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Sheriff asks for help locating wanted subject
From staff reports
Jackson County Sheriff
Lou Roberts is asking for
the community's help in
locating a subject who is
wanted- for questioning in
connection with a Camp-
bellton shooting that took
place in September.
On the evening of Sept.
26, JCSO deputies respond-
ed to a call involving shots
being fired into a residence
On arrival, officers
learned that Thabit Nadir
Mateen and an unknown
subject driving a pickup
truck had stopped in front
of a residence on Quar-
ters Court. A press release
from the agency indicates
that the homeowner saw
Mateen sitting in the pas-
senger's seat of the vehicle.
saw l fire".
she was be-;
ing shot at.
so She pushed
Mateen her daughter
to the floor
and lay on the top of her.
The press release con-
tknued: 'After Mateen shot
into the residence four to
five times with a shotgun,
the driver of the vehicle
departed southbound on
Quarters Court. Three shot-
gun rounds entered 'the
front of the home and ex-
tted the rear of the home."
At the time of the shoot-
ing, the owner of 'the
residence along with her 10
children who ranged in age
from 2 to 14 years old, were
inside the home. No one
On Sept. 27, a warrant
was issued for Mateen. It is
believed that Mateen may
be in the Dothan, Ala., area.
As of this date, the driver of
the vehicle has not been
Mateen is described as a
black male, approximately
6, feet tall, weighing rough-
ly 145 pounds. His last-
known city of residence is
Anyone with information
about the shooting, in-
cluding the identity of the
driver or Mateen's where-
abouts is asked to call JCSO
In August, McGruff the Crime Dog stopped his patrol of
the-National Night Out event to get a quick photo with
Donna Price at Madison Street Park in Marianna.
back at 2013
MARIANNA CITY MANAGER JIM DEAN
Special to the Floridan
As we close out 2013, looking back on the year,
the city of Marianna staff has accomplished a
great deal. Every department has worked very
hard to deliver quality service in a professional
manner. We are fortunate to have
employees who take ownership-in
serving the public.
Jim In 2013, the Marianna Police De-
Deani apartment coordinated its second
annual National Night Out, bring-
ing state, county and city law en-
forcement agencies together at Madison Street
Park for a community safety event.
MPD has acquired two new pickups as an alter-
native to the purchase of cars. These trucks have
been converted to run on natural gas to reduce
fuel cost for the department.
The City Fire Department partnered with the
Jackson County Growers Association and Main
Street Marianna to hold its annual Fire Preven-
tion Fun Day in conjunction with Pumpkin Day
at 'Madison Street Park. The event was a great
success where an estimated crowd of over 1,000
The fire department has participated in numer-
ous activities with schools, other departments,
and Chipola College.
City Clerk's Office
The city has successfully migrated to a new
solid waste provider, Waste Pro, which provided
a reduction in cost to residential and commercial
The city has updated its webpage, which will al-
low for utility bills to be paid with credit and/or
debit cards. The webpage upgrade will also allow
customers to sign up for automatic alerts from
any .department within the city such as police,
recreation, fire and others.
In an effort to improve parking for businesses
and plan for the future growth of the city, two
properties were purchased in the downtown area:
An approximately 1-acre parcel south of U.S. 90,
between Caledonia Street and McPherson, plus
the Nifty Cleaners property on Market Street.
In addition, the Clerk's office has continued the
See CITY,-Page 7A
Greenwood Director of
Public Works retires
Greenwood Mayor Charles Sanders, left, presents Public Works Director James M.Wilson with a plaque commemorating Wilson's
But after 30 years on the job, Wilson isn't going to turn his back on citizens
BY DEBORAH BUCKHALTER
On Tuesday afternoon, longtime
Greenwood Public Works Director
James M. Wilson finished -his last
official day on the job after 30 years
serving the town.
But he's told his co-workers at City
Hall that he'll always be around if
they need him.
Town Clerk Cindy Croxton said
that's a promise she is certain she
can count on. She's also certain she
may have to take him up on the of-
fer from time to time. He knows the
town like the back of his hand and
has particular expertise with, the
town's water system, Croxton and
Mayor Charles Sanders said.
Through the years, he's been called
out at night in freezing weather to
take care of a public works problem
that might have him knee-deep in
water. He never complained, Croxon
And his word is a solid bond
they said. That, coupled with his
See RETIRES, Page 7A
Jackson County Schools: Year in review
Special to the Floridan
The Jackson County
School District began 2013
che~ryl who took
MCDaniel office in
2012. In the
fall of 2013, Benton made
changes, assembling many
new district and school
leadership teams. He also
worked to implement sev-
eral initiatives far improve-
ment, one of which was to
reduce the number of out
of school suspensions.
Following a model he
had seen in Alabama, in
which students who would
ordinarily be given out-of-
school suspension in the
alternative school setting,
the Short-Term Alternative
Program at Jackson Alter-
native School was imple-
mented at the beginning
of the 2013-14 school year.
See SCHOOLS, Page 7A
MARK SKINNER/FLORIDAN FILE
In May, topics ranging from the possibility of school uniforms
to cellphone policies brought a standing-room-only crowd to
Jackson County School Board workshop In Marianna.
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WEDNESDAY, JAN, 1
D First Day Hikes -10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Florida
Caverns State Park in Marianna. Billy bailey will lead
two nature walks along the bluff Trail in the park
beginning atthe tour departure point at the Visitor
Center. The walks will last about an hour. Bill will
discuss tress identification, karsts topography, park
history and park wildlife.
) Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting Noon
to 1 p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna.
THURSDAY, JAN. 2
Chipola new student testing-Chipola College.
For information call 718-2211 or visit www.chipola.
* Chipola Civic Club Meeting Noon at The
Oaks Restaurant, U.S. 90 in Marianna. The CCC's
focus is the local community, "Community, Children
& Character:" Call 526-3142.
D Marianna Kiwanis Club Meeting Noon at
Jim's Buffet & Grill, 4329 Lafayette St., Marianna.
* St. Anne Thrift Store -will be closed for the
D VFW & Ladies Auxiliary Meeting 6 p.m. at
2830 Wynn St.,.Marianna. Covered-dish supper
followed by a 7 p.m. business meeting. Call 372-
* Alcoholics Anonymous Closed discussion,
8-9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2901
Caledonia St., Marianna, in the AA room. Attendance
limited to persons with a desire to stop drinking;
papers will not be signed.
FRIDAY, JAN. 3
Chipola returning students 8 a.m. until 3p.m.
Chipola College registration for spring terms A & B.
For information, call 718-2211 or visit www.chipola.
) Hooks and Needles 10 a.m. at the Jackson
County Public Library, Marianna Branch. New and
experienced hand crafters welcome to create, share,
learn or teach favorite projects. Call 482-9631.
) Chess Club -6 p.m.to 8 p.m. First United Meth-
odist Church on Clinton St. in Marianna. Sponsored
by Marianna Optimist Club for students for students
8 18 years of age in Jackson County. All students
and their parents are welcome. Players of all skill
levels including beginners are welcome. Call 693-
) Celebrate Recovery 7 p.m. at Evangel Worship
Center, 2645 Pebble Hill Road in Marianna. Adult
and teen meetings to "overcomehurts, habits and
hang-ups." Dinner: 6 p.m. Child care available. Call
D Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 8-9
p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledoflia St. in Marianna.
SATURDAY, JAN. 4
3 Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 4:30-
5:30 p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 290LCaledonia St. in Marianna.
SUNDAY, JAN. 5
3 Jewels of Light Tour 2:30 p.m. St. Luke's
Episcopal Church, 4362 Lafayette St. Marianna.
Free and open to public. Call 209-4066.
D Alcoholics Anonymous Closed Discussion
- 6:30 p.m. in AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna. Attendance
limited to persons with a desire to stop drinking.
D Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting 8 p.m. in
the board room of Campbellton-GFaceville Hospital,
5429 College Drive, in Graceville.
D Chipola new and returning student 8 a.m.
until 6 p.m. Chipola College registration for new and
returning students for Spring A & B. For information,
call 718-22P1 or visit www.chipola.edu.
3 Employability Workshop 2:30 p.m. Marianna
One Stop Career Center. "Coping with Unemploy-
ment" i$ the workshop. It is free and open to the
public. The workshop is facilitated by a Certified
Motivational Career Coach. Visit employflorida.com
to register for these informative workshops.
3 Spring musical theatre auditions 5 p.m.at
Chipola Center for the Arts for Von Trap children and
6:30 for adults and others. Contact Charles Sirmon
718-2227 or email@example.com.
3 Jackson County Quilters Guild Meeting'
- 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church,
3975 U.S. 90 West, Marianna. Business meetings
are fourth Mondays; other Mondays are for projects,
lessons and help. All quilters welcome. Call 209-
) Woodmen of the World Lodge 65 monthly
meeting 6 p.m. at the Oaks Restaurant in Marian-
na. Installation of officers will be held. All members
encouraged to come and bring a friend. $5 co-pay
per member. For more info call 482-5255.
3 Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 8-9
p.mn. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St., Marianna.
TUESDAY, JAN. 7
3 Late registration 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Chipola
College Spring classes begin for terms A &B. For
information, call 718-2211 or visit www.chipola.edu.
3 Optimist Club of Jackson County Meeting Noon
at Jim's Buffet & Grill, 4329 Lafayette St., Marianna.
3 Sewing Circle 1 p.m. at Jackson County Senior
Citizens, 2931 Optimist Drive in Marianna. Call
3 Employability Workshop 2:30 p.m. Marianna
One Stop Career Center. "Top 10 Job Search Tips" is
the workshop. It is free and open to the public. The
workshop is facilitated by a Certified Motivational
Career Coach. Visit employflorida.com to register
for these informative workshops.
) Marianna City Commission Meeting 6
p.m. in City Hall, 2898 Green St., Marianna. Public
welcome. Call 718-1001.
) Writing Center Meeting 6 p.m. at the Jackson
County Public Library, 2929 Green St., Marianna.
Local Author and Historian, Dale Cox, will address
the group. Call 482-9631.
) Alcoholics Anonymous Closed Meeting 8-9
p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna. Closed dis-
cussion with 12 & 12 study. Everyone with a desire to
stop drinking is welcome.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8
3 AARP tax aide training session 9 a.m. until
1 p.m. Jackson County Agricultural Building, Penn
Ave., Marianna in the conference room. Learn
hands-on training for electronic preparation and
filing of tax returns free. If interested in volunteering
) Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting Noon
to 1 p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna.
THURSDAY, JAN. 9
3 Forest Certification 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the
UF/IFAS Jackson County'Extenson*Cffice, Marl-
anna. Cost $15 which includes materials, lunch and
breaks. SAF Continuing Forest Education credits
approved for this workshop: 3.5 hours Category 3.5
hours Category 1-CF. Call 352-219-8717.
D Chipola Civic Club Meeting Noon at The Oaks
Restaurant, U.S. 90 in Marianna. The CCC.'s focus
is the local community, "Community, Children &
Character." Call 526-3142.
3 St. Anne Thrift Store 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St.
Anne's Catholic Church, 3009 5th St., Marianna.
A The William Dunaway Chapter, Florida Soci-
ety, Sons of the American Revolution meeting
- Noon at Jim's Buffet and Grill in Marianna for
annual officer installation meeting. Program by
Dale Cox, speaking on" Daniel Boone in Florida*'
Anyone interest in SAR welcome. For more info call
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The Marianna Police De-
partment listed the following
incidents for Dec. 30, the latest
available report: One suspi-
cious vehicle, one suspicious
gr^. persons, one
'CRI ME burglary, two
traffic stops, two follow-up
investigations, one suicide
attempt or threat, one animal
complaint, six property checks,
three public service calls and 10
home security checks.
The Jackson County Sheriff's
Office and county fire/rescue
reported the following inci-
dents for Dec. 30, the latest
available report: One drunk
pedestrian, one dead person
, three abandoned vehicles,
one suspicious vehicle, two
suspicious incidents, four
suspicious person, one clothing
escort, one burglary, one verbal
disturbance, one woodland
fire call, 18 medical calls, four
burglar alarms, 20 traffic stops,
one larceny complaint, one
attempted theft, one crimi-
nal mischief complaint, one
civil dispute, one trespass
complaint, one garbage com-
plaint, one juvenile complaint,
two suicide attempts or threats,
one animal complaint, one
noise disturbance, six property
checks, one assist of a motor-
ist or pedestrian, one assist
of another agency, one child
abuse complaint, one public
service call, one 911 hang-up,
two criminal registrations, one
welfare check and two viola-
tions of injunctioni.
