterian Church has recently sent four boxes of animals and toys for distribution there, and is continuing until October 5 to collect more. Anyone who would like to help Tony Golden and his fellow-soldiers with this gift of love to the children of Iraq is invited to bring small stuffed animals – new, or gently used but clean – or small toys to the office of the First Presbyterian Church, 4437 Clinton Street, Marianna from Monday through Friday each week. For more information please call the church at 526-2430 or e-mail to or check the church website at

Bush, Crist, & Florida Mayors Proclaim Constitution Week


President Bush, Governor Crist, and mayors from across Florida have issued proclamations making September 17th through 23rd Constitution Week. Chipola Chapter, NSDAR has obtained 2008 Constitution Week proclamations from the following panhandle mayors: Marianna Mayor James B. Wise, Alford Mayor George Gay, Grand Ridge Mayor James Barwick, Chattahoochee Mayor James Atkins, Blountstown Mayor Winston Deason, Altha Mayor Wes Johnson, Greenwood Mayor Charles Saunders, Malone Mayor Gene Wright, Graceville Mayor Charles Holman, Campbellton Mayor Aggie Curry, Cottondale Mayor James Elmore, and President of Sneads City Council Greg Lewis.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started in 1890 by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR.) In 1955 the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Constitution Week has been observed by Chipola Chapter, NSDAR since the chapter was founded in October 1958. This year the Chipola Daughters were joined by the William Dunaway Chapter, SAR and Blue Springs Society, C.A.R. for the annual Constitution Day luncheon on Saturday, September 13th at MacKinnon Hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Marianna. Noted historian Dale Cox was available at 11:00 to sign copies of his new History of Jackson County, Florida: Volume One. The meeting began at 11:30 a.m. Mildred Barfield, Pastor of the Assembly of God Church of Alford, spoke on "Not Without Sacrifice." Everyone enjoyed the dutch treat event.

Amendments Overview

By: Sid Riley

The November ballot will include six amendments for your yes or no vote. Before you enter that booth you should be prepared to make these decisions. We are providing a brief overview of these amendments with the pro and con opinions on each. We hope this helps you in making your decision.
Originally there were nine amendments scheduled to be on the ballot. For various reasons, Amendments #5, #7, and #9 have been removed and will not appear on the ballot. Six remain and you should step into the booth with your opinion formed on each issue.
Amendment #1: Protects Rights of Inelegible Aliens to own property in Florida.
Discussion: At present the Florida Constitution allows our legislature to pass laws (if they desire) which would prohibit non-citizens from owning land. This amendment would assure these individuals the right to own Florida properties.
The legislature has never passed laws prohibiting aliens from owning property…but they could. This looming possibility prohibits many foreign concerns from considering investing in Florida developments. This amendment, if passed, would prohibit the legislature from passing ownership restrictive legislation.
Pro Arguments- Many feel that this existing loophole could sponsor discrimination against specific ethnic or racial groups.
Con Arguments- Many argue that the existing law should not be altered since it allows the legislature to react if needed against a homeland security issue involving a non-citizen residing in the state. They also feel the existing wording acts as a deterrent to illegal immigration.
Amendment #2: Marriage Definition Amendment
Discussion: This amendment defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman, and that no other type of union is treated as marriage.
Pro Arguments- This strict definition promotes family structures and family relationships. This amendment prohibits some liberal court interpretation from altering existing laws and rulings in this matter.
Con Arguments- One argument is that this amendment isn’t needed since we already have laws that essentially say the same thing. A second argument is that the amendment might encourage more "domestic partnerships" instead of marriages. A third argument is that in cases where couples have not married in order to maximize pension and social security benefits might also be denied other marriage benefits if this amendment is passed.
Amendment #3: Permanently exempts investments in energy saving devices and increased storm protection improvements from property assessment increases.
Discussion: Prohibits property assessments being raised when property owner invests in energy saving or storm protection enhancements. Also repeals existing 10 year time limit for exemption for energy saving devices.
Pro Arguments- These types of investments should be encouraged and those investing should not be penalized with higher taxes.
Con Arguments- The property value has been increased by the investment and should thus be taxed. Too many exemptions already exist.
Amendment #4: Provides for removal of property from tax rolls if set aside by government or private owners if encumbered by "perpetual conservation easements". Land is forever set aside as "green space" and can have no agricultural or commercial use. Thus will not be taxed.
Discussion: This would encourage government and private owners to set property aside for future generations in its natural, undisturbed state.
Pro Arguments- Florida’s growing population which is expected to reach 40 million by 2050 increases need for setting aside lands protected from urban sprawl and industry. Green space will become a smaller and smaller percentage of total acreage. This amendment will encourage governments and property owners to set more land aside for future populations to enjoy, since the land will be tax exempt.
Con Arguments – Setting land aside on the basis of "in perpetuity" is too restrictive. This wording could create future problems. It is impossible to anticipate what future conditions will warrant. Also, could be a huge tax benefit for large property owners who could set the land aside with no property taxes, and then enjoy the use of the land for hunting and fishing.
Amendment #5: Removing school taxes from property taxes and replacing school funding with state sales tax……………………REMOVED FROM BALLOT
Amendment #6: Protects waterfront business property from huge assessment increases because of the value enhancement created by nearby developments.
Discussion: Many small restaurants, marinas, bait shops, boat repair shops, etc. are being forced out of business because of soaring property taxes created when new development occurs in the area.
Pro Arguments- Taxes should be based on current use, not on some hypothetical best use of the property for tax generation purposes. Agricultural lands are already protected from increased valuation due to growth on adjacent properties. Tax paying small businesses should not be forced out of business because of tax policies.
Con Arguments – This just creates another tax break for special-interest groups. Could be used as a way for speculators to buy and hold lands while waiting for opportunity to come along. This causes others to pay more taxes.
Amendment #7: Religious Freedom Amendment. Enables faith based charities and schools to be eligible for programs that use public funds. …. REMOVED FROM BALLOT
Amendment #8: Enables county governments to levy local option taxes for community college funding, after voter approval.
Discussion: The existing system leaves the 28 community colleges in Florida at the mercy of the state legislature for their funding. This amendment enables local communities to create special taxes to assist their local community colleges when special needs arise.
Pro Arguments- Increases level of local control and local oversight over decisions relating to community college operations.
Con Arguments- This is just another way to increase taxes on the struggling taxpayers.
Amendment #9: Requires 65% of school funding to be spent on classroom related needs instead of administrative activities and functions. Over 400 school administrators in Dade County were found to be receiving six figure salaries……. THIS AMENDMENT HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BALLOT.
Editors Note: We have attempted to present these amendments in plain language to facilitate understanding. We hope this helps.

