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Vernon store derk robbed at gunpoint

Authorities looking for two female suspects ''~.


Staff report
Washington County law enforcement
is on the lookout for suspects in a con-
venience store robbery that took place
Monday in Vernon.
According to a press release from the
Washington County Sheriff's Office, at
approximately 8:48 p.m. on Monday,
WCSO received a call in reference to an
armed robbery at the Vernon Express
Store.
Three suspects reportedly entered the
Vernon, Express ,Store parking lot in a
dark colored, four-door car. Two female
suspects exited the vehicle and pro-
ceeded to the store. A third, unidentified
suspect remained in the vehicle as the
getaway driver.


* Both female suspects were observed
wearing black pants, black gloves and
black hoodies.
After entering the store, one of the sus-
pects pointed a revolver-type handgun
at the store clerk. The suspects took an
undetermined amount of cash from the
store, left and got into the waiting vehi-
cle, which headed south on Highway 79.
Crimestoppers is offering up to a
$1,000 reward for information leading
to the arrest of those responsible for this
armed robbery.
Anyone with information on the iden-
tity of these suspects is asked to contact.
the Washington County Sheriffs Office.,
An anonymous report to WCSO can be
made by calling 850-638-TIPS(8477) or
by mailing tips@wcso.us.


SUBMITTED PHOTO
This image provided by the Washington County Sheriff's Office shows two female suspects In an
armed robbery at a Vernon convenience store on Monday.


JACKSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT





It's a new year


But-the mission is the same: 'Build a Better Community .. One Student at a Time'


BY CHERYL MCDANIEL
Deputy Superintendent
of Jackson County Schools

As the Jackson County
School District looks ahead
*to 2014, theie" continue to be
changes and challenges that
will be faced.

mission state-
prepare all
students for
Cheryl success as
McDaijiel educated and
caring citizens
by inspiring
and building good charac-
ter and a passion for lifelong
learning, building a better
community, one student at
a time," the district will take
on these challenges as op-
portunities for growth and
improvement.
Student achievement, pre-
paring students for college
and career, will continue
to. be whAt motivates and
drives teachers, staff, and
leadership.
As has been true in recent
past years, one challenge


FLORIDAN FILE
John Ellerbee, director of elementary and early childhood, answers a' question about Common Core
education standards as Jennifer See, director of middle and secondary education, and Riverside
Principal Chris Franklin look on.


comes from budget issues
faced during these difficult
economic times. The major-
ity of funding for the district
comes from the state budget
and the district is dependent
on decisions made at the
legislative level in planning


a budget. Many increases
in state funding are tied to
specific uses and the district
doesn't have flexibility in
what these funds are spent
for.
The state has not given
any Public Education Capi-


tal Outlay (PECO) funding to
public schools in the past few
years these dollars have all
gone to charter schools so
the funding for new building
projects, maintenance and
See SCHOOLS, Page 5A


Marianna official offers a look ahead at 2014
BY JIM DEAN
Marianna City Manager
]Looking forward, 2014 holds
a host of goals and projects
that the city of Marianna will
be working to accomplish. cp a
The upcoming completion
of construction
of the natural
gas fueling sta-.... .......... _
tion located o n
South Street
will allow the
Jim City to partner MARK SKINNER/FLORIDAN FILE
Dec-n with Waste Pro Marianna City Commissioners (from left) Rico Williams, John Roberts, Paul Donofro Jr.,.Allen Ward 11 and
_____ and Anderson Travis 'Ephriamn are shown in this June-2013 photo.
Columbia to project will include the'ad- water tank and other infra- those facilities.
provide natural gas for their. edition of private rooms and structure improvements are More infrastructure improve-
vehicles. rehabilitation services, for the underway at the airport/in- ments will ,come as the city
Marianna Health and Reha- clients. dustrial park, paving the way
bilitation Center's expansion Construction of an elevated for further improvements at See CITY, Page 5A


NAACP


Speights


named


Citizen of


the Year

Gospel music man
to be honored Jan. 20
BY DEBORAH BUCKHALTER
dbuckhalter@icfloridan.com

When Johnny Speights learned
that he had been chosen the lo-
cal NAACP's Citizen of the Year
for 2013, he said he felt humbled
by the news.
____Sp_ Speights
will be rec-
Slove gospel ognized at a
music,I Martin Lu-
(lWayshave. their King
alwaysDay prayer
ryvebeena breakfast on
Christian Jan. 20. The
thw event will be
held at St.
eighthgrade, James A.M.E.
andlhad Ch ur c h
and begins
already at 8 a.m.
started The prayer
corng breakfast
collcting
will be fol-
gospel musiW lowed by two
by the time more MLK
Igotthe Day events:
a parade at
prgram. 10 a.m., be-
ginning at
the intersec-
Johnny Speights, tion of Hawk
NAACP Citizen and Orange
of the Year streets, and
an 11 a.m.
worship service at Mount Olive
Missionary Baptist Church, on
Barnes Street in Marianna.
But at the prayer breakfast,
Speights will be in the spotlight
right alongside the civil rights
icon.
"It was a great honor to be se-
lected," he said, in remembering
the moment he found out.
As a radio program host, Spei-
ghts has been keeping the public
informed about NAACP events
and other community news for
many years, making announce-
ments about church gatherings,
celebrations, charitable events,
and reading obituaries and be-
tween tunes as he spins out gos-
pel on Sunday mornings.


See SPEIGHTS, Page 5A


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ComxmixOity Calendar


TODAY
Chipola new student testing-Chipola College.
For information call 718-2211 or visit www.chipola.
edu.
b 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.
Marianna Kiwanis Club Meeting Noon at
Jim's Buffet & Grill, 4329 Lafayette St., Marianna.
Call 482-2290.
St. Anne Thrift Store -will be closed for the
holidays.
VFW & Ladies Auxiliary Meeting 6 p.m. at
-2830 Wynn Sf., Marianna. Covered -dish supper
followed by a 7 pm. business meeting. Call 372-
2500.
Alcoholics Anonymous Closed discussion,
8-9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2901 Cale-
donia 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 -78 a.m. until 3p.m.
Chipola College registration for spring terms A & B.
For information;call 718-2211 or visit www.chipola.
edu.
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
Methodist Church on Clinton St. in Marianna.
Sponsored by Marianna Optimist.Cldb for students
for students 8- 18 years of age in Jackson County.
All students and their parent; are welcome. Players
of all skill levels including beginners are welcome.
Call 693-0173.
) 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
209-7856,573-1131.
Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 8-9
p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna.

SATURDAY, JAN.4
Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 4:30-
5:30 p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna.
SUNDAY, JAN. 5
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.
Alcohdlics 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.
) Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting 8 p.m. in
the board room of Campbellton-Graceville Hospital,
5429 College Drive, in Graceville.

MONDAY. JAN.6
# Chipola new and returning student -8 a.m.
until 6 p.m. Chipola College-registratioin for new and
returning students 'for Spring A & B. For informa-
tion, call 718-2211'or visit www.chipola.edu.
) Employability Workshop 2:30 p.m. Marianna
'One Stop Career Center. "Coping with Unemploy-
ment" 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 the workshops.
) Spring musical theatre auditions,- 5 p.m.at
Chipola Center for the Arts for Von Trap children and
6:30 for adults and others. Call Charles Sirmon at
718-2227 or sirmonc@chipola.edu.
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 are welcome. Call 209-
7638 for more information.
Woodmen of the World Lodge 65 monthly
meeting 6 p.m. at the Oaks Restaurant in Mari-
anna. Installation of officers will be held. Members
encouraged to bring a friend. $5 co-pay per mem-
ber. For more information, call 482-5255.


Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting- 8-9
p.m. in the AAroom of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St., Marianna.

TUESDAY, JAN. 7
. Late registration 8 a.m. until 6p.m. Chipola
College Spring classes begin for terms A &B. For
information, call 718-2211 or visit www.chipola.edu.
Optimist Club of Jackson County Meeting- Noon
at Jim's Buffet & Grill, 4329 Lafayette St., Marianna.,
Sewing Circle -'1 p.m. at Jackson County Senior,
Citizens, 2931 Optimist Drive in Marianna. Call 482-
5028 for more information.
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 facilita-.ed by a Certified Motivational
Career Coach.Visit employflorida.com to register
for the workshops.
Marianna City Commission Meeting 6 p.m.
in City Hall, 2898 Green St., Marianna. Public 'is
welcome. Call 718-1001 for mlore information.
Writing Center Meeting 6 p.m. at the Jackson
County Public Library, 2929 Green St., Marianna.
Local Author and Historian, Dale Cox, will address
:he group. Call 482-9631 for more information.
) Alcoholics Anonymous Closed Meeting 8-9
p.n. 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
AARP tax aide training session 9a.m. until
1 p.m. Jackson County Agricultural Buildng,, Penn
Ave., Marianna in the conference room. Learn
hands-on training for electronic preparation and fil-
ing of tax returns free. If interested in volunteering,
call 718-7919.
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
Forest Ceitification 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at.the
UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office, Mari-
anna. Cost is $15, which includes materials; lunch
and breaks. SAF Continuing Forest Education crqd-
its approved for this workshop: 3.5 hours Category
3.5 hours Category 1-CF. Call 352-219-8717 for more
information.
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.for more information.
St. Anne Thrift Store 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St.
Anne's Catholic Church, 3009 5th St., Marianna.
Call 482-3734 for more information.,
The William Dunaway Chapter, Florida Society,
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"bDaniel Boone in Florida." Anyone
interest in SAR is welcome. For more information,
call 594-6664.'
A Employability Workshop -2:30 p.m. Marlianna
One Stop Career Center. "Making Positive First
impressions" is the workshop. It isfree and open to
the public. The workshop is facilitated by a Certified
Motivational Career Coach. Visit employflorida.com
to register for these informative workshops.
) Jackson County Branch of the NAACP
monthly meeting 6 p.m. St. James
) Alcoholics Anonymous.- Closed discussion,
8-9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2901 Cale-
donia St., Marianna, in the AA room. Attendance
limited to persons with a desire to stop drinking;
papers will not be signed.

