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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Marianna Woman’s Club to Celebrate 90 Years

Club activities span eras from corsets to today’s business suits – from 1919 to 2009.

By Sid Riley

On Sunday November 8th what is perhaps the oldest, continually functioning civic organizations in Jackson County will celebrate its 90th anniversary. Festivities will begin at their club house located at the corner of Clinton and Caledonia Streets in downtown Marianna at 2:00 PM. The general public is invited to come and enjoy a historical skit, free refreshments, and great social interaction.

A review of the minutes taken at early meetings of this civic club show that one of their earliest projects was to occasionally remove trash which had collected along the city’s downtown dirt streets. The second year of their existence they took on the worthwhile project of creating Marianna’s first city park, located in the center of the city which they lined with palms and shrubs. Soon after this site was selected for the placement of the Confederate Memorial, which was erected in 1921. This park was, of course, our Confederate Park.

A year later the club placed public outdoor restrooms behind the Post Office, and provided maid service for keeping them clean. An honor was paid to the Marianna Woman’s Club in 1925 when the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs held their annual convention here. Other early projects for the Club included planting shrubbery at the High School, a club cookbook published in the late 20’s, helping an orphan girl, scholarships, and feeding undernourished children in the elementary school.

From these energetic beginnings the club has always been an integral part of the civic efforts within our community. We are fortunate to have them among us, working on the behalf of us all. Remember, the general public is encouraged to come to this event on Sunday afternoon, November 8.

Buy a Raffle Ticket….Please!

Charles Wynn, local attorney, has found himself in a very unique situation this year and is requesting assistance from the community to resolve his current dilemma. Here’s the situation: Four of his employees have seniors at Marianna High School this year and all of them are working to earn money for Project Graduation. They are currently selling raffle tickets for a 16” Big Dog Tree Stand. The drawing will be held on November 20th. The ticket prices are as follows: 1 for $2.00; 3 for $5.00; 7 for $10.00. Mr. Wynn is asking that any individual or business willing to assist him in supporting this drug-free celebration for the MHS Class of 2010 by buying raffle tickets or making a donation to call Claudia Smith at 482-7507.

Affordable Alcohol & Drug Testing

Dutch Swart is shown cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of Affordable Alcohol & Drug Testing in Marianna at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2009. Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Jamie Streetman welcomed the public and introduced owners Dutch Swart and Molly Lee who gave an overview of their services. Following the ribbon cutting everyone enjoyed a great cookout complete with hot dogs, bratwurst, ribs, and all the trimmings. For more information they can be reached at 850-482-2764 or stop by their business at 2963A Milton Avenue, Marianna.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Is Here!

The Jackson County Health Department Announces H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Availability

The Jackson County Health Department will begin administering the H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine on October 19th at the main facility at 3045 4th St. in Marianna. There is no charge for the vaccine. Private physicians may charge administrative fee that may be billed to Medicare, Medicaid or Private Insurances. However, there will be no “out of pocket” expense to anyone wishing to receive a vaccination.

Jackson County Health Department Nursing Director Julie McKinney states, “The initial doses of vaccine received include the FluMist form of the vaccine. This form of vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women or persons less than two years of age or older than 50 years of age. The focus for administration of the FluMist has been set for our local Daycare providers/children and Healthcare providers.” McKinney also states, “Within the next few weeks the injectable form of the H1N1 vaccine, which can be given to persons above 7 months and to pregnant women, is expected to arrive. The vaccine will be administered at each school site in Jackson County for students with parental permission only. Additionally, some local physicians have vaccine available.

Please call (850) 526-2412

for an appointment.

Flu Prevention Approaches

The Jackson County Health Department encourages citizens to follow prevention techniques.

Fighting H1N1 swine flu is a three-step approach: 1) get a vaccination, 2) practice everyday prevention (including frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick), and 3) use antiviral drugs correctly if your health professional recommends them. For more information visit: or

The Florida Flu Information Line (1-877-352-3581) is an automated help line that can answer general questions about H1N1 and is available in English, Spanish and Creole. Callers also have the option to speak with an operator, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

As a reminder, the H1N1 flu vaccination is voluntary.