The Fight at Campbellton was An Important Preliminary to the Battle of Marianna

By: Dale Cox

Campbellton – The Battle of Marianna is a well known part of local history, but few people know about a smaller but important skirmish that took place the previous day near Campbellton.
The fight developed as 700 Union soldiers from the 2nd Maine Cavalry, 1st Florida U.S. Cavalry and 82nd and 86th U.S. Colored Infantries splashed their way across Holmes Creek and began moving northeast up the old road leading from the "Marianna Ford" to Campbellton. This road followed roughly the route of today’s Tri-County Road to the Galilee community before eventually leading along the approximate route of Highway 273 to Campbellton.
As the Federal troops crossed into Jackson County on the morning of September 26, 1864, word spread like lightning throughout the area. The community had a local "home guard" or volunteer military unit and its commander, Captain A.R. Godwin, soon summoned his men to arms.
Godwin’s company was known as the "Campbellton Cavalry" and its volunteer members were under standing orders from Governor John Milton to resist any attack until reinforcements could arrive from the nearest Confederate headquarters, in this case Marianna. Following their orders to the letter, Godwin and his men sent a courier to Marianna with news that an enemy force was in the county and then rode out to oppose the oncoming Federals.
The Union troops, commanded by Brigadier General Alexander Asboth, moved slowly that morning, pausing to strike at homes and farms along the road. They confiscated provisions and livestock, freed slaves and did as much damage as possible to the local economy as they advanced.
As the day progressed, the Federals began to encounter resistance from Captain Godwin and his men. Exactly where the fighting started is not clear. Asboth said only that "rebel troops" were constantly hovering around the head of his column, engaging in "frequent skirmishes" with his men.
The Campbellton men, numbering less than 50, engaged in a standard cavalry practice of the time by approaching the Union troops on horseback, firing on them and then retreating back out of range. The routine was repeated time after time as Asboth’s column continued to move up the road to Campbellton.
There is no indication that any of Godwin’s men were killed or wounded in the fighting, but at least two were taken prisoner. Union records note that William Clayton and Charles Tipton were captured by Asboth’s men on September 26, 1864. Clayton identified himself as a member of Godwin’s company and Tipton reported that he was a Confederate soldier home on leave from the 11th Florida Infantry. He had turned out with his neighbors to oppose the raid.
Despite the resistance of Godwin and his men (against odds of more than 12 to 1), the Union troops finally reached Campbellton late in the afternoon. His soldiers exhausted from a day of riding and fighting, General Asboth set up camp in the town and halted his advance on Marianna until the next morning. The Campbellton Cavalry hovered in the distance, watching and waiting, until they were reinforced during the evening by Colonel Alexander Montgomery and two companies of Southern troops from Marianna.
The Union troops would move on the next morning and by noon would fight the Campbellton men again, this time at the Battle of Marianna.
Editor’s Note: Writer and historian Dale Cox, a regular contributor to the Jackson County Times, is the author of the 2007 book The Battle of Marianna, Florida. The book is available locally at Chipola River Book and Tea in downtown Marianna or can be ordered online at

Thursday, September 11, 2008

USDA Issues Final 2007-Crop Counter-Cyclical Payments for Peanuts

$82 Million paid to peanut producers

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced that USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) will issue $82 million in final 2007 counter-cyclical payments (CCP) to eligible producers with enrolled peanut base acres in the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes final counter-cyclical payments on behalf of the CCC at the end of an applicable crop’s 12-month marketing year.
The final CCP rate for producers with enrolled peanut base acres is $49 per short ton. Peanut farmers, who accepted the first partial payment in February 2008 of $7.60 per ton, are now due an additional $41.40 per ton.
The CCP rate is the amount by which the "target price" of each commodity, specified by the 2002 Farm Bill, exceeds its effective price. The effective price equals the direct payment rate plus the higher of either: (1) the national average market price received by producers during the marketing year; or (2) the national average loan rate for the commodity. The counter-cyclical payment amount equals the CCP rate, times 85 percent of the farm’s base acreage, times the farm’s CCP yield.
No partial or final 2007-crop counter-cyclical payments were made for wheat, barley, and oats because prices averaged well above levels that would trigger counter-cyclical payments.
Final 2007-crop counter-cyclical payments for other commodities will be announced when final average farm prices for the marketing year become available. These prices are scheduled to be released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service as follows: Oct. 10, 2008, for upland cotton; Oct. 31, 2008, for corn, grain sorghum and soybeans; and Jan. 30, 2009, for rice.
For more information on the direct and counter-cyclical payment programs, visit your local FSA office or the FSA Web site:

Sandy Helms Is Appointed to State Republican Leadership Council


Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer recently announced the creation of the Women Leadership Council at the RPOF Leadership Council Summit in Orlando. Chairman Greer appointed Sandy Helms to serve on the council to represent women in the rural Panhandle of Florida.
"I am honored that Chairman Helms has agreed to serve the Republican Party in this expanded capacity. I am confident her outstanding leadership as the Chairman of the Jackson County Executive Committee has prepared her well and will contribute greatly to the success of the Women Leadership Council statewide. Women are more involved in politics than ever before and we are grateful for their tireless work on behalf of our Republican candidates. Chairman Helms is a strong example of dedication and commitment."
The Women Leadership Council will be responsible for the development and coordination of the Republican Party of Florida’s outreach programs and initiatives for women. Members of this Leadership Council will work in conjunction with all state and local party minority outreach programs. Helms commented, "I am honored to be selected and have the opportunity to work with so many great Republican women leaders in Florida."
Other members of the Council include Florida National Committeewoman Sharon Day; Representative Dorothy Hukill of Volusia County; Ms. Lisa Greer of Seminole County; and Ms. Cyndi Kottkamp of Lee County.
Ms. Linda Ivell of Polk County serves as the Council Chair with Ms. Anne Voss from Hillsborough County as the Co-Chair.

