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By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT cspears@chipleypaper.com CARYVILLE — Caryville Town Attorney Lyndia Spears said the town council may remove grave markers, not bodies, if the city were not paid for burial plots. At the Dec. 10 Caryville Town Council meeting where the town was advised to inform those who bury bodies in the Caryville Cemetery without authority would be requested to have the bodies removed by the Town of Caryville. “I was advising that they would send a letter that states that they should pay the bill or move the bodies,” said Spears. “The only thing that the town would be physically removing would be the unpaid markers.” One case the town council members discussed involved a murder-suicide. The couple buried after the tragic incident last year brought up by Council member Jim Taylor is an exception, explained Spears. “Due to the unusual circumstances of their demise, the town had agreed to allow them to be buried in the cemetery so there is nothing we can really do legally in this case,” said Spears. “However, for others we can send out a letter saying that they pay the bill or they can have the body removed. If they still do not comply then the city will take legal action if not removed.” Family members of the deceased have contended that the city has been paid for the burial plot, however. At the Dec. 10 meeting, Councilman Jim Taylor also informed the council that there were several unpaid markers at the cemetery. “They had no right to mark their plot without paying and we need to let them know that we’re taking it up until they pay,” said Spears on Dec. 10. “You’ll wind up not having a plot for the people of this town because of people taking advantage of the system.” C onnec t with us 24/7 G et br eak ing new s videos e xpanded st or ies phot o galler ies opinions and mor e ... @WCN_HC T ‘n hƒ s } p s ˆ qz n% chipleypaper .c om By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT rseyler@chipleypaper.com CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 on Monday to pay a $150,000 settlement in a lawsuit between the county and Heather Finch, the county’s former Human Resources director. The board held a special meeting and executive session on to discuss the litigation, and met in closed session for about 40 minutes. In the executive session were the county commissioners, County Attorney Jeff Goodman, plaintiff’s attorney John Dickinson and a court reporter. According to the terms of the settlement, the county will pay $150,000 to Broad and Cassel Trust Account on or before Dec. 27. The county will also pay all mediation costs and will accept a letter of resignation from Finch and her status in the county’s computer system will be changed from terminated to resigned. The Washington County News obtained a copy of the settlement on Friday after submitting a request for public documents under the state Sunshine Law. LYNDIA SPEARS HEATHER FINCH Volume 123, Number 38 Wednesday, JANUARY 1 2014 Caryville lawyer clari es town position Markers, not bodies, can be moved from cemetery County votes to settle lawsuit with former HR director See LAWSUIT A2 By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT cspears@chipleypaper.com CHIPLEY — On Nov. 29, 2011, we took an incredible journey with then 5-year-old Israel Sosa III, who suffers from Kennekam Syndrome, a lymphatic developmental disorder, as Angel Flight Southeast chose him to be transported to the Miami International Airport for much-needed medical treatment. Now, two years later, 7-year-old Sosa’s greatgrandmother, Bertha Johnson, reports his health has vastly improved and now, with the patience and dedication of a Jacksonville eye doctor, he is nally able to see. “After back and forth to doctors and surgeries we can thank God that Israel is doing as well as he is,” Johnson said. “Israel is the only living Kennekam patient alive in the United States, and what’s more is that he has three terminal SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER Israel Sosa III happily stands with mother, Amy Wright, great-grandmother Bertha Johnson and 5-year-old cousin, Lily Wright, all of whom Sosa is now happy to nally physically see. ‘WALKING MIRACLE’ Washington County boy regains vision See MIRACLE A2 Caryville Baptist Blue Grass Jam CARYVILLE — Caryville Baptist Church will hold a Blue Grass Jam at 6 p.m. on Friday. Come and enjoy picking, singing, food and fellowship. Chili and soup will be served. The church is at 4217 Old Bonifay Road in Caryville. North Bay Tribe Fundraiser CHIPLEY — The North Bay Tribe will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the tribal grounds. All proceeds will go to the clan building fund. The tribal grounds are at 1560 Lonnie Road, about ve miles south of Chipley. ‘Sound of Music’ auditions MARIANNA — Chipola College Theatre will hold auditions for “The Sound of Music,” Monday, Jan. 6, in the Chipola Center for the Arts. Ages rst grade and up are welcome. No previous experience is required. Those auditioning for the Von Trap children will audition at 5 p.m. Adults and all others will audition at 6:30 p.m. Callback auditions are at 6 p.m., Jan. 7. “The Sound of Music” is a musical with music by Richard and Hammerstein. Contact Charles Sirmon, 7182227; sirmonc@ chipola.edu. INDEX Society ................................. A6 Opinion ................................ A4 Faith .................................... A8 Obituaries ............................ A7 Classi eds .......................... A10 By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT rseyler@chipleypaper.com CHIPLEY — Everyone is familiar with the sight of clean-cut young men in dress clothes, bicycling through the community. But not everyone is used to seeing young women in dresses on bicycles. “The hardest part was learning how to ride a bicycle in a dress,” says Sister Christopherson, 19, a Wyoming native who has been called to Washington County to serve part of her time as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Youth spread the Mormon Word LDS missionaries answer calling far from home Mormon missionaries currently serving Washington County include, from left, Elder Hill, Elder Wilcox, Sister Christopherson and Sister Krebs. The missionaries attend church in Bonifay and gave a talk on Sunday to the congregation. They invite inquiries and the elders may be contacted at 849-9397. 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Local A2 | Holmes County Times-Advertiser Wednesday, January 1, 2014 “Of course I rode a bike when I was younger, just not in a dress,” she adds, laughing. Christopherson is one of four young people presently living in Chipley as part of their missionary service to the Mormon church. The Mormon church is based on the revelations of Joseph Smith, who said the heavenly messages were de livered to him in the 1830s. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, the church has more than 5 million members in the U.S. and over 14 million worldwide. As part of their tradition, the young missionaries use the designations “elder” or “sister” and forego rst names while serving their terms and they typically will serve their mission in two or more locations. Young men will serve two year missions while young women will be called for 18 months, said Elder Hill, a 20year-old Fort Worth, Texas native who quietly assumes the role of leader when the four missionaries gathered for an interview on Dec. 23. “All worthy young men and women are called to serve as missionaries,” Hill explained, adding that not all Mormon youth are called to serve mis sions, but many do. “The pro cess begins with our Prophet praying and fasting over our names, and there are 80,000 missionaries around the world.” The young people attend a Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, for pre-mis sion training before being sent to a mission to serve — in this case, the Tallahas see, Florida Mission, where area Mormon missionaries are assigned. The MTC is adjacent to Brigham Young University, but the training is not an ac credited course. Rather the goal of the training is prepa ration for proselytizing and training in proper conduct and scripture study. “Our Mission stretches from Tallahassee to Perry (Fla.) to Pascagoula (Miss.),” Hill said. Where the individual mis sionaries nally wind up is a decision made by the mis sion president. The president prays and fasts for guidance in making the assignments. Joining Hill and Christo pherson in Chipley are Sister Krebs, 21, and Elder Wilcox, 19, both of Utah. None of the missionaries knew each other before arriving in Tal lahassee for assignment. Mormon missionaries are recognizable from their professional attire and their bicycles. According to Wikipedia, missionaries must remain in professional, conserva tive attire. For instance, a light colored suit is accept able. They are also allowed to wear a sweater or suit vest over their dress shirt and are encouraged to wear brightly colored ties. Sister missionaries are required to wear skirts and dresses that cover their knees and are not required to wear skirts and dresses that are mid-calf length. Young women are encouraged to dress in bright colors and patterns, and they may wear appropriate jewelry and ac cessories. Sister mission aries may not wear slacks (outside of service activities or exercise) and must wear shirts that cover their entire shoulder. In some areas these stan dards are altered slightly ac cording to the discretion of the mission president. For ex ample, in hot, humid climates, such as Florida, suit coats are not required, and dress shirts may be short-sleeved. Casual clothes may be worn only in limited circum stances, such as when mis sionaries provide manual labor, exercise, or during preparation day — when the missionaries are involved in recreation, cleaning, shop ping, and laundry. The missionaries are un paid volunteers, said Krebs. The young Mormons engage in proselytizing, church ser vice, humanitarian aid and community service as part of their time as missionaries. In fact, the missionaries are expected to pay their own expenses, and every mission ary pays a set amount each month while serving, Hill said. “At one time, the costs varied based on where the mission was located,” Hill explained. However, that amount was eventually set at a constant amount to spread out the cost of mission service and to help make the mission experience more affordable for all missionaries. Of the four young mission aries in Chipley, Christopher son is the only one who spent part of her youth observing a different religious tradition. “My mother was a Meth odist and she raised me in the Methodist Church, but my father was a member of this church,” Christopher son said. After her parents separated, Christopherson became more involved in the Mormon church with her fa ther, who had been an inac tive church member during his marriage. “The church brings a lot of comfort,” Christopherson said, includ ing comforting her father after his divorce. Eventually, her father was able to baptize Christopherson and her little sister into the church. Hill explained that in the Mormon church, there are no ministers. All worthy young men over the age of 12 are members of the priesthood, and they can be ordained elders after age 18, usually after graduating from high school and before serving as missionaries. The Mormon priesthood nds its roots in the works of John the Baptist, Hill ex plained, and it was through Joseph Smith that the church was restored on the Earth. The Mormon church is organized in a hierarchical priesthood structure admin istered by men, according to Wikipedia. Latter-day Saints believe that Jesus leads the church through revelation and has chosen a single man, called “the Prophet” or president of the church as his spokesman on the earth. The current president is Thomas S. Mon son, Hill said. Once the missionaries complete their missions, they will return home and pursue their academic or profession al careers. But for now, the four missionaries in Chipley are more focused on their mission. “It is our choice to put off school and donate our time to serving the Lord,” Hill said. “I know how much the Lord has changed my life, and I am happy to have the chance to share that experience with others.” “We get a lot of opportuni ties as missionaries to share the gospel,” Christopher son said. “I want people to know that this is the one true church that was started by Jesus Christ.” “We aren’t out to take away anything from people, but we want to add to what they al ready have,” Sister Krebbs said. “The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and it adds to what is in the Bible.” “We’ll talk to anyone, any where,” Elder Wilcox said. “We talk to people on the street, in their homes, and people ask us to come by and visit. We just want to share the gospel.” diseases under the Kennekam. We knew something was wrong with Isra el’s sight, but