FRIDAY, JAN. 10
))ACT Registration deadline Chipola College
for February test date. For information, call 718-2211
or visit www.chipola.edu.
) Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast 7
a.m.-9 a.m. at the Agricultural Center on Penn Ave.
in Marianna.
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. 8 p.m. First United
Methodist Church on Clinton Stf 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 693-0473.
Celebrate Recovery 7 p.m. at Evangel Worship
Center, 2645 Pebble Hill Road in Marianna. Adult
and teen meetings to "overcome hurts% habits and
hang-ups." Dinner: 6 p.m. Child care available. Call
209-7856,573-1131.
, Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 8-9
p.m. in the AA room of First United. Methodist
,Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna.


SATURDAY, JAN. 11
Alford Community Health Clinic Hours -10
a.m. until last patient is seen. at 1770 Carolina St. in
Alford. The free clinic for income-eligible patients
without medical insurance treats short-term
illnesses and chronic conditions Appointments
available (call 263-7106 or 209-55Q1); walk-ins
welcome. Sign in before 11 a.m.
dhipola Chapter, NSDAR, will meet for "Shar-
ing of Quilts"-11 a.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal
Church, 4362 Lafayette St., Marianna. Arrive at
10:30 to set up quilt display. Bring a brown bag
lunch. Guest welcome. For information contact at
638-1947 or cdjordan@bellsouth.net.
Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 4:30-
5:30 p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna.

SUNDAY, JAN.12
Alcoholics Anonymous Closed Discussion
6:30 p.m. in AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901'Caledonia St. in Marianna. At-
'tendance limited to persons with a desire to stop.
drinking.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting 8 p.m. in the
board room of Campbellton-Graceville Hospital,
5429,College Drive, Graceville. -
Monday, Jan 13
D Marianna Lions Club Meeting Noon at Jim's
Buffet & Grill, 4329 Lafayette St., Marianna. Call
482-2005.
Tickets on sale for Chipola Artist Series event
Harpist Anna Maria Mendieta-2 p.m. 5 p.m. at
Chipola Box Office or online tickets at www.chipola.
edu. Tickets are $14 adults $10 age .18 and under.
The music and dance program is complete with
Latin instruments and Flamenco dancers.
Employability Workshop-2:30 p.m. Marianna
One Stop. Career Center. "Mock'Interviewing" is
the workshop..lt 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.
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-
7638.
Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 8-9
p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 290i Caledonia St., Marianna.

TUESDAY, JAN. 14
Republican Club of West Florida Meeting
Noon at Jim's Buffet & Grill, 4329 Lafayette St.,
Marianna. Call 352-4984.
Optimist Club of Jackson County Board Meet-
ing Noon at 4476 Broad St., Marianna.
) Sewing Circle 1 p.m. at Jackson County Senior
Citizens, 2931 Optimist Drive in Marianna. Call
482-5028.
) Tickets on sale for Chipola Artist Series event
Harpist Anna Maria Mendieta-2 p.m. 5 p.m. at
Chipola Box Office or online tickets at www.chipola.
edu. Tickets are $14 adults $10 age 18 and under.
The music and dance program is complete with
Latin instruments and Flamenco dancers.
Employability Workshop-2:30 p.m. Marianna
One Stop Career Center. "12 Keys to Success" 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.


The submission deadline for this calendar is two days before publication. Submit to Community Calendar, Jackson County Floridan, P. 0. Box 520, Marianna, Fl 32447, email
editorial@jcfloridan.com, fax 850-482-4478 or bring items to 4403 Constitution Lane In Marianna.


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Chipola artist series event is

The Chipola Art- t
ist Series will present
harpist Anna Maria
Mendieta Jan. 16, at 7
p.m., m the Center for
the Arts.
Leading the audi-
ence through the
right turns, dips, and
smoky cafes of Argen-
tina, Mendieta's Tango
del Cielo (Tango from
Heaven) is a fresh in-
novative presentation
of the passionate and
sensuous music of the 1A
Tango and 'Spanish
Flamenco. Complete
with Latin instruments
and Flamenco danc- P'I. / *
ers, the theatrical mu-
sic and dance program ".-A
is a must see.
Tickets are available
online atwww.chipola.
edu. Tickets will be
available in the Center
for the Arts box office. Harpist Anna Maria Mendieto will perform at Chipola.


Jan. 16


Law enforcement academy classes set


The Public Safety Program at the
Washington-Holmes Technical Cen-
ter will be offering open enrollment,
to their day/night time Law En-
forcement Academy. Students that
successfully complete the training
program will be eligible to become
a Florida certified law enforcement
officers with ah average starting sal-
ary of approximately $30,000.00 a
year in this area.


academy, Washington-Holmes
Technical Center offers a "pay by the.
course" option. Some students are-
also eligible for financial assistance.
The day and night academy meets
four days a week (Monday through
Thursday) instead of the traditional
fh\e-dar academies. This allows stu-
dents more flexibility to work, con-
duct business and spend time with
their families.


In order to spread the cost of the Classes begin Jan. 21. Pre-registera-


tiori is required by Jan 15.
For students interested in certifi-
cation in both Corrections and Law
Enforcement, WHTC now offers
a dual certification course. Upon
completion students can become
certified in both Corrections and
Law Enforcement. The program is
Pell eligible for those who qualify.
For more information, stop by the
Technical Center or call Brandi Cur-
ry at 638-1180 ext.361.


Florida Panhandle house fire kills 4 women


The Associated Press

MARIANNA Four
women died Wednesday in
a house fire in the Florida
Panhandle.
Marianna Fire. Chief
Nakeya Lovett said three
smoke detectors woke up
six children in the house.


All the children escaped
the fire.
"That's what woke them
up to alert everybody that
there was a fire, to try to
get everybody out. And
unfortunately the four
didn't make it out," Lovett
told WJHG-TV.' "These
women were pillars in the


community. A lot of people
would pass by and blow
the horn as they saw them
sitting on the porch* It's
just heart-breakdng."
James, Rhynes said -the
fire killed four of his
relatives.
"My grandmother, her
name is Gertrude Pete.


Her mother, which is
Sarah Johnson, that's mny
great grandmother, and
then my mother's father's
mother, Elisb Pete, which
was also in the house, and
then my mom's baby sister
who was also in the house,
Cynthia Pete," Rhynes
said.


Chipola College


Prepare now for


spring classes


Registration for spring
classes at Chipola College
begins Thursday, Jan. 2,
for returning students.
New and returning stu-
dent registration is Jan. 6.
Classes begin Jan. 7.
There are several steps
to completing the ap-
plication process: (1)
complete the college
* Admission Application;
call 718-2311 for assis-
tance; (2) request a final
high school transcript be
sent to Chipola Admis-
sion and Records Office;
and (3) take the College
Placement Test; call 718-
2284 for assistance.
Chipola offers the
Bachelor of Science De-
gree, the; Associate in
Arts Degree, the Associ-
ate in Science Degree
and Workforce 'Develop-
ment programs.
Bachelor's Degrees in-
clude: Science Educa-
tion Middle Grades (5-9);
Biology Education Sec-
ondary Grades (6-42);
Mathematics Education
Middle Grades (5-9);
Mathematics Education
Secondary Grades (6-
12); English Education,,
Exceptional Student Ed-
ucation and Elementary
Education; Business Ad-
ministration :with con-
centrations in Manage-
ment or Accounting; and
a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing. .
Additionally, the col-
lege offers the Educator
Preparation Institute,
a, Teacher Certification
program for those with
a B.S. in-a non-teaching
field.-
The Associate in Arts
degree is designed for


students who plan to com-
plete their first two years
of college work and then
transfer to a four-year pro-
gram at Chipola or another
college or university. Cred-
its earned are transferable
and are applicable toward
a bachelor's degree. Aca-
demic advising guides
that outline requirements
for specific majors are
available from Student Af-
fairs and are located on the
college website at www.
chipola.edu.
Several Associate in Sci-
ence and Workforce pro-
grams are offered which
provide training for high
wage jobs. Workforce pro-
grams include: Automotive
Service Technology, Fire-
fighter, Law Enforcement
Officer, Correctional, Of-
ficer, Cosmetology, Cross-
Over Corrections to Law
Enforcement, Cross-Over
Law Enforcement to Cor-
rections, Nursing Assistant
and Welding.
Associate in Science
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ness Administration, Early
Childhood Education,
Computer Information
Technology, Fire Science
Technology, Criminal Jus-
tice Technology (Crime
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ing Services Technology,
Culinary Management,
Nursing (RN and LPN),
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College Credit Certificate
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Rain delays whooping
cranes learning to
migra "e
TALLAHASSEE Rain
showers have delayed,
eight endangered whoop-
ing cranes ready to com-
plete their journey to their
winter home on Florida's
Gulf Coast.
The birds are being
taught to migrate by
humans flying ultralight.
aircraft. They left Wiscon-
sin in October and landed
Tuesday in northwest
Florida.
The cranes had been
expected to fly over Leon
County on Wednesday
morning on their way to
St. Marks National Wildlife
Refuge.
It's the 13th migration
led by aircraft flown by
an organization called
Operation Migration.
The organization said
Wednesday morning that
rain showers had closed
in on the cranes' flight
path, keeping the birds
grounded.
The entire journey cov-
ers roughly 1,100 miles
through seven states.
Only a few hundred
whooping cranes remain
in the wild.

