** Volume 127 Number 44 Phone: 850-547-9414 Fax: 850-638-4601 Opinion .................... A4 Arrests ..................... A5 Kids activities ........... A8 Sports .................... A10 Faith ........................ B4 Obituaries ................ B5 @WCN_HCT facebook.com/WashingtonCountyNews.HolmesCountyTimes50 Â¢ LOCAL STUDENTS WIN STEM COMPETITION | B3 chipleypaper.com A7Trailblazer Trot winners announcedB1ÂWalk HardÂ passes through Holmes County Wednesday, March 14, 2018 LOOK INSIDE FOR HORIZONS PROGRESS EDITION imes A dvertiser HOLMES COUNTY T By Diane M. RobinsonTimes Advertiser @HCTA_Diane Drobinson@chipleypaper.comPONCE DE LEON Â… Holmes County School District recently named their first Teacher of the Year in several years. Ponce de Leon Elemen-tary fourth grade math teacher Catherine Peel was given the honor on March 6. Holmes County School Board held a recep-tion to honor Peel after their board meeting.Peel is a Ponce de Leon High School alumni who has taught first and third grades, but has found her home in fourth grade. Her students scored the high-est in the entire district for math on the Florida State Assessment testing last year.ÂI am excited to represent Ponce de Leon Elementary and Holmes County School District as Holmes County Teacher of the Year," Peel stated. "It is a very humbling award. I look forward to attending the galas and events held in Tallahassee and Orlando this Summer."Peel, who started teach-ing in 2010, said new challenges arise daily in the educational field. However, she approaches Peel named Holmes County Teacher of the YearStaff ReportBONIFAY Â„ At a recent meeting, Holmes County Development Commission voted to hire a grant writer with the intent to prepare an Industrial Park structure for an incoming manufacturer.According to officials, the commission voted to hire grant writer Bob Jones to "potentially" write a federal grant that will be used to make renovations and purchase equipment in the Paradigm Plastics building at the Industrial Park site.Officials have not disclosed the name of the prospect nor information on what it manufactures; however, they expect the company to hire 12 to 15 employees. It was not immediately clear how much the grant would be.Currently the building is being used as an office and warehouse space, and will remain in that function. If the commission secures a leasing agreement with the new prospect, the company will use only unused space.At a regular meeting last week, HCDC learned City of Esto requested the commission to partner in purchasing a 4.3-acre site in Esto. However, commissioners agreed the property needs to undergo an environmental assessment study before voting on the item. After exhaustive discussion, the commission also moon-walked on the purchase of a four-acre site in Bonifay, which included a warehouse and office space. According to officials, the property was in "unfavor-able conditions."The commission meets 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce building, 106 E. Byrd Ave.Dev. commission: new prospect to bring 12-15 jobsStaff ReportBONIFAY Â„ The Down Home Street Festival will continue this weekend start-ing with the Annual Holmes County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on Friday at the Dogwood Lakes Golf Club.The final festival will take place Saturday at Veterans' Memorial Park on Veterans' Blvd.Check out The News and Times-Advertiser's special wrap featured on the left fold of this publication for more detailed information.Down Home Street Festival returns this weekendBy Diane M. RobinsonTimes Advertiser | @HCTA_Diane Drobinson@chipleypaper.comESTO Â… The Esto Town Council approved a contract for an Engineer of Record for the town when they met in regular session March 6.After negotiations with WSP USA and the townÂs attorney Michelle Jordan, the contract was approved for the firm to handle grants applications and any engineering issues.Holmes County Board of County Commissioners Attorney Brandon Young came before the council with an agreement for the Local Option Gas Tax (LOGT) disbursement throughout the county and its five municipalities.The LOGT is a five-cent gas tax on every gallon of motor fuel and special fuel sold in Holmes County with tax proceeds used exclusively for transportation expenditures within the county.The new agreement states the county will give up one percent to Ponce de Leon, leaving them at 86 percent, Bonifay at 10 percent, Ponce de Leon at two percent and the remaining municipalities at one percent each.Esto Town Council approved and signed the agreement.In other business, the council approved an ordinance that Esto hires engineer of record Dara Kam News Service FloridaTALLAHASSEE Â„ Despite the looming threat of a con-stitutional amendment and a potential $300 million annual hit to state coffers, Florida lawmakers abandoned an effort to reach agreement Friday on a gambling pack-age as time ran out in the 2018 legislative session.Republican legislative lead-ers had resurrected the issue in the waning days of the ses-sion as they tried to strike a deal between the gamblingleery House and the Senate, which was willing to expand slot machines to counties where voters have approved the