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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jackson Hospital Announces Mammopad® Technology

Mammopad® Technology now in use at Jackson Hospital
New technology to make mammography exams more comfortable
Jackson Hospital was the first in the region to offer digital mammography services and today, with the arrival of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we announce an enhancement to our mammography services by incorporating a “comfort technology,” called MammoPad®.
One of our first patients having a mammogram today commented that the “‘soft’ pad was much more comfortable, warmer…”

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Local Queens Are Asking You to “Keep the Change”

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, local queens Riley Cleveland (Little Miss Marianna) and Kinsey Smith (Little Miss Independence) are asking you to keep the change at several local restaurants. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation. Please drop your loose change in the designated jars around Marianna restaurants to support a worthy cause.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

MHS Bulldogs Rock Homecoming 2010!

October 1 has been chosen as the date for MHS Homecoming 2010 with the Marianna Bulldogs pitted against the Liberty County Bulldogs. This year’s theme is “MHS Bulldogs Rock”. In adherence to the theme, classes will use a 50s, 60,s 70s, or 80s motif for float decorating.

Dress-up days for Homecoming 2010 are as follows:

Wednesday, September 29– Crazy Hair and Sock Day to be worn in combination with class t-shirts.

Thursday, September 30- Decade Day featuring styles from the 50s-80s.

Friday, October 1 – Bulldog Spirit Day when students will show their homecoming pride by wearing purple and gold.

Activity Day games will take place Wednesday, September 29 during 6th and 7th periods in the MHS gymnasium. Featured games will include the Football Relay, Knock Out Basketball, Ultimate Ball, Dizzy Bat Relay, and more! Students can also look forward to class sponsors competing in Minute-to-Win-It style games.

Bulldog Blast begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 30. This year’s Bulldog Blast promises to be one filled with excitement and celebration of Bulldog pride! The public is invited to attend this official introduction to our 2010 Homecoming Court. Admission is $3.00 per person school age and up.

The 2010 Homecoming Parade will be held on Friday, October 1. Line-up will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Daniels Street, with parade time scheduled for 3:00 p.m. This year all parade participants must have an official Parade Entry Form on file with SGA. Entry forms are available in the MHS front office or from the MHS website. For more information, please contact Patte Hatcher, SGA Sponsor.

Crowning of the Homecoming Queen will take place before game time Friday, October 1. Pregame activities are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. Admission to the game is $5.00. All MHS Bulldog fans are encouraged to attend.

The culmination of the 2010 Homecoming festivities will be the 2010 Homecoming Dance held for MHS students and their dates (9th grade -23 years of age) in the school cafeteria. The dance will begin at 9:30 and end at 12:00 midnight. Students are reminded that jeans which meet school dress code requirements and dressy tops are acceptable attire for the dance. Admission to this event is $5.00 per person. Homecoming photos will be taken from 9:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Photo prices will vary depending on package orders.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Come Be Part Of The “Marianna Day” Parade

Main Street Marianna is calling on all Beauty Queens, businesses, school bands, hobby clubs, church organizations and civic clubs to come out and be a part of the Marianna Day Parade that will be on Saturday, September 25th at 9:00 a.m. This parade is a kick-off for the re-enactment of the battle of Marianna and the Bluegrass Music Festival that will be held at Citizen’s Lodge on Friday, September 24th through Sunday, September 26, 2010. To get your Parade Form you can visit or you can call Charlotte Brunner, Main Street Director at 850-718-1022. The Parade entry fee is $25.00.

Line up for the parade will begin at 8:00 a.m. on RUSS Street. The parade will travel east on highway 90 and End on North Madison Street.

Group Discusses Objections to Septic Tank Law in SB 550

Contributed by Richard Harrison

There were up to 150 people who attended a special meeting held at the Ag Center on Thursday evening. Numerous football games, volleyball games, and Farm Bureau Annual Meeting coincided with this meeting, so attendance was better than would have been expected. This demonstrates the level of local concern over this issue.

Marti Coley dropped in after her Farm Bureau engagement and answered many questions about the law. She said that although the law doesn’t mandate pumping every 5 years, common sense would tell you that in order to inspect the tanks, pumping would probably also be needed.

She said we can find out what bills are coming up by viewing her website during the legislative session. However, most people at the meeting indicated they do not have computers. A suggestion was made that when bills of this much importance occur that a newspaper notification be given to the public. She said that her repeal bill is ready to submit on November 3---the day after the election, provided she gets re-elected.

We are still aiming for repeal in Special Session this year before the law goes into effect on January 1. Tax dollars would be saved by repealing it ASAP. Charlie Crist has the power to call a special session, so we are strongly urging septic tank owners to “bombard” his office with letters and phone calls.

Also we are asking for people who have relatives or friends east of the Apalachicola River to contact them for support of the repeal. Many of them are still unaware that the law was passed.

It is noted that the public needs to have a better way to be informed about upcoming legislation so they can have an input BEFORE bills pushed by special interest groups become law.

Other counties that have passed resolutions opposing the law are: Walton, Holmes, Calhoun and Liberty.

Another meeting is pending to start/continue the campaign against this unjust law.

Citizens are urged to contact state legislators and officials protesting this terrible piece of legislation to the following legislators:

• Representative Larry Cretul:
352-873-6564, fax 352-873-6566

• Senator Jeff Atwater:
561-625-5101, fax 561-625-5103

• Governor Charlie Crist:
850-488-7146, fax 850-487-0801

• Representative Marti Coley: 850-718-0047

• Senator Al Lawson:
850-487-5004, fax 850-487-5086

1. Benefits septic tank contractors and pleases environmentalists at the expense of septic tank owners, while doing little to decrease pollution.

2. Septic Tank Owners weren’t represented in passing the law. The majority of those affected was NOT represented or consulted before the legislation was passed. It is a special interest law—which should be unconstitutional.

3. Bill failed on its own merits several times in the legislature in the past—was then “sandwiched in” with a much bigger bill to pass it. Bills that can’t pass on their own merits don’t need to be passed---simple logic—common sense.

4. Bill was changed numerous times so that some legislators claim they were “hoodwinked” into voting for it.

5. Any septic tank law should target problem areas rather than the whole state since about 98% of septic tanks are not causing any problems.

6. Increases pollution by requiring unnecessary pumping of tanks requiring off-site disposal.

7. Violates citizens’ freedom to control their own personal property attached to their own house----may be unconstitutional.

8. Penalties for non-compliance are very excessive. $500/day and a misdemeanor charge each day.

9. The law is an open-ended, perpetually changing law similar to recently enacted US Congress laws. Such laws are un-American in nature and may be unconstitutional for that reason also.

10. It increases the size of government agencies.

11. Counties should control this issue by passing their own laws covering septic tanks for their own localized conditions---similar to the law in Escambia County which covers only environmentally sensitive areas.

12. Has a total lack of common sense and reason.

13. Stinks of bad politics and corruption in the legislative process.

Sen. Lee Constantine (R-FL 22nd District)

4th term Republican from Florida 22nd District.

Senate Environmental Committee Chair

Altamonte Springs Office:

378 Centerpointe Circle, Suite 1268
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701-3442
Phone: (407) 331-9675 Fax: (407) 262-7580

Rep. Larry Cretul (R-FL 22nd District)

4th term Republican from Florida 22nd District.

Speaker of the House

Ocala Office: 6911 Southwest Highway 200
Ocala, Florida 34476-9210
Phone: (352) 873-6564 Fax: (352) 873-6566

Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-FL 25th District)

3rd term Republican from Florida 25th District.

Senate President

North Palm Beach Office:

824 US Highway 1, Suite 210
North Palm Beach, Florida 33408
Phone: (561) 625-5101 Fax: (561) 625-5103

Gov. Charlie Crist

The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Phone: (850) 488-7146 Fax: (850) 487-0801

Rep. Marti Coley

Marianna Office:

3094 Indian Circle, Administration Bldg., Room 186
Marianna, Florida 32446-1701
Phone: (850) 718-0047

Sen. Alfred Lawson, Jr

Tallahassee Office:

228 Senate Office Building,
Florida 32399-1100
Phone: (850) 487-5004 Fax: (850) 487-5086

Thursday, September 2, 2010

National Impaired Driving Crackdown

Labor Day Weekend
Have a Safe Labor Day Weekend
Contributed by Hayes Baggett, Marianna Police Department
August 20 - September 6, 2010

Marianna Juniorettes Hold Induction for Members and Officers

On Monday, August 30, the Marianna Juniorettes inducted new members and installed officers for the upcoming year. With the assistance of Sponsor Gayle Dibenedetto of the Marianna Women’s Club, 28 girls were inducted into the club. This increased the club membership to 41. Additionally, three new officers were installed.

The meeting began with a quote from Marie Curie, “You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals in it. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity. Our particular duty is to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”

We begin the year with that mindset, to get out in the community and make ourselves useful and help others. We are kicking off our first fundraiser on September 18, 2010 with a Benefit Car Wash! This will be held at AutoZone, next to O’Riley’s Automotive, from 8 A.M. until 12 Noon. Carwash is $5. Donations are welcome, and proceeds will be going to a charity of the clubs choice. Please come out and support us and a local charity!
2010-2011 Senior Juniorettes – Whitney Basford, Hollie Daniels, Madison Dean, Lauren Smith, Lizzie Glover, Bailey Harkins, Katie DeRosier, Jennifer Cramer, Rebekah Smith, Kaylee Toole, Shayla Pittman and Alyssa Williams. Not pictured: Ciara Ham. Here the Seniors having a little fun! Senior year for school and Juniorettes has just begun and we are all excited about the year ahead. We plan on making sure the club is more active in the community and that our girls are having a fun time in the process.