Tampa Bay-area
deputy injured in hit-
and-mn crash
ZEPHYRHILLS -A
Tampa Bay-area sheriff's
deputy is hospitalized af-
ter'being seriously injured
in a head-on crash.
Pasco County Sheriff
Chris Nocco says the
deputy's cruiser was hit
head on by a pickup truck
early Wednesday, and the
* other driver fled on foot.
Deputy Darren Hill was
airlifted to a Tampa hospi-
tal. The sheriff's office says
Hill had two broken legs
and internal injuries.
Authorities say Hill was
able to trigger an emer-
gency alert signal in his
vehicle after the crash.
Nocco says it's not
known whether the other
driver was intoxicated.
Florida Highway Patrol
arrested a Zephyrhills


man on charges of leaving
the scene of a crash with a
serious injury and driving
with an expired license.
Sheriff's deputies ar-
rested the suspect's wife,
brother and sister-in-law
on obstruction charges.

Airboat lands in
Tampa to mark flight
anniversary
TAMPA-An airboat
replica has landed safely
in Tampa Bay, marking the
'1OOth anniversary of the
world's first commercial
flight.
Eddie Hoffman Jr. flew
the aircraft Wednesday
from.St. Petersburg to
Tampa. The flight marked
the centennial of the
inaugural flight of the St.
Petersburg-Tampa Airboat
Line.
A replica of the origi-
nal Benoist airliner that
made the 1914 flighthad
been scheduled to make
Wednesday's flight, but
that aircraft failed to get
airborne during testing.
Creator Kermit Weeks
tellsThe Tampa Tribune
that he hopes more modi-
fications will allow him to
fly the airboat across the
bay later this year.
Weeks powered up the
Benoist replica Wednes-
day for the takeoff event
in St. Petersburg.

Deputies: Teen kills
father in domestic
dispute
AVALON PARK Au-
thorities say a central
Florida man has been shot
and killed by his teenage
son in a domestic dispute.
According to the Orange
County Sheriff's Office,
the shooting happened
early Wednesday in Avalon
Park.
Deputies say the man
was intoxicated and hit-
ting his wife. That's when
the 15-year-old allegedly
shot his father.
The woman told 911 dis-
patchers that her husband
had come home drunk
and hit her, and then her
son shot him.
The teen was taken into


custody but no charges
have been filed.
Four other people were
in the home at the time of
the shooting, but no other
injuries were reported.

Miami port tunnel on
track to open later
this year
MIAMI-A $1 billion
tunnel connecting the
Port of Miami with nearby
expressways is on track to
.open to traffic, later this
year.
The Miami Herald
reports that workers
have begun building the
roads that will allow cargo
trucks, tourist buses and
other vehicles to, travel
under Biscayne Bay.
Officials have said the
tunnel will open to traffic
in May. The project is
intended to reduce traffic
in downtown Miami.
The drilling of the tunnel
took about a year and half.
Miami Access Tun-
nel Vice President Chris
Hodgkins says that if
a major hurricane ap-
proaches, 50-ton metal
gates at the tunnel's
entrances will close to pre-
vent flooding.
The tunnel is part of a
major port overhaul de-
signed to complement the
expansion of the Panama
Canal, scheduled for


completion in 2015.

Vice president's
brother buys Florida
home
NAPLES -Vice Presi-
dent Joe Biden's brother
can now claim Florida
as home, or at least as a
home away from home.
James Brian Biden
and his wife Sara closed
Dec. 23 on a $2 million,
5-acre property located
oh Keewaydin Island, an
exclusive strip of land '
off the coast of Naples in
Soutthwest Florida.
The purchase will give
the vice president a local
base in the nation's biggest
swing state, should he
choose to run for presi-
,dentin 2016.
James Biden serves as
the executive vice presi-
dent of the technology
distribution and construc-
tion development compa-
ny, HillStone International
LLC.

Sarasota Kennel
Club gets reprieve on
cages
SARASOTA A reprieve
from the state will allow
Sarasota Kennel Club to
complete its greyhound
racing season in April.
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The Associated Press

HOUSTON Former
first lady Barbara Bush re-
mains hospitalized with a
respiratory-related issue,
but her condition hasn't
changed, a spokesman for
her husband's office said
Wednesday.
Bush, 88, was admitted to
Houston Methodist Hos-
pital on Monday, though
it wasn't announced until
former President George
H.W Bush's office released
a statement Tuesday night.
"She is in great spirits,
has already received vis-
its from her husband and
family, and is receiving fan-
tastic care," the statement
read, promising to provide
updates as warranted.
Jim McGrath, a spokes-
man for the former presi-
dent, said there was "noth-
ing new to report" on
Wednesday,
In the meantime, Presi-
dent Barack Obama said
he hopes Bush gets well


soon.
"Michelle and I send our
best wishes to Mrs. Bush
for a speedy recovery," the
president said in a writ-
ten statement. "Barbara is
blessed to have both a lov-
ing, supportive family by
her side and a vibrant spir-
it that we hope will have
her feeling better soon."
He added: "I know I
speak for, Americans ev-
erywhere when I say that
our thoughts and prayers
are with Barbara and her
family on this New Year's
Day"
Bush and her husband,
the 41st president, live in
Houston and still make
public appearances. Last
week, they honored a
Houston businessman
and philanthropist with
a Points of Light Award, a
volunteer service award
started by the former
president.
Also Wednesday, for-
mer President Bill Clinton
tweeted: "I'll be rooting


for Barbara Bush's full re-
covery while she's root-
ing for Baylor today. All
the best to her and to @
GeorgeHWBush."
Baylor plays Central
Florida in the Fiesta Bowl
on Wednesday night.
The former first lady had
a reputation for bluntness
when her husband was
president. Her son, George
W Bush, was the 43rd
president.
The Bush family matri-
arch had heart surgery in
March 2009 for a severe
narrowing of the main
heart valve. She also was
hospitalized in November
2008, when she underwent
surgery for a perforated
ulcer. In 2010, she was ad-
mitted to the hospital after
having a mild relapse of
Graves disease, a thyroid
condition for which she
was treated in 1989.
Health concerns had
been more common of
late with her 89-year-old
husband, the nation's old-


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE
Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara
Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine on Aug. 22. Bush has been
hospitalized in Houston with a respiratory-related issue. A statement Tuesday night from the
office of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, said she was admitted to Houston
Methodist Hospital on Monday.


est' living former presi-
dent. George H.W Bush
was' released in January


2013 after he spent nearly
two months at Houston
Methodist' Hospital, being


treated for a bronchitis-
related cough and other
health issues.


- Marketing' 'to uninsured youth ramps up


THEASSOCIATE D PRESS
Employees help customers at the crowded sales counter inside
Medicine Man marijuana retail store, which opened as a legal
recreational retail outlet in Denver On Wednesday. Colorado
began retail marijuana sales on Jan. 1, a day some are calling
"Green Wednesday."


Legal recreational


pot industry opens


The Associated Press

DENVER Crowds were
serenaded by live music as
they waited for the nation's
first legal recreational pot
shops to- open. They ate
doughnuts and funnel
cakes as a glass-blower
made smoking pipes.
Some tourists even rode
around in a limo, eager to
try weed but not so eager
to be seen buying it.
And when the sales be-
gan, those who bought the
drug emerged from the
stores,, receipt held high
and carrying sealed shop-
ping bags, to cheers.
"I'm going to frame the
receipt when I go home,
to remind myself of what
might be possible: Legal
everywhere," 'said musi-
cian James Aaron Ramsey,
28, who did some time in
jail for pot possession in
'Missouri and played folk
tunes with his guitar for
those in line.
Activists hope he's right,
and that the experiment in
Colorado will prove to be
a better alternative to the
costly American-led drug
war, produce the kind of
*revenue that state officials
hope and save the govern-
ment costs in locking up
drug offenders.
Just on the first day,
prices in some places
rose to more than $500 an
ounce, and some shops


announced midafternoon
they would close early be-
cause of short supply. It's
too soon to say whether
the price spikes and long
lines will persist.
Washington state will
open its pot industry later
this year. Both states' pro-
grams will be watched
closely not just by officials
in other states, but by ac-
tivists. and governments
in other countries because
the industries will be the
first to regulate the produc-
tion and sale of the drug.
Some countries have de-
criminalized the drug, and
the Netherlands lets people
buy and sell it, but it's ille-
gal to grow or process it.
Just as shops opened
Wednesday, the Denver
Police Department tweet-
ed, "D6 you know the law?"
and linked to city websites
on state and local laws that
include bans on public
consumption, driving un-
der the influence, taking
marijuana out of state and
giving pot to anyone under
21.
Denver police said one
person was issued a sum-
mons for public consump-
tion. The Colorado State Pa-
trol reported no pot-related
incidents. No pot-related
incidents were reported at
Denver International Air-
port, where signs warned
travelers that they. can't
take the drug home.