The target populations for H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine include:

• Pregnant Women

• Caregivers of persons who live with infants less than six months old (parents, siblings and daycare providers).

• Emergency Medical Service personnel

• Healthcare Providers

• Persons age 6 months through 24 years

• Persons aged 25-64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza related complications.

If you have any questions, please contact the Jackson County Health Department at 526-2412 or visit our web site at

31st Annual Sunland Fall Festival Set for October 31

The 31st Annual Sunland Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 31 at the Sunland Environmental Park. A parade will kick off the day at 9:00 a.m. There will be three stages located throughout the park offering a variety of live entertainment, as follows:

Main Pavilion:

The Gospel Tones at 9:45 -10:30; Crowns of Grace at 10:45 - 11:30; The Springs at 11:45 - 12:30 and Vessels of Praise at 12:45 - 1:30.

Center Stage:

The Riverside Beaver Chorus at 9:45 - 10:30; Royce Reagan from 10:45 - 11:45; Second Time Around from 11:45 - 12:30, and Blue Grass Group from 12:45-1:30.

Platform by the Pond:

The Sunland Swingers square dance team at 9:45 - 10:30; Randell Hill at 10:45 - 11:30; and Clown and Balloons from 11:45 - 12:30.

There are still spaces available for food and craft vendors. If you are interested in reserving booths for crafts or food concessions please contact Dawn Glover at (850) 482-9373 or Karen Henrickson for parade entry at 850-482-9386.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

BBB Free Document Destruction at Gilmore Services, Marianna.

Your Better Business Bureau® serving Northwest Florida and its national partners, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the National Association for Information Destruction invite individuals to take the necessary steps in protecting their identity during this year’s “Secure Your ID” Day shredding event.
BBB is partnering locally with Gilmore Services to help individuals take steps to protect their personal information. BBB staff will be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for ID theft protection.
BBB and its local partner will be at Gilmore Services new facility in Marianna on Saturday, Oct. 17, to offer free document shredding and advice and resources for protecting personal information.
During our local “Secure Your ID Day” events held last spring, 1,861 people brought approximately 54,000 pounds of sensitive documents to be destroyed by Gilmore Services and to receive information about protecting themselves from identity theft.
Contrary to popular belief, only 12 percent of identity theft is committed online. The majority of identity theft occurs when the thief has direct contact with the victim’s personal information such as through a stolen or lost wallet, or by rifling through the victim’s mailbox or trash.
“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” said Norman Wright, President/CEO of your BBB serving Northwest Florida. “Our goal is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft. With community-based BBBs across North America collaborating simultaneously, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.”
BBB Secure Your ID Day Details
Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Gilmore Services, 3553 Industrial Park Drive, Marianna, Fla. (corner of Wiley Drive and Industrial Park Drive near the EMS building)

Bring up to 50 pounds of documents to be shredded on site, free-of-charge and take home tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Please do not tie bags.

For more information on “Secure Your ID” Day, visit and for additional advice you can trust on protecting yourself against identity theft, start with

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Marianna Donates Fire Truck to Chipola

The City of Marianna and Marianna Fire and Rescue recently donated a complete 1991 Fire Engine to the Chipola College Fire Science program. As Chipola Fire Science Coordinator Martin Fowler accepted the keys from Marianna Chief Byron Bennett, Fowler, said, “Engine 43 will greatly compliment the college’s ability to facilitate realistic training on modern equipment thereby making our students competent in an array of fire fighting skills. The aging fire unit was recently made available when stimulus money was awarded to the City for the purchase of a new fire truck.

Chipola Public Service Programs Director Charlie Crawford echoed Fowler’s excitement resulting from the tremendous training enhancement that the new engine will bring. The engine complete with fire apparatus, ladders, lights, generator, water pumps and tanks will be put into service by the college immediately. The unit will still be available to the city in case of emergency. Students in the college Automotive Technology program will maintain the truck engine and drive train.