The following persons were
booked into the county jail dur-
ing the latest reporting periods:
fashad Roberts, 23,2833
Washington St., Maiianna,
possession of marijuana with
intent to distribute, possession
of cocaine, tampering with
David Carpenter, 54,5151
Lynch Drive, Marianna, viola-
tion of state probation.
Donald Melvin, 47, 915 Castle
Drive, Alford, felony criminal
Jail Population: 197
To report a crime, call CrimeStoppers
at 526-5000 or a local law enforcement
agency. To report a wildlife violation, call
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Marriage, Divorce Reports
) Brent Leander Harty
and Laura Anne Huber.
) John Russell Davis
and Adrianrke Nichole
)) Thomas Alan Cole-
man and Pricilla Dawn
) Carmencita Fultz
Breivogel and Donald
) Sarah Jeanette Ham-
ilton and Sean Michael
)) Cindy Marie Flint and
Douglas Kilburn Stuart.
) Kaylena Barber John-
son vs. Trevor Dewayne
) Joe Ann Williams vs.
Nathaniel Williams, Jr.
Men charged with
ities in the Panhandle say
they have arrested two
19-year-old men in con-
nection with an armed
robbery that included
stealing puppies at
The Pensacola News
Journal reported on Mon-
day that the men were
arrested by the Escambia
County Sheriff's Of-
fice following-a Sunday
morning home invasion
The men have been
charged with home
From the family of Ver
mell Hall: We would like to
thank everyone who sent
a card,,brought food or
said a prayer in the death
of our mother. We would
like to especially thank
the ladies mom worked
with, all of her friends,
her church family, Gen-
tiva and Emerald Coast
Hospice as well as Rev.
Byron Dekle and Deacon
Mitch Hayes. May God
richly bless each of you.
From local, wire reports
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1,2014 3AF
'he Disabled American Veterans hosted their annual Christmas patty and gave a
generous donation of $200 toward gifts for the Veterans at Marianna Health and
Rehabilitation Center. Left to right are Jerry McCormick, Leon Kelly, Millie Bowling,
Price C. Snellgrove, Gene R. Peacock, Epoch E.Williams and Carlos M. Jones.
Auditions for Chipolais 'Sound of Music' on Jan. 6
Chipola College Theatre will hold -'
auditions for "The Sound of Music," 4 i'
Monday, Jan. 6, in the Chipola Cen- p Mn
ter for the Arts. Ages first grade and e s e S
up are welcome. No previous experi-I
ence is required. b
TRapp children will audition at 5p.m. *R.
Adults and all others will audition at II
Call-back auditions are Thesday, F
Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. "The Sound of Mu-
sic" is a musical with music by Rich- -,
ard and Hammerstein.
Many songs from the musical have
become standards, such as "Edel- Ev'ry Mountain," "Do-Re-Mi," and Contact Charles Sirmon, 850-718-
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Local & State Briefs
LOCRL & STATE
It is not a wildly risky prediction'to say that we have
a maritime disaster somewhere in our future.
Cruise ships are getting ever larger and carrying
ever larger numbers of passengers, more than could be
comfortably or efficiently removed from the ship in the
event of a fire or a sinking.
In January 2012, the U.S. Costa Concordia, with 4,252
people aboard, ran aground on a clearly visible island
off the coast of Italy, with the loss of 32 lives. Because of
delays in implementing safety procedures and language
barriers among the crew and passengers, the ship was
not abandoned in an orderly fashion, and the captain,
rather than stick with his ship as law and tradition de-
mand, left about an hour before most of his passengers.
Last February, a small fire that should have easily
been contained caused the Carnival Triumph to drift /
helplessly around the Gulf of Mexico for four days with-
out cooked food and without proper sewage disposal
in parts of the ship. The ship and its hungry and filthy
passengers were eventually towed ashore.
The size of these ships seems to exacerbate the prob-
lems once trouble strikes. And the ships keep getting
bigger. Currently, the world's largest cruise ship is Royal
Caribbean's Allure of the Seas with 2,706 rooms capable
of accommodating 6,300 passengers and 2,394 crew
members on 16 decks. There are 22 restaurants, 20 bars,
a shopping mall and a casino. The Allure's size would
make it one of the world's 30 largest hotels accommo-
dated in a single structure.
The Chicago Hyatt Regency, generally accounted as a
large hotel, has 2,026 rooms. Unlike land-based hotels,
the passengers on a cruise ship cannot go outside and
stand on the sidewalk when trouble strikes.
The likelihood is that cruise ships will become bigger
and more opulent simply because cruisinghas become
so popular. In figures-cited by The NewYork Times, the
trade association of cruise lines said its North American
members carried 17 million passengers in 2012, up
from 7 million in 2000.
The responsibility for ensuring that the ships are safe,
well-maintained and manned by adequately trained
crews seems scattered across a variety of public and
private agencies, the cruise lines themselves and the
countries under whose flags of convenience they sail.
Meanwhile, the sheer size of the ships demands a
greater reliance on automation.
With ever more and ever larger ships headed to a rela-
tively limited number of destinations, it would seem
that maritime trouble of some kind is inevitable.
The Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal
In 2014, extend
The new year wistart for many Americans not
with cheers but with tears. They are among the
1.3 million whose federal jobless benefits ended
when Congress f iled to extend the aid program for
another year -iother estimated 1.9 million who would
have qualified for the benefits in the first half of 2014
will also find the help door closed.
At a time when long-term joblessness remains exorbi-
tantly high higher than it was during the 1980s reces-
sion Congress' failure to keep this benefit in place is
a kick in the gut to Americans who are already down for
the count and struggling mightily to get up.
Critics have said the extended benefits discourage the
unemployed from accepting jobs and that the program
should be curtailed, giventhe recovery in the nation's
But while studies show benefits may dIiscourage some
of the short-term unemployed from seeking jobs, that's
simply not the case for the long-term unemployed for
which these benefits would help. And -for the long-term
jobless, the job market remains bleak.
Labor Department statistics underscore the reality: At
the end of October, there were 3.9 million job openings
across the United States. That same month, 11.3 million
people were looking for work but couldn't find it.
Long-term unemployment is the highest it has ever
been with 4 million Americans out of work for more
than six months, about 1 million higher than it was
at its previous peak during the recession in the 1980s.
When President George W. Bush signed a bill extending
long-term jobless benefits, the unemployment rate was
5.6 percent. It's 7 percent today. And in each of the past
three recessions, Congress didn't end extended aid until
the long-term rate dropped to 1.3 percent. Currently,
it's 2.6 percent, according to the Center on Budget and
Policy Priorities. That's as bad as the peak of long-term
unemployment in any previous recession since the end
of World WarIIL.
Lawrenice Mishel, president of the Economic Policy
Institute in Washington, is right. Cutting off these
benefits "lacks compassion for the victims of the reces-
sion and, economically, it's shooting ourselves in the
foot. The timing is very premature. The evidence is thai
people who want work can't find it."
Extending benefits .for another year would cost
$25 billion but spur the economy enough to create
about 200,000 jobs, the Congressional Budget Office
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from
Nevada, said he will bring up an extension when Con-
gress reconvenes next month. And a bipartisan plan
for a three-month extension is being urged by Senators
Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Dean Heller, R-NY while Con-
gress figures out a way to cover the cost. The House,
'which stymied previous efforts, should get on board
Extending these benefits will be good for the recipi-
ents, and good for the country.
The Charlotte Observer
Let us resolve to do better
BY JAMES F. BURNS
The silence of a cemetery.
A chiseled hand on an old
gravestone points upward.
.IGone to a far better place."
The cemetery is sited on a hillside
above a meandering creek. Long
ago, laughing children leaped from
rock to rock in pursuit of elusive
minnows androamed through
nearby woods. Echoes of their
laughter soon faded into silence.
They lived out their lives and were
brought back here to be buried by
"Gone to a far better place."
Heavenly wisdom or meaningless
words? Can we pause in our mad-
cap pace of leaping place to place
in pursuit of earthly goals to listen?
Our ancestors knew hardship and
heartache. And yet they persevered
for heaveAly rewards unseen and
unknown known only to a cre-
ator who endowed them (and us)
with unalienable rights of life, lib-
erty. and the pursuit of happiness.
Life? The man whose meta-
phorical hand points upward on
his tombstone lost his brother and
sister to a frontier fever. His parents
buried those children and moved
onward, downriver by flatboat to
a "far better place." For them. We
each seek out our own better place.
Liberty? We enter governmental
bands and bonds to secure the
common good but must fighf to
preserve our individual liberty.
Then and now.
The pursuit of heaven was the
pursuit of happiness for m6st of
our ancestors. The keys to the
kingdom were the Ten Command-,
ments. They speak to all people of
all,faiths and are righteous rules of
conduct for a nation of laws and
,not men (humankind).
The buried man's father and his
shopkeeper friend had immigrated
from the north of Ireland in the late
1700s. Letters from their families
were filled with biblical advice to
"shun bad company and keep the
Sabbath." Return letters thanked
their parents for instilling virtues
in them and spoke of seeing them
once again "in mansions of never-
ending felicity" where the hand
points. Honor thy father and thy
mother. And as they did in this
country, so their own children did.
We see examples and set ex-
amples for others of behavior we
always seek to, better. As we enter
a new year, let us simply resolve to
do better'- as a person, as a family,
as a nation. Yes, gone to a far better
place. But we get there by being
kind, considerate, and courageous
in the here and now. Our ancestors'
revolution for liberty allows us to
have a resolution to do better. May
we so resolve.
James F. Burns is a retired professor at the
University of Florida. His ancestor lies buried in
the Rapp Cemetery in Clerrhont County, Ohio.
The damaged tombstone is once again pointing
What was the most important story of 2013?
BY BEN BOYCHUK AND JOEL MATHIS
here was no presidential
election in 2013, but the
year provided America with
plenty of stories to care about: The
launch of Obamacare, the near-war
with Syria over chemical weapons,
the Boston Marathon bombings,
and many more. Some stories were
one-offs; others will ripple forward
into the future.
Which story in 2013 might have
the most impact going forward?
Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk,
the RedBlueAmrerica columnists,
debate the issue.
The most consequential story of
2013? Easy: The so-called "fast food
strikes" that occurred at'restaurants
around the country.
Why the most consequential?
Because it threw into stark relief a
reality that has increasingly con-'
cerned both liberals and econo-
mists for years: Income inequality
is growing in this country, creating
,a system in which a few wealthy
citizens absorb all the wealth, while
the rest of us work harder and hard-
er for ever-diminishing returns.
That inequality has been grow-
ing steadily for 40 years, masked to
some extent by the rise of a two-
working-parent middle class, and
then to a greater extent by various
bubbles tech, then housing
that made it appear wealth was
growing along with productivity in
this country. It wasn't.
We know that now. We know that,
in this painfully pitiful recovery,
one of the fastest-growing job
segments nationally is in fast food.
We know that the occupants of
those jobs are not, as popular myth
would have it, jt~st teens, but plenty
of working-age and mid-career
adults. These are hard-working
people who cannot afford to live
on the minimum wage that the fast
food restaurants pay them, much
less save money to send kids to
college, without resorting to public
subsidies like food stamps to make
ends meet. Which means, yes, that
you the taxpayer are already sub-
sidizing the wages of McDonald's
Over the next few years, how to
either accommodate or reverse
those trends will be at the center
of our politics. Some conservatives
have already talked about creat-
ing a taxpayer-funded national
guaranteed minimum wage so that
companies that offer low-paying,
low-skill jobs can stay competitive
with each other without doing any-
thing so rash as spend their own
profits to* pay a living wage to their
Many Republicans have spent
recent years pretending income
inequality doesn't matter. That
answer is no longer viable. Our next
debates will be about how to fix it.
And 2013 will be seen as the year
those debates got under way in
Tough year, 2013. It's not easyto
pin down just one vital develop-
ment. The United States Supreme
Court's decisions in June on same-
sex marriage will reverberate across
the legal, political, and cultural
landscapes for years to come. Next
up: the fight over religious liberty.
NewYorkers' decision to elect as
their mayor.Bill de Blasio, a left-
wing populist firebrand, might well
have set the stage to undo two de-
cades of work that made one of the
most dangerous cities in America
into one of the safest.
President Obama signaled to
the world that U.S. foreign policy
could not be taken seriously. If
Obama wasn't prepared to back his
words with deeds in Syria, he never
should have drawn a "red line" over
President Bashar al-Assad's use of
chemical Weapons against civilians.