2010 – 2011 Club members are:

Whitney Basford, Hollie Daniels, Madison Dean, Mallory Dean, Lauren Smith, , Shelby Allen, Branham Skipper, Courtney McKeen, Brandi Wright, Kati Lane, Lizzie Glover, Bailey Harkins, Megan Estrella, Katie DeRosier, Jennifer Cramer, Caitlyn Carpenter, Bri Godwin, Rebecca Cass, Courtney Massengale, Brooke Brunner, Emily Fuqua, Madison Gullet, Shawna Donofro, Tara Garvin, Kendall Lowery, Vanessa Wynn, Kristi Folds, Rebekah Smith, Sarea Davis, Tori Porter, Connor Ward, Kaylee Toole, Shayla Pittman, Ciara Ham, Mallory Merrifield, Alyssa Williams, Alex Watson, Christina McKeen, Breanna Willis, Brianna Moss, and Rachel Callahan.

2010-2011 Juniorette Officers: Hollie Daniels, Treasurer; Whitney Basford, President and Madison Dean, Vice President.

Fly Your Flag

Blue Springs Society, C.A.R. President Adrian Schell reminds everyone to fly the American flag to honor the “magnificent valor” of our founding fathers on the following special days in September: Labor Day-September the 6th, Patriot Day-September 11th, Constitution Day-September 17th, and Constitution Week- September 17th through 23rd. Interested citizens are welcome to make reservations to attend the annual DAR/C.A.R./SAR Constitution Luncheon on Saturday, September 11, 2010. The Dutch treat buffet will begin at 11:30 a.m. central time at Jim’s Buffet and Grill in Marianna.

Blue Springs Society, C.A.R. will present a program about the national C.A.R. theme “Magnificent Valor: The Beginnings of Freedom.” During the 2010-2011 year the N.S.C.A.R. members are learning about and will come to value the historical significance of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States. The national project is to help preserve the original copies of these documents which are in the Great Essentials Exhibit located in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the room next to where they were created. The Blue Springs Society program will shed light on these documents that are the basis of the freedoms Americans take for granted everyday. To make reservations please contact Sr. President Mary Robbins at or 850-209-4066. Please note that members of DAR/C.A.R./SAR do not need reservations.

Blue Springs Society C.A.R. Hosts State Meeting

Blue Springs Society, C.A.R. hosted the Central Panhandle State Packet Program Workshop for the Florida Society of the Children of the American Revolution in August. Attendees learned about “Save Our Springs,” the state program for 2010-2011.

Members from Ponce de Leon Society in Tallahassee and Blue Springs Society enjoyed pizza, took part in a number of skits, received candy for explaining the many contests for the year, and watched the DVD, “Water’s Journey” produced by the late Wes Skiles, pioneer Florida springs explorer. Whitney Herold, president of the new Ponce de Leon Society, was voted most enthusiastic and named “Head Life Guard.” C.A.R. members from across the state will learn more about the state project at the F.S.C.A.R. seminar Labor Day weekend at Weeki Wachee Springs. The state society will raise funds to help this newest Florida state park during 2010-2011.

(from left) State President Chrissy Herreid presents “Head Life Guard” award to President Whitney Herold, president of Ponce de Leon Society, C.A.R.

Friday, August 20, 2010

‘Voice of Democracy’, Patriot’s Pen

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary are taking entries for their annual “Voice of Democracy” and Patriot’s Pen scholarship contests for 2010-2011.

The VOD is an audio essay competition open to students under 19 in grades 9-12. Contestants must submit a three to five minute original recorded essay on a standard audio cassette or compact disc. This year’s theme is “Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future.”

The Patriot’s Pen contest is open to students in sixth through eighth grades. Entrants are required to submit a 300-400 word typed essay. The theme is “Does Patriotism Still Matter?”

Homeschooled students are eligible for both contests, but foreign exchanged students are excluded.

Individual entries must be submitted directly to a local VFW Post. In cases where schools/classes/youth groups have a large number of students and wish to conduct their own competition, on winner for each 15 students will be submitted. All entries must be received no later than midnight November 1, 2010.

Local, district, and state winners receive prizes/awards. State winners receive an all expense paid four-day trip to Washington, D.C., March 5-9, sponsored by Target. The National VOD contest top prize is a $30,000 Scholarship. The Patriots Pen National winner receives a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond.

For entry forms and more information, contact VFW Post #12046 Commander Bill Sellers Jr. at 482-4755 or 272-6084 or at or visit

Columbus Essay Contest Sponsored by Chipola Chapter, NSDAR

Students in grades nine through twelve are invited to participate in the Christopher Columbus Essay contest sponsored by DAR.  The topic this year is, “Discuss and analyze Christopher Columbus’ early influences and experiences and how these contributed to successes and failures in his voyages of exploration.”  The essay must be between 800 and 1200 words and is due on November 19, 2010.  A bibliography is required.  There is a $100 prize for first place and $50 for second place in the local contest.  The national winner receives $1,200 and a trip for two to Washington, DC.  If you are interested in entering please contact Chipola Chapter NSDAR American History Chairman Mary Robbins at or 850-209-4066 for specific guidelines. 

Chipola Chapter, NSDAR Sponsors Essay Contest

All students in grades five through eight are invited to enter the American History Essay Contest sponsored each year by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The topic for this year is “Memoirs of Paul Revere.”  In celebration of the 275th anniversary of the birth of Paul Revere you are to pretend you are Paul Revere writing your memoirs.  Be sure to relate the various accomplishments for which you wish to be remembered in the annals of American history.  Fifth graders are to write between 300 and 600 words while students in grades six, seven, and eight must write between 600 and 1,000 words.  All entries must include a bibliography.  Essays are due November 19, 2010.  Please contact Chipola Chapter American History Chairman Mary Robbins at or 209-4066 for specific guidelines if you wish to enter.  At a ceremony in December Chipola Chapter will present checks, medals, and certificates to the winners at each grade level. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Aug. 11 - Gubernatorial Forum

Aug. 10 - U.S. Senate Debate

USDA Official to Announce City of Marianna American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding

MARRIANNA, Fla., August 12, 2010 – Tammye H. Trevino, Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs, USDA Rural Development, will be in Marianna, Fla. on Monday, August 16 to make an announcement about American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the City of Marianna.
Media invited to USDA Rural Development plaque presentation to the City of Marianna to commemorate American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
WHEN: Monday, August 16, 2010 10 a.m. CDT
WHERE: Marianna City Hall 2898 Green Street Marianna, FL 32446
Media with questions should contact Ellen Boukari at 352-338-3414.

Couple Arrested For Fighting

On Saturday, August 7, at approximately 02:00 am, officers with the Marianna Police Department responded to 4315 Deering Street in reference to a physical altercation in progress. Upon arrival, police conducted an investigation in regards to a domestic altercation which occurred between Richard Anderson and Naneita Millwood at the residence. Both parties were observed to have minor injuries. As a result of the investigation, it was believed both parties engaged in a mutual combat situation. Therefore both subjects were placed under arrest for battery (domestic violence) and transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility.

Marianna Police Arrest Driver After Chase….Another Illegal Alien?

On Sunday, August 8, at approximately 05:00 am, an officer with the Police Department observed a Grey Dodge Caravan run the red light at the intersection of Noland Street and Hwy 90 and almost strike another vehicle. The officer activated his emergency lights in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop on the reckless driver.

The vehicle refused to stop and accelerated away from the officer. The officer then activated his siren and engaged in a pursuit of the vehicle. The vehicle continued east bound on Hwy 90 and then turned north on Old US Road. The vehicle then turned east on to Watson Street. The vehicle finally pulled into a residence on Watson Street, where the driver exited the vehicle. The officer also exited his patrol unit and apprehended the driver, who was later identified as Carlos Sanchez of 4731B Watson Street. Based upon the investigation, Mr. Sanchez was charged with the following criminal violations

1. Fleeing and Attempting to Elude an Officer

2. Driving with no valid license

3. Reckless driving

Mr. Sanchez was transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility for booking.

Golf Cart Thief Is Rounded Up

On June 19, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Indian Springs Golf Course reporting that two (2) Golf Carts had been stolen. A deputy responded to the scene and learned that two 2009 model green in color Yamaha golf carts had been stolen from the course over the preceeding couple of days. The serial numbers of the carts were enterer into the FCIC/NCIC computer as stolen property.

On July 27, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office aviation unit was flying west of Marianna when they spotted a cart sitting on a lot near Bull Run Lane, west of Marianna. The air unit notified investigators who traveled to the area and located the cart. A check of the serial numbers through the FCIC/NCIC computer revealed that the cart was one of the ones missing from Indian Springs. The cart was recovered and housed at the Sheriff’s Office. After a neighborhood canvas was conducted, information was obtained which led to the subsequent arrest of Jonathan Tipton. The defendant was arrested and charged with grand theft and lodged into the Jackson County Correctional Facility.

Fisherman Found Dead At Boat Ramp

On Monday, August 9, at approximately 10:00 AM, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a male found lying next to his boat in Round Lake located on the east side of Hwy 231 south of Alford, FL. Swimmers who arrived at the lake discovered the subject who was identified as 75-year-old Joseph John Lukasko, lying on his back next to the boat ramp. Witnesses stated that his body was submerged from the chest down in approximately one foot of water and his head was lying above the water on the concrete landing. Jackson County Fire Rescue responded to the scene and pronounced Lukasko deceased.