Workforce Dean Bud Riviere expressed his appreciation to the City of Marianna and to Chief Bennett, saying, “We have developed an excellent, collaborative working relationship with the Marianna Fire Department over the years through the training venue and use of city fire equipment and engines in the Fire Science Program.”

In return for the donation, Chipola pledged five additional annual scholarships for residents of the City of Marianna. The City Commission will make decisions and awards on these scholarships each year.

For information on becoming a fire fighting student, call Chief Martin Fowler at 718-2483.

Coming Soon for Three Nights, a Reality Show at Eastside

Heaven or hell….your choice!

For every choice there is a result, and this is the idea behind “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames,” which will be presented by Eastside Baptist Church.

This high impact drama is designed to make people aware of Jesus Christ, Heaven and Hell, and Eternity, according to the Bible. There will be free admission to the drama to be presented at 6:30 nightly on Sunday Oct. 18, Monday Oct. 19, and Tuesday Oct. 20, at the church, located on Highway 90 east of Marianna.

This drama has been presented by other area churches in the recent past. This year Eastside members will act out the parts. The drama is for all ages, but for the convenience of parents a nursery will be provided for children under the age of 7.

“There will be different scenes – vignettes – showing the choices people make and the consequences,” says Carol Wright, publicity chairman. Special audio and visual effects, along with costumes, will add to the drama. “It’s the ultimate reality show according to the Bible,” Wright says. “Where will you be when reality strikes?”

Tickets are being given out, though a ticket isn’t necessary for admission to the event. The church address is 4785 Highway 90, just east of Mercer’s Paint and Body Shop. For more information, call the church office, 526-2004.

Marianna Woman’s Club Gears Up For 90th Anniversary

These Marianna Woman’s Club members recently met to rehearse for their 90th Anniversary celebration to be held at the clubhouse on Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 2 until 4 P.M. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The clubhouse is located on the corner of Caledonia and Clinton Streets.

Springfield Missouri Honors Marianna Girl

Stacey Peacock Schultz is selected among “Twenty Most Influential Women” in Springfield’s Business Journal By Sid Riley

A young businesswoman with strong Jackson County roots is doing well in Springfield, Missouri.  She graduated from Marianna High School as Stacey Peacock in the class of  1986, then attended Chipola Junior College before transferring and graduating from Auburn University.  She is the daughter of Bill and Gloria Peacock of Marianna, and granddaughter of Norma Peacock and the deceased Edwin Peacock, also of Marianna, and Woodrow and Elizabeth Porter of Campbellton.  She and her husband Russ live in Springfield.  She has two stepsons, Dan and David.

Stacey enjoyed a very successful career working with the Springfield area American Cancer Society.  Through her efforts and the local volunteers she solicited, the Springfield RELAY FOR LIFE fund raiser grew to the tenth largest in the nation. 

Her demonstrated success with the American Cancer Society led to her opportunity to become Operations Director for Project Hope in 2005.  This organization is a non-denominational Christian based service directed to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the impoverished people of Nicaragua.

Earlier this year, her father, Bill Peacock and sister, Dana Torbett, joined a 47 person mission team she was co-leading to build 25 new homes near Managua.  Hearing her father announce to the group that he was Stacey’s father, and he was tremendously proud of her and the work she was doing for the Lord, was one of her proudest moments, she stated.

Editor’s Note:  This is an excellent example of how the results of  being raised in a good, Christian home in Jackson County can extend goodness and caring for fellow man throughout the world.  We can be proud of Stacey and her accomplishments.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Locals Visit Paris

A local group recently spent six days on a touring trip of Paris. Highlights of the trip were seeing the Montmartre, the Louvre, the Palace of Versailes, Notre-Dame and going to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The group also visited the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs Elysees Avenue where Napoleon’s troops marched. A “Paris by Night” river cruise on the Seine was enjoyed by the group along with a walking tour of Paris.