Three scholarships to be awarded at 115th Bevis Family Reunion in Bascom


Descendants of William Langley Bevis (1791-1870) and Jennie Palmer Bevis (1801-1882) will gather at the Bascom Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday, September 20 to celebrate the 115th Bevis family reunion according to Diane Johnson, president of The Ancestral Family Association of William Langley Bevis.
At the Bevis Family Reunion, scholarships will be awarded to three recipients: Amy Bevis, Samantha Southerland and Taylor Wiatt.
Each recipient will receive $1,000 from the The Ancestral Association of the William Langley Bevis Scholarship Fund. All are direct descendants. All have demonstrated high academic achievement, exceptional leadership in extra curricular activities and uncompromising. moral character.
Amy Ann Bevis, of Fort Meade, FL is a sophomore at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She also had the honor of being awarded last year’s first scholarship. Her parents are Hugh Thomas and Sharon Bevis.
Samantha Denise Southerland, of Panama City, FL, is a freshman at Gulf Coast Community College. Her parents are Steve and Susan Southerland.
Taylor Carol Wiatt, of Orlando, FL, is a senior at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her parents are Wayne and Ramona Wiatt.
This year the program will include a skit featuring the re-enactment of William Langley Bevis, his wife Jennie Palmer Bevis and all their children.
Bevis Family members will gather at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) in the Bascom town hall for a business meeting followed by a covered dish dinner.
Historic records show that the Bevis family patriarch was born in Virginia in 1791, lived in South Carolina for 24 years (1818-1842), and became a Jackson County resident in 1855. Since establishing homesteads in Northwest Florida in the mid-1800s the number of Bevis descendants has grown to an estimated 7,000 individuals.
The original Bevis family and its descendants played a central role in the formation and history of Bascom United Methodist Church and the town of Bascom, which was named after the church.

Marti Coley Addresses Overflow Crowd at Monthly Meeting of Republican Party

By: Sid Riley

The meeting room at Jim’s Buffet and Grill was buzzing with high spirits as the overflow crowd of attendees at the monthly meeting of the Jackson County Republicans came to order. There was one name that was repeatedly mentioned throughout the meeting and during personal conversations…..Sarah Palin.
The young lady governor from Alaska that has suddenly been thrust upon our nation’s political scene as John McCain’s running mate has certainly created a new vein of excitement throughout the National Republican Party. She has had the same exact impact on our local group of Republicans. Local party officials gave reports of the high number of offers to provide volunteer services for local party functions, and the amazing numbers of requests for candidate signs and bumper stickers.
The primary speaker for the regular meeting was State Representative Marti Coley. She also exuded an air of excitement as she began her presentation with a discussion about Sarah Palin. Then she moved the subject to State politics.
She began by stating that there was going to be a $3.5 Billion dollar shortfall in the state budget this year. She warned that all areas of state funding and services will endure continuing cuts. She expounded the philosophy that larger government and new programs will not solve the problems…instead that action will make them worse.
A significant portion of her presentation was on the subject of education. She related that in order to reduce the strain on our major state universities, and in order to make four year degrees more affordable and attainable, we can expect continuing emphasis on expansion of community colleges. "And you can be assured that Chipola College will be one of the state leaders in this growth", she emphasized.
She also discussed the need for aligning community college skills development programs with the needs of area industries. She also spoke of the need for increased tax incentives for emerging industries in the renewable energy sector.
She related that the property tax referendum (Amendment 5) will not be on the ballot, and the legislature must now go to work to design a more suitable bill for consideration. However, she urged everyone to vote "Yes" for Amendment 2, which makes marriage a term used only for the union of one man to one woman. "This is a community values issue, not a partisan issue, and we should all vote for it", Coley explained.

Flag Destruction Ceremony to be Held On 9-11

By Sid Riley

Bring old and tattered flags for proper disposal
If you have a tattered and weather worn flag that needs to be replaced, you should dispose of it in the proper, respectful manner. To casually throw an old flag into the trash, or to burn it unceremoniously does a disservice to the thousands of brave Americans that have died while defending its honor.
If you want to dispose of this national symbol in the proper manner, you should bring the flag to Graceville at 5:30 PM at the Bay Line Park near the Express Lane on Peanut Road. The American Legion Post #42 of Graceville will hold a flag destruction ceremony at this site on a very fitting date…..9-11.