we didn’t know how bad until a specialist in Jacksonville found that he had glaucoma.” She said he had 10 surgeries on his eyes, with the rst one being more than six hours long. “He can’t be out in the sun because of his photosensitivity, and the light for an eye examination was next to impossible,” Johnson said. “After a three-hour examination with a blind specialist, we nally found that all he was seeing out of his left eye was sizes, shapes and colors. I’d like all over Washington County and people all over the world to know that Israel can now see.” Johnson said she has experienced so many miracles since Sosa had come into her life. “He wasn’t supposed to make it past the age of 2, but he’s alive and doing well,” Johnson said, her voice cracking with emotion. “It’s thanks to God and all those angels watching over him. God’s got an angel in his teacher at Kate Smith Elementary School, there’s angels at Gulf Coast Hospital every week we go because of his life ports, and there’s angels throughout Washington County in those generous store owners and people who help him every day with out asking anything in return. God’s got a lot of working on Israel, and it’s incredible to watch the miracles hap pen because Israel is living, loving and learning at a massive speed now with his new glasses and the help given at Kate Smith Elementary.” In February, Finch was red from her position as county HR director for “grossly negligent” behavior, accord ing to a letter written by then-county manager Steve Joyner. According to the letter, Finch pub licly discussed sensitive and privi leged employment situations involv ing county staff and employees and abused her access to certain county information and les in providing that information for noncounty-re lated purposes. Finch led a charge of discrimina tion with the Florida Commission on Human Relations and the Equal Em ployment Opportunity Commission, according to the settlement. After the executive session, Good man recommended the board accent the terms of the settlement. Commis sioner Charles Brock voted against accepting the settlement, but the remaining board members voted in favor of the settlement. In exchange for the settlement and the change of discharge status, Finch releases the county from any future claims and is “entitled to no payments or other consideration of any kind from the county,” according to the settlement. Finch and her attorneys are also responsible for the tax payments and lings on the settlement. According to the settlement, Finch and the county agree that they have entered into the agreement in com promise of a disputed claim and that entry into the agreement is not an ad mission of any liability or wrongdoing on the part of the county. As part of the settlement’s con dentiality provisions, Finch agrees not to disparage the county, and the county agrees to instruct individuals who have managerial responsibili ties to likewise not disparage Finch. Finch also agrees not to disclose the terms of the agreement to anyone other than her spouse or accounting professional. Finch also agrees to cooperate with and assist the county in re sponding to or defending against any claims against the county regarding facts which arose during her employ ment with the county. The county also agrees to pay Finch $19.83 per hour for time reasonably spent at the written request of the county to coop erate and assist the county. Finch also voluntarily agrees to refrain from working for the county in any paid capacity in the future. In other business, the board also unanimously approved a $750 per month county contract with Dr. Sam uel Ward, who is the physician of re cord for the county Emergency Medi cal Services. County Coordinator David Corbin explained that the EMS has to have a physician behind their services, and Dr. Ward has served in that capacity for years. “According to the contract, he is paid the $750 a month, and if he is ever needed above and beyond that he is paid $50 an hour,” said Com missioner Todd Abbott. “I don’t know that he has ever been needed beyond his regular contract.” “Do we ever look to see if anyone else would want this contract, or do we just give it to him automatically every year?” Commissioner Lynn Gothard asked. “I don’t think anyone else would work for that cheap,” Commissioner Joel Pate said, jokingly. Brock noted that Dr. Ward is also Chief of Staff for Northwest Florida Community Hospital. “Once again we’re coming to the board and only have had something for two minutes and are having to vote on it,” Gothard said. “This is something that should have been handled in November,” Abbott said. Corbin said he had only received notice of the contract that morn ing, just prior to the board’s special meeting. “I will send a memo to all staff informing them that in the future, if something isn’t turned in on time, it won’t be added to the agenda,” Corbin said. MIRACLE from page A1 By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT rseyler@chipleypaper.com WAUSAU — Former city clerk Margaret Riley ad dressed the Wausau Town Council on Thursday to re spond to information Coun cilman Charles Park Sr. had presented during the Dec. 12 meeting. “I received a copy of what Mr. Park wanted to add to the agenda last month, and I want to address it,” Riley said. Park was under the impression that city clerk JoAnn Hayes claimed to have seven days of comp time accrued. Riley noted that the actual amount is 7.25 hours of comp time. “Anytime an employee works more than 40 hours, they get comp time at the overtime rate,” Riley said. “You have got to give them their comp time.” The town cannot afford to pay overtime to the em ployees, that is why they are allowed comp time, Ri ley said. She also noted that be reavement leave is available to employees at any time. “The mayor and the mayor pro tem are over the clerk, and those are the only two people she has to let know,” Riley said. Riley announced her plans to retire during the June 13 council meeting after 17 years of service as city clerk. In August, the council hired Hayes to take Riley’s place as city clerk, but Ri ley stayed on to train her replacement and to help guide the city through the budgeting process, retiring at the Sept. 28 town council meeting. Riley has also made her self available to help Hayes during the transition, even after leaving the town’s payroll. “During the interview ing process, you said the starting pay for the clerk would be $12.50 per hour, and after a 90-day probation that would go to $13.50, that is what you voted on,” Riley said. She said that according to the city personnel policy, the probation period should have been six months, but she had mistakenly in formed the council that it was a 90-day probationary period. “I’m sorry for that, but you all voted on it.” “The clerk in Wausau has never had to be voted on ev ery year to be rehired,” Ri ley said. “I never have heard of that before. The clerk is hired by the council.” Riley said she was in formed that she should not be allowed behind the counter at city hall. “Why am I a security risk after 17 years?” she asked. “When I left here, I had a deep respect for each of you,” Riley told the council members. “I said I would come back and help the city in any way I could.” “If you don’t have trust in your clerk and have the condence in her to move money back and forth, from the street department to the water department and so on, then you’re in trou ble,” Mayor B.J. Phillips said. “I’m kind of new at this mayor business, but I know we have to go by the city charter.” Riley said the town lives on a month-to-month bud get, just like regular fami lies, and sometimes the clerk has to move funds from one account to anoth er to cover bills. One example was a $12,000 re truck payment that was due in December, and which caused concern with the Volunteer Fire De partment members. “The county has cut back on the amount of re funds they provide, and those funds don’t come in all at once,” Riley explained. She said the county has cut its annual contribution to the city re department by $10,000. “We’re living with a bud get, and to survive, we have to move money around,” Phillips said. Past practice has been that the clerk moved funds around to pay the bills, without seeking council permission for each trans action, Riley said. “In your books each month you get a report showing all the transactions.” Councilman Dallas Carter said he was under the impression that every thing had to come before the council for approval. “You do get a report that you approve each month, but the clerk has never had to ask every time she made a transaction, at least not in the 17 years I was here,” Ri ley said. “Margaret was here for 17 years and she did a ne job,” Carter said. “We have got to have trust in the clerk and I think she (Hayes) is doing a ne job.” “I’ve been lucky enough to have Margaret here to train me,” Hayes said, “and when we have had issues, she’s always been willing to help me out.” “I was very disappointed in this piece of writing,” Phillips said of Park’s com ments. “This was just not called for.” County Attorney Jeff Goodman recommended the council members put the dissent behind them. “Wausau is a good town, and people care about this community,” Goodman said. “My advice is to put this in the rearview mirror and go forward.” Council, former clerk discuss policy issues LAWSUIT from page A1 R a A NDa A L SEYLEr R | Times-Advertiser Former Wausau city clerk Margaret Riley, at right, discusses policy with the town council members on Thursday in Wausau. 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Local Holmes County Times-Advertiser | A3 Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Special to Times-Advertiser TALLAHASSEE — Meeting in Tallahassee on Dec. 13 in closed session, the Florida Commission on Ethics took action on 30 complaints, Chairman Morgan Bentley announced on Dec. 18. No probable cause was found to believe that Adam Barringer, Mayor of New Smyrna Beach, misused his position by using City funds for private parties, demand ed special parking access, and berated a police ofcer for his personal benet. No probable cause also was found on an allegation that his restaurant catered a re tirement event that was paid for by the City. The Commis sion also voted to nd no probable cause that Mayor Barringer had a conicting employment or contractual relationship with a restau rant that did business with the City. The Commission found no probable cause to believe that New Smyrna Beach City Manager Pam Bran gaccio misused City funds for private parties. The Commission con sidered a complaint led against Caroline McMa nus, former employee of the Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services. No probable cause was found concern ing six allegations: that she was doing business with her agency; that she had a conicting contractual re lationship; that she became employed with a business after she participated in the procurement of a contract in her public capacity; that she became employed with an entity in connection with a contract in which she par ticipated personally and sub stantially while an employee of DOE, that she became employed with an entity in connection with a contract that was within her area of responsibility at DOE within two years of terminating her employment with DOE; and that she procured contrac tual services for the Depart ment from a business entity with which she held a mate rial interest. Dorothy Gay, President of the Board of Directors of Excel Leadership Academy in Palm Beach County, was cleared of an allegation that she misused her position to direct a payment to Tri-Star Leadership, Inc. No probable cause was found to believe that Hendry County Supervisor of Elec tions Lucretia Strickland misused her position to ad vocate for certain candidates for ofce. The Commission found no probable cause to believe that Joseph Fink, Arcadia City Council member, had a voting conict when he voted to approve a special event permit. No probable cause also was found to be lieve that Mr. Fink had a conicting contractual rela tionship with an antique as sociation. An allegation that he misused his position to demand the City enforce the association’s rules was also dismissed with a nding of no probable cause. Probable cause was found on two allegations that Charlie S. Smith, Mid way City Council member, violated the voting conict law when he abstained from votes in July 2012 and Janu ary 2013, but failed to le the requisite voting conict form in both instances. However, because the Council was aware of the conict, and Mr. Smith abstained from the votes and asked for the required form from the City Manager, the Commission will take no further action on the matter unless Mr. Smith requests a hearing. On two other allegations, the Com mission found no probable cause to believe that he had a prohibited business rela tionship by doing business with the City of Midway or had a conicting employ ment relationship, because