According to family members, Lukasko left home this morning around 6:30 AM, to go fishing at the lake. Lukasko spoke with his daughter on the telephone shortly after 7:00 AM. Lukasko’s vehicle and boat trailer were also located at the landing. Family members indicated that Mr. Lukasko did have several health problems.

The medical examiners office was contacted regarding the death and accepted jurisdiction of the body. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. There were no signs of trauma observed to Lukasko’s body and foul play is not suspected at this time.

Marianna Babysitter Accused of Molestation

On Monday August 2, the Jackson County Sheriffs Office received report from Jackson Hospital of Child Abuse allegations involving concerns of sexual abuse. The investigation revealed that the mother of the children, whom shall remain unnamed as to protect the identity of the children, had delivered her children to the hospital after developing concerns that her children may have been molested by a caregiver.

Further investigation including evidence collected during Sexual Assault Collection and Exam coupled with statements made by the child established probable cause that the 2 year old female child had in fact been sexually molested naming her perpetrator and that the 11 month old male sibling of the 2 year old victim had also been sexually molested.

The mother noted that the 2 year old had started acting differently after having been cared for, for several hours, on a day the previous week. It was determined that both children have been allowed access to the caregiver on several occasions for periods of time sufficient to molest a child.

The named alleged perpetrator is identified as Robert Hernandez, W/M, 30 years of age, from Marianna, Florida. Hernandez was located on Tuesday, August 3, and placed under lawful arrest for sexual battery on a child under 12 years old, and lodged in the Jackson County Correctional Facility. When Hernandez made first appearance in the Jackson County Courts he was held on a $250,000 Bond. This investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding this case or the named perpetrator is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriffs Office at 850-482-9648.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Prepare Now For Fall Classes at Chipola

New students planning to enroll in Chipola College this Fall are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete their financial aid file by Aug. 4. Application deadline for the Fall semester is Aug. 5. Registration is Aug. 18-20. Classes begin Aug. 23.

Chipola’s most popular program continues to be the Associate in Arts (AA) degree which provides the first two years of college for students planning to transfer to a university at the junior level or into one of Chipola’s Bachelor’s degree programs. Curriculum guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available on the college website at

Chipola offers eight Bachelor’s degrees programs: Secondary Education with majors in Mathematics and Science for middle or high school, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Business Management and an RN to BSN program in nursing.

Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs. Workforce programs include: Automotive Technology, Corrections, Computer Systems Technology, Cosmetology and Law Enforcement.

Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Business Administration and Management, Computer Information Administration, Criminal Justice Technology, Culinary Management, Dental Hygiene, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science, Network Administration and Recreation Technology.

The Health Science Division offers training programs for a number of health-related careers. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is a 1+1 LPN to RN curriculum. Students are eligible to take the LPN exam after the first year, and the RN exam after the second year.

The college also offers an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program and a Paramedic program. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes are offered throughout the year. Chipola’s open-door policy allows any student with a high school diploma to enroll after completing an application and providing high school or college transcripts. Complete a Chipola College application, available online at, or call 850-718-2233 for assistance.Request your high school to send a final high school transcript to Chipola. Take the College Placement Test by calling 718-2284 for assistance.

For more information, call the Chipola Registration Office at 718-2311, or visit Chipola on the web at

Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award Nomination Deadline is November 1

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced that nominations are being accepted for the 2010 “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award. The award, now in its 26th year, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture.

“This award spotlights the vital role of women in Florida agriculture and serves to encourage other women to get involved in the business,” Bronson said. “Many women have made significant contributions over the years in developing and sustaining this important industry, which has an overall economic impact estimated at more than $100 billion annually.”

Those nominated for the award will be judged by a panel familiar with Florida agriculture. The award will be presented on February 10, 2011, during the opening-day luncheon of the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which sponsors the event, has sent nomination forms to agricultural organizations around the state. The deadline for submitting nominations to the Department is November 1, 2010. Nominations remain active for two years; after that time they must be resubmitted in order to be considered.

For more information about the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award including screening criteria and biographies of previous winners, or to obtain nomination forms, call Richard Gunnels at (850) 488-3022 or visit

Sneads FFA Does Great at State

Sneads FFA was one of many FFA chapters in Florida who recently attended the 2010 82nd Annual Florida FFA State Convention. We had 16 members from our chapter present. They attended general sessions, leadership workshops and agricultural career shows. The delegates voted on the new 2010-2011 state officer team. Also, many members competed in Career Development Events (CDE’s), and numerous awards were given out.

The following members were recognized: Sydney Stone, Top 3 for the Ryan Rimmer District Officer Award. Zachary Wester, Top 3 for the State Star in Agriscience Award. Georgia Pevy, for being chosen to serve in the Courtesy Corps, and winning 2nd in the state in the Florida FFA Alumni essay contest. Advisor Stan Scurlock, winner of the Turn the Key Award. The Sneads FFA Chapter, for being a State Premier Chapter, and 100% membership.Valaree Douglas, for winning 3rd in the State Talent contest. The Sneads FFA Agricultural Issues team, which includes Georgia Pevy, Christen Howell, Ariel White, Zach Wester, and Jessica Hatcher, for winning 4th in the state. The Horse Judging Team, which consists of Christen Howell, Ariel White, Christen Fowler, and Jessica Hatcher, for winning state. The Agricultural Business Team, which includes Ariel White, Erin Williams, Leah Williams, Mitchell Hines, and Brandon Hightower, for winning 5th in the state. The following students received their State Degrees: Zachary Wester, Ariel White, Tyler Pickens, and Tyler White. Sydney Stone was elected District II President.The Parliamentary Procedure Team, Creed Speaker, and Job Interview Participant also competed at state.

2010 Peanut Field Day

Marianna NFREC August 19, 2010

North Florida Research and Education Center University of Florida / IFAS

The annual Peanut Field Day will be held at the Marianna North Florida Research and Education Center on Thursday, August 19, 2010 starting with registration at 8:00 AM (CDT) and ending with a sponsored lunch. Field tours will begin 8:30 AM. Topics to be addressed include disease and nematode control, new varieties, crop rotation, and weed control. CEUs will be available at registration.

The Marianna NFREC is located seven miles north of Marianna on Highway 71 or one mile south of Greenwood. Contact Phone: (850) 394-9124 for more information.

Selected Online Blogs from TIMES story on Kindel Lanes

Anonymous said...

I have such wonderful memories of Kindel Lanes.It has always been such a wonderful place for teens and adults, and now families to have fun. If each person in Marianna, and surrounding area, just donated 10.00 each, it could be saved. Best of luck and lots of prayers to the Kindelspire family.

July 23, 2010 12:03 PM

Anonymous said...

I agree on the “sidewalks to nowhere” being built on Caverns Road. No one will ever use them. What a waste.

July 24, 2010 2:37 PM

Anonymous said...


July 28, 2010 9:27 AM

Anonymous said...

Just today on the news I heard them say that it is going to be “the small business that brings us out of this” (speaking of the lack of money). Well it seems to me that all the small business are the ones who are having to close and it is the big ones that are left. So if this is true I guess there is no hope in despair. I and my children (now grown) have spent many evenings at Kindel Lanes having a great time. I agree, I to hate to see it close. I have nothing against sidewalks (used or not) but I have yet to see one stop a child from getting involve in drugs, drinking, gangs, sex and what ever else they may get into on the streets, Kendal Lanes kept our kids off those streets and inside a place that they could be kids and have fun without the pressure to participate in the unknown. I hope that someone with the money and a love for our children comes along and rescues Kendal Lanes.

July 28, 2010 6:30 PM

Anonymous said...

I agree that ten dollars will not burn a hole in anybody’s pocket if it will keep a local attraction open. Not only does it provide fun for families and a safe haven for our children it inspires men, women and children from Sunland and Hope School. Without Kindel Lanes what will happen to our community, families and our children?

July 29, 2010 5:24 AM

Anonymous said...

I believe ten dollars wouldn’t burn a hole in any of our pockets. It would keep a well known local family business open. Not only for us and our families but for places like Sunland and Hope School. Those adults and students also need an out to make themselves and their peers feel better about themselves.

July 29, 2010 5:26 AM

Anonymous said...

Jeff K. has ALWAYS been a great supporter of individuals with Special Needs. Without his generosity Special Olympics and Hope School pre-vocational students would not have exposure to work training, social interactions and participating in normal activities My 10 bucks is in the mail.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Chipola Theatre Earns “Superior” for 2009-10 Season

The Chipola College Board of Trustees along with college president Dr. Gene Prough recently recognized Theatre Director Charles Sirmon and the award-winning theatre program.

Chipola started this season off with “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” directed by Charles Sirmon. Florida Community College Activities Association adjudication response states, “This was a complex show with broad physical humor. Farce, though primary meant as entertainment, because of its physical demands, is one of the most difficult types of plays to direct from a blocking and picturization standpoint. Mr. Sirmon did a superior job with this difficult production.” Rodney Whatley of PCC wrote, “It was an evening filled with laughter and joy and amazement. I was truly amazed at the comedic talent of some of the actors. The entire company was amazing and truly entertaining.”

Chipola actors receiving special recognition were Aven Pitts, Ben Grande and Sarah Lovins. Guest artist Chris Manasco also was recognized for comedic choreography.

Chipola’s spring musical hit, “Bye Bye Birdie,” also earned top honors under the direction of Sirmon. Ken McCulough, Professor of Theatre at Florida State College, said “Sirmon kept the story clear in his blocking which used every inch of the stage as well as the aisles for entrances/exits.”