lucrative machines.But after a day of horsetrading, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron declared the issue off the table.House, Senate throw in towel on gambling talksNews Service FloridaDemocratic candidates have opened campaign accounts to try to succeed Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, and Rep. Katie EdwardsWalpole, D-Plantation, in November. Lake Wales Democrat Cath-erine Price opened an account last week to run in Senate Dis-trict 26, which includes DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee and parts of Char-lotte, Lee and Polk counties, according to the state Division of Elections website.Grimsley is running this year for state agriculture commissioner.The only other candidate in the race is Rep. Ben Albritton, a Wauchula Republican who had raised $142,600 as of Feb. 28, a finance report shows. Mean-while, with Edwards-WalpoleÂs recent announcement that she will not run for another term in Broward CountyÂs House Dis-trict 98, Plantation Democrat Louis Reinstein became the first candidate to open an account to try to win the seat.Grimsley district les in DemocratsGrimsley HCDC eyes renovations to accommodate prospectHolmes County Teacher of the Year 2017 Catherine Peel.[SPECIAL TO TIMES ADVERTISER] See GAMBLING, A2 See ESTO, A2 See AWARD, A2
** A2 Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Holmes County Times-AdvertiserBy Diane M. RobinsonTimes Advertiser | @HCTA_Diane Drobinson@chipleypaper.com BONIFAY Â… A new agreement regarding the Local Option Gas Tax (LOGT) between the county and its five municipalities was approved and signed by Bonifay City Council when they met in regular session March 12.The LOGT is a five-cent gas tax on every gallon of motor fuel and special fuel sold in Holmes County with tax proceeds used exclusively for transportation expenditures within the county.In the new agreement, the county will give up one percent to Ponce de Leon which will leave them at 85 percent, Bonifay at 10 percent, Ponce de Leon at two percent and Noma, Westville and Esto each receiving one percent.The Bonifay Police Department was approved to purchase seven new laptops for their patrol cars totaling $7,577. The funds were bud-geted for this fiscal year to come out of the general fund.The March 26 meeting of the council was cancelled and rescheduled for 7 p.m. on March 27 for election results.Bonifay signs Local Option Gas Tax agreementA story that ran in the March 7 edition of the Holmes County TimesAdvertiser incorrectly stated in which district Brandon Newsom has announced his candidacy. It is District 2.SETTING IT STRAIGHT them the challenges with excitement and suspense. She said she has a passion to help students in her hometown to become the best academically and socially.They inspire her to teach, she added."I am inspired daily by my students and their love for learning. Each time I receive a hand written note, card, or illustration saying they love me, I know I am doing my job right,":she stated. "Teaching requires a lot of demands, but I wouldnÂt trade it for any-thing because I get to make a difference in childrenÂs lives daily.ÂŽHCSB plans to include Rookie of the Year and Support Personnel of the Year next year, officials said. AWARDFrom Page A1ÂDespite the good faith efforts of both the House and Senate, a gaming bill will not pass the Legislature this session,ÂŽ the leaders said in a statement Friday evening. ÂGaming remains one of the most difficult issues we face as a Legislature. We are pleased with the prog-ress made over the last week and know that our colleagues will continue to work on this important issue.ÂŽLawmakers were anxious to address the perennially elusive issue due to a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would give voters control of future gambling decisions, something now largely left up to the Legislature.Also, legislators wanted to ensure a steady stream of income from the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The money could be in peril after a federal court ruling about controversial Âdesignated playerÂŽ games at pari-mutuel card-rooms throughout the state.The Senate this week passed a broad gambling measure allowing slots in eight counties Â„ Brevard, Duval, Gadsden, Hamilton, Lee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Washington Â„ where voters have signed off on letting local pari-mutuels add the lucrative machines.The House made a concession Thursday evening to the Senate, by agreeing to allow slots in three counties where voters have approved them. But after two subsequent offers, the negotiators appeared to grow farther apart.ÂI think it was time, more than anything else,ÂŽ Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who has been instrumental in crafting and passing gambling legisla-tion for years, told The News Service of Florida on Friday evening.Although lawmakers were supposed to wrap up their business Friday night, Corco-ran and Negron have extended the session until 11:59 p.m. Sunday after running out of time to finalize work on a new state budget.The leaders would have had to include the sticky gambling issue in the extension if the negotiations appeared to be closing in on a deal.