But In the end, it would have to
be the self-immolation of Obama's
signature domestic policy achievq-
ment that will be remembered as
the most important story of this
Obamacare's spectacular flame-
out had'ittle to do with a website's
failure to launch. The president
drew a preposterous red line with
health care reform, too. "If you .
like your doctor, you will be able
to keep your doctor, period," he
famously said. "If you like your
health care plan, you'll be able to
keep your health care plan, period.
No one will take it away, no matter
A few million insurance policy
cancellations later, most everyone
recognizes the president's promise
was as empty as his threats against
But enterprise was clearly in
trouble when the president in July
decided to delay until 2015 enforce-
ment of the law's employer man-
date. That's the requirement that
all employers with more than 50
workers provide health insurance.
Many employers had already
begun slashing full-time employ-
ees' hours to soften the mandate's
Now the administration is se-
lectively postponing enforcement
of the law's individual mandate,
which has been the cause of so
much angst in recent weeks. All of
the White House.'s delays and ad
hoc fixes are mere palliatives. The
law itself is fatally flawed. Perhaps
Congress can finally repeal it in
Ben 5oychuk is associate editor of the Manhat-
tan Institute's City Journal. Joel Mathis is
associate editor for Philadelphia Magazine
online. Reach them at bboychuk@city-journal.
org, firstname.lastname@example.org or wwwfacebook.
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Gifts properly given
are no concern of 14'S
Dear Bruce: A lawyer told
me the IRS no longer looks
back on gifts to children.
Is this true? I value your
-JIM, VIA EMAIL
Dear Jim: I am not sure
why you are asking'me
about the IRS. Once a gift
has been made appropri-
ately, the IRS is out of it.
Look-backs are impor-
tant when money is given
to children and then some
type of aid is collected,
usually from Medicaid.
When public benefits are
paid to a person who has
given money away, upon,
that person's demise,
the state may look to the
receivers of the money
and ask that the money be
returned, at least as far as
the receivers are able to
return what was advanced
during the individual's
In other words, if
the money was clearly
given to avoid paying the'
person's bills, and it was
given within the statu-
tory look-back period, the
state may come after the
There maybe some
reason the IRS at one time
would be interested, but I
can see no legitimate rea-
son. If the money is given
up to the limits allowed,
that's the end of the story,
assuming the look-back
requirement is satisfied.
Prosperity Bank is
now Ameris Bank
Ameris Bancorp, the
parent company of Am-
eris Bank, is pleased to
announce the merger be-
tween Ameris Bank and
Prosperity Bank was com-
pleted on Monday, Dec. 23,
Andy' Cheney, Ameris
Bank president and chief.
operating officer, stated,
"We are excited the.merger
of Prosperity Bank with
Ameris Bank'is now final-
ized. This merger offers
great opportunity and
paves the way for an even
more promising future for
our customers, employees
"Ameris Bank, like Pros-
perity Bank, is a commu-
nity bank with strong core
values, a passion for ex-
cellent customer service,
and a beliefin the power
of community. As we work
over the next month to
fully integrate Prosper-
ity Bank int6 Ameris Bank,,
we constantly remember
how important all of our
customers are and remain
attentive to any concerns
or questions they might
Dec. 26, 2013 new Ameris
Bank signage'will be dis-
played at all former Pros-
perity Bank locations. The
conversion of Prosperity
Bank operating systems to
Ameris Bank is scheduled
for late January 2014. Once
the conversion of systems
is complete, Ameris Bank
customers will- have ac-
cess to 12 additional con-
venient banking offices
located throughout Jack-
sonville, St. Augustine and
Eddie Creamer, former
Prosperity Bank CEO and
now Ameris Bank regional
president for the newly ac-
quired Prosperity Bank lo-
cations, commented "We
are thrilled to be a part of
the Ameris Bank team. This
merger gives us the oppor-
tunity to continue provid-
ing personalized solutions
and exceptional customer
service. Our banking team
remains in place and fully
committed to providing
solutions to meet individ-
ual banking needs."
Ameris Bank is head-
quartered in Moultrie,
Ga., and has over 70 loca-
tions in Georgia, Alabama,
Florida and South Caro-
lina. The parent company,
Ameris Bancorp is listed
on NASDAQ under the
symbol ABCB. For more
information about Ameris
Bank, please visit us online
Target reveals another snafu
The Associated Press
NEW YORK Target is
getting hit with another
lump of coal this holiday
season. The nation's secr
ond-largest discount re-
tailer said Tuesday that
an, unidentified number
of gift cards sold over the
holidays were not properly
activated.' The Minneapo-
lis chain says the number
of cards affected was less
than 0.1 percent of the
total spld and that it will
honor the affected cards.
Holders of Target gift
cards can check the bal-
ance by following instruc-
tions on the, back of the
card. Customers can bring
faulty cards to any Target
service desk or call 800-
544-2943 for help.
"We are aware that some
Target gift cards were
not fully activated and
apologize for the inconve-
nience," company spokes-
woman Molly Snyder said
in a statement emailed to
The Associated Press.
TAe problem comes less
than two weeks after Target
announced It was hit with
a massive data security
breach that affected about
40 million debit and credit,
card holders who shopped
at its stores between Nov.
27 and Dec.15.
Target has said it is still
in the early stages of in-
vestigating the. breach. It
has been working with the.
Secret Service and the De-
partment ot Justice.
WEDNESDAYA, JANUARY 1,2014 5AF
Four healthy foods you can overdo
From Consumer Reports drinks and found that at How to get the right cause constipation if you
least one sample'of each amount: To consume a take them without drink-
Many folks think "the was contaminated with healthy dose of omega- ing enough water.
more, the better" when it potentially toxic heavy 3 fatty acids without too ) How to get the right
comes to healthy foods, metals. much mercury, stick with amount: Aim'for 25 to 30
notes ShopSmart, the ) How to get the right clams, oysters, pollock, grams daily. If you're fall-
shopping magazine from amount: The average Alaskan or wild-caught ing short, you can safely
the publisher of Con- woman needs about 46 salmon, sardines, shrimp boost your intake without
summer Reports. The truth grams of protein daily; and tilapia. Kids and side effects by gradually
is, "you absolutely can the average man needs 56, women of childbearing adding more natural fiber
overdo it," says Jessica When you consider that a age should eat certain fish sources. They're the best
Crandall, a registered di- sandwich with 3 ounces of less often; search "mercu- because they have soluble
etitian in Denver and na- chicken and an 8-ounce ry" at ConsumerReports. and insoluble fiber as well
tonal spokeswoman for glass of milk have about org for a list. as other nutrients.
the Academy of Nutrition 40 grams, it's easy to see FIBER DRIED FRUITS
and. Dietetics. why many of us get too )) Sources: Fruits, veg- )) Sources: The list of de-
ShopSmart lists four much. For most people, tables, nuts, beans, le- hydrated fruits sold at su-
things that are easy to go three servings of protein- gumes, oats and whole permarkets has exploded;
overboard on and why rich foods daily are plenty. grains, plus fortified foods you can find dried boysen-
that's a problem: FISH and supplements. berries, guava and more.
PROTEIN ) Sources: The biggest )) What happens if you ).What happens if you
) Sources: Meat, fish, risks come from eating too overdo it: Fiber is impor- overdo it: The concen-
poultry, legumes, tofu, much of certain kinds of tant for good digestion,, treated dose of fiber and
nuts and dairy, plus pow- fish: king mackerel, shark, but too much can keep fructose, the form of sugar
ders, drinks and bars. swordfish, tilefish and al-. your body from prop- found in dried fruits, can
) What happens if you bacore tuna. erly absorbing minerals cause gas and bloating.
overdo it: Overdoing it What happens if you such as iron, zinc, mag- Dried fruits are also high
can strain your kidneys, overdo it: You could be ex- nesium and calcium. The in stigar (and calories!)
especially if they are al- posed to potentially high most common problems and can stick to your teeth,
ready compromised be- levels ofatbxickindofmer- people have with fiber which can lead to decay.
cause of kidney disease, cury, Even low-level expo- are gas, bloating and diar- How to get the right
and can also leech cal- sure in pregnant women rhea, and they often strike 'amount: Stick to small
cium from your bones. A and young kids has been when you suddenly up servings. TWo tablespoons
big problem is uber-forti- linked to problems with your intake: Inulin, a kind of dried cherries or blue-
fled bars and drinks that hearing, coordination and of fiber made from chic- berries, 11/2 dried figs or
contain far more protein learning ability. In adults, ory, is often used to for- three dates contain about
than your body can use. eating high-mercury fish. tify foods; it's more likely 70 calories each. Brush
Plus, Shopsmart's experts too often might affect the to cause tummy trouble your teeth after snack-
recently tested 15 brands nerves, heart and immune than natural fiber. And ing, or at least drink some
of protein powder and system. fiber supplements can water.
Retirement unlikely for some blue-collar Americans
BY EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
The Associated Press
Tom Edwards grew up in
a family that's been cutting
trees and hauling timber
in the Pacific Northwest
for more than a century.
The Spanaway, Wash., res-
ident says he has worked
as a logger since he was
a kid it's just what an
was expected to do.
Now, at 53, with business
in a slump and little mon-
ey in savings, he's pessi-
mistic about his chances
"It's never going to hap-
pen. By the time I reach
retirement age, therewon't
be Social Security. There's
not going to be any mon-
ey," Edwards said. "I'll do
like my father did: I'll work
'til I die."
Across the U.S., such
concerns are common
among blue-collar baby
boomers the 78 million
Americans bom between
1946 and 1964. Many have
jobs that provide paltry
pensions or none at all,
as many companies have
been moving toward less
generous retirement pack-
ages in the past decade.
Many boomers expect to
work the rest of their lives
because they have little
cash put away for their old
age and they worry Social
Security won't cover their
bills. Some hope to move
to jobs that are less physiV
The share of U.S. work-
ers who are 55 and older
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tom Edwards poses for a portrait with his chain saw and
logging clothes Dec. 19,2013 In the woods near Spanaway,
is expected to continue
growing, according to the
"The Oxford Handbook
of Retirement 2013." The
group comprised 12.4 per-
cent of the workforce, in
1998. The share jumped to
18.1 percent in 2008 and is
expected to be almost 25
percent by 2018.
The book is .edited by
Mo Wang, co-director
of the Human Resource
Research Center at the
University of Florida's
Warrington College of
In an interview, Wang said
it's a misconception tha4
lower-wage workers are
slackers in preparing for
Many people don't save
enough for their own re-
tirement because they
lack financial literacy
skills, Wang said. Also, he
said It can be incorrect
to assume that people
with lower incomes have
more financial concerns
than people with higher
"Whether they have the'
401(k) is not the decisive
factor in influencing how
well they.live," Wang said.
"Whether they have their
own house is a big factor."
Farmers, loggers and
other agriculture workers
often have 'their wealth
tied up in their homes or
work property. Business
consultant Mike Salisbury
of American Falls, Idaho,
has spent more than three
decades helping farmers
plan their financial fu-
tures. He said the biggest
concern for 'most is suc-
cession whether any
children want the farm
once"a farmer retires.
"Now, statistics pretty
well show that about two-
thirds of farm families do
not have successors inter-
ested in coming back into
the business," Salisbury
sadd. Without someone to
take over the family busi-
ness, farmers look for an
exit strategy, he said.
He said farmers ap-
want* to know how to con-
vert the equity in their
land, fixtures, buildings
and machinery into cash
without having to pay the
upper tax rates or having
to pay taxes in a lump sum
the day assets are sold.
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Man charged with
Bay area man is facing
charges after authorities
say he used red and blue
emergency lights to stop a
Tampa police officer.
Police say 24-year-old
Jonathan Charles Stevens
identified himself as a
Homeland Security officer
Sunday night and told the
officer that he wanted to
report a reckless driver.
Police say Stevens was
carrying a gun and had a
badge around-his neck,
but his white Chevy Tahoe
was not registered to any
government agency. After
further questioning by the '
officer, Stevens report-
edly admitted that he was
actually a member of law
Stevens was arrested
and charged with imper-
sonating a police officer,
unlawful use of a blue light
and carrying a concealed
firearm. He was later
released on $17,500 bail.
Jail records didn't list an
Daytona Beach boy, 2,
drowns in pond
DAYTONA BEACH -A
2-year-old boy is dead af-
ter falling into a retention
pond behind his house in
Police say the child was
playing near the water
with a sibling on Monday.
They were apparently
throwing toys into the
water when Clayton Bland
fell in. No one knows how
long he was submerged.
The Daytona Beach
neighbor Rhonda Moore
jumped into the water and
grabbed the child. She
began giving him CPR.