Choreographer Chris Manasco, also was recognized by adjudicators, who wrote, “The choreography for this show was outstanding and Manasco is obviously, an incredible teacher.” Conductor Daniel Powell with guest pianist Christine Lauen created excellent work and Sound Designer, Brenton Jones and musical Director Angie White. McCulough says “Overall, a strong polished production that played to an appreciative and packed audience. Even more impressive, this occurred in a part of the country and in time that needs the arts to not only to survive but also to thrive in order to become an essential part of the local society. Experiences like this will ensure that happens.”

Chipola actors receiving special recognition were Austin Pettis, Aven Pitts, Ben Grande, Cameron Hitchcock, Emily Harrison, Kayla Todd, Kyndall Covington and Sarah Lovins, along with Designer/Technician Brenton Jones.

For more information about Chipola theatre

Alyson James Wins Another Major Crown

A Jackson County 10 year old brought home a big prize over the weekend.  Alyson James, the daughter of Robert and Jay James was crowned Junior Miss Florida Palm in the 2010 Miss Florida Palm State Scholarship Pageant on July 24th.  James competed for the title along with girls from across the Panhandle at the Blountstown High School Auditorium.  At the end of her reign, she will receive scholarship money for her future college expenses.  James was judged on her verbal skills, poise, and personality.  Over the next year, she will make public appearances across the state to promote the title.  James was crowned Little Miss Florida Palm in 2008.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Marianna High School Summer Reading List at Jackson County Library

Jackson County Public Library’s Marianna branch is proud to announce that it is making available the books on Marianna High School’s Summer Reading List.

The books are reserved for Marianna High School students and must be requested at the circulation desk. Students must have a library card issued by the Jackson County Public Library. Students under 18, who do not have a library card, must complete a card application and the application must be signed by a parent or legal guardian, in person, at the Library. The Marianna branch is located at 2929 Green Street.

Here is a brief synopsis of some of the books on the Florida Teens Read list:

After by Amy Efaw

Devon Davenport is a straight-A student and prominent player on her school’s soccer team, but when she is linked to an abandoned baby found in the trash she is accused of attempted murder.

Brutal by Michael B. Harmon

Forced to leave Los Angeles for life in a quiet California wine town with a father she has never known, rebellious sixteen-year-old Poe Holly rails against a high school system that allows elite students special privileges and tolerates bullying of those who are different.

Candor by Pam Bachorz

For a fee, “model teen” Oscar Banks has been secretly—and selectively—sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.

Compound by S. A. Bodeen

Fifteen-year-old Eli, locked inside a radiation-proof compound built by his father to keep them safe following a nuclear attack, begins to question his future, as well as his father’s grip on sanity as the family’s situation steadily disintegrates over the course of six years.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace of killing and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen year- old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

King of Screwups by K.L. Going

Liam Geller is one of the most popular boys in school but can’t seem to do anything right in the eyes of his father who throws him out of the house. He is taken in by his father’s brother—an eccentric, cross-dressing, glam-rocker disc jockey—who helps him to understand that there is much more to him than his father will ever see.

Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan

High school student Charlie West awakens injured in a concrete bunker, discovers that he has lost a year of his life and has no memory of escaping from prison after being convicted of murdering his former best friend, and learns that he is being pursued by both the law and a group of terrorists trying to destroy the U.S. government.

No Choirboy by Susan Kuklin

A collection of essays in which inmates at American prisons who were sentenced to death while still in their teens share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up in prison and how they feel about capital punishment.

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of her Goth classmate Jacob.

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten year- old friend, Ali.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody’s college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town; but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search.

Secret Story of Sonia Rodgriguez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Tenth-grader Sonia Rodriguez reveals secrets about her life and her Hispanic family while she studies hard so that she can be the first member of her family to successfully finish high school.

Great Crowd “It’s a Woman Thang” Expo

There were over 100 participants who attended the “It’s a Woman Thang” Expo held  this past Saturday, July 17 at La Maison de Lucy Bed & Breakfast in Alford, FL.  The focus was a Clothing Swap & Wellness Inside & Out.  One Marianna resident wondered, “How long has this event been going on?” When she found out it was the first time event, she was clearly amazed at the huge turn-out, especially for a summer event.  

The event was sponsored by the Northwest Florida Association of Event Professionals, which is a non-profit group whose mission is to provide an outlet for professionals to network and provide quality service to its customers. Besides the venue of La Maison de Lucy, sponsors included Cherished Unions, Occasions, Sweet Stuff Bakery who provided appetizing refreshments, and Jackson Hospital who provided shopping bags. Visitors were to bring clean, undamaged clothes and “swap” them out for someone else’s clothes for free. Some women who intended to just drop their unwanted clothes were surprised to find items they could use. All the unclaimed items were donated to a charity. In addition to the clothes exchange there were vendors who were displaying their products and services.

Even before this event was over vendors and patrons alike were asking when the next one is going to be. So, ladies, if you missed this one, make sure you don’t miss the next one…it’s a one of a kind event. Email to get on the mailing list.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Horse with EEE Confirmed in Jackson County

The Public is urged to protect against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne viruses.

This warning is issued due to a recently confirmed case in which a local horse has Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The animal is located on Alexsam Drive, East of Marianna, the Jackson County Health Department is encouraging residents and visitors to take a number of steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

The state monitors animals as sentinels for arboviruses, including Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, West Nile (WN) virus and St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus, to determine if any of those three viruses are present in the community.

The Florida Departments of Health (DOH) and Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), along with other state and local agencies, are working to detect the viruses spread by mosquitoes to humans or animals and the Jackson County Health Department has increased Mosquito Control efforts in the area. Mosquito-borne infections in people can cause headache, fever, dizziness, confusion, movement disorders and coma.

For more information on mosquito-borne diseases, please visit DOH’s Environmental Health web site, the CDC web site, call the West Nile Virus Hotline at 1-888-880-5782, or contact your local county health department. Additionally, information on arboviruses can be found at the FDACS’ web site,, or by calling (850) 410-0900.

Prevention of Mosquito Bites and Mosquito-borne Illness

● Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

● When outdoors and mosquitoes are present, wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.

● Use mosquito repellent as directed by the manufacturer.

● Repair residential screening, including porches and patios, if tears or other openings are found.

● Eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

Tips on Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Sites

● Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters.

● Remove old tires or drill holes in those used in playgrounds to drain.

● Turn over or remove empty plastic pots.

● Pick up all beverage containers and cups.

● Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water.

● Pump out bilges on boats.

● Replace water in birdbaths and pet or other animal feeding dishes at least once a week.

● Change water in plant trays, including hanging plants, at least once a week.

● Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches that prevent the flow of water.

Tips on Repellent Use

● Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before applying a repellent to skin. Some repellants are not suitable for children.

● Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET are generally recommended. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are other repellent options.

● Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing.

● In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the CDC, mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of 3 years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old.

● Infants should be kept indoors or mosquito netting should be used over carriers when mosquitoes are present.

● Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.

● If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)’s web site at, or call their county health department or local FWC office. You can reach the Jackson County Health Department’s Environmental Health Section at 482-9227 or 850.526.2412 (answering service)

A New Voice on WFBU

With The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) fall 2010 semester quickly approaching, a new voice can be heard coming from the 24/7 WFBU-LP Radio Studio located on the Graceville campus. “I feel like a mad scientist mixing up, changing, and updating the radio station playlist,” stated the new BCF student station manager Justin Grack. “This is going to be so cool”

The previous station manager has been teaching him the operational side of managing the radio station, as well as the fun, live broadcast components, “It was great getting to know the previous manager, Sandy Derrick, and learning all of the intricacies of WFBU. The whole team here at BCF is amazing and I pray God will get all the glory from this new experience.”

As for what can be expected from WFBU in the coming weeks, “We’ve got a concoction of new things going on this fall,” stated Justin. “I have been brainstorming and working to increase student, staff and faculty involvement.” Some new programs have been added to the WFBU programming schedule as well as the continuation of the Graceville High School football games, the 7:00 a.m. Morning Wake-up Call, and the 10:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday chapel services.

Everyone is invited to tune in to WFBU 94.7 on August 17 to hear Justin and listen to what’s new for the fall 2010 semester. For more information about becoming involved with BCF’s radio station as a volunteer or sponsor call (850) 263-WFBU (9328) or email

Troop 170 Boy Scouts Hold First Camping Trip of Year

Camp set up on property of Jamey Westbrook

Troop 170 Boy Scouts of Marianna held their first official camp-out on Friday, June 25, at Westfork Ranch in Marianna. The Scouts and their leaders braved the rain and heat, and ultimately had the most enjoyable and educational time together. This was the beginning of at least ten camping trips that Troop 170 will plan and participate in together this coming year.

Boy Scouts gathered Friday evening at the campsite to put up their tents and begin learning a variety of skills and safety practices throughout the two-day event. After waiting out a rainstorm, the first new challenge the Scouts undertook was assembling their new wagon for transporting food, water, and other necessary items. The Scouts worked together as a team and had a fully-functional metal wagon ready for use during the next day’s activities.

Boy Scouts and leaders were up bright and early on Saturday, dressed in full uniform and ready for a day of scheduled training and fun. The boys prepared and cooked their own pancakes, bacon, and sausage to start the day with a good, hearty breakfast. After washing dishes and cleaning the Scout outdoor kitchen were completed, Scout Master Steve Hutton began a lesson on knife and hatchet safety. Hutton explained and demonstrated the proper ways to use a knife, as well as the unacceptable ways to use and carry a knife. A tool was used to demonstrate how to sharpen a knife and hatchet, and Scouts practiced the proper way to pass these tools to one another. Patrol leader Hunter Hutton read important information from the Scout handbook for discussion and also gave instruction on how to use a collapsible camp shovel. Following the training session, Scouts received hands-on instruction in using these tools, including chopping tree branches with a hatchet, whittling sticks with a pocket knife, and sawing tree limbs with a bow saw. Scouts then took an oath to obey the safety practices in order to earn their Totin’ Chip, which allows them to officially carry and use a knife during Scouting activities.