ÂWe spent so much time, and rightfully so, on the school-safety legislation, and we found ourselves on a Friday, with a Sunday dead-line if we had extended, and the tribeÂs not up here,ÂŽ Galvano said, referring to school-safety legislation stemming from the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Broward County high school.Striking a new deal, called a compact, with the Seminoles, which would be part of any gambling legislation, has proved elusive for legislators.One of the critical provi-sions of a 2010 deal between the state and tribe, giving the tribe ÂexclusivityÂŽ over banked card games, such as blackjack, expired in 2015. That spawned a protracted legal battle and previously futile attempts by lawmak-ers to seal a new agreement.The tribe pays more than $300 million a year under the banked-card games portion of the 2010 agreement.But the legal battle focused heavily on what are known as Âdesignated player games,ÂŽ which are played at pari-mutuel facilities.After a federal judge sided with the tribe in a dispute over whether the lucrative designated-player games breached the SeminolesÂ exclusivity over offering banked card games, the tribe agreed to continue making payments to the state, and gambling regulators promised to Âaggressively enforceÂŽ the manner in which card rooms conduct the designated player games.While the tribe agreed to temporarily continue paying the state, some lawmakers are eager for the financial certainty a new compact would provide.But Galvano said he has spoken with a representative of the tribe, who assured him that the Seminoles intend to maintain the revenue-sharing agreement with the state. ÂTheyÂve made no plans to stop payment, and they still want to be partners with the state. But they werenÂt prepared to come up here and negotiate a deal. IÂve been through this before and itÂs just logistically not work-able,ÂŽ he said. GAMBLINGFrom Page A1places restrictions and site placement requirements for any establishment operating a salvage, junk, or recycling yard or business with in the corporate limits of the Town of Esto.Esto Town Council will meet again in regular ses-sion at 7 p.m. on March 20. ESTOFrom Page A1
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** A4 Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Holmes County Times-AdvertiserOPINION The person I am writing a bout this week has achieved excellence in a field I know nothing about, so it is difficult to write intelligently about him, but when Berniece Atwell called me and suggested I write about Jerry Seig whose compositions are being played in Carnegie Hall I knew I must try. Jerry Seig grew up in Bonifay and graduated from Holmes County high School in 1961. Other than singing in the Church Choir, he had little background in music. He had taken private piano during elementary school under Miss Evelyn Hood, Mrs. Lora Bullington and Mrs. Dorothy Clemmons. However, basketball fitted his tall frame more than keyboard, band or chorus. While attending Chipola jr. College he sang in the college chorus and discovered during his sophomore year a profound interest in music, especially composition. That led him to Jacksonville University (Florida) Where he studied under William Hoskins a master teacher of composition. After attaining his B.S. Degree there he transferred to Florida State University where he found another master teacher in Composition in the person of Carlyle Floyd. His Masters Degree from FSU was again in Music Composition After teaching ten years at Cumberland College in Williamsburg Kentucky, he returned to FSU to get his Doctorate in Music Composition. He was ably directed in his study of Music Composition there by John Boda. Thirty two years as a music professor at New Orleans University completed SeigÂs 42 year teaching career. During those years he was a productive composer and arranger of traditional classical music for stringed orchestras. He was understandably influenced by local culture wherever he was. For example his folk arrangements while living in Kentucky doubtless reflected some of the superstitions and folklore of that environment. Seig is not involved in the performance aspect of his profession. He leaves that to the performers, only providing them arrangements for specific instruments or whole movements. He has traveled all over the world with musical groups performing his works. So how does he get to Carnegie Hall. Well, actually he doesnÂt. His music gets there in the hands of those who perform it. In April, Terry who came to the U.S. from Kazakhstan to study composition under Dr.Jerry Seig but just happens to be an accomplished pianist, a Steinway Artist, is playing a recital in Carnegie Hall. One of her selections will be an arrangement by Dr. Seig. She is a member of the New Orleans Chamber Orchestra. He doesnÂt plan to be there, however, as he has a conflict and he has heard all her selections before. Jerry lives in Slidell, La with his wife. He is the father of a son,Jeffrey who lives with his wife and a son and daughter in a Dallas Suburb and works as a public Information officer for Lehigh Industries.His daughter Jennifer has a 14 year old daughter, Jadin, who loves Bonifay, according