the business relationship met a statutory exemption. The Commission also considered a complaint led against Rocco Maglio, former Melbourne Beach Mayor and Town Commis sioner. No probable cause was found to believe he violated the voting conicts law on two occasions when he voted on special per mits and an ordinance. The Commission also found no probable cause regarding an allegation that he was do ing business with the Town. No probable cause also was found to believe that he had a conicting contractual re lationship by virtue of his re lationship with an entity that was organizing art shows in the Town. An allegation that he misused his position or of cial resources to advertise his private business venture was dismissed with a nding of no probable cause. The Commission voted to dismiss a complaint led against David Schirtzinger, former candidate for Cape Canaveral City Council, because the public inter est would not be served by further proceedings. The al legations concerned the dis closure of real property that was Mr. Schirtzinger’s mail ing address. The Commis sion dismissed the following complaints for lack of legal sufciency: Mike Prescott, Director and Member of the Hardee County Industrial Development Authority and Economic Development Council; Kenneth Evers, At torney for the Hardee Coun ty Industrial Development Authority and Economic Development Council, the County Commission, and the County Planning Board; Paula O’Neil, Pasco County Clerk of Court; Michael Kridel, Palm Beach County Ethics Commissioner; Pa tricia Williams, Vice Mayor and Lauderdale Lakes Com missioner; Jerri Haynes, former Principal of New Millennium Charter School; Diamond Jones, Shentha (Nita) Mitchell, Savilla Mur phy, and Mijanvo Pride, members of the Board of Directors for New Millen nium Charter School; Wer ner Bols, Chair of the Indian River State College Board of Trustees; Ed Massey, Presi dent of Indian River State College; Mike Blackburn, Inspector General for the Florida Department of Edu cation; Nancy Daniels, Pub lic Defender in the 2nd Ju dicial Circuit; Patricia Duffy, Charlotte County Commis sioner; Mark Montinmurro, Broward County school teacher; Shari Pagan, Bro ward County school teacher; John Reichard, Panama City Beach School Teacher; Joe Negron, Florida Senator in the 32nd District; Jeffery Beasley, Inspector General for the Florida Department of Corrections; and Jeanne Dozier, Lee County School Board Member. The Commission’s re views for legal sufciency are limited to questions of jurisdiction and determi nations as to whether the contents of the complaint are adequate to allege a vio lation of the Code of Ethics. As no factual investigation precedes the reviews, the Commission’s conclusions do not reect on the accu racy of the allegations made in these complaints. In public session, the Commission adopted a joint stipulation between the Commission Advocate and Lori Gulden, Florida Notary Public, nding that Ms. Gul den violated ethics law by misusing her position to im properly notarize a signature for the benet of a coworker. A civil penalty of $1,000 and public censure and repri mand will be recommended to the Governor. In an opinion interpret ing the voting conicts law, the Commission determined that a Mayor could vote on matters relating to the re moval of his neighborhood from the Town’s boundaries. Under the circumstances presented, the impact on the Mayor’s interests would not to constitute any “special” private gain or loss under the statute. The Commission ad opted an advisory opinion that determined that a pro hibited conict of interest exists where a public school teacher/facilitator/depart ment chair provides servic es to students of his public school in his private capac ity through paid therapy and counseling. However, the services could be provided by him as additional duties of his public employment. In another opinion, the Commission determined that the law does not prohibit a district school board mem ber from employment with the Florida Virtual School, a statewide school district, and the voting conict law would not prohibit the mem ber from participating in votes concerning the Florida Virtual School, under the cir cumstances presented. The Commission also is sued an opinion that deter mined a former member of the Florida House of Rep resentatives, during the two years following vacation of his legislative ofce, would be prohibited from asking legislative and executive branch ofcials to designate legal services plans as avail able employee benets in or der to enable him to market the plans to legislative and executive branch ofcers and employees. However, he would not be prohibited during that time period from marketing such products directly to individual legis lative and executive branch ofcers and employees. The Code of Ethics would not prohibit his entering into an employment or contractual relationship with a compa ny doing business with the State of Florida. In an opinion concerning the new mandatory training requirement for Florida Con stitutional ofcers, the Com mission determined that two hours on the subject of the Code of Ethics for Public Ofcers and Employees or Article II, Section 8, Florida Constitution, and one hour each of open meetings and public records, would sat isfy the four-hour training requirement imposed under the law. An opinion requested by a member of the Florida Sen ate found that a Senator’s providing a letter of support for grant funding or for a hospice’s certicate of need application (unpaid, “con stituent work”) would not vi olate the statute prohibiting misuse of public position. The Commission also is sued an opinion determining that no prohibited conict of interest is created where the chair of the neurology department of a State uni versity’s medical school is involved in a private, nonprot foundation to improve health care delivery to pa tients with chronic neuro degenerative diseases, as long as he does not receive compensation from, or oth erwise have a contractual relationship with, the foun dation. However, were he to receive compensation from the foundation or be consid ered a member of it, a pro hibited conict of interest would exist. Contact the Commission ofce to obtain rulings on appeals of automatic nes imposed for late submis sion of nancial disclosure reports submitted by public ofcers and employees. The Florida Commission on Ethics is an independent nine-member commission formed in 1974 to review complaints led under the statutory Code of Ethics and to answer questions from public ofcials about potential conicts of interest through its issuance of advi sory opinions. If the Ethics Commission believes a violation of the law may have occurred, it may decide to hold a public hearing. If it concludes a vio lation has been committed, it may recommend civil pen alties that include removal from ofce or employment and nes up to $10,000 per violation. 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O PINION www.bonifaynow.com Wednesday, January 1, 2014 A Page 4 Section The views expressed here are not necessarily those of this paper or Halifax Media Group. WANT MORE? Find us online at chipleypaper.com friend us on Facebook or tweet us @WCN_HCT POSTMASTER: Send address change to: Holmes County Times-Advertiser P.O. Box 67, Bonifay, FL 32425 USPS 004-341 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN COUNTY 13 weeks: $12.61; 26 weeks: $18.90; 52 weeks: $30.45 OUT OF COUNTY 13 weeks: $16.17; 26 weeks: $24.20; 52 weeks: $40.95 The Times-Advertiser is published on Wednesdays by Halifax Media Group, 112 E. Virginia Ave., Bonifay, FL 32425. Periodicals postage paid at Bonifay, Florida. Copyright 2013, Halifax Media Group. All Rights Reserved. COPYRIGHT NOTICE: T he entire contents of the Holmes County Times-Advertiser are fully protected by copyright and cannot be reproduced in any form for any purpose without the expressed permission of Halifax Media Group. Nicole P. Bare eld, Publisher Randal Seyler, Editor Cameron Everett, Production Supervisor Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. CONTACT US PUBLISHER Nicole Bare eld: nbare eld@chipleypaper.com NEWS, SPORTS OR OPINION news@ bonifaynow.com CLASSIFIED & CIRCULATION clamb @chipleypaper.com 850-638-0212 Circulation Customer Service 1-800-345-8688 ADVERTISING Bill Allard: wallard@ chipleypaper. com 850-547-9414 Our VIEW Christmas 2013 is history, and we’ve had our share of too much food, too much stuff and too little time with loved ones. At our Senior Adult Christmas lunch at First Baptist Church, Jeep Sullivan, our minister to Sr. Adults asked us to share Christmas memories we have. I shared one last week. Jack shared at the luncheon that he remembered the one he lost in 1944 as his transport to the Philippines in the Paci c crossed the International Date Line on Dec. 24 and then they were in another time zone, and it was 1945. Tom Cook remembered coming to Bonifay to shop Pelts Five and Dime Store and to see Santa who rode into town on the Fire truck and gave a bag with an apple, an orange and some hard candy to every boy and girl who stood in line. I think the Fire Department also gave senior adults a bag of goodies, too. I remembered Betty Segers and I taking our children. There were two lines, one to talk to Santa and one to get the bag of goodies. One year, Hiram insisted on getting in line to talk to Santa. That was a little puzzling as he felt it was his responsibility to tell all the kids that there was no Santa Claus. After we’d waited for him to go through the long line to talk to Santa, I asked him why he wanted to talk to Santa. He said,” to tell him he isn’t real.” Shirley Brooks Wilkins remembered that their gifts were always placed in a box, so they tried to nd the biggest box so they’d get more. I don’t have vivid memories of Christmas as a child. Primitive Baptists’ beliefs were quite Puritanical, at least Grandpa Wells’were, so Christmas was pretty meager, but I do remember that we put a shoe box underneath our beds in hopes that Santa brought us something. Perhaps a doll made from papiermache with painted features. I remember my sister Minnie left hers out in the rain and its skin got all wrinkled. Our older brothers, Jim and Perry told her it was dead and had a funeral. Minnie Lee cried and cried. We never hung stockings for the apple and orange which most children of our day received. However, fruit was usually fairly plentiful in our home as our dad brought home oranges by the bushel bag and sometimes a box of red delicious apples. He always bought a coconut, the juice of which he liked to drink unless Mama reserved it to put in her coconut cake icing. He also liked to buy seeded raisins in the bulk which we children never cared much for, and cream drops that were called a politically incorrect name. We never loved them either. We did like the grapes, some of which Mama put in her ambrosia. I can picture my foster brother Shelby Barber peeling and sectioning oranges for that food of the Gods. Most of our celebration came when the family, uncles, aunts, and cousins, gathered at Grandma’s house for a sumptuous dinner, with my favorite, chicken dressing and Grandma’s “collard” pudding. This was a bread pudding which she jokingly called collard pudding because she had no recipe, just day old biscuits, eggs, home churned butter and lots of pecans. As we established our own family and bought my husband’s old home we started the tradition of having his parents and brothers along with his sister Ruth, her husband, Judge Helms and their children on Christmas Eve. We ate Christmas goodies, exchanged gifts, and shot reworks. I guess 1963 was my most memorable. Like Jack’s 1944 memory, I lost Christmas because on Christmas Eve as the family guests were arriving, I had an emergency trip to the delivery room where Christmas day and several days after were a blur to me. Cindy got her rst (and only) bicycle that year so it was probably her most memorable. For the past several years the Wells family has used the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church for our Christmas dinner. Like we used to do when we gathered at my Grandma and Grandpa Wells’ home, the focus of our celebration is food. This year, sadness overshadowed our celebration because our youngest sister, Gail’s son, Robert Garret is battling the ravages of ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s disease.) But we also joyfully anticipate the March arrival of Robert and Amber’s son Hugh Thomas and Kelvin and Amy Wells’ son Clyde Brown Wells II. We celebrated the newest family member, Dusty Holley, the husband of our granddaughter, Hilary Webb Holley. We look forward to future Christmases and the traditions which will be established as we launch a new generation of young adult Wells grandchildren. HAPPY CORNER Hazel Wells Tison Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present As the New Year jumps into full swing today, the Prattler will celebrate by presenting his