The Associated Press

MIAMI .- The so-
called "young invin-
cibles" are so important
to the success of the Af-
fordable Care. Act that
supporters and detrac-
tors are spending mil-
lions to reach them with'
racy ads, social media
campaigns and celeb-
rity endorsements. The
president is even (gasp)
asking their mothers to
help convince them to
sign up for insurance:
The federal govern-
ment and states running
their own exchanges
have launched market-
ing efforts fqr this crucial
demographic of healthy
young adults, but it's un-
clear if the messages are
getting through.
Eric Fisher, a 28-year-
old from Salt Lake City,
said he still hasn't seen
any of the social me-
dia campaigns -. one
of which targets Utah
residents with images
of people snowboarding
and rock climbing.
He tried to sign up
online when the fed-
eral marketplace first.
launched 'but couldn't
because of the long wait
-times another website
glitches. He said he'll try
again at some point. He
added that the historic
health care overhaulisn't
a topic he and his friends
spend much time talking
about.
"It's not like a coffee ta-
ble conversation," Fisher
said.
According to a recent
Harvard survey, many
of Fisher's peers are
undecided.
A poll by Harvard's In-
stitute of Politics shows
about 40 percent of
people between the ages
of 18 and 29 are on the
fence about whether to
sign up, with the rest
split fairly evenly be-
tween those likely to en-
roll and those who prob-
ably won't.
The survey of 2,000
young adults was con-
ducted from Oct. 30 to
"Nov. 11, after the first


month of enrollment on
the health care exchanges
and when sign-up prob-
lems were at their peak.
Consisting ofhealthycol-
lege students and twenty-
somethings, the so-called
"young invincible" demo-
graphic is the holy grail of
the Affordable Care Act.
Insurers need their partici-
pation to offset the costs
of covering older, sicker
Americans. If enough
young people decide not
to buy insurance through
state or federal market-
'places, it could throw off
the market's equilibrium
and cause insurance rates
to rise dramatically the fol-
lowing year.
Federal officials haven't
released detailed demo-
graphic information on
who's enrolled so far, so it's
not clear how many young
people have signed up.
Ad campaigns in many
states are courting unde-
cided young adults. In Col-
orado, a nonprofit group
created a series of -pro-
vocative "got insurance?"
ads. One features a blonde
standing next to a life-
sized cut-out of celebrity
heartthrob Ryan Gosling
with the caption, "Hey girl,
you're excited about easy
access to birth control and
I'm excited about getting
to know you. She got in-
surance." Another touting
"Brosurance" encourages
men doing a keg stand
not to tap into their beer
.money to cover medical
bills. When the exchange
launched, models wearing
nothing but underwear
and "Get Covered" signs
passed out fliers in down-
town Denver..
Arizona and Utah ads tar-
geting weekend warriors
and other athletes note the
risks of getting hurt with-
out health insurance.
Shmuel Johnson, who
works in Los Angeles at a
small sound studio, hasn't
seen any ads or perused the
state's health exchange.
"There's this elitist atti-
tude that (politicians) think
they know what's better for
us than ourselves and that's
part of why I take issue with
this.. I'm being forced to do


something that's notneces-
sarily in my best interest,"
saidJohnson, a 31-year-old
who's never had insurance.
"I don't need insurance,
man. I'm healthy."
He'll wait until March to
enroll and says he'll select
the cheapest, lowest-level
of coverage available sim-
ply to avoid the fine. Ex-
perts expect many young
adults, like Johnson, to
wait until March.
In 2012, 18 million 19 to
34-year-olds lacked insur-
ance or 27 percent of all
people in that age group,
according to U.S. census
data.
The Obama administra-
tion is making the rounds
on college campuses to en-
courage people to sign up
and has enlisted celebrities
including Lady Gaga and
KerryWashington in its Get
Covered social media cam-
paign. Jennifer Hudson
and Olivia Wilde were fea-
tured in skits pushing the
Affordable Care Act on the
humor website Funnyor-
Die.com. In the latest push,
an Obama impersonator
encourages young adults
to tell their friends to get
covered in an online rap.
The president himself re-
centlytold a group ofnmoth-
ers visiting the Oval Office
that: "Moms can tell young
people who think they're
invincible that they're not
and prod them to at least
get information."
California state exchange
officials even tried to per-
suade women to pay the
first- month's premium
as a Christmas gift to
their adult children and
grandchildren.
Experts say engaging
young invincibles requires
a nuanced touch. They
prefer to talk with their
peers about pragmatic
things they can do to im-
pact the world, but aren't
interested in ideological
debates, said MorleyWino-
grad, author of 3 books on
millenials, including "Mil-
lenial Momentum."
But the cost of coverage
will play the biggest role,
experts say.'
More than 3 million
young adults have health


insurance thanks to the Af-
fordable Care Act because
they remained' on their
parents' health insurance,
according to the feds. The
law extended the age that
children can stay on their
parents' 'plan to 26.
Joshua Benson stayed on
his parents' insurance'until
he turned 26 last year. Af-
ter that, Benson, who had
his pancreas removed and
needs daily insulin for his
Type 1 diabetes, struggled
to find coverage. He was
either denied or quoted
$2,000 monthly premiums,
said the South Florida resi-
dent, who works part-time
as a grocery store cashier.
He recently enrolled in
a. platinum plan with no
deductible that costs him
$170) a month, and even
covers his endocrinologist.
The federal government
kicks in. another $200 a
month.
Benson says he was
amused by the Funnyordie.
corn skits, but said many
other, ads "are focusing
more on getting our atten-
tion than actually giving us
any valid information."
On the other side iof the
aisle, groups that oppose
the health overhaul such
as Generation Opportunity
are spreadingtheirmessage
at college tailgate parties.
The organization gained
a following after disturb-
ing-by-design social media
videos featuring a creepy
Uncle Sam popping up at
gynecological and proctol-
ogy exams went viral. The
tagline urged young adults
to keep big' government
out of their personal health
decisions.
The group's recent tail-
gate party at the University
of Miami had all the mark-
ings of the South Beach
club scene: hired glossy-
haired model's handing
out swag, free alcohol and
a sea of sweaty twenty-
somethings bumping and
grinding to a live DJ.
Mette Jensen, a 22-year-
old student; says she sup-
ports "Obamacare" even
though she signed, a peti-
tion against it.
"Well, why not. I love free
stuff."


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death by his father, Frank
Mullett.
Born in Rockville, Con-
necticut, Mr. Mullett was a
US Navy veteran and the
owner / operator of
Mullett's Air Conditioning
and Heating, Inc.
A wonderful husband,
caring father, and success-
ful businessman Ed is sur-
vived by his wife Pamela;
three sons Sterling, Ed-
mund, and Mark; Mark's
wife Zayra and their chil-
dren Eli, Kendall and Gab-
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Morganna.
He is also survived by his
mother, Edwina; older
brother Frank and younger
brother Larry, all from
Hartford, CT.
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repairs the district does
must come from other
sources.
There are some local
funding sources, includ-
ing property taxes and the
voter-approved half-cent
sales tax. The board has
always made it a goal to
keep property taxes as low
as possible so the half-cent
sales ,tax has helped' to
provide funding for capi-
tal outlay and technology
"purposes that would have
otherwise had to have
been funded through in-
creased property taxes.
As the end of the current
half-cent sales tax nears,
the 2014 referendum for
reauthorization of the
half-cent sales tax will be
among the most critical is-
sues for budgeting for the
district this year. Without
voter approval of the half-
cent sales tax, there will be
little choice but to increase
property taxes to provide
the funds needed for capi-
tal outlay and technology.
As our schools are aging,
cost of. upkeep and, the
decision on new facilities
and pursuing state special
facilities funding will need
to be addressed.
Many of the other chal-
lenges the district faces in
2014 come from legisla-
five mandates and initia-
tives that the district has
little control over but is re-
sponsible for implement-
ing. Among these is the
required Performance Pay
Plan that requires districts
to tie teacher salary to
evaluation results, includ-
ing student test scores.
This is required to be in ef-
fect in 2014.
The district has worked
closely with the Jackson
County Educator's Associ-
ation on this and will con-
tinue to be in partnership
with JCEA in dealing with
all the legislative and Race
to the Top issues that affect
teachers. Moving forward,
there is a requirement that
each course be associated
with an end of course exam
for the purpose of teacher
evaluation and these must
be developed or selected in
collaboration with JCEA.