to her grandpa. His sister Becky Sieg Curlee lives at the home where they grew up here. His brother Billy retired from the Florida Forestry Service. Seig continues his work of composition in retirement. To read more about him, you will find numerous websites who list him among the renowned music composers. of our time. Congratulations to Jerry Seig, Bonifay-native for his achievements.HAPPY CORNERJerry SeigÂs compositionsAll of us know the story. Students from Germany, Japan, and other countries continually rank above us on math and science standardized tests. Further, no matter how much money we throw at the problem and which new broom we use, (No Child Left Behind) our students do not seem to show significant progress. Logic requires that we examine the factors that make up the U.S. educational plan. These include facilities, supplies and materials, supervision, teachers, and length of school year and day, (ie. time on task). Who has better or more school facilities than we have? In many countries they meet their classes in a nearby church, in the basement of a police station, or under a tree in the front yard of a teacherÂs home. You should see the facilities that pass for schools in much of India and Sri Lanka where my wife and I lived for a time. Who has more up-todate textbooks or supplies and materials than we do? In these important areas we would rank an undisputed number one. The same holds true for supervision. We have more principals, curriculum supervisors, personnel handlers, etc. per teacher and per pupil than are available in the schools of any other country. Here too, we rank number one. How about teacher-student ratio? Across the U.S. the student-teacher ratio averages around 17-1, with some a little higher and some a bit lower. The ratios are much higher in virtually all other countries. Only England and Germany are close to us with ratios in the mid-20s. How about teacher preparation? The primary degree for teaching in all current and former U.K. countries such as England, India, South Africa, etc. is a three-year bachelorÂs degree. In much of Asia, it is a 2-year degree. One cannot teach in the public schools of the U.S. without at least a bachelorÂs (4-year) degree and almost half of our teachers have masterÂs degrees (5 years of preparation). There is no question that U.S. teachers rank number one in preparation for teaching our young people. That leaves only one factor, time on task. Unfortunately, the U.S. ranks well down the list of all industrialized nations in the time students attend school. Most schools in the U.S. are set up for 180 teaching days. By contrast, Japan has students in school 225 days and Germany 223. Korea matches Japan but most students take additional classes on Saturday running their Âtime on taskÂŽ considerably higher. Forty more days of instruction for 12 years computes out to two full years more instruction than our students receive. Why shouldnÂt their test scores be higher?FIXING AMERICAN EDUCATIONEvaluating education factorsHave something to say?Letters to the editor and comments on Web versions of news stories are welcomed. Letters are edited only for grammar, spelling, clarity, space and consistency, but we ask that they be limited to 300 words where possible. Letter writers are asked to provide a home address and daytime telephone number (neither is printed) for veriÂ“ cation purposes. Letters may be sent to 1364 N. Railroad Ave., Chipley, FL 32428 or emailed to news@chipleypaper. com. Please specify if the letter should be printed in the Washington County News or Holmes County Times-Advertiser. Questions? Call 638-0212. The Times-Advertiser is published on Wednesdays by GateHouse Media LLC at 112 E. Virginia Ave., Bonifay, FL 32425. Periodicals postage paid at Bonifay, Florida. Copyright Notice: The 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 GateHouse Media LLC. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of this paper or GateHouse Media. Postmaster: Send address change to: Holmes County Times-Advertiser P.O. Box 67, Bonifay, FL 32425 USPS 004-341 SUBSCRIPTION RATES In county Out of county 13 weeks: $13.30 $17.70 26 weeks: $19.90 $26.50 52 weeks: $32.00 $43.00 Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. CONTACT US Publisher: Nicole BareÂ“ eld nbareÂ“ email@example.com Editor: Carol Kent Wyatt cwyatt@chipley paper.com, 850-638-0212 News, sports, opinion: firstname.lastname@example.org ClassiÂ“ ed: 850-638-0212, clamb@ chipleypaper.com Circulation Customer Service: 1-850-522-5197 Copyright 2018, GateHouse Media LLC. All Rights Reserved. imes A dvertiser HOLMES COUNTY T PUBLISHER Nicole P. BareÂ“ eld EDITOR Carol Kent Wyatt PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Cameron Everett WeÂve spotted an unwelcome trend in Florida politics, and, for once, it doesnÂt involve the usual suspects. This time, itÂs a fundamental aspect of FloridaÂs Constitution and operations at state and local government. Consider the following examples reported by various news outlets during just the past three months: A state appellate court last month ruled the St. Petersburg City Council violated the law by holding a closed-door meeting to discuss a controversial