C.A.R. to Offer Battle of Marianna Tours on September 27th

By Dale Cox

Marianna – The Blue Springs Society of the Children of the American Revolution will offer area residents a unique opportunity to learn more about one of Jackson County’s most significant historic events on Saturday, September 27th. The organization is hosting guided tours of the site of the Battle of Marianna.
The tours will begin at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the historic Russ House (Jackson County Chamber of Commerce) at the intersection of West Lafayette and Russ Streets in Marianna. The cost to participate is a $5 donation to the organization, with children under 12 able to participate for free.
The main fighting of the Civil War battle began at high noon on September 27, 1864, at what is now the intersection of Lafayette and Russ Streets and then moved east on Lafayette Street to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and eventually to Courthouse Square and the Chipola River. Dozens of men and boys on both sides were killed and wounded and roughly 25% of Marianna’s wartime male population was carried away to Northern prison camps.
The Battle of Marianna was unique for a number of perspectives. Hundreds of local residents turned out to defend their homes and community. Some reports of the time even claimed the women of the community took part in the fighting. One of the most intense battles ever fought in Northwest Florida, the engagement marked one of the first times that black troops went into combat in the region and culminated the deepest Union penetration of Florida during the entire Civil War.
There has been a growing national and international appreciation for the significance of the fight at Marianna over recent years. In addition to my 2007 book, titled The Battle of Marianna, Florida, the Marianna engagement also received prominent treatment in Noah Andre Trudeau’s outstanding book, Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865.
Saturday, September 27th, will mark the 144th anniversary of the battle and the tours that day will give those interested a chance to learn more about the Battle of Marianna and to see some of the areas where the heaviest fighting took place. From the Russ House, the tours will lead east along Lafayette Street to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where the "last stand" of the local home guard took place. Highlights will include discussions of military strategy and tactics, comments on the significance of the battle and some of the local legends that have grown up around the fight.
The tours are open to the general public and will begin at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Russ House Commons, the park area in front of the Russ House. One hundred percent of the money raised will benefit the Blue Springs Society of the Children of the American Revolution, an organization that promotes interest in history among the school students of Jackson County.
Editor’s Note: The tours will be conducted by writer and historian Dale Cox, author of The Battle of Marianna, Florida and a regular contributor to the Jackson County Times. He is donating his time to assist the Children of the American Revolution and will also be available to answer questions about the battle following each of the tours. To read more of his writings on Jackson County history, please visit the Local History section at

Let Us All Remember

Please take a few moments on 9-11 to pause and reflect on how we were viciously attacked on this date seven years ago.
By Sid Riley

On this date only seven years ago, a series of coordinated suicide attacks by fanatical Al-Qaeda soldiers upon the United States were successfully conducted. On that morning, terrorists trained by Al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners departing from Boston and Newark.
The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board the aircraft and many others working in the building. This act caused both buildings to collapse within two hours, destroying at least two nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed the third airliner into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania. This airborne missile was intended for the U. S. Capital building in Washington, but failed to achieve its intended mission after heroic passengers and members of the flight crew on the aircraft attempted to retake control of their plane. There were no survivors from any of the flights.
Excluding the 19 hijackers, 2,998 people died in the attacks, more than the number killed at Pearl Harbor. The overwhelming majority of the casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 90 different countries.
The man who planned this dastardly attack, enlisted and trained the Muslim fanatics that executed the mission, financed the evil project, and later gloated over the successful murder of these innocent civilians remains at large. He hides in Pakistan, shielded by thousands of other radical Muslim fanatics who also hate the United States and the Christian lives we enjoy.
We remain at war with this elusive, evil enemy. We must never forget that fact.
When we again become complacent, when we drop our guard or our resolve to eliminate them from this world is allowed to wane……they will cruelly attack us again. We must continue to support our military efforts and we must endorse all efforts to thrust our weapons of destruction into the heart of this foreign, hidden enemy. Actions taken today may save the lives of your grandchildren tomorrow.
It is 9-11……..We can not afford to forget.

City Hires New Main Street Marianna Director

By Sid Riley
Position vacated several weeks ago has been filled.

The position vacated by the previous Main Street Director, Chuck Sims has been filled by local resident Ms. Charlotte Brunner. On Monday, September 8, Ms. Bruner accepted the position and will report for work within the next two weeks. This information was given to the Jackson County Times by City Manager Jim Dean prior to press time.
Charlotte Brunner has been working as an adjunct teacher at FSU in Tallahassee.

Marianna Natural Gas Rates Study Underway

September 3rd Workshop Brought up New Concerns
By Kendall Boggs, Times Staff Writer

On Wednesday September 3, Mayor Wise and the panel of City Commissioners held an information gathering utilities workshop with Mr. Bill Herrington, a utilities specialist consultant from W.H.H. Enterprises. The purpose of this meeting was to evaluate the gas and water utilities currently provided by the City of Marianna, and to discuss the possibility of changing to a city owned electric utility when the existing franchise agreement with Florida Public Utilities expires in February 2010.
Bill Herrington from WHH Enterprises came, for free, to the workshop in order to explain Marianna’s current situation concerning the amount of money the city and its citizens are paying for natural gas and to discuss the city’s current electric provider.
Mr. Herrington brought to the meeting the results of a "Natural Gas Rates" study the city had asked he and WHH Enterprises to conduct to see how much of the cities revenues were spent on natural gas and how Marianna could gain a better, more stable profit for natural gas services. The study revealed that Marianna had too much natural gas that was unaccounted for meaning that either gas was being leaked, the meters were wrong, or some calculating mistake was made somewhere along the way.
It was brought to the attention of the attending members of the meeting that several of the cities meters were out of date and that they were being replaced or updated. Herrington suggested that Marianna implement a monthly customer service charge in order for the revenue received by the city for natural gas to be more on par with the rest of Florida. He showed that Marianna’s yearly leakage loss was around $100,000 dollars and proposed the city officials have a five year correction plan.
To conclude the meeting, officials decided to bring Gas Rate Structure Resolutions to the October City Commission meeting, in order to continue to resolve the issue of the natural gas leakage losses.
WHH Enterprises was commissioned to conduct a $2000 study which will compare the cost of natural gas in Marianna to several similar city gas utility operations, and to make specific recommendations to the city as to what changes are needed and justified. This study will be completed and presented to the Board within the next sixty days.
In regards to the electric utility franchise renewal, it was made extremely clear that the workshop was set up for the sole purpose of WHH Enterprises informing Marianna officials about the findings their survey had come up with and that in no way was a decision about this matter going to be made within the near future. Further analysis on the electrical utility options for the city will be conducted in the coming weeks.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

New Farm Bill Provides Buy In Waiver for Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs