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The legislative require-
ment to implement "digital
instruction" and the on-
line testing requirements
Will be another challenge
the district will face. In-
frastructure and one-to-
one student devices are
needed for full implemen-
tation. While the state is
providing some financial
support, it does not fully
fund this initiative. In pre-
paring students for college
and careers of the future,
implementation of digi-
tal instruction and use of'
technology by students is
critical.
Additionally, 2014 is
scheduled to be the last
year for the Florida Com-
prehensive Assessment
Test, or FCAT, which will
be replaced by a new as-
sessment that will measure
Florida's new standards -
Common Core. The deci-
sion on which assessment
will be used has not been
made yet by, Florida, so
the district will be keenly
awaiting this news.
There are many unan-
swered questions -beyond
which assessment will be
used: How will this affect
third grade promotion and
high school graduation, as
FCAT was the tesi used in
the past; will the test be to-
tally online or paper/pen-
cil-based at, some grades;
how will this be used the
first year for teacher evalu-
ation when there is no way
to show growth. in a new
test?
Looking ahead at 2014,
there is always question
as to what new mandates
will come from the State
Legislature in Tallahassee,
but the district elects to be
optimistic that some of the
questions willbe answered,
and possible changes made
in legislation, in response
to the questions surroutid-
ing new assessments and
teacher evaluation and to
the requirement for digi-
tal instruction to be fully
implemented.
Jackson County School
District schools and djs-
trict staff are committed to
providing the best educa-
tion, while making the best
use of tax dollars in doing
so, and will continue to up-
hold the mission to, "Build
a Better Community-
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This is a shot of Johnny Speights at the
music radio program.


Speights
From Page 1A
The tribute comes at a special
time in his life. Speights, who turns
73 in Feburary, will be celebrating
a personal milestone in radio a few
days after the MLK breakfast. The
second Sunday in February markS
his 50th year as host of the Spiri-
tual Echoes program on WTYS FM
(94.1), years ago known as 1340 AM.
He started that gig a few days after
he celebrated his 20th birthday, and
credits James "Big Buddy" Long
with inspiring him to take the slot.
That was back when the radio sta-
tion was housed in two small sec-
tioned-off rooms at the Robin Hood
Inn, a motel which stood in the vi-
cinity of the land now occupied by
the Kindel Lanes bowling alley.
Long owned Long's Grocery Store
at the time, a landmark business
than sat just across from Spei-
ghts' church, St. James AME. Jim
Tate, owner of the radio station at
the time, had asked Long to rec-
ommend someone to take over a
Sunday program featuring gospel
music after the original host, Virgil
.Elkins, moved on. Long thought of
Speights.
"He asked me about taking it, and
1I told him I didn't have any experi-
ence in something like that. But he
kept talking to me, encouraging me
to do it, and said Mr. Tate would
help me," Speights said' "And he
did. He and his two sons who were
working there at the time taught me
how to do everything.'I love gospel
music, I always have. I've been a
Christian since the eighth grade,
and I had already started collecting
gospel music by the time I got the
program."
Speights still has one of the first
45s he bought as a teenager, "Touch
Me Lord Jesus," by the Angelic Gos-
pel Singers. That's the theme song
for his show. It was mere coinci-
dence, Speights said, that Elkins
already used 'that tune as his theme
and Speights was happy to keep it,
along with the original name of the
program.
On his 37th anniversary as host of
Spiritual Echoes, Speights was hon-
ored with a special concert at his
church, where gospel groups per-
formed in honor of him and his wife
of 53 years, Leola Speights, and the
congregation who had assembled to
pay them tribute. Speights said his
wife has played an important role in
his program through the years.
"You know how men are; they can't
spell or use perfect English half the
time," Speights said with a laugh.
"I'd write my spots and she'd go over
and edit everything, make it sound
right and look good. I couldn't have
done it without her."
Married Aug. 14, 1960, the two
have watched and adapted as radio
changed through the years. From
playing 45s in the early years, and
speaking into a tabletop micro-
phone, Vann adjusted each time
things changed. He got the knack
of using LPs when those emerged as
the standard, hitting just the right
groove in the long-play.
He used to create his commercial
spots on a sometimes frustrating
reel-to-reel tape machine, and was


City
From Page 1A

sewer lining project wraps up and
construction begins on a Phase III
Road Project.
Plans are in place to make much-


SUBMITTED PHOTO
Controls of his deejay booth during t .he eadly years of his Spiritual Echoes gospel

--IThis is a present-day
shot of Speights, the
2013 NAACP Citizen
of the Year. In the
foreground is the
remembrance display
his friends Charles and
Lula Vann made for
him on the occasion of
his 37th anniversary
as host of Spiritual
*Echoes.


only too happy when a new-fan-
gled device came along, a cartridge
machine that made things much
easier. And he was thrilled with the
invention of CDs and the advent of
computers. He welcomed the-inter-
net, and because of it is now heard
worldwide. He has at least one lis-
tener in New Zealand, and gets cor-
respondence from listeners all over
the globe.
But there was one advance he
wanted no part of, and.rejects to this
day. Canned programming, he said,
is not an option he wants anything
to do with. Live, he said, is the only
way to go. He gets to play what he
wants to hear, and-what his listen-
ers want to hear. He gets feedback,
that is precious to him. Callers will
tell him why and how a particular
tune inspires them. He hears fam-
ily stories and has no doubt closely
guarded many secrets that were en-
trusted to him, information he will
take to his grave untold. He has a fax
machine set up in his home, where
he receives announcements -for
each Sunday's broadcast. And that
line, 482-5386, is always hot. But he
still goes by the funeral homes each
Saturday to pick up obituaries,. and
sometimes people leave their news
for him with the proprietors there.
No way he could do all that with a
package deal someone else put to-
gether, he said.
And there's still a turntable in the
station that he could use in a pinch.
It's still hooked up and ready to go
if he should ever need it. He's met
some luminaries in gospel mu-
sic, including every member of
the original Mighty Clouds of Joy.
For up and coming gospel artists
and for those already on the map,
Speights has been the man to meet
when the groups travel through the
area looking for air time and intro-
ductions to the listeners. He has
interviewed hundreds. When the
station was outfitted with a piano,
visiting groups would sometimes
perform live on air.
He has some rare 45s in his per-
sonal collection, including works by
Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers,
Edna Gammon Cook's "Nobody But
You, Lord" and a recording of "Pre-
cious Memories" by sister Rosetta
Tharp, the first female guitar player
of note in the gospel circuit.


needed improvements to city
cemeteries.
Residents who enjoy the city's rec-
reational facilities can look forward
to a new park on the south side of
U.S. 90 at the Chipola River, new
restroom facilities at Wynn Street
Park and the creation of an RV park
at MERE Complex.


Speights has never sang or played
an instrument himself.
"I can't carry no kind of tune," he
said with a smile. "But mywife, now,
she has a beautiful voice and sings
in the choir."
Still, he's a music man of note.
For the homebound, his program is
"church" on Sunday mornings. That
role is one of the many things that
make him feel good inside about
doing his show, he said.
On his 37th radio anniversary, two
of the couple's best friends, Lula
and Charles Vann, make a framed
remembrance piece and presented
to Speights at the concert. His wife
had secretly slipped that old Angel-
ic 45. into their hands. He had long-
since copied the music from it onto
a CD so that he could continue to
play the song but preserve his aging
vinyl copy, and the 45 became the
centerpiece of the remembrance
created by the Vanns.
Lula,Vann said the Speights were
two of the first people she met when
she joined the Jackson County com-
munity as a new bride.
.The two showed her the kind of
warmth and open-armed hospitali-
ty that helped her feel right at home
in her adopted community, she said.
Mr. Vann and Speights had be-
come fast friends. Before the Vanns
opened their own funeral home;
Charles had worked for another
one in town. When Speights made
his usual rounds to pick up obitu-
aries one Saturday to run on the air
the following morning, the two men
clicked. When Charles opened his
own funeral home, Speights started
driving a hearse when needed and
when the duty didn't interfere with
his Sunday morning program or
his job at Sunland Training Center,
where he worked for 34 years.
Lula said Speights and his wife
have been rock-solid friends
through the years. "He's been a true
friend of ours for 45 years, I'm proud
to say."
Speights still drives for Vann. He's
been doing that for 45 years, and
has no plans to stop. He 'also has
no intention of retiring from radio.
"I was just glad to be on the air," he
said in recalling his first years as a
radio host. "I hope people keep lis-
tening. I'll quit when Vann puts me
over in Orange Hill Cemetery."


These projects and more await
Marianna citizens and officials in
2014. To find out more about the
workings of the municipal govern-
ment, visit CityofMarianna.com or
attend one of the city commission's
regular meetings, 6 p.m. on the first
Tuesday of each month, inside City
Hall.