Those on the tour were Debbie Davis, Faye Parker, Natasha Braddy, Cassie Coley, Paul and Donna Coley, Gwen Edwards, Ryan Pilcher, Richard Pilcher, Angelica Rodriguez, Juana Benitez, all from Sneads. William DeLong, Robert and Michelle Fowler, Meredith Plash, Ashleigh Lollie, Greg and Shannon Lollie from Grand Ridge. Bill and Charlotte Gardner, and Janice Kelton from Marianna. Amanda Jeter from Malone, Frances Kelly from Vernon, Joyce Arnold from Quincy. Leslie Smith, Nevins and Linda Smith of Tallahassee. The local group was joined by Donna Barton, Patricia Barton, Jayson Barton, and Patsy Bramley of Jacksonville.

Locals Visit Paris

A local group recently spent six days on a touring trip of Paris. Highlights of the trip were seeing the Montmartre, the Louvre, the Palace of Versailes, Notre-Dame and going to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The group also visited the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs Elysees Avenue where Napoleon’s troops marched. A “Paris by Night” river cruise on the Seine was enjoyed by the group along with a walking tour of Paris.

Those on the tour were Debbie Davis, Faye Parker, Natasha Braddy, Cassie Coley, Paul and Donna Coley, Gwen Edwards, Ryan Pilcher, Richard Pilcher, Angelica Rodriguez, Juana Benitez, all from Sneads. William DeLong, Robert and Michelle Fowler, Meredith Plash, Ashleigh Lollie, Greg and Shannon Lollie from Grand Ridge. Bill and Charlotte Gardner, and Janice Kelton from Marianna. Amanda Jeter from Malone, Frances Kelly from Vernon, Joyce Arnold from Quincy. Leslie Smith, Nevins and Linda Smith of Tallahassee. The local group was joined by Donna Barton, Patricia Barton, Jayson Barton, and Patsy Bramley of Jacksonville.

Sneads High School Girls State

Each summer, approximately 20,000 enthusiastic young women participate in Girls State sessions across the nation. At Girls State, the “citizens” study local, county, and state government processes. After arriving at Girls State, the citizens are divided into two political parties to gain knowledge about the operation of a two-party system. This year, the two young ladies chosen to represent Sneads High School were Courtney Austin, daughter of Kim Austin, and Courtney Rogers, daughter of Joe and Brenda Rogers, all of Sneads. The girls were chosen by the local American Legion Auxiliary Unit based on the submission of an application and an essay. The girls were treated to 8 days of training in the practical processes of good citizenship in Tallahassee, FL, where they worked in the House of Representatives. While there, each girl had to submit an application and essay for the 2+2 scholarship. Each girl was also interviewed at the convention. The busy week concluded with the governor’s dinner where it was announced that Courtney Austin had been chosen to receive the 2+2 scholarship. She was the only girl out of five to be chosen from the Florida panhandle. Both girls consider it an honor to have been given the opportunity to participate in this event. This learning experience helps educate young women about their duties as United States citizens and encourages their participation in the democratic process.

Bristol Man Arrested For Smuggling Drugs Into Prison

Jackson County Drug Task Force Arrest Action At I-10 Truck Stop Near Marianna

On the evening of Friday, October 02, 2009, investigators with the Florida Department of Corrections Office of the Inspector General, Florida Highway Patrol Contraband Interdiction Unit, investigators with the Chipley Police Department and investigators with the Jackson County Drug Task conducted an undercover investigation relating to the introduction of contraband into a state prison.

Timothy Jerome Dykes of Bristol, Florida was arrested today at the Travel Centers of America Truck Stop in Marianna, Florida after purchasing Loritab pain medication, containing hydrocodone, from an undercover police officer. Dykes is an employee of the Florida Department of Corrections and works at the Northwest Florida Reception Center in Chipley, Florida as a maintenance vocational instructor.

Through the investigation investigators learned Dykes was purchasing the medication to smuggle into the prison where he is employed. Dykes is being charged with Trafficking Hydrocodone, over 14 grams and Introduction of Contraband into a State Correctional Facility.

Dykes was booked into the Jackson County Jail to await first appearance on his charges.