Scouts worked together to prepare their next meal of beef stew, macaroni and cheese, and a dessert, while Jamey Westbrook, owner of Westfork Ranch, stopped by for a visit. After cooking over an open fire, the meal was enjoyed prior to the special ceremony that was held for Scout Nick Walker. Nick officially “crossed over” from the rank of Cub Scout to become an official Boy Scout. He had previously completed all the requirements for advancement, though he was awaiting his tenth birthday in order to meet that last qualification. Nick was also awarded the Arrow of Light award, which is the highest achievement possible by a Cub Scout. He and his parents were honored during the ceremony led by Boy Scout leaders Mary Ann Hutton and David McArthur, with participation from the other Boy Scouts.

Scouts packed up their tents and supplies and were able to break camp before the threat of another rainstorm. The first camping adventure for Troop 170 was a big success and a great first step on the path to many more experiences together working as a team and learning new life skills.

For more information about the program, please call 209-2818, or e-mail

Local Republicans Welcome Steve Southerland II

Candidate for U.S. Congress stresses conservative values.

By Sid Riley

On Tuesday evening a special reception was held by members of the Northwest Florida Republican Club to introduce Steve Southerland, Panama City businessman who is actively campaigning for the U.S. Congressional seat currently held by Allen Boyd. Southerland briefly addressed the crowd, detailing his moral convictions, conservative beliefs, and constitutional values. “I am against over taxation, over regulation, and government oppression,” Southerland proclaimed. “And at this time the hard working American taxpayers are experiencing all three.”

Marianna Lions Installs New Slate of Officers

Marianna Lions Installation and Awards Meeting

At this month’s meeting the Marianna Lion’s Club on Monday, June 28 at Jim’s Buffet and Grill, members installed a new slate of officers for the 2010-2011 club year.

Lions Past District Governor Howard Young installed the following Lions as officers for 2010-2011;

President Fauline Mathis; 1st Vice President;  Hank Malone 2nd Vice President Roland Rabon; 3rd  Vice President Pat Hall; Secetrary Scott Marsh; Treasurer Don Williams; Director, Chair; David Nicholson; Director Ray Brendemuehl; Director John Mader; Tail Twister Daun Crews; Lion Tamer Earl Gilmore; Eye Glasses, Chair Bill Powell; Eye Glasses Com Roland Rabon; Membership Chair  Arlon Stephens;   Membership Com. David Arnette; Membership Com.  Daun Crews

Three term president Vernon Cook made the following special presentations;

Presidential Appreciation Awards:: George Cone, Hank Malone, Pat Ouzts, Bill {Powell, Arlon Stephens and Don Williams.

Presidential Achievement Awards Ray Brendemuehl, Pat Hal, Scott Marsh, David Nicholson and John Mader

Years of Membership Pins Tony Pumphrey 10 years, David Johnson 20 years, John Mader 25 years, Buddy Bannerman 45 years and Daun Crews 50 years

Perfect Attendance: Ray Brendemuehl, Daun Crews, Vernon Cook, Pat Hall, Charlton Keen, Hank Malone, Marilyn Mabardy, John Mader, Scott Marsh, David Nicholson, Pat Ouzts, Don Williams and Arlon Stephens.

Lion of the Year: John Mader.

This year the Lions are off to a “Roaring Start”.

What is Relay for Life?

Celebrating Hope

One person can make a difference. Nowhere is that more evident than with the story of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, which began in Tacoma, Washington. In the mid-1980’s. Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office to show support for all of his patients who had battled cancer. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons.

In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt’s friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. Throughout the night, friends donated $25 to run or walk with Dr. Klatt for 30 minutes. His efforts raised $27,000 to fight cancer.

While circling the track those 24 hours, Dr. Klatt thought about how others could take part in his mission to fight cancer. Over the next few months, he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event, known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.

In 1986, with the help of Pat Flynn, now known as the “Mother of Relay” – 19 teams took part in the first team Relay event on the track at the historic Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000. An indescribable spirit prevailed at the track and in the tents that dotted the infield.

Its never to

early to register.
Judy Lanier

“Traveling Trunk” Visits Sons of the American Revolution

Neal Spooner of the Georgia State Society Sons of the American Revolution brought his Traveling Trunk program to the William Dunaway Chapter, SAR in Marianna recently. He gave members and guests a glimpse of life during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) by telling about the trunk’s contents.

Objects were passed around for everyone to examine. Blue Springs Society, C.A.R. Vice President Carly Miller especially enjoyed playing with the children’s games from the trunk. She joined Neal and his wife, Brenda, after the program for pictures. Blue Springs Society Senior President Mary Robbins invited the Spooners to bring the Traveling Trunk back to Marianna as a program for C.A.R. Carly is excited that they agreed to present it again for the young people of the Blue Springs Society.

The William Dunaway Chapter, SAR meets at 6:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Jim’s Buffet and Grill. For informatiom please contact President Fletcher Dunaway at or Robert K. Dunaway at 850-594-6664.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Chipola Summer Session II Registration is June 24

Registration for Chipola College’s Summer Session II is Thursday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes begin Monday, June 28.  Late registration for Summer II will continue through noon on Tuesday, June 29.

Applications for Admission are available in the Admissions Office located in the Student Service Building or on-line at   Students must request a final high school transcript to be sent to Chipola as part of the application process. Students must also take the College Placement Test unless otherwise qualified by ACT or SAT scores.

Federal financial aid may be available to qualifying students. For information and assistance call 850-718-2293. Students may also apply for scholarships through the Chipola Foundation. For deadline information and assistance call 850-718-2445.

New students planning to enroll at Chipola this Fall, may want to register for a Summer Orientation class.  Students must be cleared for admission for the Fall Term by June 30 in order to register. The Summer Orientation courses will be offered in the day or evening on the dates of July 19-22 and July 26. New students who take either of the orientation courses will be eligible to register early for Fall classes July 12-15. 

Chipola offers the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. The college also offers Bachelor’s Degrees in Business, Nursing, Special Education, Elementary Education and Secondary and Middle School Education with majors in Math and Science.

For information, call 850-718-2284.

Daniel Jackson & Sydney Stone Elected FFA District Officers

June 17th, 2010 at the 82nd FFA State Convention in Orlando the following Jackson County FFA members were selected to serve as the 2010-2011 District II President & Secretary. Daniel Jackson – Malone was elected District II Secretary and Sydney Stone – Sneads was elected District II President. These two individuals work extremely well together on chapter events, Chipola Federation events and District II events as well. They are already planning a training workshop for all chapters in District II for the near future.

4-H Day Camps Provide Summer Fun to Local Youth

What do snakes, homemade ice-cream, and waterfalls have in common? All three were a part of the recent “Cloverbud Adventures” summer day camp organized by the Jackson County 4-H for youth ages 5-7.

On day one, day-campers visited Falling Waters State Park where they participated in a nature walk with a park ranger and learned about plants and animals that live in the park, how prescribed burning keeps forests healthy, and about the geological features of the falls and sinks. That afternoon day-campers made several crafts, played lots of fun games, and made ice-cream.

The second day of camp included a trip to the Tallahassee Museum. While at the museum, the day-campers saw dozens of indigenous wildlife during the zoo tour, visited the old 19th century farm houses, and learned about reptiles during a program provided by the museum staff.

“Participating in 4-H day camps is a great opportunity for youth to stay active and learn during the summer, as well as make new friends and have lots of fun,” said Jackson County 4-H Agent Ben Knowles. “We will host two more day camps this summer: Food, Fun & Fitness and Environmental Explorations day camps.”

The Environmental Explorations day camp is currently full, but space is still available for the Food, Fun, and Fitness day camp June 29 – July 1, for youth ages 8-18. Cost is $20.00. This camp will focus on teaching youth how to make healthy food choices and fun ways to increase their fitness levels. Campers will learn to make several healthy snacks and participate in fitness classes led by local fitness instructors. To register, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 1-850-482-9620.

The 4-H Food, Fun, and Fitness day camp is open to all youth, ages 8-18, regardless of gender, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, creed, or disability. Persons with disabilities should contact the 4-H office at least 10 working days before the event so that proper consideration can be given to their request. 4-H is the youth development program of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Voluntary PreK Registration for Jackson County Schools

Voluntary PreK (VPK) Registration for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year will be June 28th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Registration will be held at the Early Childhood Programs Office in Marianna located at 2950 Cherokee Street in front of Riverside Elementary School.

Applicants must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2010 and a Florida resident. VPK is not based on income. The VPK day consists of three hours per day at no charge. Families are given the opportunity to extend the day (equal to a regular school day) for a nominal fee.

All applicants must obtain a VPK Certificate of Eligibility from the Early Learning Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center in Marianna. For more information call 482-9140.

Parents need to bring the following to registration:

● VPK Certificate of Eligibility (no student will be registered without certificate)

● Child’s birth certificate and social security card

VPK will be at the following school sites: Jackson County Early Childhood Center, Cottondale Elementary, Graceville Elementary, Malone School and Grand Ridge School. The Early Childhood Programs at Sneads Elementary will be served on the campus of Grand Ridge School.