ordinance related to shooing homeless people out of city parks. The city of St. Pete Beach settled a case alleging wrongful closed-door meetings over revisions to the city comprehensive land-use plan. The city of Bradenton Beach has spent more than $52,000 so far defending itself against accusations that it wrongfully withheld public records. Four current or former members and the general coun sel of the North Broward Hospital District Commission were indicted for conducting private meetings to discuss the ousting of the hospital CEO. Two Martin County commissioners and a former member were arrested for destroying public records related to a lawsuit involving a company that operates a rock quarry. A local TV station in Riviera Beach sued the city after city council members refused to turn over text messages that may indicate they discussed the firing of the city manager out of the public eye. If you havenÂt picked up on the theme yet, weÂre talking about FloridaÂs Sunshine Laws, which govern, and guarantee, the publicÂs access to government records and meetings of elected officials. We bring this up because Sunday marked the beginning of the annual Sunshine Week, an annual initiative of the Florida Society of News Editors to call attention to the value of, and threats to, our open government laws. FloridaÂs laws and tradition of allowing its citizens access to records are among the oldest in America, dating to 1909. Measures providing for access to government meetings are a half-century old. Both have been reaffirmed by voters over the past 50 years. For the most part, state and local officials comply without question, which makes Florida both progressive and unique when compared to other states. But as shown by the disappointing cases above, some public officials still seek to sidestep the law. Nor do state lawmakers tire of trying to push more of government into the shade. The First Amendment Foundation, an open government watchdog group in Tallahassee, notes that Florida lawmakers have enacted 1,122 exemptions to our Sunshine Laws over the years and entertained another 122 this session. That is why the media and the public must partner in remaining vigilant in defense of our right to know what are leaders are doing. We must not take this obligation lightly. Once government officials sense or believe we wonÂt strive to protect this domain, we will soon lose it. A version of this editorial first appeared in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, a sister paper with GateHouse Media.Florida needs more SunshineANOTHER VIEW Hazel Tison M a r k L H o p k i n s Mark L. Hopkins
** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 A5 LOCAL AND STATEStaff ReportHOLMES COUNTY Â„ A Holmes County woman faces additional drug charges after being served with a search warrant March 7.Holmes County SheriffÂs deputies served the warrant at 3459 McCallister Lane in northeast Holmes County after receiving information that Karen Mahon was distributing methamphetamine from the residence, a HCSO news release states.After establishing probable cause, HCSO was able to obtain the search warrant.When deputies arrived at the residence, Mahon was detained and a search was conducted. During the search, a quarter ounce of methamphetamine, scales, baggies and pipes were located in MahonÂs bedroom, the release states.Mahon was currently out on bond for grand theft, dealing in stolen property, possession of controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed under arrest and now faces additional charges of possession of metham-phetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.Holmes County woman charged with distributing methThis report is provided by the Holmes County SheriffÂs Office. Arrests in this weekÂs report were made by officers from the Bonifay Police Department and the Holmes County SheriffÂs Office. All defendants are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. March 2 Â… March 9, 2018Â€ Peggy Sue Andrews, 53, VOP on trafÂ“ cking stolen property Â€ Nicky Nichole Bogs, 32, Hartford, Alabama, DWLSR with knowledge, possession of meth Â€ Rochelle M Brown, 32, Geneva, Alabama, out of county warrant Alabama Â€ Trent Arthur Byrd, 27, Pensacola, VOP on marijuana sell manufacture or delivery Â€ Jason W Carrol, 39, Bonifay, out of county warrant Washington County Â€ Nicholas Anthony Cugini, 22, Lansing, Michigan, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams Â€ Kyle Logan Dilmore, 24, Bonifay, two counts vehicle theft, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, burglary unoccupied, Â€ Wesley Andrew Elmore, Black, Alabama, possession of weapon by a felon Â€ Harry Wayne Hall, 69, Bonifay, battery touch or strike Â€ Steven Lamar Hall, 39, Bonifay, VOP on battery Â€ Nathan Harris, 57, Vernon, malicious battery Â€ Natasha Heckinger, 42, DeFuniak Springs, 42, VOP on possession of meth Â€ Charles G Hutching, 24, Bonifay, drug equipment possession, possession of marijuana under 20 grams, resisting ofÂ“ cer without violence, public order crime misuse 911 Â€ Clifton Develle Jones, 30, Lynn Haven, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, drug paraphernalia Â€ Karen Marie Mahon-Lee, 33, Bonifay, possession