The child was taken to the
hospital, where he died a
short time later.
The Department of
Children and Families
was called to the scene.
They will investigate the
circumstances of the
boy's death. It wasn't clear
whether charges would be
Judge nixes welfare
ORLANDO- A federal
judge on Tuesday struck
down a .lorida law requir-
ing applicants for welfare
benefits to undergo man-
datory drug testing, ruling
it was unconstitutional
and shouldn't be enforced.
U.S. District Judge Mary
Scriven's 30-page order
made permanent an ear-
lier, temporary ban-on the
law by the judge.
Gov. Rick.Scott had
backed the drug testing
of prospective welfare
recipients, arguing it
helped protect taxpayers
and families. He said in a
his administration would
appeal the decision to the
U.S. Court of Appeals.
Opponents of the law
had argued it was an un-
constitutional search and
From wire reports
After year of struggles, little girl dances
BY LAURA C. MOREL
Tampa Bay Times
during her first dance lesson,
Ireland Nugent, dressed in black
tights and a pink tutu dress that
stopped just above her prosthetic legs,
stood still before a full-length mirror.
When the dance teacher demonstrated
to the group of half a dozen little girls how
to spin with their arms arched above them,
Ireland, 3, watched the instructor for a few
seconds. Then she stretched her own arms
above her head of curly blond hair that was
pulled into a tight bun for the class, and
Her mother, Nicole Nugent, watched from
outside the studio and recorded her daugh-
ter's first dance lesson on her phone.
Just six months ago, Ireland began to walk
on her first set of prosthetic legs.
Now, Ireland is learning to dance.
"She has no fear," Nicole said.
On April 10, Ireland lost her lower legs
and feet when her father, Jerry, accidentally
backed over her with his riding lawn mower
in the driveway of the family's Palm Harbor
Then came a whirlwind of surgeries, doctor
visits and physical therapy. Ireland received
prosthetic legs in June, and then a replace-
ment pair in October when she outgrew the
first set. In August, she underwent another
surgery to remove growing bone in her legs.
But Ireland is quickly adapting to her new
life, her parents said.
"She's doing so much better," said Nicole,
31. "It's not going to be all sunshine and ros-
es, but it's not going to be all dreary either."
About a month ago, several businesses,
including Home Depot and International
Granite & Stone, began renovating the
Nugents' Palm Harbor home for free.
The improvements will make the four-bed-
room, two-bath house completely acces-
sible for Ireland. The carpet was ripped out,
replaced by tile and wood floors throughout
so Ireland can learn to walk on both textures.
The kitchen cabinets and appliances will be
replaced. The work is scheduled to be com-
pleted by late January, the Nugents said.
Since the accident, donations have trickled.
in. Jerry, a Pinellas County building mainte-
nance6worker, said he had trouble accepting
it all at first.
"Over the last eight, nine months," he
said, "I've just had to learn to accept and be
Jerry, 48, said he has also had to let goof
the guilt that sometimes lingers when he
thinks about the accident. He and Nicole still
go to counseling.
"You always want to be there to protect
and be the hero for your kids," he said, "not
be part of the reason why they are in the
position they are in."
But watching Ireland thrive helps him heal.
"She's doing everything she wants," he
On a recent Sunday, Ireland, the youngest
of seven children, roller-skated with some
help during her sister Ariyana's 10th birthday
party at a Tarpon Springs skating rink.
At her twice-weekly physical therapy
sessions at All Children's Hospital, Ireland
is now practicing to run on her legs and
recently used a tricycle for the first time.
Nicole said she tries to make Ireland use her
legs every day.
This month, Ireland started dance lessons
at the Premier Dance Academy in Clearwa-
ter, where she is learning ballet, tap dancing
and tumbling. Her therapists told Nicole the
lessons will improve Ireland's coordination
and balance, as well as force her to lift one
leg at a time and bend her knees, move-
ments she still struggles to do.
"This is like a second physical therapy for
her," Nicole said.
During a recent class, Ireland held onto
a bar during the tap dancing portion. She
Continued to slip, but maintained a grip on
the bars and lifted herself up each time.
She emerged from the studio briefly for a
bathroom break. Nicole carried her into a
restroom. Afterward, she walked toward the
studio again as Nicole held the door.
"Ready?" her mother asked her.
"I'm back!" Ireland yelled as she toddled
inside, not looking back.
Early Lagerfeld designs up for auction
The Associated Press
WEST PALM BEACH -
Half a century after Karl
Lagerfeld first drew her in
a blue tunic and a plaid,
buckled coat, the woman
in a fashion sketch for the
House of Tiziani still seems
ready to saunter off the
page and into the street.
Other women in sketches
alongthe same wall at Palm
Beach Modem Auctions
are drawn in outfits just as
chic, but the one by Lager-
feld stands out in a crowd
- much as the meticu-
lously groomed' head de-
signer and creative director
for Chanel does himself.
"There's attitude in her,"
said Rico Baca, auction-
eer and co-owner of the
West Palm Beach atiction
Baca hopes. that atti-
tude and the Lagerfeld
signature attracts buy-
ers to a Jan. 11 auction of
an archive of sketches for
In the 1960s, the Rome-
based Tiziani designed
movie costumes and cloth-
ingfor ElizabethTaylor and
other celebrities. It also
was one of the European
fashion houses where La-
gerfeld freelanced, early in
his career as a designer.
Lagerfeld built his fash-
ion legend through ten-
ures at Chloe, Fendi,
Chanel and his own epon-
ymous brands. And the
German-born designer is
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A framed Elizabeth Taylor photo sits in front of drawings that
were made for her dresses on Monday. A 50-year-old archive
of some of Karl Lagerfeld's early fashion designs Is going up
for auction In West Palm Beach. In the 1960s, Lagerfeld was
designing for Taylor and other celebrities while working for
the House of Tiziani In Rome.
recognized worldwide for
his -white ponytail, black
sunglasses and black-and-
white attire that includes
high, starched collars. He
also has branched out into
photography and film di-
recting and has published
a unique diet book after
shedding more than 90
pounds to fit into clothes
cut for younger, slimmer
At Tiziani, though, he
was a hired hand, a young
among dozens of others
doing similar work for big-
The details Lagerfeld
added to sketches for
Taylor and other models
- earrings, a flowing hem,
a jacket's trim or a spe-
cific. shade of eye shadow
- show the creativity of a
young designer making his
"He finished off the fit,"
The sketches more than
illustrate a designer's
vision for an outfit.
They're really blueprints
used to communicate spe-
cific information to the
team that produces each
outfit from the designer
to the patternmaker, fabric
buyers, salespeople and
other staff. The Tiziani ar-
chive, whichincludes more
than 300 drawings, high-
lights the shift in fashion
from haute couture worn
only by wealthy women to
ready-to-wear designs that
could be produced in large
quantities at lower prices.
Tiziani's founder, Evan
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designs and sketchbooks
together with other work
produced for the fashion
house in the 1960s, and the
archive was maintained by
The sketches might not
have survived if they were
left in Lagerfeld's hands. In
2007, as a nearby waste-
basket filled with discard-
ed sketches, Lagerfeld told
The New Yorker, "I throw
He added, "The most im-
portant piece of furniture
in. a house is the garbage
can! I keep no archives
of my own, no sketches,
no photos, no clothes
- nothing! I am supposed
to do, I'm not supposed to
Along with memorabilia
between Richards and Tay-
lor, Lagerfeld's work is the
highlight of the auction.
Baca said he couldn't
estimate the value of the
unique archive as a whole,
but bidding on the sketch-
es likely will start at $500
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This program has suc-
cessfully kept students in
school, while still institut-
ing consequences for dis-
Another initiative, one
implemented on the rec-
ommendation from high
school principals, was that
of a uniform dress code.
After much deliberation,
a plan was agreed on be-
tween the board and dis-
trict administrators and
students began the year
wearing jeans or khaki
pants or shorts and polo
shirts in school designated
colors. While the initial re-
action among students and
some parents was hesitan-
cy, after the implementa-
tion it was embraced and
Another extremely suc-
cessful program that was
implanted was the "Back-
pack Weekend Feeding
Program." This program,
under the leadership of
Michael Kilts, provides
weekend bags of easily
accessible food for needy
students. This program is
strictly donation funded
and volunteers provide
the manpower to make it a
In February the district
recognized top employ-
ees, with the Teacher of the
Year Award given to Cor-
nelius Jajuan Clark from
Graceville High; School
Rookie Teacher of the Year
title given to Patrick Jones
of Sneads Elementary
School, and the 2013 Viv-
ian F Ford School-Related
Employee of the Year being
named Teresa M. Taylor of
Marianna High School.
Legislative changes and
mandates continued to
be a focus in the district.
Changes that come with
the implementation of
Common Core were the fo-
cus of training with teach-
ers and curriculum. The
initiative to have students
"college and career ready"
continued to be a major
push. A positive that came
out of Tallahassee during
legislation was the Teacher
Salary Allocation which
enabled the district to give
instructional staff a raise
beyond a step increase
for the first time in several
years. The district and the
Jackson County Educators
Association negotiated the
structure of the allocation
and were among the first
districts in the state to fi-
nalize the agreement'
District high school bas-
ketball teams were in full
force in early 2013, with
girls arid boys teams from
district schools showing
much promise. In particu-
lar, Malone School had
high hopes for the season
but had their state playoffs
hopes dashed by Holmes
County with a stunning
55-47 defeat in the 1A Re-
The girls' high schools
teams also had strong sea-
sons, with the Cottondale
Lady Hornets making it to
the state playoffs, where
they fell to the South Wal-
ton Seahawks in the first
Hope School continued
its domination in basket-
ball in Special Olympics
and was declared state
champion in 2013, giving it
back-to-back titles. In the
spring, baseball and soft-
ball teams had strong runs
in district play, including
Sneads High baseball and
Sneads High and Marianna
softball teams, which won
The fall of 2013 saw sev-
eral high school football
teams started the season
under new head coaches.
There were ups and downs
for teams. The season
ended with Cottondale
High and Graceville High
making it to the Regional
Semifinals. On a high note
for Jackson County high
school sports, the Sneads
High School girls' vol-
leyball team, under the
direction of Coach Shelia
Roberts, finished the year
by claiming State Cham-
pionship 'by defeating
Baker High School in the
MARK SKINNER/FLORIDAN FILE
In March, members of the Hope School Falcons basketball team were greeted by a cheering
crowd in honor of their second consecutive state championship win in the Florida Special
Olympics State Basketball Games.
Schools performed well
in the Florida School Ac-
countability System, in
spite of raised rigor and
changes in the system. The
grades for 2013 were: Riv-
erside and Golson Elemen-
tary- B, Marianna Middle
- B, Graceville Elementa-
ry B, Grand Ridge B,
Sneads Elementary A,
Cottondale Elementary -
B, Graceville High School -
A, Sneads High School-A,
Malone School B, Mari-
anna High School B, and
Cottondale High School -
C (missed the required cell
size by 1 student). Elemen-
tary and middle schools
receive school grades
based on performance on
the Florida Comprehen-
sive Assessment Test. High
school grades include
FCAT and End of Course
exam scores, along with
graduation rates, data on
students taking Advanced
Placement and Dual En-
rollment courses and oth-
Also jn 2013, Jackson
County obtained its first
designation as a team of
reviewers from fhe Ad-
vancED organization came
and spent four days in Oc-
tober in the district office
and at schools reviewing
data and visiting class-
rooms. The team recom-
mended the assignment of
District Accreditation and
commended the district
in many areas. As a part of
the self-assessment for the
accreditation process, the
district revised its mission
statement and included
the motto "Building a Bet-
ter Community, One Stu-
dent at a-Time" as a focus
for the district.
- Overall, it can be said
that 2013 was a successful
year for the Jackson Coun-
ty School District.
James and Sikes
4278 Lafayette Street
Marianna, Florida 32446
Miss Anna-Lynn Han-
cock, 16, of Campbellton
passed Sunday, December
29, 2013 at Sacred Heart
Hospital in Pensacola.
Born in Dothan Alaba-
ma, Anna-Lynn resided in
Campbellton and was a
student at Cottondale High
School. She enjoyed life
and being with friends and
was an inspiration and
mentor to many. Her fa-
vorite teacher was Mike
Melvin and a special friend
was Mrs. Tate.
She was preceded in
death by her father, Dennis
Hancock; paternal grand-
father, Oris Hancock.