USDA’s Farm Service Agency will allow producers who would otherwise be ineligible for the new disaster assistance programs to become eligible by paying a fee as required by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.
The 2008 Act requires producers who wish to participate in the new disaster programs to have crop insurance or non-insured crop disaster assistance (NAP) coverage for the land for which assistance is being requested and for all farms in all counties in which they have an interest.
Since the 2008 Act was enacted after the application periods had closed for those programs, producers who did not have such coverage could not comply with this requirement in order to be eligible for the new disaster programs. However, a waiver has been authorized that allows producers to pay a fee, called a "buy-in" fee, to be eligible for this new disaster assistance.
Every producer whose crops, including grazing lands, are not fully covered by crop insurance or NAP may take advantage of this one-time opportunity. The buy-in fee is due later than Sept. 16, 2008. Those who miss this opportunity will not be eligible for disaster assistance. Producers are reminded that the payment of the applicable buy-in fee does not afford the producer crop insurance or NAP coverage; it only affords eligibility for he 2008 disaster programs.
The buy-in fee for 2008 disaster eligibility only for either the catastrophic risk protection insurance (CAT) or NAP is $100 per crop but not more than $300 per producer per administrative county or $900 total per producer for all counties less any previously paid fees for CAT and/or NAP.
September 16, 2008 is the final date to purchase buy-in coverage to insure eligibility for any 2008 crop disaster benefits.

Rotary Report 9/4/08

Marianna Rotary Club Activities, August 27 Meeting
By Sid Riley & Byron Ward, Club Media Representative
At the regular Wednesday, August 27 meeting of the Marianna Rotary Club held at Jim’s Buffet and Grill in Marianna, this week’s program was introduced by club member Paul Goulding, whose speaker was Nicole Barefield, who is publisher of the Washington County News and the Holmes County Times – Advertiser.
These papers are part of an entertainment – news conglomerate, Freedom Communications, Inc. This network is a libertarian based organization based in Irvine, California, which includes 33 daily and 77 weekly newspapers, and eight television stations. Their network reaches over three million households across the nation.
Nicole spoke about the changing nature of the newspaper business with the growing influence of alternate sources of news such as the internet, cable television, and international, satellite generated systems of information transmission. The public today has an unquenchable thirst for news on a real-time basis. This forces newspapers to create active, constant download web sites, and to turn their printed news toward local community gathered news.
In other club activities, the dictionary project is currently underway. Club volunteers are giving free dictionaries to every third grader at every public school in Jackson County.

Living Waters Exhibit Premier is September 11 at Chipola


The public is invited to the premier opening of "Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida," a multi-media experience of film and photographs, Thursday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Chipola College Arts Center.
The free evening of art, film, music and refreshments, will include discussions and demonstrations by the artists.
The exhibit, which will be on display Sept. 8 through Oct. 10, features photography, film and music inspired by the Florida’s natural waterways, including a collection of 29 fine art photographic images by Clyde Butcher, renowned Florida Everglades photographer, and a screening of the PBS film "Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida," by documentary film maker Elam Stoltzfus.
For more than a decade, Stoltzfus and his Live Oak Production Group, have captured rare images of natural Florida, with Living Waters winning a coveted Crystal Reel award for excellence. The film showcases a dozen of the state’s 41 aquatic preserves, highlighting their natural and cultural significance.
Michael S. Sole, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, says, "Florida is known throughout the world for its lush, watery landscapes. Living Waters emphasizes the more than two million acres of diverse water landscape and coastal areas that are critical to Florida’s future. This award-winning film and exhibit encourage us to be better environmental citizens and gives viewers an intimate look at the unique aquatic preserves of Florida."
Sammy Tedder, a Florida Panhandle music legend, scored the film, weaving sounds of natural instruments he fashioned from swamp reeds for flutes and cypress logs for percussion. Tedder also will perform at the premier.
The traveling museum exhibit is managed by the Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The exhibit will travel from the GTM Reserve Environmental Education Center in Ponte Verde Beach, FL to Chipola and throughout the South.
The Department of Environmental Protection, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, The Ocean Conservancy and The Gulf of Mexico Foundation supported the film’s production.
The Artists Guild of Northwest Florida, Inc. and the Fine and Performing Arts Department of Chipola College have joined together to bring this exhibit to the Chipola Arts Center. The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. School and civic group visits are encouraged to arrange group tours.

Chipola Artist Series - Season Tickets – ON SALE


Season tickets for the 2008-09 Chipola Artist Series can be purchased in the college Business Office located in the Student Services Building or by phoning 850-718-2220.
The highly-acclaimed four-event series opens Sept. 22 with "Vienna to Broadway" presented by the Jacksonville Lyrics Opera Company. "Vienna to Broadway" includes highlights of operetta, grand opera, and classic Broadway favorites performed by a quartet of gifted soloists and their superb accompanist. Titles include The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme, La Traviata, The Student Prince, Show Boat and Carousel, among others. The show features musical staging reflecting the historical period of each piece, supported by seamless transitions from number to number. Stylish costumes and colorful scenic projections will add to the audience’s enjoyment of this musical presentation. Vienna to Broadway is produced in association with Opera Management Corporation, New York City.
The second event will be "An Appalachian Christmas," presented by the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. This group will delight audience members at Chipola, Monday, Dec. 8. Perfect for the holiday season, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra’s 2008 holiday tour of "An Appalachian Christmas" creates the feeling of a small community at Christmas time with a diverse program including traditional and not so traditional holiday favorites ranging from "The 12 Days of Christmas," "Little Drummer Boy," "In Dulci Jubilo," "Deck the Halls," and music from the Appalachian region using flute, harp, dulcimer as performed by Gentle Rain and Scott Douglas. The audience will join in with some surprises toward the end of the show. Come early and hear the brass section playing in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.
Next, on Monday, Jan. 26 "The Music at the Crossroads" presented by Celtic Crossroads will have audiences enjoying St. Patrick’s Day a bit early. Celtic Crossroads is critically- acclaimed as one of the best live music concerts to come from Ireland in over 20 years. This magical display of music incorporates seven world-class musicians, playing an array of both traditional and non-traditional instruments on stage, creating a truly incredible and unforgettable musical experience.
The last event in the series will be Christine Yoshikawa, classical pianist, who will perform Tuesday, March 24. This Canadian pianist has enjoyed a multi-faceted international career performing as soloist with orchestras, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching master-classes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Critics have praised her as an artist of "impeccable artistry, radiant lyricism, and virtuosity" for her interpretation of traditional and contemporary repertoire. A prize-winner of national and international competitions, recent concert engagements have taken her to the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Spain and France. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University under the tutelage of Robert Hamilton and is the 2000 Toradze Institute Charter Fellow of Indiana University South Bend. She is on the Roster of Recording Artists for Eroica Classical Recordings and serves on faculty at Chipola College.
The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola’s Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.
Season tickets—$40 for all four events—entitle holders to same seat reserved seats, invitations to the "Meet The Artist" receptions hosted by Superior Bank, The Bank of Bonifay, Regions Bank, and First Capital Bank and a subscription to the CRAA arts calendar. A limited number of individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—will be available prior to each performance at the Chipola Business Office. Great entertainment at bargain pricing.
For performance information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or For season tickets, call the Chipola Business Office at 850-718-2220