f controlled substance with intent meth, manufacture drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia Â€ Linda Jean Massey, 48, Ponce de Leon, theft $300 or more Â€ William Guy Mavity, 59, Chuoluta, sale or deliver of methamphetamine, possession of meth, manufacture drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams Â€ Cora Lynn Mayo, 28, DeFuniak Springs, grand theft, petit theft, burglary of conveyance Â€ John Mixon, 19, Bonifay, no charges listed Â€ John Mixon, 19, Slocomb, Alabama, VOP Â€ Michael Tyler Moquin, 25, Panama City, DWLSR with knowledge Â€ Shane Everett Mullins, 34, theft grand third degree dwelling property burglary of unoccupied dwelling unarmed, pending VOP Â€ Teresa Nettles, 48, Bonifay, VOP county petit theft Â€ Cathy Darlene Powell, 49, Bonifay, VOP county disorderly Â€ Richard Bruce Sallas, 29, Bonifay, simple battery Â€ Julian Sanders, 27, Bonifay, sentenced on MM charges Â€ Emmanuel Lee Shelton, 27, Bonifay, possession of meth Â€ Beauregard Shideler, 36, Bonifay, out of county warrant Â€ Aaron Ward, 36, hold for outside agencyHOLMES COUNTY ARREST REPORT Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service FloridaTALLAHASSEE Â„ Florida lawmakers ended their 2018 session Sunday by passing an $88.7 billion budget, while Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation that provides record funding for Bright Futures college scholarships and continues expanding voucher -like programs for children to attend private schools.In a 95-12 vote, the House approved the 2018-2019 budget (HB 5001), which takes effect on July 1. The Senate then approved the budget in a 31-5 vote, with opposition in both chambers coming from Democrats.The votes concluded an annual session that ran two days into overtime after lawmakers failed to agree on a budget in time to observe a constitutionally required 72-hour Âcooling-offÂŽ period before an expected Friday vote on the budget.Republican leaders touted increases money for the education system. Funding in the kindergar-ten-through-high-school system increased by $101.50 per student, while performance funding for state universities was increased by $20 million.ÂThis is an outstanding year for education,ÂŽ Scott said in a bill-signing cer-emony with House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land OÂLakes, and Senate Presi-dent Joe Negron, R-Stuart.Lawmakers pass $88.7 billion budget to end sessionMahon See BUDGET, A6Staff ReportBONIFAY Â„ Two Defuniak men were arrested Saturday on charges of traf-ficking methamphetamine, a Holmes County Sheriff's Office news release stated.Investigators with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office conducted a controlled-buy of methamphetamine around Saturday, after a source indicated they could purchase the drug from Chris Collins, 25, of DeFuniak Springs, the news release stated. The source also stated that Collins would also deliver the substance from DeFuniak Springs. Collins arrived to make the transaction wearing a set of brass knuckles and holding a hat, the release stated. He was with 22-year-old Caedon Willis of DeFuniak Springs.After the men discussed the transaction with the source, investigators entered the room and made contact with Collins and Willis, the release stated. During that time, a second set of brass knuckles fell from Willis' lap, and inves-tigators located a clear bag containing more than 14 grams of methamphetamine inside the hat that Collins held.Both Collins and Willis were arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance.HCSO: 2 charged with tra cking methamphetamineCollins Willis SEE MORE ONLINE AT CHIPLEYPAPER.COM
** A6 Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Holmes County Times-Advertiser News Service FloridaFloridaÂs jobless rate in January was unchanged from the end of 2017, according to numbers posted Monday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity.With growth in jobs tied to food services, accommodations, con-struction and professional services, Florida posted a 3.9 percent unemployment rate for the first month of 2018, representing 397,000 Floridians qualifying as unemployed from a workforce of 10.15 million. The rate matches the December figure, which was initially posted at 3.7 percent but has since been revised upward. The jobless rate had reached 3.6 percent in November.Florida remains below the national mark of 4.1 percent. A year ago, FloridaÂs unemployment rate stood at 4.6 percent, with 461,000 people listed as out of work. The January job gains were balanced with a reduction in the categories of real estate, retail trade, government, and trans-portation, warehousing and utilities. In a possible sign that the Florida Keys have not fully recovered from Hurricane Irma in September, Monroe County --which typically has the stateÂs lowest unemployment rate --had a 3.7 percent rate in January, behind five counties. St. Johns County was the lowest at 3.3 percent, with Okaloosa County at 3.5 per-cent and Orange, Seminole and Wakulla counties at 3.6 percent. Pinellas, Walton and Lafayette counties also were at 3.7 percent. Counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state were Citrus at 6 percent, up from 5.4 percent in December, and Sumter, 5.9 percent, up from 5.3 percent at the end of 2017.Florida unemployment rate at 3.9 percent Scott signed a highereducation bill (SB 4) that will permanently expand Bright Futures meritbased scholarships for university and state col-lege students.The bill, a top priority of Negron, will cover 100 percent of tuition and fees for some 48,155 students who qualify as Bright Futures Âacademic scholarsÂŽ next school year and provide $300 for the fall and spring semesters for textbooks.The legislation expands state aid to cover 75 percent of tuition and fees, representing $159 out of the average $211 per credit-hour cost, for 46,521 students who qualify as Bright Futures Âmedallion scholars.