Survivors include her.
mother, Sara Hancock; two
sisters, Lindsay Hancock
and Emalee-Rose Henley;
one., brother, Brian Han-
cock; maternal grandpar-
ents, Bill and Glenda Hen-
ley all of Campbellton; pa-
ternal grandparents, Jim
and Betty Russell of Gor-
don, AL.; a host of aunts,
uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be
at 1 pm Thursday, January
2, 2014 at Cottondale High
School gym with Brothers,
Shane Skelton, Mark Pate,
Rich Ellingson and Brian
Phillips officiating. Inter-
ment will follow at Piney
Grove Cemetery in
Cottondale with James and
Sikes Funeral Home Mad-
dox Chapel directing.
A celebration of Anna-
Lynm's life will be held after
5 pm Wednesday, January
1, 2014 at her grandparents
home at 2585 Devon Lane
Visitation will be at 12
noon until funeral time
Thursday, January 2, 2014
at Cottondale High School
.If desired; contributions
may be made to the Ronald
McDonald House, 5200
Bayou Blvd. Pensacola, FL
Expressions of sympathy
may be made online at
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city's Water and Natural Gas Au-
tomated Meter Reading Change-
Out Program,. replacing old me-
ters with new meters that can be
Marianna Health &
MHRC upgraded its payroll sys-
tem to an automated, biometric
hand reader, making the payroll
process a paperless one.
A major project was completed
at MHRC, where the entire floor
covering in the facility was re-
moved and new floor covering
Also completed was the acqui-
sition of .the old county Health
Department, which was accom-
plished as a result of the Jackson
County Board of County Com-
mission voting unanimously
to approve the donation of the
property to the city for an upcom-
The Municipal Development
Department was awarded ap-
proximately $50,000 to update
the Land Development Code for
the City's Code of Ordinances.
A number of dilapidated
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well-known special commitment
to the many elderly people in
town, makes Croxton confident
that Wilson will be willing, eager
in fact, to help if called upon.
According to them, Wilson often
did favors for the older residents
of town during his off-hours and
was watchful during his on-duty
hours as well. Even though he has
a sideline handyman business, he
many times did little repairs or
maintenance jobs that he never
charged them for. He's also been
called on to pick someone up
off the floor of their home when
they've fallen, or help someone
find a specialist repairman if he
couldn't do the job.
Many of the daily calls coming
into City Hall were for Wilson,
Croxton said. People respected his
know-how and trusted his judg-
ment on many things. "'Can you
get up with James?'- I heard that
a lot," Croxton said. "James has a
big heart, and he taught me a lot,
too, about things like water me-
ters and how to solve problems."
,And, with community leaders
who believed in everyone taking
care of each other, he was allowed
to veer from his normal routines
properties were taken down. The
city's Comprehensive Plan was
completely revised to map and
zone property that has been an-
nexed into the city.
The city also received a $300,000
Rural Infrastructure Fund Grant
to pay for technical services as-
sociated with having both the air-
port properties and distribution
park properties certified through
a Site Certification process made
available through Gulf Power.
The Recreation Department
has been extremely busy this year
with extended soccer seasons
and a record number of kids in
Jackson County using the city
recreation facilities. 'The MERE
Complex during spring, summer
and fall continues to be rented
to organized travel baseball and
Travel ball has become a huge
activity and because the city's fa-
cility is such a quality facility that
the demand to. play in Marianna
typically brings 15 to 30 teams
from throughout the tri-state area
to participate in sports activities
on a weekly basis during these
times of the year.
The Recreation Department
also was successful in bidding
for the right to have Dixie Youth
District Tournament held at the
Marianna MERE Complex.
to help residents take care of
things that might fall outside his
on-paper job description. Neither
he nor the city charged for those
extra services; it's a perk that
comes with living in a small town
run by caring individuals.
Wilson said he expects to be
in town often, as a civilian now,
checking, on the elderly custom-
ers he cares so much about. He
also plans to establish a more
formal mowing service in his re-
tirement years. When he's not in
the middle of things in town or
working his business, Wilson said
he'll spend his time with his wife
of 44 years, Dorothy, and their
daughter, Elvira, as well as his 13-
year-old granddaughter, Brianna.
As for retirement, Wilson said he
is content in it but that he found
great contentment in his job, as
"I enjoyed every day of it," Wil-
son said. "I'll be over here all the
time. I'm going to continue to
see about these elderly people on
fixed incomes. I've been doing it
so long, I can't just quit. Fm not
able to do all of what I used to
my knees are bad now but
I'll do what I can."
City customer Brook Bowman
-said she doesn't know what the
city will do without him. "He's the
kind of man that, when he's out
In the Public Works Department
which covers water, wastewa-
ter, streets and facilities, natural
gas and airport, has completed
another banner year of projects,
) Completed Phase II Road
Project which included water
distribution system replacement
and road reconstruction for Russ
Street, Cedar Street, Noland Street,
Oats Street, Herring Avenue, West
) Water Distribution System on
Jefferson Street replaced.
) Natural gas line to Dairy
) Completed connection of over
10 businesses at 1-10 and S.R. 71
to the new natural gas line.
) Converted five vehicles to run
on natural gas to add to the exist-
ing three vehicles.
) Began construction of new
natural gas fuel station.
) Completed the renovation
work at old UniMac/Alliance
building to be the new home of
Home Source International.
)) Began construction on new
elevated water tank at Marianna
Airport/Industrial Park, with
) Began road reconstruction of
a portion of Industrial Park Drive,
with CDBG funds which also in-
cluded water, waste water, storm
water, natural gas, and landscape
reading your meter, you can just
go up to and talk.to, ask him ques-
tions, learn something, get his ad-
vice on things," Bowman said. Her
family has employed him to do
various maintenance tasks on his
private time, but she said she and
many other town residents could
depend upon him to give of him-
self at times without compensa-
tion, as well. His soft spot for the
aged is well established. "He's like
a good Samaritan," Bowman said.
"He does a lot of things out of the
goodness of his heart, not neces-
sarily for money." ,
Wilson's employment with the
city began during the adminis-
tration of former mayor C.D. Du-
naway. Wilson recalled how it all
"I used to cut pulpwood for a
living, and I also worked some for
the research center out here" he
said. "One day, the mayor asked
me if thought I could cut some
pine tree limbs back away from a
transformer without getting hurt.
I told him I could, and I did it.
The next thing you know, he said,
"James, how would you like to
work for the town?' I've been here
The story of his first official
assignment is the stuff of town
legend. The mayor gave him a
pick, an ax and a shovel and said
) Began construction of natural
gas line to Greenwood, with Rural
Business Enterprise grant from
USDA, Rural Development.
) Began construction of sewer
lining/rehabilitation project of
the city's sewer collection system.
work of the city communications
tower at Public Works on South
) Completed the construction
of extending taxiway at city's air-
port for runway 18-36.
) Completed landscaping proj-
ect at Noland and Chipola River
Bridge on U.S. 90.
) Completed the construc-
tion of new eight T-hangars and
five shade hangars at the city's
) Completed the planning asso-
ciated with an update of the city's
airport layout plan.
) Completed reconstruction of
waste water lift stations on Book-
er Street and Cedar Street. ,
) Completed landscape proj-
ect on U.S. 90, near the Merle
Overall, it has been a great year
and the staff is excited about
2014 so that we can continue to
make the city of Marianna and
Jackson County a wonderful
place to live and a great place to
The city of Marianna wishes ev-
eryone a happy NewYear!
"James, go find the sidewalks."
They were all grown over with
grass, Wilson recalled. He did that
task, uncovering them all over
time to give his town a much-
needed facelift and restoring
some much-needed pathways.
His retirement ceremony was a
simple affair, held Thesday in City
Hall. He was given a plaque and
a $600 check as the town wished
him well and told him goodbye.
But although fellow employees
were sad to see him go, there was
less sorrow in the. parting than
might be. expected. That's per-
haps because they suspected he'd
crack the door of City Hall in the
very near future to say hello and
see if they needed anything.
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A man runs as firecrackers
burst around him on the
street during the New Year
celebrations in Mumbai, India.
DUBAI, United Arab
Emirates -With fire-
works, dancing and
late-night revelry, mil-
lions around the world
welcomed 2014 on
TUesday, gathering for
huge displays of jubilation
and unity as the new year
Dubai, a Persian Gulf city
known for glitz, glamour
and over-the-top achieve-
ments like the world's
tallest skyscraper, sought
to break another record
by creating the largest
In Ukraine, anti-govern-
ment protesters hoped to
set their own record for
the most people to sing
a national anthem at the
Crowds heading to New
York City's Times Square
could expect the tradition-
al ball drop but no mayor
this year. The new year
was to be rung in by U.S.
Supreme Court Justice
Sonia Sotomayor instead.
The Dubai skyline was
a canvas for a dazzling
30-minute show capping
off with six minutes of
fireworks that engulfed the
city's man-made, palm-
shaped island, with its
fronds and trunk shimmer-
ing in thousands of lights.
Health care law
at a crossroads
things good, bad and un-
predictable converge with
the new year for President
Barack Obama's health care
overhaul as the law's major
benefits take effect, along
with an unpopular insur-
ance mandate and a risk
of more nerve-wracking
disruptions to coverage.
The changes bring big
improvements for some,
including Howard Kraft of
Lincolhton, N.C. A painful
spinal problem left him
unable to work as a hotel
bellman. But he's got cover-
age because federal law
now forbids insurers from
turning away people with
"I am not one of these
people getting a policy
because I'm being made
to," Kraft said. "I need one
to stay alive."
What's good for mil-
lions like Kraft is secured
through what others see as
an imposition: requiring
virtually every American to
get covered, either through
an employer, a government
program, or by buying a
But the health care head-
lines early this year could
come from continued un-
of the insurance program's
on life support
OAKLAND, Calif. -A'
13-year-old California girl
declared brain dead after
tonsil surgery remained on
life support Tuesday after
a state judge gave her fam-
ily at least another week to
find a place to move her.
Doctors at Children's
Hospital Oakland want to
take Jahi McMath off the
machines that are keep-
ing her body function-
ing, saying she will never
recover. Her family wants
to continue life support,
saying they have hope she
will still pull through.
Jahi's mother, Nailah
Winkfield, hailed the
judge's decision to give
them until Jan. 7 before
allowing the hospital to,
withdraw life support as
an answer to her prayers
and a sign that she has
been right to keep fighting
for the teen.
I FRom wire reports
STATE, NATION & WORLD
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
(From left) Gina, Carmen and Elizabeth Lombardo are surrounded by memorabilia df their
uncle, big band leader Guy Lombardo, in Fort Myers on Dec. 12,2012.
Guy Lombardo treasure
trove still in storage
The Associated Press
FORT MYERS Guy
Lombardo's legacy still
hasn't found a home.
It's been nearly a year
since a southwest Florida
newspaper wrote about
a treasure trove of items
belonging to the late big
band leader, languishing
for about 40 yeats in two
South Fort Myers storage
The band was famous
for its New Year's Eve
tunes and the midnight
ball drop in Times Square.
Lombardo earned the
nickname "Mr. New Year's
Eve." The band brought in
the New Year from 1929 to
1977 with the signature
song, "Auld Lang Syne."
The News-Press of Fort
Myers reports that the de-
scendants of' Lombardo
family, who live in Fort
Myers and on Sanibel Is-
land, wanted to see the
items on loan to a place'
that would care for them
as archives and display
them to the public.
Initial contact between
some interested groups
and the Lombardos sput-
tered out. Familymembers
can't, pursue the search
full time because of work
and other obligations.
Other obstacles include
lack of a focused plan
on what to do with the
items, how they should
be archived, what legal
arrangements need to
be made and where the
money will come from.
"It's very difficult," said
Gina Lombardo, of Fort
Myers, Guy Lombardo's
niece. People or entities
she's talked with don't
have enough space for
the items, and the fam-
ily doesn't know whether
they should be separated,
Guy Lombardo and
his Royal Canadians was
a partnership band be-
tween four brothers, Guy,
Carmen, Victor and Leb-
ert Lombardo. Carmen
was the songwriter, pen-
ning many of their hits. He
also created the orchestra
arrangements and sang.
Lebert played trumpet.
Baby boomers will have
memories of the band,
whether their first en-
counter was dancing to
their music or hearing it
in theit parents' or grand-
After Guy's death in
1977, the legacy and rights
to the orchestra passed
from brother to brother.
Lebert, the last remaining
brother, died on Sanibel in
1993. All music, memora-
bilia and rights to the or-
chestia passed to Lebert's
children, Gina; Elizabeth
Lombardo of Fort Myers;
and Carmen Lombardo of
None of the siblings are
in the music business.