VPK spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please call the Early Childhood Programs Office at 482-1266.

Escaping Extra Air Line Fees For Baggage

More Travelers Lightening Their Load by Shipping Luggage at the UPS Store

With many airlines raising fees for checked bags and limiting carry-ons, travelers are looking at alternatives for a more convenient, cost-effective way to get their luggage to its destination. The UPS Store® located at 4415-C Constitution Lane, Marianna, Florida, is helping to ease travelers’ burdens by shipping their luggage ahead.

In addition, The UPS Store has certified packing experts who specialize in packing odd, oversized items, such as skis, golf clubs and fishing poles - items travelers would prefer to have waiting at their destination rather than lugging them around an airport.

“Travelers can potentially save time and money by shipping their luggage at The UPS Store, which also lessens the hassle of dealing with luggage at the airport,” said Judy Williams, The UPS Store franchisee/owner.

One of the many frustrations that travelers deal with is lost or misplaced luggage. The UPS Store offers a variety of shipping options that allow travelers to track their luggage to its final destination, such as UPS Next Day Air®, UPS 2nd Day Air®, UPS 3 Day SelectSM, and UPS Ground.

Williams suggests the following tips when shipping luggage:

● A new option is to forego the suitcase and place items directly in a luggage box. This can minimize the chances of having to pay oversize or overweight charges. Take advantage of our return shipment service and our luggage shipping convenience pack which includes packaging tape, box cutter, plastic bags and a return label pouch so you can use the luggage box on your return trip.

● Our luggage boxes come in two convenient sizes: 22” x 14” x 9” with a 55 lb. max weight capacity, and 26” x 16” x 12” with an 85 lb. max weight capacity. In fact, these sturdy, heavy-duty cardboard luggage boxes can be used over and over, and they make great storage containers when you’re not traveling.

● If using your own luggage, put it in a box. Doing this will help protect the luggage as well as provide a suitable surface for the shipping label. It will also help avoid additional handling charges.

● Put an additional address label inside the luggage or package in case the outside label is damaged or lost.

● By using a shipping option like UPS, you can track your luggage all the way to its destination via cell phones, PDAs or other web-enabled wireless devices.

● Visit to use the online cost calculator to research the best rate and most economical shipping option. Planning ahead allows you to choose a less expensive shipping option like UPS Ground.

● Because of the duties and taxes associated with international shipments, The UPS Store does not recommend shipping luggage internationally.

● Due to restrictions, The UPS Store cannot ship hazardous materials, including: colognes and perfumes, aerosol sprays, nail polish, and cigarette lighters via air.

“Since airlines started charging checked baggage fees, we have seen an increase in travelers shipping their luggage ahead,” said Williams. “So, if travelers have any questions or concerns, they should give us a call at 850-526-4877. We’re here to help make their travels as worry-free as possible.”

In addition to domestic and international shipping, The UPS Store offers full-service packaging; digital and online printing; black-and-white and color copies; document creation, finishing (comb, coil, and perfect binding, laminating, etc.); printing services (business cards, letterhead, rubber stamps, etc.); greeting cards; name badges; fax; notary; custom crating and shipping for large items (furniture, artwork, motorcycles, etc.); mailbox and postal services; packaging supplies; and much, much more.

The store is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, open Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, and closed on Sunday. Come by anytime to discover the many ways we can help make your life less stressful, and remember there’s no extra charge for the warm greeting and friendly smile from our staff. We are here to provide “world-class customer service” every time you stop in.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Celebration of National Garden Week

In observance and celebration of National Garden Week, June 6th thru June 12th, the Marianna Garden Club presented Peace Lily plants to local banks in the city of Marianna. Club members delivered the plants on June 7th to the following: Kevin Griffen, Vice President – Bank of Bonifay; Thomas Wilder, President – Bank of Jackson County; Nina Goodson, Vice President – First Capital; Rhonda Smith, Branch Manager – Hancock Bank; Robin Kelley, Vice President/Branch Manager – Regions; Trey Pleas, Branch Manager – Suntrust; Robert Jackson, President – Peoples South; and Vicky Beauchamp, Branch Manager – Wachovia.

Dino’s Ribbon Cutting

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Dino’s Italian Cafe` & Sports Bar on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Chef Kassidy Streetman is shown officially cutting the ribbon. The ribbon cutting was followed by an open house with delicious samples of some of Chef Kassidy’s pizzas, lasagna, spaghetti, sandwiches, and salads. New owners Jamie & Sandy Streetman invite everyone to stop by for lunch or dinner at Dino’s, 4434 Lafayette Street, downtown Marianna, or give them a call at 526-7776 to arrange your special group event.

Kent Named People Student Ambassador

Allison Lynn Kent, daughter of Brian and Rhonda Kent of Fayetteville, N.C., has been selected as a People to People Student Ambassador. She will be touring several countries along with 30 other student ambassadors. As a student ambassador, Allison will join the effort to bring the world together through education and friendship, while venturing beyond overseas, representing the United States to the rest of the world. Allison was nominated and chosen out of a group of approximately 100 students. She is the granddaughter of Rev. James and Lynn Gosnell of Grand Ridge, and Gene and Marsha Kent of Marianna.

Jackson Blue Springs Basin Posters Available

In June, a poster idea initiated by the Jackson Blue Springs Working group, was unveiled.

The informational poster was created with help from the Northwest Florida Water Management district, with photographs by Patrick Casey, text and design by Faith Eidse, and map by Kevin Defosset.

Chipola’s Dr. Santine Cuccio, says, “The purpose of the poster is to educate the community; and define and preserve the Blue Spring Basin. It will appear in offices, libraries, lobbies, schools, and other public places. The poster will be placed in approximately 100 public places.”

Lois Jones, a volunteer with the Florida Caverns State Park, recently used the poster to promote an outdoor worship service at Blue Springs for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The posters will be displayed at local businesses, local historical society, government offices, in a subdivision with septic tanks, and in school classrooms.

Dr. Cuccio said, “The message of each poster will bear fruit as people match their care of the land with love of the waters from Jackson Blue Spring.” Chipola professor Alan Tidwell directs the Blue Springs Working Group.

Posters can be obtained from: Northwest Florida Water Management District

81 Water Management Drive, Havana Florida, 32333, or by phoning: 850-539-5999.

Youth Arrested On Drug Charges

On Sunday, June 13, officers from the Marianna Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Kia passenger vehicle driven by Richard Smith, Jr., age 17, for careless driving. The juvenile driver was found not to have a valid driver’s license.

During the course of the traffic stop 33.5 grams of marijuana was located inside of the vehicle. As a result Smith was placed under arrest and was later released to his guardian at the request of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

CHARGES: Possession of more than 20 grams of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Valid Drivers License

Local Gun Show Expected to Draw Crowd

The Great American Gun Show will be held at the Jackson County AG Center at 3631 Hwy 90 Marianna, Florida this weekend.

The admission is $6.00, with children under 12 admitted free. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an Adult. The hours of operation are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. Two Concealed Carry Permit Classes will be held each day at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

  The Great American Gun Show will be supporting the educational efforts of the National Rifle Association (NRA) during each gun show they promote. All patrons who join the NRA at the Gun Show will be admitted free of charge.

 Vendors from all over the region including Florida, Alabama and Georgia will be offering their collections. Private sellers are also welcome to bring their firearm(s) to sell or trade. Those wanting additional information can visit our website at

The Business of Girl Scout Cookies

Every year from January to March the streets are buzzing with Girl Scouts and their cookies. We all have our favorites from Thin Mints to Tagalongs and Samoas; and each year we line up to get cookies at our local cookie booth.

What most people do not know about the Girl Scout Cookies program is that, it is just that: a program run by girls for girls. It turns them into young entrepreneurs. The girls are setting goals, managing money, and working as a team to achieve an overall goal. Each year girls have to create new and innovative ways to help promote their troops cookie sale, aside from traditional cookie booths and door – to – door sales. In fact, the Girl Scout Cookie program produces more female business owners than universities.

In a recent New York Times interview, Barbara J. Krumsiek, chief executive and chairwoman of the Calvert Group Ltd., credits selling Girl Scout Cookies as one of her early business experiences.

“I always vied for the top selling awards,” said Krumsiek. “I remember having a troop leader have confidence in me that I could go off and lead a group of girls to start the campfire or whatever.”

The Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, which covers the nineteen counties of the Florida Panhandle, had ten girls sell over 2,000 boxes of cookies this year. Their motivation: a new net-book computer. The top seller, Julia Filloon, from troop 292 in Tallahassee, FL sold 3,039 boxes; a new personal record for the 8th grader. Julia was not the only top 10 seller in her troop. Dakota Putnal was 5th in the overall sales, selling 2, 030 boxes. Both credit their success to each other and determination to achieve their goal.

“Julia’s goal was to win the computer, and so was mine,” said Putnal. “We were in this together.”

Both girls were overjoyed when awarded their computers, saying that it will come in handy going into the 9th grade.

The ten top sellers include: Shelby Faul from troop 349 in Tallahassee sold 2,068 boxes; Hannah Noles from troop 178 in Madison sold 2,061 boxes; Sha’Asia Williams of troop 558 in Marianna sold 2,120 boxes; Amelia MacMongal from troop 181 in Panama City sold 2,010 boxes; Tori Meeks from troop 181 in Panama City sold 2,002 boxes; Toni Jones from troop 592 in Panama City sold 2,001 boxes; Taylor Warren from troop 592 in Panama City sold 2,001 boxes; and Cheyenne Dugas from troop 1500 in Ft. Walton Beach in sold 2,000 boxes of cookies.