The Jackson County Drug Task Force is a combined effort of the Cottondale Police Department, Graceville Police Department, Marianna Police Department, The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

MHS Homecoming Plans Announced

The newly elected class officers will join forces with the Executive Student Government officers and begin homecoming 2009 preparations.

Homecoming week clashes with fall break this year, so the students will only have three days of festivities instead of the traditional five. Bulldog Blast, the community pep rally will be Oct. 22, 6:00 PM at the gymnasium. Marianna schools will be released early Oct. 23 for the parade. Line up will begin at 2:00 PM on Daniels St., the parade will begin at 3:00 PM. If you would like to be in the parade or if you are celebrating a class reunion and would like to participate in Bulldog Blast, e-mail Debbie Dryden at or telephone 482-9605 ext. 252.

Marianna Fire Rescue Fire Safety Fun Day Set for Oct 10

Marianna Fire -Rescue will be presenting a “Fire Safety Fun Day” on Saturday, October 10, 2009 between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the fire station located at 4425 Clinton St., Marianna, Florida. You are invited to attend for a day of fun for the whole family.

The event filled day will start out early with a MFR 5K Run/Walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. with registration between 6:00 a.m - 7:15 a.m. Also there will be a 1 mile Run/Walk for the kids. You can see more information on the MFR 5K Run/Walk at the news section on the Marianna Fire Rescue page on the Marianna ( website.

After the run, the Fire Safety Fun Day begins with educational activities including fire truck tours, fire extinguisher and vehicle extrication demos, JCFR Fire Safety Smoke House, and JCFR Blood Pressure Checks. Fire Prevention and Kid Safety materials such as Junior Firefighter and Kid ID Kits will be given out to children and their parents.

They also invite you to come see the firefighter clowns who enjoy entertaining and educating kids about fire safety. Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey the Bear will also be there to educate the kids on fire prevention. A Bounce House, Slide, Dunking Booth, and the National Guard Rock Wall will be provided for entertainment for all who attend. Free refreshments including drinks, hamburgers, popcorn, and boiled peanuts will be served. There will be many opportunities to take pictures, so bring your camera and enjoy a fun filled day of fire safety for all ages.

Domestic Violence In Grocery Outlet Parking Lot

On 09-24-2009 at approx 10:12 pm officers of the Marianna Police Department responded to the Grocery Outlet, located at 4230 Lafayette Street, in reference to a fight in progress between a black male and black female. Upon arrival contact was made with Corey Williams and Erica Eyvette Myrick of 4135 Lafayette Street Rm#307, Marianna. Both parties had visible, minor, injuries to their person and the couple was having a heated argument.

An investigation was conducted by responding officers, including interviews with three independent witnesses. Their investigation revealed the couple had engaged in three separate altercations while in the parking lot of the complex. During the altercations, both parties physically struck the other party multiple times, with each party being the primary aggressor in at least one of the three incidents. Both parties were arrested and transported to the county jail for Battery (DOMV).

Routine Stop Turns Into Chase for MPD

On September 22 2009, Officers of the Marianna Police Department observed a white pickup truck with faulty taillights. Officers then tried to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the vehicle refused to stop. The driver led Officers on a pursuit in a neighborhood almost striking a vehicle head on. The driver made attempts to elude Officers by not stopping at stop signs and taking hard corners. The vehicle finally came to a stop in an open lot where the driver, Larry Ragan Sconiers, was taken into custody. Sconiers awaits first appearance at the JCCF.

Beads of Hope AVON Breast Cancer Crusade

Sizes of Tumors Found By Mammography and Breast Self-Examination

3mm - Average size lump found by getting regular mammograms.

5mm - Average size lump found by first mammogram.
8mm - Average size lump found by women doing regular breast self-exams (BSE)
16mm - Average size lump found by women doing occasional BSE
25mm - Average size lump found by women untrained in BSE.


I’m Back from Washington and the March of Sept 12, 2009

An account of what it was really like from someone who was there!