rst column for the bright new year, a milestone that is ours to enjoy. Topics for “Perry’s Prattle” just keep coming whether shopping in Walmart, attending funerals, social functions or in a doctor’s of ce. Two weeks ago, it was while visiting the of ce of Mark Garney for my weekly B-12 injection, where I met up with Jerry Baxter, whom I had not seen for years. We ended up having a long and an interesting conversation covering many things regarding our past experiences. He told me right off that he reads my writings, stating that he fully related to my story many months ago about my experience of eating squirrel, smothered in gravy, fried on a wood burning stove in my mother’s kitchen. When the article was printed, John Stevens, who lives on Bahama Road, was another one who reported his enjoyment of eating squirrel, brought to the breakfast table by his dad, who waited in nearby woods on a cold morning while the small animal began his daily activities in pursuit of food. John was impressed with the mention that our dad prized every .22 caliber ri e cartridge highly and made every effort to bring in a squirrel for each bullet red. At our meeting in the doctor’s of ce, Jerry Baxter told me that his family ate possum, but only after his dad, Willie Baxter, learned to capture them once they “sulled.” “They were then penned up for two or three weeks, fed domestic food and purged from the undesirable diet consumed while still in the wild, then butchered and eaten,” according to Jerry. Another wild delicacy mentioned by my friend which his family ate was soft shell turtles. ”Once while in a party of boys my age, we placed trotlines out in Mobile Bay expecting to catch cat sh. When we returned to retrieve our sh, we found all the hooks lled with soft shell turtles.” Jerry explained that this was not a disappointment to any of his friends as these turtles were dressed and enjoyed at the family dinner table by all of those involved in the catch. According to Baxter, wild hogs were plentiful in the hunting woods and he, and others, often hunted and killed the animals, which produced meat as good or better than hogs grown at home. He told me, that in recent years, Howard Tiller, Jr. a noted wild hog hunter, killed a record number of the animals to the point of having to call for help to get them out of the woods. Jerry Baxter, born in 1937, is the son of John Willie Baxter and Mittie Fussell Baxter. He completed Chipley High School in 1956 and immediately went to work for the Department of Transportation in surveying. While discussing his long tenure with DOT, he told me that he worked with the surveying crew all the way from Pensacola to Tallahassee and was still on board when Interstate 10 was completed. Upon my telling him that I detected that he enjoyed his work on this job, he answered: “Mr. Wells, I did very much enjoy my work. When you are working with men such as Dalton Carter, Mr. Buck Buchanan, Stokes Bush and Ernest (Peanut) Dalton by your side, you have to enjoy every minute of it.” Jerry married Agnes Kent on July 7, 1956. She is the daughter of Nix Kent and Jessie Mathias Kent. Agnes attended Chipley High School, but dropped out to marry Jerry Baxter. She later obtained her GED and had a working career as Director of the Washington County Council on Aging from 1975 until retiring in 1990. She, too, enjoyed her job. She and Jerry have a son, David, who has retired from the U.S. Air Force and is employed in Civil Service in the medical eld at Warner Robbins, Georgia. Their daughter, Dana Costill, is employed in the medical profession at the Glen Cove Facility in Panama City. The Baxters have one grandson and one granddaughter. The couple owns and reside on the farm and in the same house where Agnes was reared. ”Mr. Wells, this is the house that I was raised in and the place where Jerry and I were married and we PERRY’S PRATTLE Perry Wells SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Jerry Baxter, left, as a junior and Agnes Kent as a freshman from the 1955 Chipley High School Year Book. Wild delicacies of Washington County See PERRY A5 Keeping eye on spying At the same time a federal judge last week ruled that a federal phone surveillance program was “almost Orwellian” and likely unconstitutional, President Obama’s own panel of experts recommended 46 signi cant changes to the way the government gathers information on Americans. Those developments indicate a growing awareness of the power of these domestic spying programs, and their potential for abuse, from inside the government itself, not just civil libertarian groups. The question is whether there will be suf cient impetus to make necessary changes that will maintain the proper balance between security and privacy. The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies was created in August in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leak of classi ed information on U.S. surveillance methods. Last week, the panel released its report (tinyurl.com/mcwry3j), which came to the same conclusion that U.S. District Judge Richard Leon did: The National Security Agency’s massive collection of telecommunications metadata is not essential to the nation’s war on terrorism because there is no evidence that it has thwarted a single attack. In fact, the report said, the information “could readily have been obtained in a timely manner” through other means less destructive of privacy. The panel proceeds to recommend ways to scale back the scope of government snooping, moving away from a general collection of data toward a more focused and short-term surveillance. The report says Washington “should not be permitted to collect and store mass, undigested, non-public personal information about U.S. persons for the purpose of enabling future queries and data-mining for foreign intelligence purposes.” Instead, phone records should be collected and stored by telecommunications companies or by a private consortium. The NSA and other agencies would have to obtain separate judicial orders to search those databases instead of authorizing such searches themselves. Those records would be held for just two years. The panel also would signi cantly change the policy regarding national security letters, which the FBI uses to order a communications or nancial company to turn over data. The government also can demand that the company not inform anyone that their records were turned over to the feds (the so-called “gag order”). Instead, the panel suggests, the government rst should convince a court that the records are relevant to an authorized investigation involving “international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.” Furthermore, gag orders would be limited to 180 days (instead of in perpetuity) and could be challenged in court. These and other recommendations are but a rst step toward tightening government surveillance practices, increasing transparency and protecting Americans’ privacy absent probable cause to violate it. But that won’t happen unless Congress and the president embrace the changes — which, so far, appears unlikely. Further pressure must be applied.


By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT cspears@chipleypaper.com CHIPLEY — Not much de ters Emerald Coast Hos pice Nurse Cindy Pippin — not even high water. “This occurred several weeks after the ood in July when the water was still very high is certain ar eas of Washington County,” Cecily Smith, community liaison with Emerald Coast Hospice. Smith recounted the story of Nurse Pippin’s act of bravery. “Our nurse, Cindy Pippin, had a patient that had not been able to be seen due to the high wa ters for two weeks. It was getting to a critical point where the patient needed to be seen.” She said the patient was well but it was just as important for them to be seen. “Emergency Manage ment had already gone into the home to take the patient and family some supplies, but the water still had not gone down,” said Smith. “The nurse had been several times to check the water level and it still was not going down. She talked with the family and they informed her that someone had been boating in and had left a boat at the end of the road, but had no idea whose boat it was.” When Cindy arrived at the patient’s home she no ticed a boat tied to a tree nearby. “She decided that in or der to see the patient, she would have to take the boat, so she left a note on the tree that said ‘to whom it may concern, I borrowed your boat’ and left her number and name and waded on out to the water to get into the boat,” said Smith. “She paddled until she got to the patients house, at which time she was soaked and the patient was so happy to see her they said come on in wet clothes and all we don’t care. I guess the whole main idea of the sto ry is that we go above and beyond to see our patients, and truly care about the patients, to the point that we wont stop until we have them taken care of.” She laughed and said “even if it means taking someone’s boat and leav ing a note.” “It is pretty funny,” said Smith. “We just wanted people to know we are here, care about our pa tients, and are a hometown hospice with an ofce right in Chipley.” By ADONN aA B arAR T leLE TT Special to Halifax Media Group BONIFAY — Members of the Bonifay Garden Cub gathered recently at the Well’s childhood country home to salute the festive season. The merriment started with conversation at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 13. The agenda included a pot luck lunch and cookie swap among the members. Hazel Tison and Faye Helms were the hostess es. Club chaplain Peggy LaPlante gave the devotion for the meeting and a me morial remembrance for Berney Bartlett, Club Pres ident Adonna Bartlett’s husband who passed away in November with cancer. Gifts were collected for the Dogwood Inn Assisted Living Center in Bonifay for their ‘Season of Giving’ project. The Bonifay Garden Club is a group of garden ers, both experienced and beginners, who meet at the Chamber of Commerce, on the second Friday of each month, September through May. The meetings start at 11:30 a.m. with a program, which may cover either oral design, indoor or outdoor gardening, green practices, landscape de sign or sound horticultural methods. The program is followed by a lunch com bined with good fellowship. The yearly dues are $25 and lunch is $5 for mem bers and guest. In addition to the regular meetings, there are tours to places of interest for gardeners. For more information please contact www.boni fay.gardenclub@yahoo. com. ?H:<@^@] T[ X[T]^ : ^@ >:Q>@[* ) 0 % 022 3$02 /) 3) /$ )( /0 $( $ )) /0 ) /0 (22$ % 1 0() )'!2) *'! + )" ) /0 %1 02 2 '/$. ) 20* ) /) 022 ) ) $ /) $. ) $( /$(20 /) 2 $ 022 ( 1 ). $ (2) $. ) 3)(0' $2 /0 ) 0 )2* $( 2$( )$( /0 %1 & $22 22 )) -/ $( 2)$ ) $3) $( $(( ) 2# -' + ', &'% %' + '% -' ) % '' % -' ' % ''% ' -' + + # -', !% '% # !$ '% -' + ', &'% %' ( -"+ !%' "( '' %', '' % %' '' % '"-, T o learn ho w y ou can suppor t our community ’ s univ ersity contact M ar y B eth Lo vingood at (850) 770-2108 or mblo vingood@pc.fsu.edu. FL ORIDA ST A TE UNIVERSIT Y P ANAMA CIT Y THE CAMP AIGN FOR OUR C OMMUNIT Y ’S UNIVERSIT Y E ndo wment for T omorr o w ’ s J obs $4 ,50 0, 000 $50 0, 000 $1,50 0, 000 $2,50 0, 000 $3 ,50 0, 000 $4 ,50 0, 000 $0 $1, 000 000 $2, 000 000 $3 00 0, 000 $4 00 0, 000 $5 00 0, 000 GO AL Local Holmes County Times-Advertiser | A5 Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Dear Editor, My brother, Ryan Leavins, is the victim of mistakes. He is charged with a crime he’s not guilty of. I made a mistake years ago with him. We were working in the logging woods with our dad, William Leavins. Ryan asked me if I thought he should get more schooling and be a teacher. Thinking that logging was an uncertain future and knowing what a caring and helping person he is and thinking a teaching career would be a safe, life-long job, I encouraged him to teach. Other people have made mistakes. The school board hired Ryan with policies in place that teachers maintain control of their class and administer discipline. He was moved from a regular class to a small portable room with a dozen special education children. With several different grade levels, he had to have different work for them. The child he disciplined was coming to school in diapers. Ryan, trying to help him, started a plan to help potty train him. Ryan and the parents had made progress; the boy was wearing clothes to school. Ryan didn’t have to do this. Ryan had to change the child’s clothes and clean up when the child had an accident. Other teachers have made the comment that they sure wouldn’t. The day the discipline occurred, the child was disrupting class for over an hour. The other children in the room were looking to Ryan to do something because they were losing learning time. Ryan doesn’t even own a paddle, so he went to another class and borrowed a paddle. The other teacher loaned him a small, narrow paddle without telling him it was not of approved size; more