“The accomplishments of these girls demonstrates how the Girl Scout Cookie Program creates savvy business women of the future,” said Raslean M. Allen, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle. “It was my honor to award these girls a net-book computer for their strong commitment to Girl Scouting.”

The Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle invites girls from kindergarten to twelfth grade, to join the adventure and empower themselves through courage, confidence and character, to make the world a better place. Currently, the council serves 7,150 girls and 2,400 volunteers across 19 counties of the Florida Panhandle. To volunteer or join Girl Scouts, contact the local council office at 1-800-876-9704 or visit

Sandra Gassaway Winner of Partners for Pets Quilt Raffle

Sandra Gassaway of Marianna was the winner of the Partners for Pets Quilt Raffle that was held recently. This king-sized quilt was made by Ruth Barber of Sneads, and ticket sales exceeded $900.00. Thanks to everyone that participated and made this raffle such a great success.

Supervisor Of Elections Addresses Marianna Optimist

Jackson County Supervisor of Elections, Sylvia Stephens, recently spoke to the Marianna Optimist Club about consolidation of polling places, trends in voter registration changes, and other election issues. Shown above are Marianna Optimist Club Acting Programs Director - Jim Cowart, Supervisor of Elections - Sylvia Stephens, and Club President - Stan Hascher.

Microtel Donates a Better Nights Rest

Microtel donates queen mattresses and TV’s to Jackson County Habitat for Humanity! The gently used items will be sold at the thrift store in an effort to raise money for the construction of house #46 in July. Pictured are Eric Anderson, Habitat Vice-President, Lisa Goff, General Manager of Microtel, with Matt and James, Habitat volunteers.

Woodmen Of The World Donates To 144th Celebration

JoAnn Truette, local Field Representive with Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, is shown presenting a $500 check to Mr. Art Kimbrough, Chamber of Commerce President & CEO.

Woodmen is donating to the cost of the Welcome Home Celebration for the 144th Guard Unit. Woodmen challenges other organizations to do the same. Woodmen is also donating 600 hand held flags to be handed out the day of the Parade.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Enroll Now for Chipola Summer Session II

Registration for Chipola College’s Summer Session II is June 24. Classes begin June 28.
Applications for Admission are available in the Admissions Office located in the Student Service Building or on-line at
Students must request a final high school transcript to be sent to Chipola as part of the application process. Students must also take the College Placement Test unless otherwise qualified by ACT or SAT scores.
Federal financial aid may be available to qualifying students. For information and assistance call 850-718-2293. Students may also apply for scholarships through the Chipola Foundation. For deadline information and assistance call 850-718-2445.
Chipola is offering condensed Orientation classes for new students this summer. The courses will be offered in the day or evening on the dates of July 19-22 and July 26. New students who take the Summer Orientation class are eligible to register early for Fall classes July 12-15. Students must be cleared for admission for the Fall Term by June 30 in order to register.
Chipola offers the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. The college also offers Bachelor’s Degrees in Business, Nursing, Special Education, Elementary Education and Secondary and Middle School Education with majors in Math and Science.
For information, call 850-718-2284.

MHS Student Government Participates in Relay for Life

On May 21st, Marianna High School’s Student Government was released from school to participate in the Annual Relay for Life, held at the Citizen’s Lodge. Sponsor, Debbie Dryden, said that SGA has been a big part of Relay for the 7 years that she has been in charge, as well as many years prior. This year, Student Government had a total of 34 members that participated, and 13 stayed all night long. Throughout the night, SGA made sure they had at least two members walking the track at all times.
MHS SGA students were on hand to assist the American Cancer Society on the day of Relay by filling and placing all of the luminaria bags, as well as placing all of the track markers around the track.  Elizabeth Mathis, SGA Executive President was part of the entertainment line-up where she performed several vocal selections during the 10:00 PM hour. Hopkins Pontiac GMC graciously provided the tent for the overnight event, Mr. Dryden (Circle D) grilled hamburgers for the students, and Mr. Bontrager (Bontrager Chiropractic) cooked up a delicious breakfast that was served at 7:00 AM.
SGA had been fundraising for this event since they returned to school after Christmas Holidays. They did after school pizza sells, also sponsored a Kick Butt Spring Fling for their school. Along with those fundraisers, each individual SGA member was required to raise a certain amount. This year a total of $2,635 was raised, which is down, compared to the $4,000 they have been used to raising in the past.
All members had a great time, as usual and look forward to continuing their participation in next year’s Relay.

City Employees Donate to “Relay for Life”

City Employees Donate to “Relay for Life”
By Sid Riley
At Tuesday’s City Commission meeting  Marianna employees presented a check of $2680 to representatives from the “Relay for Life” event.  These monies were raised by employees of the City of Marianna through fund raising events and participation in the actual overnight relay which was held at Citizens Lodge Park.

Traffic Stop - From Speeding to Crack

On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 the K-9 unit of the Marianna Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2001 Honda passenger vehicle for excessive speed on Jefferson St.  Contact was made with the driver (Joseph Howard Morton).  It was discovered that Morton’s driver’s license were suspended for numerous reasons.  During the course of the traffic stop it was discovered that Morton was in possession of crack cocaine.  He was arrested and will await first appearance at the Jackson County Correctional Facility.

Sexual Battery at the Wash House

On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Officers with the Marianna Police Department responded to a sexual battery that occurred at the Wash House located at 2898 Orange Street, Marianna, FL.  The suspect, Eddie Mack Caldwell, was identified by the victim in a six man line up and a warrant for Caldwell’s arrest was issued.  A short time later, Eddie Caldwell was arrested and is being charged with sexual battery upon a disabled person. Mr. Caldwell is also listed on the Florida Department Of Law Enforcement’s website as a sexual predator.  Mr. Caldwell is being housed at Jackson County Correctional Facility where he will await first appearance.  

Two Wal Mart Pharmacy Employees Arrested For Theft of Drugs

On Thursday June 3rd, the Jackson County Drug Task Force conducted an investigation into the Trafficking of Hydrocodone pills at the Wal-Mart Pharmacy in Marianna, Florida.  During the investigation, officers found that over ten thousand generic Hydrocodone pills have been stolen from the Wal-Mart Pharmacy within the last several months by Tresha Davis, an employee in the department.  Several hundred Lortab tablets containing Hydrocodone had also been taken.  Investigators found that Tresha had been stealing approx. two hundred Hydrocodone 10/500 pills from the Wal-Mart Pharmacy and had been doing so at least once a week since the beginning of March.
During the investigation, Investigators found that a co-worker, Priscilla Noble, had assisted Tresha in the theft and that the pills were taken to Priscilla’s residence on Sunset Drive in Marianna to sell.  Investigators found that Tresha was paid two hundred dollars as payment for the pills each time she removed them from the Pharmacy.  Investigators also found that Priscilla was being paid one hundred dollars for her part of the theft each time it occurred.  It was discovered that the pills were sold to a third party at Priscilla’s residence.
Both Tresha Davis and Priscilla Noble were arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Hydrocodone, and Grand Theft.  Both Davis and Noble were taken to the Jackson County Jail.  This case is still under investigation and additional arrests are expected.
The Jackson County Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional task force that is a combined effort of the Graceville Police Department, Cottondale Police Department, Marianna Police Department, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Home On Willow Pond Road is Burglarized

On Tuesday, June 1, a residence on Willow Pond Road was burglarized with several items taken which were valued at over $700.00. An alert neighbor observed a black male walking from the residence and called the Sheriffs Office. The neighbor continued to watch the black male as he walked south along a wooded fence line until he was picked up on Thompson Road by a red Mustang.
When deputies arrived, with the neighbor’s help the stolen property was recovered from where it had been placed along the wooded fence line. Deputies were also able to identify the black male as Maurice James Curry, and the driver of the red Mustang as Michael Garyn Bryan.
On Thursday June 3, Curry turned himself into custody at the Sherriff’s Office and was subsequently transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility. He was charged with Burglary of a Dwelling and Grand Theft.
On Friday, June 4th, Bryan was arrested without incident by sheriff deputies, and transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility. Bryan was charged with being a Principal to Burglary of a Dwelling and Grand Theft. 

Graceville Police Find Meth Lab and Bomb Factory

In the early morning hours of Tuesday June 1, the Graceville Police Department was notified that an individual identified as Robert Shannon McCallister 29 years of age was at the Campbellton-Graceville Hospital with suspicious severe injuries to his hand. The Graceville Police Department responded and determined that the victim’s injuries occurred at his residence located at 5291 Cotton Street in Graceville, FL. Officers from the Graceville Police Department also determined that the victim’s injuries occurred from an apparent blast from an undetermined explosive device.
At the victims residence, officers found an undetonated explosive device and the chemicals and paraphernalia associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Investigators with Jackson County Sheriff’s Office along with the Bomb Disposal Unit from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) also responded to the residence.
The remaining explosive device was removed and safely detonated by the bomb squad. The Jackson County Drug Task Force identified and collected the chemicals and byproducts from the meth lab. In addition to the explosive device and chemicals found officers collected several firearms. The victim is currently recovering from surgery associated with the explosive blast. Officers with Sheriff’s Office, ATF and FDLE are continuing to assist the Graceville Police Department with this investigation.