There is no way to describe the energy, the camaraderie, and the unity for the over 2 million people who were in DC on September 12th, 2009. I have a sister who has lived in DC for over 25 years. She attended our current President’s inauguration, and she said this was the largest gathering of people on the mall that she has ever seen.

I am no stranger to large, love-fest crowds. I was on the mall in DC July 4th, 1985, when the Beach Boys played to a crowd of 750,000. I was at Woodstock in 1969, with over 400,000 people. Neither of these events can hold a candle to the memories I will forever have of the March on Washington, 2009.

The march down Pennsylvania Ave was to have started at 11:30 AM; however, almost 2 hours before that start time, the police said to start the march “NOW”, as the number of people gathered at the venue used for the starting point had already ‘maxed out’, including all the surrounding areas. The sound system was not adequate enough to get the word out to everyone, but that was not an issue in this crowd. We were 2 million people, but in reality we were one, in mind, and spirit. We were standing in the middle of the crowd, and as the people began to move in front of us, we like everyone else, followed suit and thus the march began.

The feeling of peace, among the roar of the crowd, was exhilarating. Being united with people from all over this country with like values and love of Country was a life changing experience.

I met people from all over this country, Alaska, Hawaii, New York, and Arkansas: A Chinese couple from California that heard about the March, hopped a plane and came, A couple that drove their camper from the State of Washington and were very excited as the camp ground was filled with people from all over who came for the March.

Over 400 busses descended on DC from all over this country, each filled with patriotic Americans.

As we marched and yelled, “USA, USA”, and sang “God Bless America”, we were all united.

Unlike the “Save our planet, Green People”, that were at the Woodstock, or the Inauguration, there was no trash littering any area after we left. The people that attended the March care about this country and how it is taken care of.

Unlike the Beach Boys concert or the Inauguration, the police were not needed to control the people attending. No arrests were made during the March on DC.

The crowd surrounded the capital and filled the Mall. But it wasn’t just a crowd - it was individuals, polite, caring, considerate, sharing and hugging, where in any other situation they would be considered strangers. There were no strangers here.

We had an appointment at Congressman Boyd’s office. Boyd was not in town - I guess after a month of vacation and town halls, and being in Washington for a week, he needed to get out of Washington - on our dime of course. But we met with a nice young man in his office who was very polite; however, he didn’t take notes, even though he had a piece of paper and pen in his hand. Poor fellow, he didn’t know when or why the EPA was started, nor that they had not fulfilled their mission after all these years and tax dollars. He didn’t know what the trade bought on the Energy, Cap and Trade bill. He informed us that Boyd wouldn’t vote for the health care bill as it written; however, we all know that keeps being revised. He could not give a definite on what type of bill Boyd would vote for I handed him the letters folks had written from Jackson County.

I could not get an appointment with Nelson. But letters were dropped off at his office.

The President and Vice President were also out of town. I think they all knew we were coming!

Chipola College Offering Term C

Chipola College officials have added a new “C” term during the Fall semester to give students another opportunity to enroll in classes.

Deadline to submit a financial aid application for Term C is Oct. 1. Early registration is on Oct. 15. Classes begin Oct. 16 and run through Dec. 16.

Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Senior Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, says, “The ‘C’ term has the potential to help students who missed the deadline at the beginning of the semester.” Clemmons says that condensing coursework into a shorter term also is a better fit for some people. “There are students who prefer to work intensively on one course for a few weeks, and then move on to the next course. We’re always trying to improve our schedule of courses to help meet people’s needs in terms of life and family situations.”

Four courses will be offered during Term C based on prior demand. As student demand and adjunct professor availability increases more courses may be offered in future terms.