Electronics Programs Open at Chipola


Chipola College has openings in four programs leading to careers in the electronics industry.
The Computer Systems Technology and Electronics Technology are clock-hour programs that can be completed in a year and a half. Job opportunities are available with cable and power companies, as well as computer system repair and security.
The Associate in Science (AS) program in Electronic Engineering Technology is a two-year academic program with job opportunities in the cable, power, computer and security industries. The AS program also offers the option of transferring to UWF or FAMU to earn a B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering Technology.
Chipola also offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program in Telecommunications Engineering. This two year program offers prospects in the rapidly expanding technologies in cable, video and phone systems.
Electronics instructor James Bailey says, "There are good job opportunities in our area for skilled electronic technicians. We offer industry certification which will enhance career advancement."
All of Chipola’s Workforce Development programs prepare students for good-paying jobs in the area. Many programs feature open-enrollment which allows students to enroll whenever the college is in session.
Other Certificate programs include: Automotive Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Computer Systems Technology, Corrections, Cosmetology, Law Enforcement, Firefighter II, Masonry Apprentice Training and Surveying and Mapping Technology.
Associate in Science (AS) degrees include: Network Support, Computer Programming, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice Technology, Culinary Management, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science Technology, Network Services Technology, Nursing (RN and LPN) and Recreation Technology.
Three College Credit Certificate programs are available in Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.
For information about Chipola’s Workforce programs, call 718-2270, or visit

Chipola PBL Students recognized at State and National Levels

Chipola College sophomore Chirag (Chris) Shah was recently named Phi Beta Lambda Region I Vice-President for the state of Florida, representing colleges and universities in the northwest region of Florida on the PBL state board.
PBL is a non-profit educational association of student members whose mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Shah was instrumental in establishing the 2008-2009 PBL Florida theme, "Defy Gravity. Anytime. Anywhere." State officers selected the American Heart Association and the Buddy Walk as the official state projects for the coming year.
On the national level, Chipola student Adam Duren received recognition at the recent Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Atlanta. Duren won fifth place in Computer Concepts. Students from colleges and universities across the nation participated in competitive events, business training and leadership workshops.
For information on joining Phi Beta Lambda at Chipola, contact Vikki Milton, advisor, at

Pat Barfield has been named Chipola College’s Career Employee of the Year for 2008.


Barfield has worked at the college since 1988, starting as Switchboard Operator. She currently serves as a Staff Assistant in the college’s Institutional Development and Planning Office.
Barfield’s supervisor Gail Hartzog says, "I nominated Pat for this year’s award because of the outstanding results of our Title III project and the SACS Reaffirmation Review. Now that we know of the results of both of these crucial projects, I feel confident in saying that no career employee did more for Chipola during the last year. Pat has become one of Chipola’s most valuable employees because of her capacity and willingness to work for the good of all. She takes pride in her work and seeks always to present the college at its best. While there are many deserving people at Chipola, no one is more deserving than Pat Barfield this year."
Pat has served Chipola in several capacities, including preparation of successful grant projects and accreditation documents, hosting visiting committees, serving as an officer in several campus organizations, including a term as president of Chipola’s chapter of Florida Association of Community Colleges. She is a member of Chipola’s Career Employees Association and serves as secretary to the Chipola Governance Council.
Barfield has four children, four step-children, 10 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren. The family is active in Rocky Creek Baptist Church, where she has served as Church Clerk for several years.
The Employee of the Year recognizes the exceptional work of Chipola’s career service employees. Candidates are nominated by fellow employees for exhibiting courtesy, motivation and professionalism. Annual winners receive a $1,000 bonus, reserved parking for a year, a one-year membership in FACC, and a $100 gift certificate from the college Book Store.

Chattahoochee Valley Could Be Impacted by Closure of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