mistakes. Ryan, on his knees begging the child to behave, gave the child one lick, tried to return to class, no change in child. After that, the child was given two licks with no change in behavior. After two more licks, they returned to class. The rest of the day was a normal day in the class with all the children getting to learn their school work. Ryan took the child to the bathroom later that day and noticed his bottom was red, but saw no bruises or anything. The child was back in school the next day. Ryan really thought he done what his job required. The parents signed permission for the child to be paddled if needed. Knowing the child might need disciplining. The parents came to school with concerns of the way the child’s bottom looked. The principal and others seemed to know that a narrow paddle could leave marks. Ryan didn’t know. The child’s grandpa, a very well-respected man in this community, said he could not believe that little paddle could do any harm. Is it possible that some children bruise real easy? The parents signed papers that they didn’t want Ryan charged. The police told Ryan there were no charges. The school board told Ryan “10-day suspension then back to work.” But he wasn’t called back to work. Five weeks later, he got a call from the police about a warrant. He went to the jailhouse and was charged with felony child abuse. Ryan was asked to resign he same day. He lost his job and insurance and is threatened with ve years in prison. The school board just lost a caring, responsible teacher. The school board has changed polices so that only the principal can administer discipline. Ryan Leavins is not a criminal. Is this what living in America is like now? Where people pay taxes to employ can go against the will of parents and everybody involved to ruin innocent people’s lives? I sure hope not. If children don’t learn that not following rules has consequences, we better start building more prisons than schools. The people responsible for this huge injustice are: Family Services (I believe they try to do good work, but what they’re doing to Ryan has to be a mistake) State Attorney (supposedly pressured into ling charges) Holmes County School Board (knowingly put Ryan and other teachers in situations they are not trained for and being no help at all for the when something happens. Way to stand behind your workers.) The Victims: Ryan Leavins (years of education and ears of teaching with no complaints, means nothing to these people) The little boy (might not get a proper education because no one will discipline him or try to teach him rules for fear of criminal punishment) The parents of the little boy (asked that Ryan not be charged, knowing Ryan has been helping him. Now knowing their hope for the child getting and education is greatly reduced) All the children that will not learn that not following the rules has consequences until they’re sitting in a courtroom The children cheated out of their education because other students cannot be made to behave Every tax payer that pays these peoples salaries The people of this community (who can’t believe a person as good and caring as Ran is being treated this way) The people responsible for this injustice need to take responsibility for their mistakes. I can only hope all partied involved can see mistakes were made. Admitting mistakes and doing the right thing is the only answer. Raymond Leavins Ponce de Leon leLE TT eE R T oO T heHE eE D iI T oO R Ryan Leavins is a ‘victim of mistakes’ Bonifay Garden Club’s Christmas Party at Well’s Country Home S pecial PECIAL T o O TiTI M es ES -ADVe E RTise ISE R Emerald Coast Hospice Nurse Cindy Pippin went above and beyond the call of duty when a patient went without care because of the recent oods in Washington County. Nurse goes above and beyond enjoy being here and having our children and grandchildren come visit us often.” Both Jerry and Agnes both are experiencing medical issues now which prohibits their involvement in activities, which their former busy and active jobs would have required. In conversation, Agnes spoke of the many years she spent with the Washington County Council on Aging job and of the personal satisfaction received in assisting others: “I still have many happy memories stemming from this experience,” concluded Agnes. Jerry comments as he reected on his many years working with his friendly and helpful crew at the Department of Transportation: “ Mr. Wells, I think many time of just how much fun and enjoyable it would be for me to once again be out there working in all kinds of weather with all my former co-workers and good friends.” It has been my delight to once again talk, and submit this story, on long time friends whom I have not seen for awhile. It is good to receive the reports on their present status and hear the positive attitudes both Jerry and Agnes still possess toward the jobs they held for many years. Both consider their former employment as a privilege and an honor. See you all next week. PERRY from page A4


?H:<@^@] T[ X[T]^ : ^@ >:Q>@[* ) 0 % 022 3$02 /) 3) /$ )( /0 $( $ )) /0 ) /0 (22$ % 1 0() )'!2) *'! + )" ) /0 %1 02 2 '/$. ) 20* ) /) 022 ) ) $ /) $. ) $( /$(20 /) 2 $ 022 ( 1 ). $ (2) $. ) 3)(0' $2 /0 ) 0 )2* $( 2$( )$( /0 %1 & $22 22 )) -/ $( 2)$ ) $3) $( $(( ) 2# Mrs. Marion Daniel Poole and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Eugene Poole of Tuscaloosa, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Caroline Rowan Poole of Tuscaloosa, to Lee Ellis Stanton of Chipley Fla., son of Mr. and Mrs. Rual Kenneth Stanton of Chipley. The wedding will be March 1 at 4 p.m. at Saint James Episcopal Church in Livingston, Ala. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Jackson Poole and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Marion Daniel Jr., all of Tuscaloosa. She is a 1997 graduate of Tuscaloosa’s Central High School and attended the University of Alabama, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and was presented in the 2000 Tuscaloosa Holiday Cotillion. She attended the University of West Alabama, where she received a master’s degree in College Student Development. She is employed as Admissions Communications Coordinator with the University of West Alabama in Livingston. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. Samuel Burnett Stanton and the late Mrs. Dorothy Lowell Stanton, and the late Mrs. Johanna Scheid Ellis, all of Chipley, Fla. He is a 1988 graduate of Chipley High School and attended Livingston University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Science. He attended the University of South Alabama, where he received a master’s degree in Marine Sciences, and Louisiana State University where he earned a doctoral degree in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. He currently serves as the Director of the Black Belt Conservation and Research Institute and as an associate professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of West Alabama in Livingston. Poole – Stanton to wed Engagement Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Howell are proud to announce the graduation of their son, PVT 2 Lincoln Drew Howell, on his successful journey to become a U.S. Army Deep Sea (Engineer) Diver. Lincoln Drew Howell is the son of Lincoln and Paula Howell of Bonifay. His proud younger brothers are Dakota and Dalton Howell. His grandparents are Larry Howell and Lynda Stokes, Patricia Myers and the late Dewey Mixon. On 20 Dec. 2013, Lincolns little brother, Dalton Howell age 9, was given the traditional honor of presenting his big brother with his U.S. Divers Pin. He graduated from the class of 13-30-UCTB A2C. His pursuit began in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. On April 12, 2013, Lincoln completed a grueling phase I course (12D Army Diver). He continued his training in Panama City, at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center. Accompanied by determination and hard work, Lincoln successfully completed a seven month intensive training course. He is now a part of a small and elite group of Soldiers — U.S. Army DeepSea (Engineer) Divers. Approximately 150 soldiers begin the pursuit to become Engineer Divers each year. Only about 2025 Graduate to become Engineer Second Class Divers. We are so very proud of our sons’ accomplishments. Although we are going to miss him, we are also excited to see what opportunities await him. “Today is the rst day of the rest of our lives.” Howell presented with U.S. Divers Pin Congratulations Special to Halifax Media Group Now that the holidays are over, and you are starting to think about your New Year’s resolutions, I encourage you to make one of those resolutions to become a Covenant Hospice volunteer. When people think about volunteering for hospice, their rst thought may be, “I could never do that” or “I would be too depressed.” However, talk to a Covenant Hospice volunteer and he or she will tell you a very different story. Covenant volunteers come from many different backgrounds, ranging from retired persons, to working professionals, active military personnel, high school and college students. They all have one thing in common…a desire to give back, and in that giving they receive so much in return. Covenant has opportunities for people with diverse skills and interests. Volunteers that are looking for a chance to meet new people and to be active in the community will love Covenant’s Ambassador Program. For those that want to have fun and socialize with others, Covenant’s fundraising events are the perfect t. Volunteers that enjoy ofce work or computers can nd a home in administrative support. Individuals with care-giving experience or emotional and spiritual support skills may choose to visit Covenant’s patients and their families. Persons that have experienced the loss of a loved one understand what families have gone through and make wonderful bereavement volunteers. Volunteers from our communities help to garden, clean yards, make simple home repairs, build ramps, sew, crochet, cook and bake. Volunteers receive specialized training that prepares them to volunteer in their area of interest. Covenant Hospice makes a promise to our volunteers that they will nd a sense of purpose, worthwhile work, and the realization that they are making a difference. That’s why over 2,600 individuals have chosen to give an important part of their lives to Covenant Hospice. Covenant’s volunteer program has received Awards of Excellence from Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for the Ambassador Volunteer Program, the Reections Life Review Journal Program, and the Tuck-in Program. The late Sam and Joyce Goldenberg, longtime Covenant Hospice volunteers, received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). So while you are composing your New Year’s resolutions, please think about becoming a Covenant Hospice volunteer. I promise it’s a resolution that is easy to keep, as well as very rewarding. For more information about volunteering, please contact Donna Meldon, Volunteer and Community Relations Manager at 4828520 or 888-817-2191. Make volunteering your new year’s resolution From Staff Reports TALLAHASSEE — The State of Florida Commission on Ethics, in its public session meeting on Dec. 13, unanimously elected Linda McKee Robison as vice chairperson for the 2013-14 term. She was appointed to the Commission in 2011 by Governor Rick Scott and was reappointed in 2013. Robison is a partner in the Corporate Transactions Group of Shutts & Bowen, LLP in Fort Lauderdale and also serves as the cochairperson of the rm’s Health Care Practice Group. Robison named Ethics Committee vice chairperson North Bay Tribe Fundraiser CHIPLEY — The North Bay Tribe will be holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan 4 at the tribal grounds. All proceeds will go to the clan building fund. The tribal grounds are located at 1560 Lonnie Rd about ve miles South of Chipley. Sound of Music Auditions MARIANNA — Chipola College Theatre will hold auditions for “The Sound of Music,” Monday, Jan. 6, in the Chipola Center for the Arts. Ages rst grade and up are welcome. No previous experience is required. Those auditioning for the Von Trap children will audition at 5 p.m. Adults and all others will audition at 6:30 p.m. Callback auditions are at 6 p.m., Jan. 7. The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard and Hammerstein. Many songs from the musical have become standards, such as “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “DoRe-Mi,” and the title song “The Sound of Music.” Contact Charles Sirmon, 850-718-2227; sirmonc@ chipola.edu. Harpist to Perform as part of Artist Series MARIANNA — The Chipola Artist Series presents harpist Anna Maria Mendieta, at 7 p.m., Jan. 16, in the Center for the Arts. Leading the audience through the right turns, dips, and smoky cafes of Argentina, harpist Anna Maria Mendieta’s Tango del Cielo (Tango from Heaven) is a fresh innovative presentation of the passionate