The following courses will be offered: American History to 1865, (AMH 2010), 3 hours, online; Introduction to Biological Science (BSC 1005), 3 hours, 12-1:50 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; Human Growth and Development, (DEP 2004), 3 hours, online; Communications Skills I, (ENC 1101), 4 hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; Introduction to International Business (GEB 3356), 3 hours, online; Humanities with Writing (HUM 2216), 4 hours credit, online; College Algebra (MAC 1105), 3 hours, 5:30-8:30p.m., Monday and Thursday; Math for Liberal Arts II (MGF 1107), 3 hours, 12-1:50 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; Business Statistics (QMB 2100), 3 hours, 4-5:50 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; Advanced Reading (REA 1205), 2 hours, 12-1:50 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; and Intermediate Spanish I (SPN 2220), 4 hours, 2-3:50 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

For more information, call 850-718-2311, or visit


Chipola College Theater Director recently announced the cast for the upcoming, “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Performances of the show are set for Nov. 5-9.

Several local actors were cast in the following roles: Sarah Lovins as Helsa Wenzel, Piper Williams as Elsa Von Grossenkruelen, Austin Pettis as Michael Kelly, Ben Grande as Patrick O’Reilly, Mark Lent as Ken De La Maize, Breanna Kneiss as Nikki Crandall, Aven Pitts as Eddie McCuen, Kristina Lopez as Majorie Baverstock, Matthew Van Buren as Roger Hopewell, Kayla Todd as Bernice Roth and Joe Evans as the radio voice.

This ingenious and wildly comic romp pokes fun at the more ridiculous aspects of “show biz” and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday. The play is a nonstop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren’t killed off) untangle the mystery of the “Stage Door Slasher.”

As the actors and director prepare their performance, a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. The bumbling police inspector snowshoes in to investigate and the mystery is solved in the nick of time. The “Slasher” is unmasked, but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.

For information, call Theatre director Charles Sirmon at 850-718-2227, or email

FSU Artists on Display at Chipola

Original paintings by two Florida State University art students are currently on display at Chipola College. Laura Tanner and James Graham are artists in the FSU Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Their show of recent paintings is called “White After Labor Day.” The show can be seen weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Oct. 4 in the gallery of the McLendon Fine Arts Building. Pieces from the show are Grandma’s Room and Forest.

Covenant Hospice Offers Training for 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 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Marianna Covenant Hospice branch office, located at 4440 Lafayette St., Suite C. 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 482-4820.

Covenant Hospice is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate services to patients and loved ones during times of life-limiting illnesses.

United Methodist Women To Hold Auction And Dinner

Thursday, September 24 at Wesley Center at 6:00

If you enjoy great home cooked food, or if you enjoy the thrill of an auction, or if you just enjoy good ole friendly socialization, then you will want to come to the Methodist Church in Marianna at 6:00 on Thursday, September 24. The United Methodist Women are sponsoring a fund raising event for UMW Missions by holding an auction and covered dish dinner at the church’s Wesley Center meeting facility.

A silent auction will begin at 6:00 PM, where you can shop and sign a bid sheet for each item. The live auction will begin at 7:00 with Ebby Harris as auctioneer. Dinner will begin at 6:30, featuring a mouth watering assortment of home cooked secret recipes and delicious desserts. If you plan to enjoy the meal, please do your part by bringing a dish. See you there!

Burglary of Vehicles In Marianna Continues To Be A Problem

On Monday afternoon at approx 6:45 pm, officers of the Marianna Police Department responded to Magnolia Street in Marianna in reference to a report that a burglary to a vehicle had just occurred. The complainant, reports he and his wife were inside their residence when their car alarm activated. Upon looking outside, he reports observing a black male exiting his vehicle with his wife’s purse. A short foot chase ensued with the suspect eluding capture in the area of America’s Best Inn. A wallet, containing assorted credit cards, and checkbook were in the purse.
At approximately 9:23 pm, officers were called to another burglary of a vehicle on North Street in Marianna. This residence is approximately 1 block from the above incident location on Magnolia Street. In this complaint, the suspect entered a vehicle and took a black, nylon, CD case containing approximately 50 cd’s, a value of approximately $500. The glove box and center console had also been searched.

The Marianna Police Department is asking for anyone with information about these burglaries to please call Crime Stoppers at 526-5000 or the Marianna Police Department at 526-3125. Callers can remain anonymous, and a cash reward is available for information that leads to any arrests in regard to this crime.