Last Defendant in Albert Delk Murder Pleads Guilty

Toriano Decoryell “Corey” Grant
pleads no contest.
By Sid Riley
During 2009 four area men committed a heinous act in Cottondale.  They beat 76 year old Albert Delk to death in the driveway of his home, as they robbed him.  The four who committed this terrible crime were “Corey” Grant, Joshua Pullum, Willie Lloyd III, and Kendrick Brown.  Grant was charged with 2nd degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon, while the others were charged with robbery with a deadly weapon.  Pullum testified against his co-defendants for a reduced sentence. 
Brown has been sentenced to 30 years, Lloyd went to trial and was found guilty and awaits sentencing, Pullum has pled guilty under the agreement, and awaits sentencing, and Grant is also now awaiting sentencing.  Judge Bill Wright is the judge in the case, and Asst. State Attorney Shad Redmon is the prosecutor. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Farmer’s Market “Off and Running” Good supply of vegetables at this time.

The TIMES paid a visit to the Jackson County Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. The market is located on the Court House parking lot in the Farmer’s Market pavilion. There was a good supply of “home grown” vegetables on display, as the market was open and doing business.

“At this time we have a good supply of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, squash, beans, peas, …and beginning next week we will have some delicious sweet corn for sale,” stated Market Manager, Darlene Smith. “In a few weeks we will have watermelon and cantaloupes for sale.”

The market will be open on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, and Saturday’s, beginning at 6:30 A.M., and going until sold out. The market is operated by the Jackson County Grower’s Association. Fees for a sales location in the pavilion are $125 for the season, or $10 per day.

The public is encouraged to take time to shop at the market, to save some money, and to support our local growers.

Jackson Alternative School Says Goodbye to Mr. Jimmy Shouppe

Mr. Bryant, and the entire staff of Jackson Alternative School held a retirement luncheon to honor Mr. Jimmy Shouppe on May 20th. Mr. Shouppe has been working with the Jackson County School Board for almost 21 years. He has worked at Jackson Alternative School for the past 4 years and other schools within the district previously. Mr. Shouppe says, “I have really enjoyed my almost 21 years working with such professional, courteous, and caring staff.” Mr. Shouppe and his wife Mae, expressed their gratitude and fellowship at his party. A special thank you goes to Mr. Miller and Mr. Moore for attending the function. Mr. Miller presented Mr. Shouppe with a plague honoring his time with the school system. The Shouppe’s plan to enjoy life together and catch as much fish as allowed by law. The entire staff and students will miss Mr. Shouppe and wish him a healthy active retirement that he deserves.

Class of 1950 Celebrates 60th Reunion

Meeting held at Jim’s Buffet and Grill

By Sid Riley

On Saturday, May 15, the class of 1950 assembled to rekindle childhood friendships, to share in the recall of fond memories, and to share lifetime stories. The special friendships formed during a person’s childhood and teen years generally endure with a special bond, unlike any of the other friendships formed as one travels life’s road. The relationships of that era of a person’s life are similar to the bonds between brothers and sisters.

Six Retirees Honored At Chipola

Chipola College honored six of its retirees—Bob Brown, Gayle Duncan, June Mays, Dr. Joan Miller, Lisa Shores and Janet Wise—at the recent end-of-year luncheon.

Presentation roasts were the order of the day. Harry Fleener honored Bob Brown, Custodian, for his 26 years of service. Dr. Joan Miller highlighted the career of Student Disability Services Advisor, Gayle Duncan for 19 years of service. Dr. Rose Cavin honored June Mays, Professor of Biological Science and Chemistry, for 28 years of service. Dr. Jayne Roberts highlighted the careers of Dr. Joan Miller, Dean of Student Services, for 27 years of service and Lisa Shores, Department Associate of Enrollment Services, for 18 years of service. Bud Riviere honored Janet Wise, Senior Office Assistant of Continuing Education, for 36 years of service.

Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough presented resolutions from the college board of trustees citing each retiree’s accomplishments. All six were presented Chipola Gold Cards which provide lifetime admission to college events, and all were awarded lifetime memberships in the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC).

The event was sponsored by FACC, Council of Chipola Educators (CCE), Chipola Faculty Association (CFA) and Career Employees Association (CEA).

Sneads Elementary Excels In Science Fair

S The 4th and 5th grade students at Sneads Elementary School recently participated in the Science Fair. Almost 200 projects were displayed. Sneads Elementary would like to thank the judges, Mrs. Betty Duffee, Mrs. Brenda Crouch, Mrs. Starr Young, and Mr. John Taylor, for their time.

Altha Farmers Co-op Is Burglarized

On Tuesday, May 25, Officers with the Marianna Police Department responded to a call from Altha Farmers Coop, located at 2981 South Pennsylvania Ave, in reference to a burglary. It was determined that the point of entry during the night was through the chain length fence surrounding the property. Once inside the fence, the suspect(s) stole a green wheel barrel, (5) bags of dog food, (3) medium size dog houses, and (1) large size dog house.

If you or anyone has information in reference to this burglary you are encouraged to contact the Marianna Police Department at 850-526-3125 or Crime Stoppers at 850-526-5000. If your information leads to an arrest, you are eligible for a cash reward.

Crime Doesn’t Pay…Especially Stealing From A FHP Cruiser

Two arrested for prowling and possession of burglary tools.
Michael Dontavious James B/M D.O.B. 04/11/1992
Terez Lamar Wallace B/M D.O.B. 06/12/1991
2923 Harrison St. Marianna, Fl. 32448

Officers with the Marianna Police Department responded to a call concerning two young black males riding bicycles in the area of Deering and Dickson streets. The caller advised Officers that the two males were looking into vehicles and appeared to be trying to open the doors on some of the vehicles in the neighborhood.

Officers conducted a search of the area but were unable to locate the individuals. Officers later received another call in the same area with the caller giving the same description the caller also stated that he observed the subjects coming out of a dark area behind some houses after the Officers departed the area. On their second response to the area, officers were able to make contact with the two subjects at the intersection of Guyton St. and Lafayette.

When Officers asked the two for identification, one subject who was later identified as Michael James, threw a small piece of broken spark plug porcelain to the ground in an attempt to conceal the object from the Officers. The Officer then observed a screw driver sticking out of the pocket of the other suspect, Terez Wallace. A thorough search of the two was conducted and Officers found a bag containing more pieces of broken spark plug porcelain which is commonly used to break window glass. The officers also recovered from Wallace an IPod which was later identified as the one taken from a marked FHP cruiser which was burglarized. The cruiser was entered by breaking out the driver’s front window while parked in Officer’s home driveway.

Both Suspects are charged with Loitering or Prowling, Possession of burglary tools, as well as Burglary of a conveyance.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

City of Marianna Earns “Tree City USA” Award from Arbor Day Foundation

For the thirteenth time, the City of Marianna has earned recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation by earning a “Tree City USA Growth Award” for demonstrated progress in its community forestry program.

Marianna has met the four standards to earn this designation. These standards are, (1) Must have a Tree Board, (2) A tree care ordinance, (3) A community forestry program, and (4) An Arbor Day observance or proclamation. For more information on this program contace

Graceville Police Department Has “Hot Pursuit”

On Monday, May 3 authorities with the Graceville Police Department stopped a blue in color 1997 Ford Explorer at the intersection of Jordan Street and Pelham Avenue. After giving the tag number displayed to dispatch and receiving the info back, the officer exited his vehicle and began approaching the Ford SUV. At that time the SUV then sped off in a westerly direction on Pelham Avenue.

Officer’s then attempted to catch the fleeing vehicle. The SUV sped down the roadway, disobeying all traffic control devices, with complete disregard for the public’s safety. Graceville Officer’s followed the fleeing vehicle west on State Road 2, crossing over into Holmes County, Florida. Holmes County Sheriff Department was notified and their units began responding. The SUV lost control approximately one and a half miles west of Hwy 171 and Graceville Officers then attempted to block the SUV from re-entering the roadway.

The SUV made several attempts to pull onto the roadway and rammed a Graceville Police cruiser causing minor damage to the left side of the cruiser. Officers then attempted to remove the unknown operator from the vehicle but were unsuccessful in making an entry to the vehicle. The SUV then began another effort to get back on the roadway and almost struck a Graceville Police officer. The officer then fired two shots at the vehicle’s right rear tire, causing it to begin loosing air. The vehicle then got on the roadway and traveled in a westerly direction. The Graceville Officers followed at a safe distance and relayed the vehicles direction to Holmes County authorities.

Approximately one half mile west of Hwy 173 a Holmes County deputy overtook the Graceville officers and began pursuing the fleeing vehicle at reduced speeds of 40 to 50 mph due to the right tire coming off and the vehicle riding on the rim. The vehicle proceeded through the intersection of S.R. 79 with complete disregard to other traffic and traffic control devices. Approximately two miles west of S.R. 79 the fleeing vehicle began to loose control and collided with the left side of an oncoming vehicle. There were no injuries reported.

The SUV finally came to rest at a culvert along the south side of the roadway. At that time officers observed a black male turning up what appeared to be a can of beer, and drinking it. The subject was then removed from the vehicle and taken into custody without incident. The occupants of the struck vehicle were checked on and refused medical treatment.

The following day, Tuesday, May 4, the subject advised authorities that his name was Kenneth Earl Macon. Authorities then discovered that Macon was a fugitive from the state of Mississippi and also a person of interest in an Strong Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery (February 4, 2010 in Mississippi) in which the victims were beaten with a claw hammer, leaving one victim with part of the scalp torn from the skull and stabbed in the right side with a knife. It was disclosed that a Statewide “Manhunt” had been initiated for Mr. Macon in Mississippi, and he was being sought by the U.S. Marshall Services.

Authorities can now breathe a huge sigh of relief to have discovered the fugitive and removed this ‘alleged’ extremely violent criminal from the community.