and sensuous music of the Tango and Spanish Flamenco. Complete with Latin instruments and Flamenco dancers, the theatrical music and dance program is a must see. Tickets are available online at www.chipola.edu. Tickets will be available in the Center for the Arts Box Ofce. Prom and Bridal Expo CHIPLEY — The Chipley Women’s Club will be sponsoring the Fifth Annual Prom and Bridal Expo from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Washington County Ag Center. Admission is free. Booths will be lled by vendors of all the services related to weddings and other social gatherings. There will be event planners, photographers, caterers, orists, linens and other decorating accents, limousines, hair stylists, make-up artists, nail technicians, jewelers, videographers, DJ’s, musicians and much more. Prom dresses, mother-of-thebride apparel and all the accessories will be modeled during the last hour of the expo. Door prizes will be given as guest visit the venders booths. For more information call 260-5896. Jennie Finch Coming to Chipola for Softball Camp MARIANNA — Area softball players will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with softball superstar Jennie Finch and four other professional players at the Chipola College Softball eld, Jan. 25 and 26. The two day Chipola camp will include instruction each day with lunch on Saturday. Registration deadline is Jan. 21. Registration fee is $250. No on-site registration will be available. The Skills Camp will be held Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Players will learn to practice like a champion, play like a champion and live like a champion. Jennie Finch and other Softball Greats will lead a full day of personal instruction covering all aspects of softball. The Camp will continue Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Skills camp coaches will include Jennie Finch, Kat Dodson, Ivy Renfroe, Lauren Gibson and Raven Chavanne. Campers will receive instruction from professional coaches and players, lunch on Saturday, Camp T-shirt, Personalized Softball and Certicate of Participation For information, call Kelly Brookins at 850-7182468, Belinda Hendrix at 718-2358 or Jimmy Hendrix at 573-1508. 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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Extra Washington County News | Holmes County Times-Advertiser | A7 Guidelines and Deadlines Obituary notices are written by funeral homes and relatives of the decease. The Washington County News/ Holmes County Times-Advertiser reserves the right to edit for AP style and format. Families submitting notices must type them in a typeface and font that can be scanned into a computer. Deadline for obituaries is 12 Noon on Monday for the following Wednesday newspaper. There is a $25 charge for obituaries. Obituaries may be e-mailed to funerals@chipleypaper.com or delivered to the Washington County News at 1364 North Railroad Ave, Chipley or Holmes County Times-Advertiser at 112 Eat Virginia Ave. in Bonifay. Wanda Lillian Cook, 72, of Bonifay died on Dec. 20, 2013. Funeral services were held on Dec. 22, 2013, Interment followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Sims Funeral Home is directing. Wanda L. Cook Cellie Yvonne Perez, 66, of Ebro, died Dec. 22, 2013. Funeral services were held, Dec. 27, 2013 inter ment followed in the Ebro Community Cemetery. Peel Funeral Home direct ing. Cellie Y. Perez Catherine L. (Swingley) Mathis, 78, passed from this life Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Plant City, on April 9, 1935, to Clenton D. and Catherine E. (Duncan) Swingley. Mathis worked in the lunchroom at the Wash ington County Schools and was a member of the New Hope Methodist Church. She was lived her since 1972 coming from Fort Lauderdale. Mathis is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Mathis of Vernon; one son, Craig Mathis and wife Hyphen of Lakeland; two daughters, Jodi Reeves and husband Michael of Kentucky and Diana Zaiter and husband Bakhos of St. Augustine; one sister, Frances Hill of Bradenton; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at New Hope Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Mathis and the Rev. James Brooks ofciat ing. Memorialization was by cremation. Brown Funeral Home is in charge of the arrange ments. Friends and family may sign the online regis ter at www.brownfh.net. Catherine L. Mathis Mr. Fred Howard ‘Pete’ McGowan, age 81, of Boni fay, passed away Dec. 20, 2013 at Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva, Ala. He was born April 13, 1932 in Bartow. Mr. Mc Gowan was the owner of Fred’s Auto and McGowan Enterprises. He served in the Ko rean War. Mr. McGowan was pre ceded in death by his fa ther, Ralph McGowan; his mother, Esther Thames Harris and a brother, Clif ton McGowan. Mr. McGowan is sur vived by his wife, Amy Col lins McGowan of Bonifay; a daughter, Lisa Martin of Cataula, Ga.; a son, Frederick McGowan and wife Kazuko of Cataula, Ga.; a grandson, Wade Mc Gowan and a sister, Betty Treadwell of Jacksonville. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 at New Zion Bap tist Church with interment in the New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Peel Funeral Home of Bonifay, Fla., directing. Fred H. McGowan Mrs. Garnet Evaline Raypole, 83 of Lake Worth, formerly of Bonifay, died on Thursday, Dec, 19, 2013, at her residence in Lake Worth. Born Monday, June 9, 1930, in Chillicothe, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Pearl Farnham and the late Sarah Green Farnham. Surviving are sons, Jerald Eugene Raypole of Greenville, S.C., Robert Norman Raypole of Ft. Lauderdale, David Lee Raypole of Green Acre and Ricky Raypole of Copperas Cove, Texas; daughters, Pamela Casteen of Coving ton, Ga., and Sharon Kay Thomas of Waynesboro, Tenn.; sister, Vivian Pearl Conley of Leesburg; 13 grandchildren; 18 greatgrandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at the Bonifay Cemetery with the Rev. Shelly Chandler ofciating. Interment followed in the Bonifay Cemetery, Bonifay. The family received friends from 6 to 7 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at Sims Funeral Home Chapel. Garnet E. Raypole Obituaries Library hours Wausau Library Mon.: 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Tue.: 1 6 p.m. Wed.: Closed Thur.: 1 6 p.m. Fri.: Closed Sat.: Closed Sun.: Closed Holmes County Library (Bonifay) Mon.: Closed Tue.: 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Wed.: 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Thur.: 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Fri.: 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Sat.: 8 a.m. noon Sun.: Closed Washington County Library (Chipley) Mon.: 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Tue.: 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Wed.: 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Thur.: 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Fri.: 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Sat.: Closed Sun.: Closed Vernon Library Mon.: Closed Tue.: 1 6 p.m. Wed.: 1 6 p.m. Thur.: Closed Fri.: 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Sat.: Closed Sun.: Closed Sunny Hills Library Mon.: 1 6 p.m. Tue.: Closed Wed.: 1 6 p.m. Thur.: Closed Fri.: Closed Sat.: Closed Sun.: Closed MONDAY 10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides bingo, exercise, games, activities, hot meals and socialization. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 6386217. Donations accepted. 6 p.m.: Third Monday Holmes/Washington Relay For Life Meeting at Patillos 6 7:30 p.m.: Salvation Army Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Program (SADVP) hosts a domestic violence support group at the SADVP Rural Outreach ofce, 1461 S. Railroad Ave., Apartment 1, in Chipley. Call Emma or Jess at 415-5999. TUESDAY 8 9 a.m.: Tai Chi Class at the Washington County Public Library, Chipley Branch 8 10 a.m.: Church Fellowship Breakfasts at Around the Corner Grill. Breakfast provided. All denominations welcome. 10 a.m. noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides hot meals and socialization. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 6386217. Donations accepted. Noon: Chipley Kiwanis Club meeting. Noon: Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, New Life Assembly Fellowship Hall, Chipley. 5 p.m.: BINGO at St. Joseph Catholic Church games start at 6:25 p.m. Call Peg Russ at 638-451 6 p.m.: Holmes County Commission meets second Tuesdays. 7 p.m.: Narcotics Anonymous meeting, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on County Road 177A WEDNESDAY 10 a.m. noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides hot meals and socialization. 10 a.m. 2 p.m.: The Vernon Historical Society Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meetings are fourth Wednesdays at 2 p.m. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 6386217. Donations accepted. 1 p.m.: Line dancing, Washington Council on Aging in Chipley. 5 p.m.: New Hope United Methodist Church Bible Study 7 p.m.: Depression and Bipolar Support Group meets at First Baptist Church educational annex building in Bonifay. Call 547-4397. THURSDAY 7:30 a.m.: Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast every third Thursday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Amazing Grace Church USDA Food Distribution every third Thursday (Holmes County Residents Only) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Money Sense at Goodwill Career Training Center; call 638-0093; every third Thursday 10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides hot meals and socialization. 10:30 a.m.: Chipley Library preschool story time. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. 11 a.m.: Care Givers Support group meets third Thursdays at the First Presbyterian Church at 4437 Clinton St. in Marianna. Noon: Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting at New Life Assembly Fellowship Hall, Chipley 1 p.m.: Caregivers Meeting at Washington County Council on Aging in Chipley for more information call 638-6216 2 p.m.: Writers Group meets the first Thursday of each month (unless a holiday) at the Chipley Library 4 p.m.: Holmes County Historical Society 2nd Thursday of each month. 6 p.m.: TOPS meets at 7 p.m. with weigh in at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church 6 p.m.: The Holmes County Historical Society meets first Thursdays at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. 6 p.m.: Washington County Council on Aging Line Dancing Class for more information call 638-6216 6:30 p.m.: T.O.P.S. Mt. Olive Baptist Church on State Road 79 North. 7 p.m.: Narcotics Anonymous meeting, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on County Road 177A FRIDAY 6 a.m.: Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study at Hickory Hill Baptist Church in Westville. 10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides bingo, exercise, games, activities, hot meals and socialization. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: On third Fridays, Washington County Council on Aging (Chipley) will have a plate lunch available to anyone as a fundraiser for our local senior citizens. Plates are $6. Must make reservation at 638-6216 or 638-6217. 3:30: Bead Class every second Friday at Laurden-Davis Art Gallery call 703-0347 5 p.m.: Red Hill Methodist Church Mission Supper 4th Friday of every month January – September. 6 8 p.m.: Washington County Council on Aging 50+ dance club for more information call 638-6216 6 8 p.m.: Marianna’s Gathering Place Foundation has a gettogether for 50+ senior singles, widowed or divorced on last Fridays at Methodist Youth Center in Marianna. Come join the fun for games, prizes and snacks. For more information, call 526-4561. 8 p.m.: Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting at Chipley Presbyterian Church. SATURDAY 9 a.m. 1 p.m.: The Holmes County Community Health Clinic located at 203 W. Iowa Street, Bonifay, will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the rst and third Saturday 10 a.m.: The Alford Community Health Clinic will be the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, from 10 a.m. until the last patient is seen. 10 a.m. 12 p.m.: Children’s education day 4th Saturday of every month North Bay Clan Tribal Grounds, 1560 Lonnie Road. SUNDAY 11 a.m.: New Hope United Methodist Church Worship Service 5 p.m.: New Hope United Methodist Church Worship Service 8 p.m.: Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in the board room at GracevilleCampbellton Hospital in Graceville. Community calendarCALENDAR Upload your Legacy guest book photos now for FREE! W ith your paid obituar y family and friends will now have unlimited access to uploaded photos fr ee of charge. Find Obituaries. Shar e Condolences. 9u €un‹ju j F{ vu? 