ÂŽThe expansion will result in a $520 million Bright Futures program in the new academic year, eclipsing the previous high of $429 million set in 2008-2009.The budget continues expansion of the stateÂs main need-based aid program, Florida Student Assistance Grants, to sup-port an estimated 236,724 students, who will receive average awards of $1,155.Negron said the new law Ârestores the promiseÂŽ of Bright Futures scholarships and was major part of his two-year quest as Senate president to raise the national pro-file of FloridaÂs university system.ÂThrough this legislation, the Legislature and Gov. Scott are telling Florida students and fam-ilies that they can count on the Bright Futures scholarship as they plan their investment in an education at one of our excellent colleges or uni-versities,ÂŽ Negron said.Scott also signed a far-ranging education bill (HB 7055), supported by Corcoran, that will expand the use of voucher-like scholarships to send more public-school students to private schools.While Republican lead-ers touted that bill, it drew opposition from Demo-crats. Caroline Rowland, a spokeswoman for the Florida Democratic Party, issued a statement Sunday blasting Scott for signing HB 7055.ÂJust like heÂs done for years, Rick Scott is drain-ing funding from our public schools in order to give his political donors and cronies another taxpayer funded handout --itÂs just the latest demonstration that Scott puts his own self-serving politics over FloridaÂs schools, teachers and stu-dents,ÂŽ Rowland said.One program in the bill will let students who face bullying or harassment in public schools transfer to private schools. The Âhope scholarshipsÂŽ will be funded by motorists who voluntarily agree to contribute the sales taxes they would normally pay on vehicle transactions to the scholarships. It is expected to generate $41.5 million for the scholar-ships in the next year.The legislation also allows businesses that pay a state tax on commercial leases to voluntarily shift those funds to Gardiner scholarships, which pay for services and privateschool scholarships for disabled students. The new budget boosts the Gardiner scholarships by $25 million to $128 million.The law builds on CorcoranÂs two-year effort as House speaker to expand school choice pro-grams, with a particular focus on helping students in low-performing schools.The legislation is coupled with a budget that provides another $140 million to the Âschools of hopeÂŽ program, which is aimed at providing more services to ÂpersistentlyÂŽ low-performing schools and allowing more charter schools to serve students in those areas.Corcoran said the goal is to give Âall children of all districts, all neighbor-hoods, a real chance at a world-class education.ÂŽThe new law also contains a controversial provision that could force teachersÂ unions to dis-band if their membership falls below 50 percent of the employees they represent in the contract-negotiating process. If decertified, the unions would be forced to reor-ganize and seek a new vote to represent the teachers.ÂNobody should be forced to be led when a majority of the people you are leading donÂt want to be there,ÂŽ Corcoran said.The rare Sunday conclusion to the annual legislative session also marked ScottÂs last regular session as governor.He won support for a constitutional amend-ment that, if approved by voters in November, will require two-thirds votes by the Legislature to raise taxes or fees in the future.Lawmakers also backed a $53 million initiative to deal with the stateÂs opioid crisis, which was another Scott priority.Scott said he is pleased by pay raises in the state budget for law enforcement officers, including the Florida Highway Patrol, and workers at the Department of Juvenile Justice.And he cited the LegislatureÂs support for requiring nursing homes and assisted living facili-ties to have generators to provide power to facilities in the aftermath of major storms.But Scott, as well as Negron and Corcoran, said the 2018 session may be best remembered for the response following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.The shooting, which killed 17 people, led to a $400 million schoolsafety initiative and legislation imposing new restrictions on gun purchases.ÂProbably the most important thing we did this year is we listened to the families of Parkland. In very short period of time, we came together and passed historic legis-lation to make our schools safer,ÂŽ Scott said. ÂThis is my last regular legislative session and I couldnÂt be more proud of this session than all eight sessions IÂve been a part of.