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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.