By: Douglas C. Purcell, Executive Director Historic Chattahoochee Commission

On August 27th the board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources voted to close selected state parks and historic sites for the remainder of this year and 2009 according to an Associated Press story in the August 28th issue of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. As part of this action, it was also recommended that state-run lodges and golf courses be outsourced to help the Department "brace for a stinging round of budget cuts." The Department would not divulge which parks would be closed but said that as many as six parks and seven historic sites could be shut down as part of this austerity move. Currently 63 state parks and historic sites as well as seven golf courses are open to the public which attract more than 11 million visitors each year.
The Chattahoochee Valley of south central and southwest Georgia will be among the most vulnerable regions for these closures. There are six state parks, one golf course and one historic site in this area along or near to the lower Chattahoochee River. These include Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park near Blakely, Providence Canyon State Conservation Park near Lumpkin, F. D. Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain, George T. Bagby State Park at Fort Gaines, Florence Marina State Park at Omaha and Seminole State Park near Donalsonville. Also potentially impacted will be the Little White House at Warm Springs and Meadow Links Golf Course near Fort Gaines.
In 2007, these facilities attracted approximately 842,234 visitors to the Chattahoochee Valley. The 2007 tourism statistics, compiled by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, indicate that the average spending for leisure travelers per person per day was $78. This means that the total economic impact of these facilities in 2007 was at least $65,694,252. This impact will be even greater if you count overnighting domestic travelers who spent an average of $109 per day in Georgia.
One part of the vision statement for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources states that "Georgia’s natural, historic, cultural, environmental and economic resources will be available for everyone to use and enjoy." Georgia citizens and visitors will be denied access to those facilities that are closed for the next 20 or 22 months. Closing these parks and historic sites will be like throwing the baby out with the wash water because the Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division’s brand will be damaged, state employees will lose their jobs and tourism revenue will be lost. This will be especially troubling for those counties that are already economically stressed and depend on tourism revenue to help make ends meet.
It is hoped that Georgia DNR board members will rethink this drastic decision in view of the harmful effects outlined above. These park facilities are valuable assets for the State of Georgia and the counties and communities in which they are located. Citizen concerns about these pending closures can be directed to the Board of Natural Resources, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE, Suite 1252 East, Atlanta, GA 30334. The Fax number is 404-656-4729 and the e-mail address is
Editor’s note: The Jackson County Times would normally not put any non local news in our paper, but since some Jackson County residents may be planning trips to some of the nearby parks in Georgia, we decided to include this story. Please check with officials before you embark on a trip to one of the Georgia parks.

Optimist Outlook


Marianna Optimist Club Activities
The readers of the Jackson County Times will now have the opportunity our club activities the, "Optimist Outlook." Although the content of this column in no way reflects the opinions of the host publication, it is mutually desirable that the readership find the articles informative, and, at times even entertaining.
As the title indicates, the articles posted in this column are written by an optimist and, therefore, in the words of a, once famous, columnist, Walter Winchell; "An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery, and conversely, "A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air. This definition is, in no way, meant to demean either view, but simply meant to properly orientate the reader.
Perhaps the following items will give the reader a little background on the Marianna Optimist Club and better familiarize the reader with its mission and purpose:
• About Optimist International-Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" since 1919. Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. Club Members are best known in their communities for their upbeat attitudes. By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place to live. There are 101,000 individual Members who belong to more than 3,200 autonomous Clubs. Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects each year, serving six million young people. Optimists also spend $78 million on their communities annually.
• Mission Statement-By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.
• Vision Statement-Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
• Purposes- To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; To inspire respect for the law; To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

Jackson Hospital Selected Among the Nation’s Top Performance Improvement Leaders


Jackson Hospital was recently named one of the nation’s performance improvement leaders by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
Jackson Hospital and its senior management team were recognized for being one of a hundred hospitals making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years (2002-2006). The 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders have set national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, and financial stability. Jackson Hospital and its medical staff have made major strides in increasing the quality and efficiency of services locally.
Findings from the fifth edition of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders study appears in the August 11, 2008, issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.
"Receiving this designation for two consecutive years tells a lot about the quality care our patients receive at Jackson Hospital" says Dave Hample, Jackson Hospital CEO. "Furthermore, it tells the story of the high-quality, caring and committed medical and clinical staff patients have access to here in our community."
Jackson Hospital is a general medicine, not-for-profit, facility providing 24-hour Physician-staffed Emergency Care, outpatient and in-patient Surgical services, fully-digital Radiology procedures, including MRI scans, and Maternal Care/Labor & Delivery services. The Hospital cares for over 75,000 patients annually and sees 24,000 of those patients in its Emergency Department. The hospital delivers 600 new babies each year, performs 2,500 surgeries, conducts 42,000 Radiology procedures and 185,000 laboratory tests, and reaches over 1,000 people in its Community Education programs.
The Hospital is one of the top five employers in Jackson County. Jackson Hospital’s CEO, Dave Hample, is one of the few healthcare leaders simultaneously holding two distinguished fellowships, both the FACHE and the FHFMA. The Medical Staff consists of board-certified physicians in primary care and medical specialties. Dr. Joe Gay of Chipola Medical Associates is the current Chief of the Staff. A 9-member Board of Directors appointed by Florida’s Governor directs the Hospital. Mr. Gene Strickland is the current Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of Jackson Hospital.
"This study identifies superior leadership, based on the success of hospital executive teams’ long-term strategies for strengthening performance," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. "These are true ’Good to Great’ leadership teams that have focused on improving quality, efficiency, use of evidence-based medicine, and financial stability in order to better serve their patients and communities."
The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 2002 through 2006, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data.
The study rated hospitals on eight factors — patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, and use of evidence-based medicine. Researchers evaluated 2,867 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals grouped into five categories: major teaching hospitals, other teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals, and small community hospitals.
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Jackson Hospital Medical Staff Awards $6,500 in Local Scholarships


This week, the Medical Staff of Jackson Hospital awarded area students $6,500 in scholarships. This generous scholarship program, funded entirely by local physicians, enables local students to pursue studies in the medical sciences at Chipola College. The scholarships, based on academic achievement, character and the student’s financial needs, are endowed through the Chipola College Foundation, Marianna.
Richard Goff, M.D., Chairman of the Medical Staff’s Scholarship Committee says, "All who applied deserved a scholarship; it was very difficult work choosing 16 students from the pool of remarkable applicants."
Ten students each received $500 scholarships and another six students each received $250 scholarships. The scholarship monies are designated for tuition and book expenses.
The Medical Staff scholarships remove financial barriers that may prohibit access to students who dream of a career in health sciences. According to Dr. Goff, "Education is a good investment for our future."
Scholarship criteria for high school seniors are 3.0 High School GPA and residence in the five-county Chipola College District. Those who receive the Medical Staff Scholarship must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Chipola College. Medical Staff Scholarship applications will be available from the Foundation office beginning in March 2009 and carry a June 2009 deadline. For more information, contact Julie Fuqua of the Chipola College Foundation at (850) 718-2370.
Jackson Hospital has over 30 physicians on its Medical Staff and is a Top 100 Performance Improvement Leader in the nation according to Thomson/Reuters, the only Florida hospital in its size category to receive the 2007 Performance Improvement Leaders award for two consecutive years. The Hospital provides in-patient, outpatient, maternal care and emergency care services from its main location in Marianna at 4250 Hospital Drive.