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BY DEBORAH BUCKHALTER
dbuckhalter@jcfloridan.com
Bitsey might have
been neglected and
abused as a pup,
as her longtime owner
suspects, but ever since
she's been in the care of
Sharron Hall, the 8-pound
Yorkshire Terrier has been
one pampered canine.
On a recent winter walk
around the block near
Hall's dwelling at Chipola
Apartments, Bitsey and
her nearly-identical son,
Mikey Joe, were wrapped
against the cold in snug,
colorful sweaters.
Hall took Bitsey in when
she was just a baby.
"My daughter knew
a boy..." Hall began .in
retelling how Bitsey came
to live with her and her
now-deceased husband,
"Gator" Wallace Hall.
That happened about
eight years ago when the
couple lived in Sneads.
Her daughter's friend had
found Bitsy somewhere in
Ponce de Leon, with the
animal showing signs that
it had suffered in life.
The little Yorkie now
weighs a healthy 11
pounds and takes regular
excursions on a leash with
her ever-watchful owner.
The dog frisks alongside
Mikey Joe. He's about 5
years old and weighs in
at eight pounds. Both are
purebreds, Hall said.
The dogs are not only
companions. For Hall,
the two bring up fond,
memories of a husband
who fully supported the
adoption of Bitsey all
those years ago.
"He was all for it," Hall
said. He had a soft spot
for animals, including
a mockingbird that he


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found fallen trom its nest
one year back in Sneads.
"He tried to be a'live if
it lives, die if it dies' kind
of guy when it came to
wildlife," Hall said. "He
believed in letting nature
take its course. Normally,
he wouldn't have done


this) but he saw a baby
mockingbird on the
ground and-its mama not
around. He put it back in
the nest. The bird fell out
again.' He put it back. It
happened again, and he
put it back one more time.
But he told the bird, 'OK,


this is it. Ifyou fall out
this time, you're on your
own,"' Hall remembered.
"Then the mama came
back and the baby wa.s
OK."
When Bitsey came
along, he agreed to let the
dog sleep in their bed, and


welcomed Mikey Joe into;
it when he was born.
When her husband-died
in 2008, Sharron said,
the companionship of
their adopted canine and
her boy helped her get
through the sorrow and
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their shared experiences
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Chipola set to open conference schedule


BY DUSTIN KENT
dkent@jcfloridan.com
After powering through a
tough non-conference schedule
with only one slip-up, the No. 5
Chipola Lady Indians are set to
begin Panhandle Conference
play Saturday
when they
head west to
face the Pen-
sacola State
Lady Pirates.
Chipola (16-
1) started the season winning 11
straight before suffering a 58-55
lqss to St. Petersburg on Dec. 7
in Ocala, but the Lady Indians
have since won five straight by
an average margin of 32.2 points
per game and appear locked and
loaded to begin a run at a Pan-
handle title.
"I think we've done every-
thing we can possibly do to get
ourselves prepared for this,"
Chipola coach Greg Franklin
said Tuesday. "We really tried to


schedule where we play more
games that are like Panhandle
Conference games early to go
out and compete against some
people that are just as good as
or maybe even better than some
of the teams in our league. That
was done by design and it will
be worth it as far as the kids be-
ing able to have that feel and not
be shocked to step up against
a very formidable opponent."
Among the biggest challenges of
the non-conference schedule in-
clude wins over No. 1 Trinity Val-
ley, No. 17 Florida State College
at Jacksonville, and No. 13 Palm
Beach State, as well as tradition-
al power Odessa and top 10 state
team Santa Fe.
But it's the loss to No. 23 St.
Petersburg that Franklin said de-
livered the most useful lesson for
his team going into league play.
"You always say you hate to lose
a game, but I think that loss prob-
ably opened some things up for
us," he said. "You know you can


get beat and you see that you're
vulnerable. I think it helped us as
much as playing all of the tough-
er teams in the country." ,
Whether Pensacola State (9-7)
can present a similar challenge
remains to be seen, but the Lady
Pirates have been up and down
so far this season, starting out
7-3 before two-point losses to
Shelton State, Central Florida,
and Palm Beach State sent them
into something of a tailspin.
But the Lady Pirates have a for-
midable 1-2 punch in 5-foot-8
sophomore guard Teadra Jones
and 6-foot freshman power for-
ward TyishaMoore that is combin-
ing to average 28.3 points and 13.1
rebounds per game this season.
Pensacola State's losses have
mostly come to good teams,
with the seven teams who have
beaten the Lady Pirates amass-
ing a combined record of 75-28.
"They're a very good basket-
ball team and they're going to be
very competitive in the league,"


Franklin said. "They've got a very
good point guard and they'll be
solid in terms of handling pres-
sure, and they've got a good big
kid. We're probably going to.at-
tack them and make them speed
the game up. I think that would
be a weapon we would have in
terms of making the game fast.
"We'll press and trap them,
make them handle our pressure
and try to make it a high-posses-
sion game. I don't think they'll
want to get out and run with us,
so we'll see if we can impose our
athleticism on them."
That will be a lot easier for the'
Lady Indians after getting closer
to full strength with the return of
leading scorer, rebounder, and
shot blocker Evelyn Akhator,
who missed the last five games
with"a knee injury after posting
averages of 14.6 points, 12.4 re-
bounds, and 2.4 blocks through
her first 12 games.
Sophomore Brianna Wright
stepped up big-time in her ab-


sence, however, topping 20
points in four of the five games
and averaging 18.6 points 9.6
rebounds and shooting 63.7 per-
cent from the field.
With Wright's ascension as a
scorer and the return of Akha-
tor, the Lady Indians could now
possess'the most dynamic post
presence in the country.
"I think it probably helps me
as a coach," Franklin said. "I see
more now of what Brianna can
do instead of us always deferring
to Evelyn. Now we've got two
people who can play both sides
of the block and that's tough to
guard. Brianna really found her
scoring niche inside, so we're
really going to pound that thing
inside when we set up our half-
court offense."
Chipola will still be without
suspended point guard Dia-
monisha Sophus, whose status
Franklin termed "day to day," as
well as wing player Sue Key who
is out sick.


PREP RASKETBRI.L


Malone's Alonze Bailey
dribbles by a Dothan
defender during the
Downtown Dothan
Hoops Classic champi-
onship game Tuesday
night in Dothan.
DANNY TINDELI7DOTHAN EAGLE


BY DAVID MUNDEE
dmundee@dothaneagle.com
Tyrez Lindsey kept Dothan alive with
a buzzer-beating layup to force over-
time and the Tigers' defense against a
foul-plagued Malone squad took over
from there.
The Tigers allowed only two points in
the four-minute extra period and made
enough free throws to take a 69-64
win over Malorie in the championship
game of the Eighth Annual Downtown
Dothan Hoops Classic Tuesday night at
the Dothan Civic Center.
It was Dothan's second straight Hoops
Classic title.
"It feels good," Dothan head coach
Emanuel Brown said. "I am proud of
the fact that we had a tougher road to
get here than any other year we have
won it.
"Dale County gave us all we could
handle that first night. Chipley has two
Division-I prospects and some guys
who can light it up. Daleville is so ath-
letic and they came at us and tonight
Malone has a great team, a great coach,
just a great program.
"But my guys stayed tough. The most
important thing is we grew up. We are
so young and inexperienced, but this
week helped us as far as growing up. In
the overtime, the guys dug in and made
some key stops and made some key
free throws."
Dothan improved to 12-4 and takes
the momentum of the tournament title
into a showdown at city rival Northview
on Friday.
Malone fell to 15-3 and lost in the
championship for the second time in
three years. The Tigers from Florida
were plagued by fouls, finishing with 31
for the game. Five of the top six Malone
players, including Oregon State signee
Chai Baker, fouled out.
"We had three starters on the bench
and it is kind of tough to get anything
manufactured," Malone head- coach
Steven Welch said, referring to the
overtime. "I thought the guys played
hard. We were up two and had a chance
(to win it) if we get a stop. We were one
stop away from winning it, but hat's
off to Dothan. No. 4 made a heck of a


play."
The No. 4 Welch referred to was Lind-
sey, who kept Dothan alive on the final
play of regulation.
Malone's Antwain Johnson had just
made the last of a two-shot free throw
opportunity with 6.3 seconds left to put
the Tigers from Florida up 62-60.
Dothan quickly inbounded to Jordan
Small, who raced up court and passed
to Lindsey after getting past half court.
Lindsey, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard,
drove to the lane and scored a layup as
the horn sounded, tying the game at 62
and forcing overtime.
Dothan's. Brown said the game-ty-
ing play wasn't anything special or de-
signed for any one player.
"We had all. five guards -in the game
and we told them (at the timeout be-
tween free throws) when you get it, just
go and attack the basket and hopefully,
something good will happen," Brown
said, adding he expected Malone to
press after the free throw.
"I commend Tyrez for wanting the
ball in that situation. He had a tough
game last night and I guess he wanted
to redeem himself. He went and got the
ball and took the ball and drove in for
the layup."
Malone's Welch, who called a timeout
after Johnson hit the first free throw,
said he instructed his players not to give
up a layup on a final play, but the Tigers
couldn't deliver on the instructions.
"We reminded the kids to not give
up a layup, to make sure you tie them
up and make them make free throws,"
Welch said. "Then we gave up a layup.
It was a lack of execution there."
It appeared that Malone's Johnson
would be the hero. The junior struggled
shooting all night, but hit a 3-pointer at
the top of the key off a screen with 42
seconds left to tie the game at 60. After
a missed 3-pointer by Dothan's Jordan
Neal, Johnson grabbed the rebound,
giving Malone a chance for the win.
Once in the half court set, Malone
gave it to Johnson and went to the same
play as the previous one, but this time,
he went drove around the screen down
the lane. As he went up for shot, he was
hammered to the ground with 6.3 sec-