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There will be a love offering and everyone is invited to worship and fellowship with us. The church is located at 3205 Highway 2 in Esto. For more information call Chris Smith at 7680843 or email mtzionindp@ gmail.com. 11TH HOUR 11th Hour to perform in Esto The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage does not allow any pets in our domicile. Something about cleaning up their mess and eas and other things that I cannot recall. When our last child moved out of the house so did all pets. They are now just fond memories, at least on my side. So no pets are roaming around our house but I do have a variety of pet peeves. My wife graciously allows me to keep my pet peeves as long as I keep them to myself and that they do not mess up the house. For the most part, I try to do that, but occasionally one of my pets escapes from its pen. A pet peeve that recently escaped from its cage is, people taking something out of context to prove their point. You can make anything say and mean anything you want it to say or mean. The politicians have perfected this art and I think it ought to remain within the con nes of Washington DC. It always amazes me that politicians can virtually say the same thing to different crowds and have it mean different things to separate crowds. Nobody can twist and turn words like professional politician. Just think what these politicians could do if they put this great talent to bene t the people of the United States who elected them. Getting back to my pet peeve. Perhaps a few examples might help explain what I am talking about. In Pennsylvania, we have a saying that if you do not hear the whole thing you might just misunderstand what it is about and jump to the wrong conclusion. The saying goes like this, “Throw Papa down the stairs...” and if you stop here, Papa may go tumbling down the stairs. However, it is the end of that saying that changes the whole meaning of that phrase, “... his hat.” If you focus on the rst part of the phrase, you completely misunderstand what it is all about and poor old Papa will suffer the consequences. I wonder how many people have been thrown down the stairs because somebody just heard part of what was actually said. Another one has to do with my wife. We have been married for over 40 years and get along famously but every now and then she will say, “Who do you think you are?” The rst time I heard this I was rather stunned. If I would take that question by itself and divorce it from its context, I might ounder in the sea of despondency. After all, if my wife of 40 something years does not know who I am, something is amiss. Perhaps, after all these years, she is losing it, whatever “it” is. On the other hand, after all these years she still cannot gure me out. I nd that rather silly myself. I am a rather simple person. My wife has a different name for it, she calls it simpleton but it means the same, I think. I distinctly remember one time when she asked this question she caught me off guard and I reintroduced myself to her. Let me just say, I will never make that mistake again. Every so often, she will say in a voice loud enough for everybody in the house to hear, “Somebody in this house is getting to be very messy.” The rst time I heard this I went through the house looking for that “somebody” not knowing that it was me. At least I am somebody in this house, which is better than, “Who do you think you are?” It is important to put everything together and in context. Perhaps the most ridiculous example of this is people quoting the Bible. It always amazes me that those who claim the Bible is not really true, always cite the Bible to prove their point. Those who pick out fragments of the Bible to prove their point are rather pathetic. 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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Extra Washington County News | Holmes County Times-Advertiser | A9 By KATIE TAMMEN 315-4440 | @KatieTnwfdn ktammen@nwfdailynews.com Inri Fales has begun a new chapter. After seeing her high school years dened by tragedy, the 19year-old has found a brighter pic ture in college. With one semester at the University of Central Florida under her belt, Inri nally lives in a house with three girls that doesn’t face foreclosure or a sud den loss of its utilities. She is living on her own terms. “I like it (in Orlando),” Inri said in a telephone interview. “I’d like it a little bit better if I had more time and money,” she added with a laugh. Since August, she’s focused on classes in chemistry, biology, English and trigonometry. She postponed getting a job while she acclimated to her new life, but plans to look for one next semester. She made it through the rst one with help from a Bright Fu tures Scholarship, a Pell Grant and occasional help from her boyfriend. “I think I needed that semes ter to get used to college and ev erything,” Inri said. After her brother commit ted suicide, her father died from cancer and her mother up and left, Inri was left with a home in Crestview and no way to pay the bills. The house was foreclosed af ter she left for UCF with her col lections, furniture and memories inside. She’s at peace with that. “There’s not really a great attachment to those things any more,” Inri said. She’s spending Christmas with her boyfriend’s family, who are caring for her cats and dog until she gets a place where she can have them with her. For now, her love of animals is satised with a bunny her boyfriend got her. She named it Batman. Inri had a quiet realization one recent night as she watched tele vision with her boyfriend and Bat man hopped around the room. “I was happy.” ORLANDO (AP) — Central Florida will embark this spring on one of its largest mass transportation exper iments when service begins on the rst 32-mile phase of the $1.2 billion SunRail commuter train, an effort to ease nightmarish traf c and protect the region’s long-term economic health. Currently, tens of thou sands of commuters and tourists cram a few main highways and roads in the popular, fast-growing area. The rst phase — 12 sta tions from Debary in Volu sia County through down town Orlando to Sand Lake Road in Orange County — will be the ultimate vi ability test case for an area that never before has had this kind of transportation alternative. And with prom ised federal money for the second phase suspended in Washington budget limbo, the success or failure of SunRail’s initial stage will garner an even brighter spotlight. “This is a dramatic evo lution step for Central Flor ida. It’s the rst time we’re building a xed transit system — a regional one — with the ability of being able to connect into high-speed (rail),” said U.S. Rep. John Mica, a Republican from Winter Park and a member of the House Transporta tion Committee. Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected more than $2 bil lion in federal high-speed rail funding in 2011 that would have connected Tampa and Orlando. But after some hesitation, he eventually approved a deal that opened construction for SunRail after being sold on its jobs creation benets and potential to reduce congestion on Interstate 4, the region’s main east-west highway. But now federal bud get cuts have cast at least some doubt on whether another $80 million in fund ing will be there for the ontime construction of Phase 2, which will extend the rail line farther north into Volusia County and south into Osceola County. When completed, it would stretch the rail to 17 stations and 62 miles. Construction for the next phase was sched uled to begin next summer, but there are no guarantees SunRail will be included in the 2014 federal transportation budget. It’s caused lobbying ef forts to intensify locally and in Washington, with opin ions differing about what will happen. “I know a lot of local busi ness leaders went to D.C. to make the point about trying to make sure to con tinue to help build it, and get the momentum going,” Florida Transportation Sec retary Ananth Prasad said. “I think ultimately that’s needed. We need that fed eral budget certainty ... and I know everybody is work ing hard to get there.” U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Democrat who serves alongside Mica on the transportation commit tee, said last month that not having a 2014 trans portation budget and the potential for an additional $100 million in cuts next year “has brought a high level of uncertainty and a limitation on the ability to fund new transit projects.” But she added she had spoken to Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rog off about SunRail’s im portance and also would reach out to President Barack Obama. Mica said Phase 2 will have the system’s highest ridership, according to pro jections, and he expects the expansion will be looked upon favorably with Phase 1 almost complete. “I hope it’s in the presi dent’s budget. If not, there are alternatives ... to con tinue the work,” he said. Mica said one of those is spreading the project out over the next two scal years, although that could affect construction plans. Either way, he said, he be lieves it will move forward. Optimism also runs high in the affected communi ties, where growth makes alternative transportation attractive. MetroPlan Orlando, a regional planning organi zation, projects that the three-county metro area of Orange, Seminole and Osceola will grow more than 70 percent by 2030. Using the 2012 census es timate of 2.1 million peo ple, that would mean an increase to more than 3.5 million. Also, according to census data, over the past 12 years the largest popu lation growth in Central Florida has been in San ford, Winter Garden, south Orlando and Kissimmee. While the 18to 35-yearold demographic is migrat ing toward urban city cen ters, there are segments working and residing in surrounding counties. It’s why convincing a chunk of that group to ride SunRail during the initial rollout has been a focus. Seminole County Com mission chairman Bob Dal lari called SunRail “a game changer.” “SunRail is getting at tention from a lot of folks,” he said. “And the younger population wants to be able to live places where they don’t have to be dependent upon automobiles.” Since 2012, the state transportation department has been having “lunch and learn” sessions to reach out to businesses to tap those prospective riders. The Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce also got a grant to promote the train and explain why employers should encour age their workers to ride it. There also has been a push to bring retail and residential options close to stations. Prasad said 15 proj ects are within a 10-min ute walk of the initial stations with a close to $800 million construction value. He said that included about 3,700 new residential units around the stations and new hotel projects. “It’s the perfect sce nario for SunRail to have a chance,” Prasad said. Some residents along the initial route have con cerns, though. Christine Watkins, 63 and president of the South Seminole Community As sociation for Progress, re sides in a predominantly black community in East Altamonte, about 2 miles from the SunRail station there. She said that while many in her neighborhood welcome new, accessible alternatives for those who are without transportation, some have concerns. The loudest are from residents who fear they eventually could be en couraged to move to other areas to make way for de velopment near the sta tion. That happened in the historically black Hannibal Square district in Winter Park years ago. “We don’t want that to happen here,” she said. Dallari said those con cerns in Seminole haven’t been ignored — the county commissioners paid for a study to look at the kind of projects that could go up without displacing many people. Still, Watkins plans to ride. “Personally, I’m excited about it because of the great location I am in, and I plan to live here for the duration,” she said. “You name it, we’re right there in the middle of it. I’ve had some other people in my age group who are saying as long as our taxes aren’t through the roof, we’re for it.” W e als o t ak e c ar e of (850) 638-5885 V†‹ =…tƒ  [ ›t› ;t‹ t {  M ost V ehicles Up t o 5 qts syn thetic blend M ost V ehicles $ 19 95 ?H:<@^@] T[ X[T]^ : ^@ >:Q>@[* ) 0 % 022 3$02 /) 3) /$ )( /0 $( $ )) /0 ) /0 (22$ % 1 0() )'!2) *'! + )" ) /0 %1 02 2 '/$. ) 20* ) /) 022 ) ) $ /) $. ) $( /$(20 /) 2 $ 022 ( 1 ). $ (2) $. ) 3)(0' $2 /0 ) 0 )2* $( 2$( )$( /0 %1 & $22 22 )) -/ $( 2)$ ) $3) $( $(( ) 2# Central Florida’s SunRail train gets ready to roll AP Construction workers make progress on the SunRail station in October as an Amtrak train stops at the next door Amtrak station to pick up passengers in Winter Park. The SunRail train begins taking its rst passengers in May for the initial phase of the project. Crestview teen has a new life in college Budget cuts could slow later expansion FILE PHOTO | Daily News Inri Fales is seen with her bunny, Batman. She attends the University of Central Florida in Orlando. At right, Fales is pictured with her dog in Crestview earlier this year.