Health Officials Warn of Carbon Monoxide Dangers


As residents prepare for the peak of Hurricane Season, the Jackson County Health Department is urging the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills.
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas, and is highly poisonous. Depending on the level of exposure, CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.
DOH recommends the following precautions to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
· Do not burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent or fireplace.
· NEVER use a generator indoors, including in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, and other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO build-up in the home.
· ALWAYS place generators on a dry surface, away from doors, windows, vents, and air conditioning equipment that could allow CO to come indoors. Follow the instructions that come with your generator.
· If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY. DO NOT DELAY.
· Remember that you cannot see or smell CO and portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly. If you find a person who has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 immediately.
· Install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home, according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
· Test your CO alarms frequently and replace dead batteries.
For further information, contact the Jackson County Health Department or visit or The Florida Emergency Information Line 1-800-342-3557. Public Information Emergency Support Function 850-921-0384

Cub Scouts Study Physical Fitness


Cub Scouts in Pack 170 of Marianna kicked off a new season of scouting with their first meeting of the school year at the First Presbyterian Church. The unit of study was "Building Muscles", with scouts learning and participating in a variety of exercises and cooperative games. Bear Scout Calen Sims spoke to the scouts about ways to get in good physical shape, how to keep from being dehydrated, and the importance of proper nutrition and rest for your body.
Special guest for the meeting was Marianna High School softball player Allison Hutton, who showed the scouts several stretching exercises and helped them learn other low-impact exercises to warm up their muscles.
Bear Scout leader Mary Ann Hutton instructed the scouts on a number of different individual and team activities, including the foot push; one-legged hand wrestle; seated back-to-back push; pull over; hand wrestle, and many others. They also had a crab relay; 30-yard dash; kangaroo relay; gorilla relay; baseball throw, and the standing long jump.
Following the meeting, Cub Scouts sang "Happy Birthday" to leader Mary Ann Hutton and enjoyed birthday cake and a time of fellowship. To learn more about scouting, please e-mail, or call 209-2818.

BCF Fall Preview Day Announced


If you’re interested in changing the world and being part of a college that is adamant about making a difference, mark your calendar now for Friday, November 14! That’s the day set aside when The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville will be hosting its Fall Preview Day for prospective students and their parents.
Beginning at 9 am (CST), guests are invited to spend time on campus exploring the degree programs, meeting the faculty, gathering information on financial aid, learning the computer and library capabilities, and experiencing the student activities on campus. It is the perfect opportunity to discover everything you need to know about the college that is "Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®"!
Fall Preview Day will not only include a welcome from BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, but also a student led Praise and Worship service, campus tours, classroom visits, a drawing for two $500 scholarships, waived application fee, plus interactive entertainment with BCF students. Preview Day is simply a chance for prospective students to get a feel for the campus and see if BCF is where God would have them study.
To register for Preview Day, contact the BCF Admissions Office at 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or simply register online at

BCF Student Serves in New York City


From the small town of Graceville to the "Big Apple," Baptist College of Florida (BCF) Mission’s major, Courtney Coggins, spent two and a half months in New York City this summer serving with Graffiti 2 Ministry. Graffiti 2 is a community and children centered ministry branch from Graffiti Church located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The vision of the ministry is to have a church planted in troubled communities of all five boroughs.
While Coggins was in NY, she spent her time planning and preparing for summer camps that have been held every year since the start of Graffiti 2 Ministry three years ago. The director, Andrew Mann, began as a summer intern for Graffiti Church in Manhattan. Falling in love with the ministry there and God’s calling on his life, Mann was asked to start the second Graffiti in Mott Haven which has been rated one of the worst places to raise children. An additional employee, Ashley Emmertt, has just been hired to help Mann with Graffiti 2. Emmertt also started out as a summer intern and immediately felt God’s call on her life to live and serve with the people in the Mott Haven community.
While the people of Mott Haven have a rough lifestyle, they also have a deep desire for a better life. While serving, Coggins quickly learned over the summer that people need to be ministered to no matter what their lifestyle may be. She stated that her views on people not needing to hear the gospel until they changed their lifestyle promptly changed to just the opposite, "They need the gospel before they can change their lifestyles."
According to Coggins, the work she participated in was simple. The Graffiti 2 Ministry held two separate camps during the summer and then a block party at the end. The first camp was held in the mornings from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. This was a sports camp, which lasted four weeks highlighting football, baseball, tennis, basketball, and cheerleading. Churches from different parts of the country come and lead the sports camps. Every day the children were taught about a particular sport to improve their skills, as well as learned about Jesus Christ. On Friday, Mann would present the gospel to all of the children.
The other camp was a fine arts camp held in the afternoon. The children learned about music, drama, dance, and art. During the block party held at the end of the camp, the children performed a production showcasing the work they did all summer. For example, during the art class, they drew and colored the backdrop, and many children sang solos, duets, and raps. The theme song they performed was "Lean on Me." All of the children heard more of God’s word and on Friday they heard the story of the missionary Jim Elliot.
"I would like to encourage all of our students and others to go into the world and serve God," stated Coggins. "Even if you are not called to overseas missions, you are called to missions. Matt. 28:19 directs all Christians to go out and make disciples of all nations in Christ’s name. Don’t ignore His call for your life or you will miss a wonderful experience and blessing."
If you would like more information about this particular ministry or other mission opportunities, contact The Baptist College of Florida at 800.328.2660.