onds left, sending him to the line.
"We wanted to get the ball up high
(above the key) and into his hands,"
Welch said. "We love for him or Chai
or Alonze Bailey tolhave it and create.
I just leave it up to him. He has to read
the defense. He pulled up and shot the
three the time before then the next time
he drove it."
Johnson hit both free throws to put
Malone up two, but Dothan's Lindsey
then delivered at the other end to force
overtime.
Dothan led throughout the overtime,
scoring the opening basket on a jumper
in the lane by Kevin Morris on the first
play. It would be Dothan's only basket
of the four-minute period.
The Tigers extended the margin to 67-
62 as Morris made 1-of-2 free throws
and Tyson Williams 2-of-4 free throws.
Malone's Bailey scored on a drive in
the lane with 31.4 left, cutting it to 67-
64, but Williams hit two free throws
with 29.3 seconds left.
Malone, looking for a three, couldn't
get one off against a tough Dothan de-
fense, losing 16 seconds of valuable
time off the clock before a jump ball
situation with 13.1 seconds left.
On the ensuing play, Williams stole
the ball, ending any Malone comeback
hopes.
Williams led Dothan with 13 points.
Neal, the tournament's Adam Deese
Sixth Man Award winner, and Morris
both had 11 points.
Baker paced Malone with 21 points,
but failed to score after the third quar-
ter and fouled out with 5:07 to go in the
fourth quarter.
Bailey followed with 13 points and
Johnson had 11.
Dothan's Williams, Neal and Chris
Graham were named to the all-tourna-
ment team along with Malone's Baker
and Johnson.
Also earning all-tournament honors
were Barbour County's Brion Patrick,
Houston County's Rayshon Kennedy,
Abbeville's Tre Grimsley, Chipley's Trent
Forrest, Daleville's Robert McGirt and
Eufaula's Jaylin Robinson and Marcellas
Butler, who also won the tournament's
3-point shootout.


College Football


Sooners


not scared


of Tide
The Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. Gabe
Lynn understands if Oklahoma
is considered an overwhelm-
ing underdog in the Sugar Bowl
against Alabama.
, Just don't expect the senior
COMING safety to react
FRIDAY with such un-
FRIDAY derstanding
Check out the when asked
Friday edition of if the No. 11
the Floridan for Sooners are
coverage of the "scared" of the
Sugar Bowl. Crimson Tide
a question
several teammates have been
peppered with since the bowl
selections were announced Dec.
8.
"Nobody's asked me that, but
(they've) kind of talked about
how they're such a great team
or whatever (and) how we can't
play with them," Lynn said. "I've
heard stuff like that, but I haven't
heard anything like, 'We're
scared of them.' Because we're
definitely not scared of them."
Oklahoma (10-2), a 16-point
underdog, will have its chance
to prove worthy of a BCS bowl
selection on Thursday night
when it takes 6n third-ranked
Alabama (11-1).
The game carries with it plenty
of intrigue simply because of the
presence of the Crimson Tide
- winners of three of the last
four national championships
and the premier program in col-
lege football since coach Nick
Saban's arrival in'2007.
The might of Alabama, how-
ever; is far from the only story
line.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops
made sure ofthat as far back as
last spring when he challenged
the notion that the Southeast-
ern Conference which has
fielded the last seven national
champions is the most com-
plete league in the country.
Stoops called some of the
stories about SEC supremacy
"propaganda." He followed that
by taking a jab at SEC defenses
this season, all of which made
for quality radio and Internet
material.
The winningest coach in Okla-
homa history, having surpassed
former Sooners coach Barry
Switzer this season, has wanted
little to do with the SEC storyline
leading to Thursday's game. The
closest he's come to providing
clarity on his earlier comments
about the conference was to say
he was talking about the lack
of quality teams in the league's
bottom half not teams like
Alabama.
"There's always a lot of talk
because newspapers have to
be filled and airtime has to be
filled," Stoops said. "You have to
talk about something. We don't
concern ourselves with it, really.
That's their job to do. Our job is
to get ready to play and to do the
work we do." L


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In yesterday's column,
I described how Peter
Fredin from Sweden
analyzed an auction to
deduce the look of the
other three hands, then
drove into a laydown
slam that was missed by
his opponents in a team
match.
Today, here is my
favorite call of last year.
It happened too late for
the International Bridge
Press Association awards,
but is surely a front-run-
ner for this year's.
It was originally
described by Marek
Wojcicki, for many years
the coach of the Polish
open team. The deal
arose during last Octo-
ber's Cavendish Invita-
tional Pairs in Mon'aco.
Look at only the West
hand, which was held
by Bartosz Chmurski.
With neither side vulner-
able, your partner opens
three clubs (some 5-9;
high-card points with six
strong or seven respect-
able clubs) and South
overcalls three hearts.
What would you have
done? What do you think
Chmurski did?


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joke. After North-South
reached seven hearts,
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spades. This was doubled
and down 12 for minus
3,200!
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number of clubs, but 17
of the 29 pairs reached a.
grand slam. (Seven no-
trump was reached twice,
seven hearts 13 times, -
and seven diamonds
twice.)
Chmurski did best of
all. He doubled three
hearts for penalty! He
planned to run to clubs
if North redoubled, but
North thoughtlessly
passed. Three hearts
doubled and made with
four overtricks was worth
only 930, not even as
good as a small slam with
anovertrick.


Dear Annie: Your advice to couples
about affairs has a very negative female
bias. A little flirting and an affair or two
is normal behavior for both men and
women.
Your usual advice is to get counseling
or break up the relationship. I would
advise them to just ignore it. They could
have many years of a happy-relationship
with each other. Why don't you suggest
that alternative?
-D.
Dear D.: Most of our readers aren't big,
fans of that alternative, whether male or
female. If both partners agree that affairs
are perfectly fine within their marriage,
we have'no objection. Or if one partner
chooses to overlook the other's philan-
dering, the couple might stay together,
although they are not necessarily happy.
In most cases, however, affairs are sneaky
betrayals full of lies, and one partner
loses out on the intimacy and trust
that keep a marriage solid. The partner
who cheats may believe the marriage
is sufficiently happy, but our mail says
otherwise.
Dear Annie: This is in response to "Fi-
nally at Peace," who now focuses on the


Horoscope

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19) Share your ideas
with people who can help
you to succeed. Focus on
making shrewd business
decisions. Hard work will
be rewarded in the end.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
19) Expect to give as
much as you get. Solidify
a partnership that will
improve your future.
Participating in clubs or
organizations will lead to
opportunity.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March
20) -You are likely to feel
unfulfilled if you haven't
put your needs first.
Consider changes that
you can make to improve
your attitude. A trip will be
informative.
ARIES (March 21-April
19) Don't be tempted to
join exclusive clubs that
will cost you top dollar. If
you've been flaky recently,
an argument is likely. You
will need to make conces-
sions to make amends.
TAURUS (April 20-May
20) Remain impervious
to irritations. There is no
reason to argue. Stay posi-
tive and focus on produc-
tivity. You will receive as
much as you contribute.
GEMINI (May 2 1-June 20)
If you want a job done,
do it yourself. Take initia-
tive and work indepen-
dently personal connec-
tion may turn out to-be
shallow. Before taking it
too far, ask questions.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Don't walk on eggshells
around a certain someone.
Be honest, and clear the
air. You need to decisively
move forward while feel-
ing good. You don't need
to change your values to
accommodate someone
unworthy.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
There is much to antici-
pate in the new year. You
have great ideas that can
become lucrative if you act
now. It's time to imple-
ment changes. Rearrang-
ing your furniture may be
a start.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
-That little extra effort
will make all the difference
in terms of a hobby or
your work. Don't be~pres-
sured into spending more
than you can afford. If you
stick to a budget, you will
benefit.
LIBRA (Sept: 23-Oct. 23)
Donet allow anyone to
aggravate you today. Think
carefully about what you
really want. Stop waf-
fling and make a decision
so that you may move
forward.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
.22) No one else should
be dictating what you
should do. Be prepared to
defend your point of view.
If you don't take control of
your life this year, it will be
your own fault.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-
Dec. 21) Take a careful
and honest look at your
finances. Don't bother
gambling today. There will
be ample opportunity to
make money this year,'but
foolish or reckless deci-
sions will lead to losses.


grandchildren they are "close" to instead
of mourning the ones they are not.
My husband and I have four beautiful,
successful and intelligent children. When
our oldest was an infant, my mother-in-
law told me that she was not available
to babysit, so we didn't impose. It was
difficult to watch Grandma and Grandpa
travel many miles to babysit for their
other grandchildren and attend their
plays and ballgames, while showing little
interest in ours, no matter how many
times we invited them. When we had
them over for Sunday dinner, we had to
listen while Grandpa bragged endlessly
about his other grandchildren.
Our children have been taught to treat
their grandparents with love and respect,
but kids catch on to favoritism. I suggest
that those grandparents examine their
own behavior to see whether they need
to change. I'm still hoping my in-laws
will realize what they are missing.
Hope To Be a Better Grandparent

Annie's Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy
Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.
Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@
comcast.net, or write to: Annie's Mailbox, c/o Creators
Syndicate, 737 Third St., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.