A10 | Washington County News/Holmes County Times Advertiser Wednesday, January 1, 2014 For Rent First in Chipley, Mini Warehouses. If you don’t have the room, “We Do” Lamar Townsend (850)638-4539, north of Townsend’s. C&C Bookkeeping and Tax Service. Open 5 days a week. 8:00am-5:00pm. Call (850)638-1483 Admin/Clerical Job Opportunity: City Clerk, City of Vernon, FL The City of Vernon will be accepting applications for City Clerk; this is a highly responsible administrative and supervisory position. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, acting as the custodian of the City’s records and seal; Notary, Clerk to the City Council. Work involves preparing City Council meeting agendas, minutes of City meetings, managing City contracts, receiving legal documents on the City’s behalf, and supporting the Mayor, Council Members and other personnel directly involved in the City’s management. Employee is also responsible for billing, collections, depositing, and reporting for the water department, Employee is responsible for preparing monthly financial reports to the Council, preparing payroll, filing quarterly tax reports, monthly tax reports and deposits, end of year payroll tax reports and processing W-2 and 1099 tax forms. Employee will be required to work evenings for Council Meetings and other City Board meetings. Employee must maintain effective working relationships, exercise independent judgment, confidentiality, discretion and initiative in carrying out the daily operations of the City. The City Clerk is an appointed official. Work is performed under limited supervision under the direction of the Mayor and City Council. Minimum Qualifications a Knowledge of effective budget processes, administrative principles, practices, procedures and methods. a Working knowledge of legal advertising requirements, intergovernmental relations, election laws and procedures, and procurement laws and procedures. a Considerable knowledge of the practice and methods, and state regulations for public records management, retention, and disposition. a Ability to effectively organize, supervise, train, and direct employees. a Proficient in computer applications, including Microsoft Office & Quick Books Pro a Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. a Knowledge of accounts receivable and payable Training & Experience a High School Diploma or equivalent; prior city, town, or other governmental experience is a plus. Special Requirements a Notary Public of the State of Florida, or obtain license within three (3) months of employment. a Valid Florida Driver’s License. a Ability to be bonded The City of Vernon is a drug-free workplace. A pre-employment drug screen, criminal history background investigation and a driver’s license verification will be conducted. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Application Deadline: January 13, 2014. Rate of pay for this position: Depending on Qualifications Web Id 34276208 TIRED OF SEARCHING FOR BUYERS?Placing a classied ad is an easy and affordable way to make your wares the focus of attention among potential buyers.What are you waiting for? C ontact us today and start turning the stuff you dont want into something you do want:CASH!GET THINGS MOVING WITH THE CLASSIFIEDS! GET THINGS MOVING WITH THE CLASSIFIEDS! 11-3411 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HOLMES COUNTY, FLORIDA File No. 13-435CA Division: Civil Circuit IN RE: THE DISSOLUTION OF THE HOLMES COUNTY FAIR ASSOCIATION, INC. NOTICE OF HEARING YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the undersigned will call up for hearing before the Honorable Chris Patterson, judge of the above court, in the judge’s chambers in the Holmes County Courthouse, the address of which is 201 North Oklahoma Street, Bonifay, Florida, on January 8, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Central time, or as soon thereafter as same may be heard, the Petition to Dissolve the Holmes County Fair Association, Inc. as filed in Holmes County Case Number 13-435 CA. Time set aside by the court is thirty minutes (30 minutes). PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELVES ACCORDINGLY. I CERTIFY that a copy hereof has been or will be published in the Holmes County Advertiser for four consecutive weeks as required by law. S/Lucas N. Taylor Lucas N. Taylor Attorney for Holmes County Fair Association, Inc. Florida Bar No. 670189 122B S. Waukesha Street Post Office Box 1267 Bonifay, FL 32425 Telephone: (850) 547-7301 Fax: (850) 547-7303 In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons in need of a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding shall, within a reasonable time prior to any proceeding, contact the Court, the address of which is: 201 North Oklahoma Street, Bonifay, Florida 32425, Telephone Number: (850) 547-1100. As published in the Holmes County Times Advertiser November 27, December 4, 11, 18, 2013. 1-3497 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HOLMES COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 30-2012-CA-000198 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, GRANTEES, DEVISEES, LIENORS, TRUSTEES, AND CREDITORS OF OLA J. KNAUB, DECEASED; JOSEPH FRANCIS BRENNAN, JR.; RHONDA JANE SAPP; LISA MARIE GYGI; DANIEL PATRICK BRENNAN; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JOSEPH FRANCIS BRENNAN, JR.; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RHONDA JANE SAPP; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LISA MARIE GYGI; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DANIEL PATRICK BRENNAN; UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN TENANT 2; AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S), 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; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on December 05, 2013 in the Circuit Court of Holmes County, Florida, the clerk shall sell the property situated in Holmes County, Florida, described as: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 5, TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 17 WEST; THENCE RUN N8758`30”W ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 5,1250.62 FEET TO THE CENTERLINE OF A COUNTY GRADED ROAD; THENCE N4100`54”E 398.30 FEET ALONG SAID CENTERLINE OF COUNTY ROAD; THENCE N2541`04”E 174.70 FEET ALONG SAID CENTER LINE TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N1319`44”E ALONG SAID CENTERLINE OF COUNTY ROAD 125 FEET; THENCE N7640`16”W 125 FEET; THENCE S1319`44” W 125.0 FEET; THENCE S7640`16”E 125.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, ALL LYING AND BEING IN HOLMES COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 1468 OTTER CREEK RD., PONCE DE LEON, FL 32455-6400 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, on the front steps of the Holmes County Courthouse, 201 North Oklahoma Street, Bonifay, FL 32425, on January 16, 2014 beginning at 11:00 AM. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining 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 12 day of December, 2013. Kyle Hudson Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Diane Eaton Deputy ClerkAs published in the Holmes County Time Advertiser on January 1, 2014 and January 8, 2014. 1-3491 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HOLMES COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 30-2013-CA-000206 VANDERBILT MORTGAGE AND FINANCE, INC., a Tennessee Corporation, P.O. Box 9800 Maryville, TN 37802 Plaintiff, v. JAMES WILLIAM RABON a/k/a JAMES RABON, CERESIA LYNN RABON, BETTY L. RABON n/k/a BETTY L. ANDERSON, JAMES E. RABON, IF LIVING, BUT IF DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS AND TRUSTEES OF JAMES E. RABON, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to Plaintiffs Final Summary Judgment to Foreclose Mortgage entered in the above-captioned action, I will sell the property situated in Holmes County, Florida, described as follows, to wit: See Exhibit “A”: TOGETHER WITH TAT CERTAIN 2010 CMHM MOBILE HOME: SERIAL NUMBER WHC018264GA. Commonly known as: 2036 BUCK TREADWELL RD., BONIFAY, FL 32425, Commence at the Northwest corner of Section 14, Township 5 orth, Range 15 West of Holmes County, Florida, thence South 04 degrees 54 minutes 25 seconds East along the West boundary line of said section 14, 2375.87 feet to the Point of Beginning, thence North 87 degrees 03 minutes 00 seconds East, 263.48 feet to the centerline of a county road, thence South 22 degrees 46 minutes 59 seconds West along said centerline 316.77 feet; thence South 86 degrees 13 minutes 56 seconds West, 116.15 feet to said West line of Section 14, thence North 04 degrees 54 minutes 25 seconds West along said West line of Section 14, 287.18 feet to the point of beginning. Together with a 2010, CMH mobile home; Model: Value 1. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash at 11:00 a.m. (CT), on the 23 day of January, 2014, at the front door of the Holmes County Courthouse. If you are a subordinate lien holder claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the Clerk of Court no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim, you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. 0. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. Clerk of the Circuit Court By Diane Eaton Deputy Clerk As published in the Holmes County Times Advertisr on December 25, 2013 and January 1, 2014 A childless, young, successful woman seeks to adopt. Will be HANDS-ON Mom! Financial security. Expenses paid. Visit: www.jodi2adopt.webs.com/, call Jodi 1-800718-5516 or text 609-770-1255. Adam Sklar #0150789 UNPLANNED PREGNANCY? Adoption-A brave & selfless choice. Medical, living & counseling expenses paid. Choose the loving & financially secure family. Compassionate Atty. Lauren Feingold 24/7 866-633-0397 www.fklhearttoheart.net #0958107 Experienced Private Caregiver for elderly and light housekeeping 850-547-4493 LARGE ABANDONED GOODS SALE: Like a big flea market, but yard sale prices. Friday and Saturday, January 3rd & 4th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Located on the bypass (Maple Avenue) Geneva, Ala. Near Courthouse. Mo’s Trading Post and Flea Market 5157 HWY 77, Sunny Hills, Greenhead area. Tables, Spaces, booths. Daily, weekly or month. Call for rates 850-326-2201. Multi-Family Yard Sale Friday and Saturday, January 3 and 4 from 8AM to 12PM. Rain or Shine. 3339 Sandpath Road Bonifay. Turn off 90 across from Middlebrooks, go 4.8 miles, Big Yellow Brick house on left 547-4575 Wanted to Rent; Farm land or pasture in Chipley & suroundding areas for the year 2014. 850-718-1859. Healthcare/Medical Medical office currently looking for an ARNP/PA to join our medical team. Our office specializes in Cardiology, Internal Medicine & Family Practice in Bonifay. Please fax resume & references to 850-547-5415, attn Kim Sasser. DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Learn to drive for US Xpress! Earn $700 per week! No experience needed! Local CDL Traning. Job ready in 15 days! (888)368-1964 Experienced OTR Flatbed Drivers earn 50 up to 55 cpm loaded. $1000 sign on to Qualified drivers. Home most weekends. Call: (843)266-3731 / www. bulldoghiway.com. EOE Executive Office Space for rent downtown Chipley. (850)638-1918 Retail Store Space available.Main Street. Downtown Chipley. 850-638-1918 FOR RENT 1B/R apartment, convenient location in Chipley. No pets. 850-638-4640 Mandi Lea Apartments in Vernon, 2/BR. Financial Assistance available if qualified. 638-4640. Nice Upstairs 1BR Apartment. Kitchen, livingroom & large walk-in closet. Rent, $350.00/mth. Call 547-5244. SpaciousOne Bedroom Apartment $475 Everything NEW Available Dec 28. Stove/Refrigerator. Free W/S/G No Pets Convenient location Downtown Chipley 638-3306. 3 Bdrm/2 bath Brick House for rent. Located at 1357 Old Bonifay Rd., Chipley. $600/mo, $300/depo. (850)527-5623. 2BR cabin 1BA, no pets. $400 month, 1st, and last month. Deposit required. 229-400-5645. 8 miles South Bonifay 3BR/1BA for rent. No pets. Deposit, & references required. HUD accepted. $595/mth Chipley. (850)638-1918 For Rent in Westville 3BR/2BA, large parlour, dining room, over 1700 SQ FT. late model Double Wide in good condition: city water, utility shed on 3 city lots. $550/MO. First and Last no Pets 850-263-9367. For Rent or Sell by Owner 3BR/2BA, Updated, CHA, conveniently located. handicapped accessible. No HUD 850-547-2091, 850-638-1483, 850-481-5352. 3BR/2BA, MH for rent. on Pioneer Rd. Call 850-849-6842, 850-768-3508, 850-638-9933. FOR RENT Nice mobile home excellent location in Chipley. No Pets. 850-638-4640 HUNTING LAND for rent or lease, 1 year or 5 years, 160 acres or 300 acres. For more information call (850)638-1911 or (850)326-0044. Mobile Homes For Rent 2 and 3 Bedrooms in Cottondale, Central Heat and Air. $400 -$500 a month. 850-258-1594. Mobile Homes For Rent 2 and 3 Bedrooms in Cottondale, Central Heat and Air. $400 -$500 a month. 850-258-1594. Older 2BR/1BA Mobile Home $4,000 and Construction Office $2,000. Call 850-638-8804. Got Bad Credit? Ride Today! Buy Here/Pay Here $0 Down/1st payment Tax, Tag & Title. Ask about free WalMart Gift Card. Call Steve Pope 334-803-9550. Turn to classified! You can bank on our bargains!