Gina has spearheaded the
move to find a home for
They include at least 100,
manila envelopes stuffed
with original band orches-
trations handwritten by
Carmen; at least 40 boxes
of reels of 35 millimeter
films, plus many loose,
large reels of 16mm films
of episodes of the band's
1950s TV show.
But most people who
contact her about the
items are looking for
memorabilia such as ob-
jects and awards, Gina
JACKSON COUNTY FLORIDAN wwwjcfloridan.com
asked to block
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SALT LAKE CITY-Utah
took its fight against gay
marriage to the U.S. Su-
preme Court on Tuesday,
asking the high court to
suspend same-sex unions
that became legal when
a judge struck down
the state's voter-approved
The heavily Mormon
state wants the marriages
*to stop while it appeals a
judge's decision, which
said banning gay cou-
ples from niarrying vio-
lates their tight to equal
treatment under the law.
In papers filed Tuesday,
the state asked Justice
Sonia Sotomayor to over-
turn a decision that has
led to more than 900 gay
marriages in Utah. So-
tomayor handles emer-
gency requests from
Utah and other. Rocky
with a request for legal
briefs from same-sex cou-
ples by Friday at noon.
She can act by herself or
get the rest of the court
marriages are now occur-
ring every day in Utah,"
Utah lawyers complain in
"Each one -is an af-
.front not only to the in-
terests of the state and
its citizens in being
able to define marriage
through ordinary demo-
cratic channels, but also
to this court's unique role
as final arbiter."
Utah repeatedly stressed
that states have the au-
thority to define marriage
as between a' man -and
woman. "That states have
a powerful interest in
controlling the definition
of marriage within their
borders is indisputable,"
Utah said in the filing.
U.S. District Judge Rob-
ert Shelby's decision on
Dec. 20 came as' a shock
to many in the state,
which approved the ban
on same-sex marriage in
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Altha stuns poor-shooting Cottondale, 56-40
BY DUSTIN KENT
COTTONDALE Altha basketball
hasn't exactly instilled fear in the oppo-
sition over the years, but if the Wildcats
keeping tacking on district wins, it just
The Wildcats continued their hot start
to the season Monday, night with an
impressive 56-40 road victory over the
Cottondale Hornets to improve to 5-1 in
league play and 9-2 overall.
It's the kind of victory that is sure to
raise eyebrows around the district, but
Altha coach Matthew Nichols said he
and his team hope to make such wins
seem less out of the ordinary.
"At a small school like Altha, we're not
used to beating some of these teams," he
said. "But we've got a good group with a
lot of seniors and it's starting to get a little
more normal. I want the guys to believe
and have some confidence that they can
win games like this in the district. We're
starting to get there."
Altha led 24-17 at the halftime break
after an 8-2 closing run, and then took
control in the second half thanks .largely
to the red-hot shooting of senior guard
Nick Young, who made five of his six
three-pointers in the game's, final 16
His first long ball of the second half
put the Wildcats up 27-19, and he added
another to make it 31-22 with 4:30 left in
The Hornets cut the deficit to five late
in the third after Undreyus Baker made
one of just two Cottondale three-point-
ers on the night, but consecutive driving
bank shots by Kent Rogers gave the Wild-
cats a 38-29 edge going into the fourth.
PJ Her converted a three-point play on
a drive of his own to start the final period
and push the lead to 12, with another
three byYoungmaking it 44-29 with 6:59
A basket by Art Platts off of a nice
bounce pass from Rogers capped off
a 12-0 Altha run to make it a 17-point
game with just over six minutes to play.
Cottondale got it back to 12 after a steal
and bucket from Kadeem Webb, but
Young knocked down yet another triple
moments later to put the Wildcats up 49-
His sixth long ball of the night made it a
20-point Altha lead with 2:05 to play
"That's probably our best shooting
night all season and we needed it," Nich-
Young finished with 18 points to lead
the Wildcats, with Platts adding 17 and
See ALTHA, Page 3B
Cottondale's Tristan Braxton lays the ball up in a
game against Port St. Joe on Saturday.
CHIPOLA MEN'S BASKETBIxL Big win
Indians win again for Lady
End non-conference Itan
with 2 more victories
BY DUSTIN KENT
The No. 5 Chipola Indians wrapped up
their non-cdhference schedule in fine fash-
ion Monday in Panama City by outlasting
USC-Salkehatchie 91-83 to cap a 2-0 stay at
the Gulf Coast Classic. ,
Cinmeon Bowers put in 25 points and
eight rebounds to lead the Indians, who won
their seventh straight to improve to 14-1 on'
the year heading into their Panhandle Con-
ference opener Saturday in Pensacola.
The Indians held off a game Salkehatchie
squad that had already notched a win over
defending national champion Central Flor-
ida earlier this season.
Chipola led 44-36 at halftime, but a 9-0
second half run gave Salkehatchie a 61-60
lead with around eight minutes to play in
But the Indians answered with five straight
to regain the edge and didn't relinquish the
"It was a great game. Salkehatchie played
really well," Chipola coach Patrick Blake said
after the game. "After they took the lead, we
were able to string together some good of-
fensive possessions and get some stops and
take the lead back the rest of the way"
Sam Cassell, Jr. and Carlos Morris also had
16 points each for the Indians, with Torian
Graham scoring 15 points on 4-of-5 from the
three-point line, and Demetrious Floyd put-
ting in 10 points and six assists. B
Denzel Collins led Salkehatchie with 20
points on 6-fo-8 shooting from deep, while
Jimmy Givens and Darryl Bridges each had
The Indians topped Central Georgia Tech
91-69 on Sunday's first day at the Classic,
with Graham leading the way with 20 points
on 8-of-12 shooting, while Morris added 14
points, and Floyd 11.
Freshman 7-footer Dejuan Harvey also
provided a lift off the bench for Chipola with
See INDIANS, Page 3B Chipola's Carlos Morris goes in for a layup during a game earlier this season.
BY DUSTIN KENT
The*No. 5 Chipola Lady
Indians traveled to Daytona
over the weekend to con-
clude their non-conference
schedule at the Daytona
State Holiday Classic -and
came away with two more
After opening Sunday with
a 93-48 victory over Broward
'the host Day- tona
State 63-40 to improve to 16-
1 on the season.
On Sunday, sophomore
Brianna Wright continued
her outstanding play in place
of injured starting celiter Ev-
elyn Akhator by putting in a
game-high 25 points on 10-
of-13 shooting. 1
Tiffany Lewis also had 21
points on 5-of-7 from the
three '-point line, while Rahni
BellI scored 15 points and
Treyvonna Brooks 11.
Sade Thtson led Broward
with'13 points, with Stanetta
Givens adding 11 and Jessica
In Monday's finale, it was
the sophomore Bell who
sparked the Lady Indians by
making 6-fo-12 from long
distance to notch a game-
high 20 points.
Tiffany Lewis added 12
points for Chipola, with
Naomi Moore scoring nine,
See CHIPOLA, Page 3B
Malone wins showdown,
advances to title game
BY DAVID MUNDEE
Monday night's Downtown
Dothan Hoops Classic semi-
final game between Eufaula
and Malone, (Fla.) was built
up as a showdown of stars
Jaylin Robinson of Eufaula
and Chai Baker of Malone.
The two stars lived up to
the billing, combining for 70
But in the end, two other
Malone players delivered the
deciding blows in the game.
Antwain Johnson hit an off-
balance bank shot with 42.8
seconds left and a free throw
and teammate Alonze Bailey
added two clutch free throws
with 13.8 seconds left, help-
ing the Tigers capture a 72-68
victory over Eufaula.
Malone (15-2) advanced'to
the tournament champion-
ship for the second time in
three years. The Tigers lost
in the 2011 championship
to Barbour County. They will
face Dothan at 7 p.m. to-
"It is really exciting (to be
in the finals), especially with
the young team we have,"
Malone coach Steven Welch
said. "It is a great experi-
ence for these guys. Chai and
some of these seniors have
been up here four, five, six
years and this is second timely.
to make it to the finals, so I
am excited for. the guys.
"We had a tough game
(against Eufaula) and have
to turn around for another
tough one. Dothan is loaded
with athletes. We have our
work cut out for us."
The loss was a bitter pill for
Eufaula (9-4), which plays
in today's consolation game
against Daleville at 5:30 p.m.
"That was a tough one," Eu-
faula head coach Mike Henry
said. "So close, so close, so
close. The guys played ex-
tremely hard. We battled
gufaula's John Tyson (U) puts up a shot while Malone's Xa
(33) contests during a game in Dothan on Monday night.
them neck and neck."
Eufaula's Robinson and
Malone's Baker, arguably the
tournament's two top-name
players, put on a show as ex-
Robinson, who has signed
with Tuskegee, lit up the
scoreboard for 42 points, hit-
ting 15-of-35 shots overall
and 9-of-14 at the foul line.
Baker, an'Oregon State sign-
ee, finished with 28 points,
off 11-of-26 shooting and
3-of-6 free-throw shooting.
Both also hit three 3-point-
Both players also deliv-
ered in crunch time, scoring
12 points each in the fourth
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HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
Friday Pensacola Catholic at Marianna,
5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Graceville atVernon,
4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Malone at Paxton,
4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sneads at Altha, 6 p.m.
and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Cottondale at Chipley, 1:30
p.m. and 3 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOLGIRLS BASKETBALL
Friday Malone at Paxton, 5:30 p.m.;
Graceville at Vernon, 6 p.m.
The Chipola men's and women's basket-
ball teams will open Panhandle Conference
play Saturday in Pensacola against Pen-
The women's game will tip off at 5:30 p.m.
followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.
Marianna Recreation Department will
offer three basketball leagues for youth
ages 5 to 13, with registration to be held
through Jan. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The
Marianna Educational and Recreational
Expo (MERE) located at 3625 Caverns Road
The registration fee for Basketball is $30
for participants. The fee must be paid with
a check or money order; no cheeks will be
accepted. No one will be allowed to register
after Jan. 10.
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IHLAEASUSOAIATED RESSFNLE HOtOu
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher (left) talks with
quarterback Jameis Winston in the closing minutes of the ACC
Championship game against Duke in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 7.
FSU locks Fisher
m through 2018
The Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
Florida State coach Jimbo
Fisher will remain with
the program through 2018
after signing a three-year
The university made the
Texas reportedly had in-
terest in Fisher replacing
coach Mack Brown. The
top-ranked Seminoles face
Auburn in the BCS cham-
pionship game Jan. 6.
Athletic director Stan
Wilcox says, ."We're ex-
tremely pleased with the
direction of our program
and believe that this new
contract will assure that
coach Fisher is in place to
lead the Seminoles for a
long time to come.
"Coach Fisher enjoys the
full support of the leader-
ship of the university and
we look forward to the con-
tinued success of our foot-
ball program on the field
and in the classroom."
Texas wants coach
The Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas New
Texas athletic director
Steve Patterson says he ex-
pects a successor to Mack
Bromn will be found in the
next two weeks.
Patterson said before
kickoff at the Alamo Bowl
on Monday night that he
believes Texas needs a new
coach by Jan. 15. That's the
end of the so-called "dead
period" in* the NCAA that
prohibits coaches from
in-person contact with re-
cruits during bowl season.
Patterson said coaches.
"are certainly expressing
their interest" in the job
but wouldn't discuss any
The Alamo Bowl was
Brown's final game at Texas
after 16 years. He's resign-
ing after a rocky final sea-
son in which Texas lost at
least four games for the
fourth consecutive year.
Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe mingles ata reception
before he was named the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year on
Monday in Atlanta.
Duke's Cutcliffe is
Dodd coach of year
The Associated Press
ATLANTA David Cut-
cliffe, who led Duke to its
first 10-win season and
spot in the ACC champion-
ship game, was named the
Bobby Dodd Coach of the
Year on Monday.
Eight former coach of
the year winners attended
the 'announcement: Bill
Curry, Fisher DeBerry,
Vince Dooley, Ralph Fried-
gen, Fred Goldsmith, Jim
Grobe, Ken Hatfield and
"There are a lot of great
parts of this," Cutcliffe
said. "I would have to say
the greatest part is being
on stage with men like
"This is the most mean-
ingful thing that has' hap-
pened to me. When these
gentlemen walked into the
room, the meaning of the
Bobby Dodd Award just
took hold of me."
. Cutcliffe's No. 22 Blue
Devils will play No. 20 Tex-
as A&M in Tuesday night's
Chick-fil-A Bowl. This is the
first time Duke will play in
back-to-back bowl games.
Duke is playing for its first-
bowl win since 1961.