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QUESTIONS & ATTITUDE
Compelling questions...
and maybe a few actual answers


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SPEED FREAKS TOP 5 DRIVERS FOR THE TITLE
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Let's hope we see more
of this in 2014 little-
team drivers, like David
Ragan, in Victory Lane,

What should be NAS-
CAR's New Year's
resolution for 2014?
GODSPEAK Even out the
competition so that the
"middle of the pack" teams
have a better chance of
winning races. Only David
Ragan broke the-seal in
2013.
KEN'S CALL: To increase
its stated efforts to put
more emphasis on winning
races. You can't guarantee
last-lap fireworks, but you
can encourage them
And Jimmie Johnson's
New Years resolution?
GODSPEAK: That Hen-
drick Motorsports hires
more racing engineers to
keep with tradition and
stay'ahead of the curve on
rules changes.
KEN'S CALL: To keep
Chad Knaus happy and
comfortable. Sure, Jimmie
could maybe win without
him, but why take that
chance?
Sportscar testing this
week at Daytona.
Where'd the offseason
go?
GODSPEAK: There is no
such thing as an offseason
in this day and age. Folks
in racing get a day off here,
a day off there. I just hope
they got some eggnog.
KEN'S CALL: We're in
man's Age of Diminished
Attention Span. In market-
ing, a slow news cycle is
death.


KEY DATES
Dec. 6: NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series Award; La, nVegas
Jan. 9-10: Dayton 3 Preseas'n.
Thundei 1resling (Sprint Cupri
Jan. 11-12: Daeoitn Preseaso'n
Thunder testing kNatiinwi'd)
Jan. 13-14: Daylona Prtseason
Thunder testirg i truck sen;ii
Jan. 29: NASCAP Hail if
Farnv. 'C114 iniluchon
charlotte. C
Feb. 15: The Sprint Unlinmied
Feb. 16: Dayicnx 500
qualifying
Feb. 18: UNOH battle at Ihe
Beacri (K.iN Pr:, East Vticen
Mod'fieds)
Feb. 20: Budceiser Duel
Feb. 21: NertEra Energy
Resources 250
Feb. 22: DRIVE4COPD 300i
Feb. 23: Daytmna 500

Do you have questions or
comments about NASCAR
This Week? Contact
Godwin Kelly at godvwin.
keelIyF''news-)rnl com or
Ken Willis at ken.willisl' J
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Don't be surprised to see a different version of this photo again at the end of the 2014 Sprint
Cup Series season.


We have a new year, which means a new
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, which means
anybody competing for the championship is tied
in points in the title chase. Yes, a 43-way tie.
With that, we'll look into our crystal ball and.
pick the top-fiv.e drivers to watch in the champion-
ship hunt.
This is tricky because NASCAR made dramatic
rule changes to the Gen-6 car, which only has one
season of competition under its belt.
Obviously, the elite teams with the big budgets
should have an edge right out of the gjite. but
remrnerber. the fastest car doesn't always win the
race
Here are the.top-five picks in no particular
order, other than listing the defending Cup Series
champion first..
JIMMIE JOHNSON: He won his sixth Cup Series
championship in 2013. Now it's on to try to catch
all-tirre winners Richard Petty and Dale Earn-
hardt. whio both notched seven titles. Johnson has
to be the odds-on favorite, since he knows how to
steer 3 atock car in playoff mode and represents
the strongest race team, Hendrick Motorsports, in
thet series;
BRAD KESELOWSKI; If you are looking for a
driver *ith a big chip on his shoulder, "Kez" is
your nmin. Keselowski won the 2012 Cup Series
charmpionship, then turned around and missed the


Godwin Kelly is the Daytona Beach News-
Journal's motorsports editor and has
covered NASCAR for 30 years. Reach him
at godwin.kelly@news-jrnl.com


2013 Chase. He came out of, the chute strong, with
four consecutive top-five finishes, but was plagued
by gremlins after that. He could be Ford's top
driver in 2014 over in the Penske Racing camp.
DENNY HAMLIN: Remember 2010? Hamlin went
into the `in.ir r,.J:f .'.'ith the points lead and exited
a fror In 2013, he not only suffered a frac-
ture to his backbone, but had a lackluster season.
But keep this in mind he won the season finale
at Homestead, which should give him momen-
tum gc'in7 into the 2014 season; He was third on
the Joe Gibbs Racing depth chart in 2013, so the
incentive to perform is flush for glory,
KEVIN HARVICK: After going the entire 2013
season as a, lame-duck-driver, Harvick gets a clean
sheet at Stewart-Haas Racing. No longer under
the shadow of the, late Dale Earnhardt, 'Harvick
may go berserk and have a first-year season like
Matt Kenseth in 2013. Kenseth won seven races
and finished second in points. Expect those kind of
numbers from Harvick.
CARL EDWARDS: After a year of getting-to-
know-you with veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig,
Edwards could erupt like a dormant volcano. The
trick here is to pay attention to the crew chief.
Fennig knows all the nuances of the sport, and if
Edwards goes with the Fennig flow, the No. 99 car
could become NASCAR's new standard-bearer.
The theme here .should be: Watch. Learn. Listen.


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Ganr images ANDY LYONS
UPS is moving out of NASCAR
faster than it moved Christmas'
packages.
Did FedEx win the race of carri-
ers?
"Win might not be the operative
Word, because when your opponent
elects to not participate, losing is
no longer an option. But FedEx can
definitely boast that it outlasted UPS
when it comes to NASCAR involve- I
ment. UPS has announced that it will
be out of the racin' game for good
after the 2014 season. UPS ended its
team sponsorship of Jack Roush's No.
6 car in 2012 and now is taking its -
tens of millions of marketingdollars
elsewhere specifically to 68 college
athletic programs through marketing
behemoth IMG College, which is cur-
rently gobbling up every available big
college as a client.
Oops, that'doesn't sound good
for NASCAR's business climate,
does it?
While NASCAR would certainly
rather keep UPS on board, these
things are fluid companies come
and go every year. Few of them are
as huge as UPS. In a press-release
statement, UPS Public-Relations
Director Susan Roseinberg called it
"strictly a business decision." Well;
yeah, of course. We weren't assuming
it had anything to do with a lack of pit
passes or quality parking spots. Mean-
while, NASCAR's chief sales officer,
Jirn O'Connell, went to the cabinet
marked "Universal Statements, Fit
for all Occasions" and released the
following about UPS: "As we celebrate
it long aind successful tenure, we also
welcome seven new companies to the
famrlyof Official NASCAR Partners."
That's aimed at those of you includ-
ing his bosses who might cast a
sidtwaysI glance in -us direction.
Homologate? Isn't that something
they do to milk?
At firsl glance, it might appear that
way. A; second glance, it signals a
need for the dictionary. And as it turns
out, to "homoloeate" means to make
something official, to bestow upon it
the Good Housekeeping Seal.
Why do we now know this?
Oh. because the FIA's Land Speed
Records Corrmiision announced
last week that C1olin Braun s record
run at Daytoria in October 222.971
mph in a Ford-powered prototype
sportacor has, yes, been officially
h cinoiogafed by the world's foremost
motorspqrts authority Oops, it ap-
pears we're already using our new
word incorrectly. If it's "hornologated,'
by definition it's official, so to say
"officially hiorriolagated" is redundant.
isn't it? Let's move o'n.
Staten Island is back in the
game?
Yes and no. That NASCAR dream
Of ibiiding a track in'the shadow of
the New York City skyline has come
and cone That properly is now in the
hands of a company that's in the early
stages of turning it into'a marine port.
And frankly, NASCAR's higher-ups
including many of the well heeled,
drivers and owners have such a
long history with floating toys, the
thought of a marine port might be a
"Plan B" they wish they'd dreamed
up. Considering the NYC red
tape that must be involved,
no thanks.

Ken Willis has been covering NAS-
CAR for The Daytona Beach News-
Journal for 27 years. Reach him at A
ken.willis@news-lrn!.com


2014 Sprint Cup
schedule
Feb. 15: Sprint Unlimited at Daytona
nt. Speedway
Feb. 20: Duels at Daytona
Feb. 23: Daytona 500
March 2: Phoenix Int Raceway
March 9: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 16: Bristol Motor Speedway
March 23: Auto Club Speedway
March 30: Martinsville Speedway
Apr1 6: Texas Motor Speedway
April 12: Darlington Raceway
April 26: Richmond Int. Raceway
May 4: Talladega Superspeedway
May 10: Kansas Speedway
May 17: All-Star Race at Charlotte
Motor Speedway
May 25: Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 1: Dover Int Speedway
June & Pocono Raceway
June 15: Michigan InL Speedway
June 22: Sonoma Raceway
June 2&: Kentucky Speedway
July 5: Daytona Int Speedway
July 13: New Hampshire Motor
Speedway
July 27: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug. 3: Pocono Raceway
Aug.10: Watkins Glen Int.
Aug. 17: Michigan InL Speedway
Aug. 23: Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug. 31: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept. 6: Richmond InL Raceway
Sept. 14: ChicagOland Speedway
Sept. 21: New Hampshire Motor
Speedway
Sept 2&: Dover InL Speedway
Oct 5: Kansas Speedway
Oct. 11: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct. 19: Talladega Superspeedway
Oct.26: Martinsville Speedway
Nov. 2: Texas Motor Speedway
Nov. 9: Phoenix Int. Raceway
JlNov. 16: Homestead-Miami Speedway


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