Kansas State's Bill Sny-
der won the 2012 award,
named for the former long-
time Georgia Tech coach.
Cutcliffe also has been
named the Walter Camp
and Maxwell Award coach
of the year honors this
The Chick-ffl-A Bowl isr
taking over management
of the Bobby Dodd Award
in 2014 and arranged, a
dinner for the former win-
"We aim to make this
similar to the Heismah
Trophy for players," said
Chick-fil-A Bowl President
Gary Stokan. "We want this
to be the Heisman Trophy
Tebow: Not done with NFL
Eyes still on
The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. -
Tim Tebow will continue
chasing his goal to be a
NFL quarterback, even
after signing on to help
ESPN launch the SEC
Network this fall.
The former Florida Ga-
tor said Tuesday he trains
five days a week for a re-
turn to the league.
"I feel like I'm the best
that I've ever been as a
quarterback right now.
I hope I get the oppor-
tunity to show that," he
said. "But I'm also look-
ing forward to being part
of 'SEC Nation' and part
The 26-year-old Heis-
man Trophy winner
signed on Monday to be
on the SEC *Network's
pregame show starting
He'll be part of the crew
that will travel to South-
schools in advance of
SEC games on the fledg-
, Tebow's first "SEC Na-
tion" show will be on
Aug. 28 before Texas
A&M opens the season at
South Carolina, a game
that will be shown exclu-
sively on the SEC Net-
Tebow and the show
then will head to Auburn
on Aug. 30 where the Ti-
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO
Former New England Patriot Tim Tebow walks onto the field during a joint workout with the
Philadelphia Eagles at NFL football training camp in. Philadelphia on Aug. 7. Tebow says he Is
not done with the NFL even though helping tSPN launch the SEC Network was too good an
opportunity to pass up.
gers will take on Arkansas.
That is, of course, if
Tebow doesn't get a call
from the NFL that has him
tied up that weekend.
"I'm not sure what's
ahead of me," Tebow said.
"I'm very excited to have
this opportunity at ESPN,
but who knows what the
next few months will
Tebow has bounced
around the NFL since leav-
ing Florida as part of two
He was a first-round se-
lection by Denver and then
head coach Josh McDan-
He took ovef as starting
in 2011 and became one
of the NFL's biggest stories
as he went 7-1 in his first
eight starts in 2011 then
threw an 80-yard touch-
down pass on the first play
of overtime to give the
Broncos a 29-23 playoff '
win over the Pittsburgh
But there were still
doubts about his passing
ability, and Denver traded
him that offseason to the
New York Jets after acquir-
ing Peyton Manning.
He languished on the
bench while coach Rex
Ryan ignored fans' calls for.
Tebow to replace a strug-
gling Mark Sanchez. Tebow
threw just eight passes, ran
only 32 times and was cut
last April 29.
,For six weeks no team
wanted him until the Pa-
triots signed him to a low-
risk, two-year contractwith
no guaranteed money.
"I don't have any regrets"
about the NFL, Tebow said.
"I've just tried to focus on
being a better quarter-
back, being a better athlete
and being ready whenever
a team gave me a call."
Tebow said he's spoken
with .several friends who
are analysts, including his
former coach at Florida in
Urban Meyer, who worked
for ESPN between his time
with the Gators and his
current position as Ohio
State head coach.
Justin Connolly, ESPN
senior vice president for
college networks program-
ming, said Tebow was im-
portant enough to ESPN
that the network accepted
he might not be finished
with the NFL
Washington's Sankey to enter NFL draft
The Associated Press
off a season in which he
rewrote the Washington
record books, running
back Bishop Sankey will
skip his senior season
with the Huskies and en-
ter the NFL draft.
Sankey's father, Chris,
confirmed his son's de-
cision in a text message
to The Associated Press
on Monday after ESPN
first reported Sankey
was leaving Washington
early. Sankey has not yet
decided on an agent. ,
Sankey is coming off
the finest -season in
rushing for 1,870 yards
and 20 touchdowns in
13 games. He blew past
Corey Dillon's school re-
cord for yards rushing in
a season and set a mark
that will be difficult to
top. Sankey had 1,775
yards in the 12-game
regular season DUon
had 11,695 in 12 games in
1996 then added an-
other 95 yards and two
touchdowns in Washing-
ton's 31-16 win over BYU
in the Fight HIunger Bowl
By leaving Washington
early, Sankey is bypassing
a chance at becoming the
all-time leading rusher
in school history. Sankey
finished his career with
3,496 yards and would
have needed a little more
than 600 yards next sea-
son to surpass Napoleon
Kaufman's school record of
4,106 career yards rushing..
Sankey did better one of
Kaufman's records, finish-
ing his Washington career
with 37 touchdowns rush-
ing in three seasons.
Sankey's numbers are
even more impressive con-
sidering he barely played
as a freshman and wasn't
even the clear-cut starter
going into his sophomore
season. Sankey had -just'
28 carries during the 2011
season and went into 2012
expected to split time with
Jesse Callier. When Callier
went down with a knee in-
jury in the season opener,
the job became Sankey's
and he never gave it up.
Sankey's junior season
was highlighted by a trio of
200-yard rushing games,
including a career-best 241
yards and two touchdowns
against California. He ran
for 208 yards against Illi-
nois and finished with 200
exactly in the Apple Cup
against rival Washington
.Despite there being a
chance to hold every rush-
ing record in Washington
history, Sankey was also
aware of what happened
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to his predecessor, Chris
Polk. Three years ago, Polk
was in a similar situation
and chose to return for his
senior season. He became
the No. 2 all-time rusher
at Washington with more
than 4,000 yards, but also
carried the ball 799 times
and took a beating in the
process. Polk's draft posi-
tion plummeted as con-
cerns about his shoulders
arose and he went undraft-
ed. Polk signed with Phila-
delphia as a free agent. ,
Sankey submitted his
name to the NFL draft ad-
visory committee and said
before the bowl game last
week he had received a
third-round grade. The last
Washington running back
drafted was Rashaan She-
hee in 1998.
Sankey is the second
Washington junior to an-
nounce he's leaving school
early. Tight end Austin Se-
after the bowl game that he
was headed to the NFL.
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FSU finishes final
practice at home
The Associated Press
- The top-ranked Florida
State, Seminoles held their
final workout on campus
Monday in preparation to
face No. 2 Auburn in the
BCS championship game.
Coach Jimbo Fisher was
ready to play weeks ago.
Florida State didn't need
a four-week break after
the Seminoles won the
Atlantic Coast Conference
championship game. The
roster was healthy and the
program had completed
itq first undefeated regu-
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last nine opponents by a
From Page B1
eight points, five rebounds,
four blocked shots, and
Chipola shot 55 percent
from the field overall be-
fore making 58 percent in
the W' in over Salkehatchie.
"I was 'really pleased
how we played offensively
these last two' games,"
Blake said. "We did a great
job of sharing the ball and
executing our offense, es-
pecially coming off of a
10-day break. We struggled
defensively at times where
we're just not being where
we need to be on the floor
and not communicating,
but that's not a surprise af-
ter the layoff we had."
The coach has been
critical of his team's lack
of consistency at the de-
fensive end of the court
throughout the season,
though given the 14-1 re-
cord against one of the
schedules in the country
shows the Indians to be in
a pretty good place going
into league play.'
-'*Absolutely, we made
From Page B1
and Wright seven.
Paden Smith led Daytona
State with 13 points.,
The Lady Indians ;will
next open up Panhandle
Conference play on Satur-
combined score of 484-
They were the epitome
of a team on a roll.
"I would have been tick-
next week after we played
* Duke, we were playing so
well," he said. "When you
have those delays, the key
is getting that timing and
rhythm back. But the key
is you can't be ready too
quick. You've got to time
that thing up to hopefully
hit it right in stride.
"I like where we're at
right now. Hopefully those
last. 3-4 practices out
'there I think we'll really
be honed in. That's kind of
where you want to be."
sure to load up our non-
conference schedule to
make sure we were tested
going into conference play
and I was happy with how
our guys responded and
found a way to win," Blake
said. 'As far as what we're
trying to do offensively and
defensively, we're still just
figuring ourselves out, but
I hope we're on the right
track headed into Pensac-
ola on Safurday."
Pensacola State is 12-5
going into-Saturday's Pan-
handle opener, but the In-
dians coach said his play-
ers have to be ready for the
kind of 'energy and atmo-
sphere that comes with a
"It's going to be a tough
test for us right off the
jump. Panhandle Confer-
ence play is totally different
frqm the non-conference
and especially being on the
road," Blake said. "Their
gym is always packed and
loud and a hostile environ-
ment. The 'focus the next
couple of days for us is to.
get the rust off from the
Christmas break and make
sure we're going into Sat-
urday healthy and ready to
execute our game plan.".
day in Pensacola against
the Pensacola State Lady
Pirates at 5:30 p.m.
Pensacola State, comes
in at 9-7 on the year and
ranked No. 9 in the state,
while the Lady Indians are
ranked No. 2 in the team
behind top-ranked Gulf
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO
Florida State's Jameis Winston (5) scrambles as Duke's Kelby
Brown (59) defends in the first half of the ACC Championship
game in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 7.
Fisher gave the team a
week off during exams
before returning for five
sessions of mostly funda-
mental work. The team
took time off for a holi-
day break then returned
for five practices ending
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Kyshon Ali's 12 points
led CHS, while Webb had
But it was a brutal night
offensively for the Hor-
nets, who typically count
long-range shooting as a
strength but only made
for the game.
"We got outcoached
and outplayed," Cot-
tondale coach Chris Ob-
ert said after the game.
"They pame prepared
- and ready to play and
we didn't. Defensively,
we couldn't disrupt
them and offensively we
couldn't make a shot"
The Hornets fell to 4-2
in district with the loss
Monday. Tuesday is a trav-
el day before a final five
workouts leading up to
the championship game
Jan. 6. The Seminoles be-
gan heavy Auburn prepa-
ration after returning from
the holiday break.
and 7-5 overall.
I Bouncing back won't
be easyhowever, as they
have to travel to Chipley
to take on the top-ranked
Tigers on Saturday at 3
Altha won't get long to
savor its, win either with
another keydistrict game
coming Friday against
the Sneads Pirates.
But Monday's victory
certainly seems like the
kind that could propel
the Wildcats to a strong.
second half of the sea-
son, particularly with
four of their final six dis-
trict games to be played
"It's a huge win men-
tally for our guys," Nich-
ols said. "It's good for our
guys to have success like
this and to do it togeth-
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After Eufaula battled
back from a 10-point
fourth-quarter deficit, the
game was tied at q6 with 57
seconds left after Robinson
hit his third 3-pointer in
roughly two minutes.
On the ensuing posses-
sion, Johnson, who had
24 points and 11 rebounds
for Malone, drove the
right side of the lane and
banked home a shot as he
was fouled. He added the
free throw to put Malone
Robinson scored off' a
drive and a scoop shot in
the lane with 26 seconds'
left, but Eufaula, 'down
one, had to foul on the next
Bailey knocked down
two free throws with 13.8
seconds left to put Malone
Eufaula went to Robin-
son to try and -tie it with a'
3-pointer. With Johnson in
his face, Robinson's try off
the left of the key area was
well off the mark and went
out of bounds with 2.9 sec-
"I knew it would be a
tough one because they
played us a' hard man and
they were face -guarding
us on that last one," Henry
said of Robinson's 3-point
try. "They played good de-
fense on that."
Johnson hit I-of.,2 free
-throws with 2.2 seconds
left for the final margin.
In addition to the scoring
output by Baker and John-
son, Malone got 12 points
from Bailey. The trio had
all but eight of Malone's
Rasheed Paige added 10
points and 15 rebounds
to go with Robinson's 42
points for Eufaula. McAr-
thur McClendon had 10
rebounds for EHS.
Eufaula led 34-28 at half-
time, but Malone quickly
turned it around with a
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20-7 spurt to start the third
quarter to seize a 48-41 ad-
vantage. A 3-pointer each
by Bailey and Johnson fin-
"We were playing zone
all night, and we switched
to a man defense to hope-
fully keep them off the
boards because that was
our problem all night,"
Malone's Welch said of the
third-quarter run. "When
we switched to man we
were a little more account-
able (for rebounds)."
Eufaula's Henry, whose
team had only three field
goals in the period, felt
his team couldn't get into
rhythm in the quarter.
"We went cold," Henry
said. "Nob6dy scored for
us in the third quarter. We
just had a bad third quar-
Malone took a 48-44 lead
into the fourth quarter and
extended the margin to 10
at 55-45 with 5:47 left when
Baker made a highlight-
reel four-point play. He hit
pA NBA-range 3-pointer on
the left side and got decked
to the floor as he made it,
drawing a foul. He added
the free throw.
"Somehow the good bas-
ketball gods shot them a
blessing of them hitting
two threes falling out of
bounds with a man in his
face," Eufaula's Henry said.
But Eufaula came roar-
ing back, cutting it to three
at 58-55 within two min-
utes behind John Tyson's
,five points, including a 3-
Malone maintained a
five-point lead before
by Robinson gave Eufaula
a 63-62 lead with 2:18 left.
Malone's Johnson hit 1-
of-2 free throws with 2:19
left to tie it then Bailey
and Robinson exchanged
3-pointers, leaving it 66 all
with 57 seconds left, set-
ting up the late plays by
Johnson and Bailey to help
Malone win it.
Malone finished the
game 8-of-18 on 3-point-
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Dear Annie: We always have. been
encouraged to support our local busi-
nesses. However, there seems to be a
common trend now where the clerks
often ask for a donation to a local charity
at the end of every transaction. I have
been solicited at the grocery store, the
pet store, the movies, and even the bank.
A simple "no, thank you" isn't enough.
I'm reminded that it's a worthy cause
and made to feel guilty. Annie, I am on a
limited income and already have deter-
mined which charities will get whatever
extra money I have to contribute. From
now on, I am going to shop only at those
places that appreciate my business and
say"thank you" without expecting a
charitable donation on top of it.
Dear Tapped: We understand how
annoying this can be, but charities are
hurting, and this is a relatively harmless,
way of reminding people to donate when
they can. Of course, it would be better
if the business establishments didn't
make the patrons feel that they are being
hounded. Asking once is sufficient, and
"no, thank you" should be an acceptable
response. Perhaps you could speak to,
someone in management about it. Surely
you aren't the onlyorie who dislikes this
Dear Annie: I read in your column about
so many dysfunctional relationships,
adult children not speaking to each
other, siblings fighting, grandparents
ignored or not able to see grandchildren,
and many other stories.
I am so blessed and grateful for the,
family I have. We take care of each other,
and someone is always there when we
need help. I am sure I don't tellmy family
often enough that I love them and ap-
preciate them. If more families would do
this, many problems would be avoided
or even eliminated.
This is the season for peace and love,
and it starts with me.
IN CASPER, WY
Yesterday, I gave the deal
for which Peter Bertheau'
from Sweden won the
International Bridge Press
Association Yeh Bros. Best
Bid of the Year award. But,
I particularly admired this
action by Peter Fredin.
Look at the South hand
and the auction. Partner's
redouble shows 10 or
more points and fewer
than four hearts. Doubler's
one no-trump indicates
equal length in the mi-
nors. And partners jump
to four hearts promises
three-card support and
opening count. What
would you do now, if
Fredin paused to work
out who had what. East
would surely have bid one
spade over the redouble
with four, and West prob-
ably had three spades
because he would have
rescued via one spade
with four. So-North rated
to have five spades. (Not
six, because he would
have called one spade
instead of redouble.)
If West had equal length
in the minors, his hand's
distribution was surely
3-2-4-4. Ergo, hearts were
breaking 3-2. North
also had three or four
diamonds, but had not
doubled two diamonds for
penalty. So he was prob-
ably weak there. Fredin
deduced that his partner's
12-plus points were
mostly in the majors. And
with both of those suits
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Pass Pass 4V Pass
Opening lead: A
lying well, Fredin bid four
no-trump, Roman Key-
Card Blackwood, followed
'by six hearts..
As you can see, this was
laydown; South taking five
spades, five hearts and
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(14) Town Homes for Sale
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specializing in clothing & acc. for women.
Well established with over 400 consignors
& a growing customer base, sales of
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sales & expansion. Store fixtures, eqiup,
& database included, Will train new-owner.
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Janitorial Business for sale
Equipment, training and 60K
annual gross $19,500
4 504-915-1474 40
Split Oak Firewood
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been used and those that were factory shrink
plastic wrapped still are. At Chipola College
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+ tax. 1. All-in-One Care Planning Resource
(3rd Ed.; 2. Comp. Review for NCLEX Exam (5th
Ed.); 3. Mosby's Nursing Drug Guide (10th Ed.)
; 4. Mosby's Med. Dictionary of Nursing (9th
Ed.)5. Mosby's Diagnostic Test Ref (11 Ed.); 6.
Custom eBook Library for all the above.
(Pageburst) Textbooks above are 2nd bundle
for RN prog. @ Chjpola Also have 1st bundle
some never used all in excellent cond. (pd.
$734) other items required for program.
Would consider breaking bundle IF I could sell
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3/2 Nice in country ideal for couple 16x80
clean ,carport, storage bldg. edge of town
Cottondale $650. mo. $700. dep. water &
sewage included Front & Back porch
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MH's for Rent Includes water, garbage,
lawn care, No Pets 850-592-1639
Jaco 2008 Jay Flight G2 series travel trailer,
22 ft. Bunk House, lots of storageTV with
surround sound & DVD, microwave, gas or
elec. electric awning/lift, sleeps 6
excellent condition. $9500. Call anytime
850-638-9363 or 850-326-0124
Winnebago 1995 Vectra 33 ft. C/H&A, auto lev-
eling, Q-bed, new tires, batteries, frig. 7.5 Onan
generator, 1g. awning, lots of storage in & out-
side, micr-convection oven combo, gas stove,
hot water heater, 30 or 50 amp power, all
original paper work. $20,000. OBO 334-585-6689
Cargo Trailer enclosed 12ft long, less than
4000 miles, rear and side doors. Bought in
September $2300. OBO 217-424-1033.
Jeep 2000 Wrangler Sport. Red. four wheel
drive with air conditioning, roll oage, aluminum
wheels, hard top and soft top. Frame for soft
top is installed. 140,000 miles but vehicle is in
great shape for age and miles. $5,200.
Ford 1994 F-150 XLT, single cab, auto, 302 V8,
dual tanks, PS, PB, PS, PDL, PW, complete
brake job, full tune up. Red/Silver, red cloth
seat Looks, runs and drives good. Must see!
$4,595. Owner, Dothan, 334-671-3059.
Grand Marque 2008 leather seat, 1-owner
low mileage, black w/ gray int. new tires,
Garage kept looks like new 334-797-5151
Honda 2009 Accord, 4 door, Super Sharp! Like
new, $200 down, $249 per month. Call. Ron Ellis
Lncoln 2004 Town Car
Signature, loaded, leath-
er, like new, clean, 94k
miles, owner, $7500.
ULncoln 2007 MKZ
(Metallic Red), Cream
Leather, all power, sun
roof, dial-in door, cooled
and heated seats, navigation, new tires, new
battery. Only 70000 miles. Is in immaculate
condition. $14,500. Call 334-693-2603
Mazda 2008 Miata MX5 4cyl. Loaded. In great
condition. 31,000 miles. Silver with black top.
Nissan 2009 Athtma. Good family car, great gas
mileage, fully loaded, pwr windows, cruise, AT,
AM-FM, CD. $250 down, $250 per month. Call
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Nissan Alitma 2013, low miles, Must Sell!! $200
down, $279 per month. Call Ron Ellis 334-714-
Suzui 2006 Forenza: White, 4-door sedan.
114,000 miles. New AC. Almost new tires. No
wrecks. Body in good condition, only a couple
of dings. $3,200 obo. 334-790-0379
Toyota 2011 Camry SE, Prices Are Out of Sight!
Roof, wheels, pwr seat, pwr windows, AT,
AM/FM/CD, Great gas mileage. $300 dpwn,
$300 per month. Call Steve Hatcher 334-791-
1981 BMW Motorcycle R100RS 1000cc Red
Smoke. Perfect condition, Many extras. $4,995.
Call 334-470-1972 or 470-1971.
METRIC BIG TWIN 2004 Suzuki Volusla 830 cc
15k miles, garage kept, chromed out, over 4k in
accessories, kick shifter, floorboards Vance
and Hines pipes, windshield, driving lights,
crash bar, bags, factory sissy bar, see to appre-
ciate, a steal at 3.5 k obo. 334-794-8709
H Ford 1987 Bronco 4x4
RUNS GREAT!! Good tires.
New Sears battery, rear-,
window motor, fuel gauge.
Brakes recently overhauled. Less than 10k
miles on major tune-up (including distributor,
plugs, wires, oxygen sensor, etc.) Been used as
my hunting camp truck the last 7 years. Asking
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR JACKSON
CASE NO. 32-2013-CA-000155
REGIONS BANK D/B/A REGIONS
CLARICE H. ZIEGLER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
CLARICE H. ZIEGLER; UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UN-
KNOWN TENANT 2; AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTSS,
WHO (IS/ARE) NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIM AS HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES,
SPOUSES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the
Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure en-
tered on December 04, 2013, in this cause, in
the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Florida,
the clerk shall sell the property, situated in
Jackson County, Florida, described as:
LOT 6, BLOCK "A" OF PINEVIEW SUBDIVISION,
AN UNRECORDED PLAT IN
,JACKSON COUNTY, FLORIDA:
COMMENCE AT AN EXISTING CONCRETE
MONUMENT MARKING THE SOUTHEAST COR-
NER OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTH-
WEST 1/4 OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH,
RANGE 10 WEST. JACKSON COUNTY. FLORIDA:
THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 00
SECONDS WEST ALONG THE SOUTHERLY LINE
OF SAID FORTY A DISTANCE OF 136.40 FEET TO
AN EXISTING IRON PIPE AND CALL THIS THE
POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE
SOUTH 89 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 00 SECONDS
WEST ALONG THE SOUTHERLY LINE OF SAID
FORTY A DISTANCE OF 136.40 FEET TO AN EX-
ISTING IRON PIPE; THENCE NORTH 00 DEGREES
00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF
300.40 FEET TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT SET
ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF
MCCALL STREET; THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES
43 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE
SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF SAID STREET A
DISTANCE OF 136.40 FEET TO AN EXISTING
IRON PIPE; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 00 MI-
NUTES 00 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF
300.40,FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
THIS PARCEL IS LOCATED IN THE SOUTHEAST
1/4 OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 17,
TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 10 WEST, JACK-
SON COUNTY, FLORIDA.
a/k/a 4101 MCCALL LN., MARIANNA, FL 32448-
at public sale, to the highest and best bidder,
for cash, at the North door of the Jackson
*County Courthouse, 4445 Lafayette Street, Ma-
rianna, FL 32446, on January 30, 2014 beginning
at 11:00 AM.
If you are a person claiming a right to funds re-
maining after the sale, you must file a claim
with the clerk no later than 60 days after the
sale. If you fail to file a claim you will not be
entitled to any remaining funds.
Dated this 5th day of December, 2013.
Dale Rabon Guthrie
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Tammy Bailey
DOUGLAS C. ZAHM, P.A.
12425 28TH STREET NORTH, SUITE 200
ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33716
IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO
NEEDS ANY ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE
ENTITLED, AT NQ EXTRA COST TO YOU, TO THE
PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE
CONTACT JANE CHAFIN, COURT MANAGER,
P.O. BOX 510, MARIANNA, FL 32447, 850-482-
9552, WITHIN 2 WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RE-
CEIPT OF THIS SUMMONS. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING OR VOICE IMPAIRED, CALL TDD 1-800-955-
8771 OR 1-800-955-8770 (V) VIA FLORIDA RELAY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING,
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN BY THE JACKSON
COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION OF ITS IN-
TENT TO CONDUCT A PUBLIC HEARING TO RE-
VIEW THE FOLLOWING AND OTHER BUSINESS:
The Jackson County Planning Commission will
Sapp's Land & Excavating (GD13-00010) A re-
quest to build an office and shop for a logging,
chipping, and land clearing business. The proj-
ect is located on Green. Circle Parkway, approx-
imately 2 miles north of Alford in unincorporat-
ed Jackson County.
The public hearing will be held In the Jackson
County Commission Board Room of the
Administration Building located at 2864
Madison Street, Marianna, Florida, on Monday,
the 6th of January, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Anyone desiring Information may contact the.
Community Development Department between
7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
at 4487 Lafayette Street, Marianna, Florida or
contact by phone at (850) 482-9637.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a special
accommodation to participate in this meeting
should contact the Planning Secretary at Jack-
son County Community Development no later
than 5 days prior to the meeting. The Planning
Secretary may be contacted at 4487 Lafayette
Street, Marianna, FL, 32448, (850) 482-9637, or
(800) 955-8771 (TDD).
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