ÂŽ BUDGETFrom Page A5[SPECIAL TO THE NEWS]
** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 A7 COMMUNITYStaff ReportPONCE DE LEON Â„ The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce hosted its first annual Trailblazer Trot, 5K on March 10. The race was held on trails within the Ponce de Leon Springs State Park.The event was sponsored by the Holmes County Sher-iffÂs Office with Sheriff John Tate firing off the starting shot. There were 70 partici-pants in the competition.The winners were, male and female for each age group: (Overall) Nathan Harigel at 17:42 and Amber Hundley at 25:31; (ages 0-14) Izayah Eldridge at 24:46 and Taylor Powell at 33:58; (ages 15-25) Joshua Wilberscheid at 18:09 and Sydney Jansen at 25:41; (ages 26-35) Bryan McSwig-gen at 21:02 and Emily Segers at 34:14; (ages 36-45) Jason Dence at 19:19 and Leah Steverson at 29:37; (ages 46-55) Victor Jackson at 25:30 and Holly Hima at 31:40; and (ages 55 and up) John Dew at 23:44 and Tamara Lewis at 28:01.1ST ANNUAL TRAILBLAZER TROT HELDWinners named If you would like your events included in this list, email information to: news@ chipleypaper.com. Chipola to host College Transfer DayMARIANNA Â„ Chipola Student Support Services (SSS) will host the annual College Transfer Day from 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 14, on the lawn of the Social Sciences build-ing. The event will be moved to the Cafeteria for inclement weather. Chipola students will be able to meet with university recruiters from 15 regional universities across the Southeast to explore transfer admission requirements and scholarship opportunities. Table Games with the Graceville Garden ClubGRACEVILLE Â„ The Graceville Garden Club will host a table games fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Graceville Civic Center. There is a $10 donation per person required. Reservations only; no walk-ins. Refreshment will be served, and there will be door prizes. Games will include Mexican Dominions, Hand & Foot Canasta, Bridge, Bunco, and more upon request. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, March 13. For more informa-tion or to register call Carolyn Wicksell at 850-263-3951 or Teresa Girton at 850-703-1230. Bonifay K-8 to present 'Annie Jr.'BONIFAY Â„ Rehearsals are now underway for the Bonifay K-8 spring musical, "Annie Jr." The "sunny" cast will feature the talents of Kinsley Cook as Annie, Jevin Johnson as Oliver Warbucks, Emma Prince as Miss Hannigan, and Faith Bush as Grace Farrell. The hard-knock orphans include Alyonna Brewer (Molly), Katelyn Jones (Pepper), Casey Johnson (July), Hailee Brown (Kate), Macy Bowen (Duffy), and Gabi Steverson (Tessie). Rooster Hannigan will be played by Cade Foxworth and Lily St. Regis will be portrayed by Railee Oost. With a multitude of talent from all grade levels, this is one show you wonÂt want to miss-bet your bottom dollar. "Annie Jr." will be presented to the public on March 15-17 at 6 PM nightly. Admission is $5 each and will be available at the door. For questions or information, contact Jill Cook at BK8 by phone (850-547-3631) or email ( email@example.com). Master Gardeners to host seed swap CHIPLEY Â… The Washing-ton County Master GardnerÂs will host their annual seed swap from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Chipley Farmers Market. This is a free event open to the public. There will be free seeds for sharing. Bring extra seeds to share. Master Gardners will be on site to answer questions. Landmark Park to host Spring Farm DayDOTHAN, Ala. Â… Landmark Park will host their annual Spring Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17. There will be living his-tory demonstrations of sheep shearing, blacksmithing, plowing with mules, basket weaving, quilting and other traditional springtime farm activities. Entertainment will include two stages of traditional music. Musicians are invited to being their instruments and "jam" in the one-room schoolhouse. Landmark park is located at 430 Landmark Park Drive in Dothan, Alabama. For more information visit www.land-markpardothan.com or call 334-794-3452. Daughters of the American Revolution to meetMARIANNA Â„ Chipola Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will meet at The Oaks Res-taurant in Marianna Monday, March 19. A social time begins at 10:45 a.m. with the DAR Opening Ritual at 11 a.m.Reservations are not needed for the Dutch treat lunch and all interested persons are invited. Please contact Mary Robbins at bluespringscar@yahoo. com or 850-209-4066 for information. Pesticide training seriesMARIANNA Â… UF IFAS will host the Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series Monday March 19 through Thursday, March 22 at the Jackson County Extension Office in Marianna. Sessions are $10 each and refreshments will be provided. Registration for sessions starts at 7:45 a.m. with meeting beginning at 8 a.m. each day. MondayÂs session will be CORE with exam. TuesdayÂs session will be Right-of-Way with exam. WednesdayÂs session will be Aquatic Class with exam and Natural Areas. ThursdayÂs session will be Private Ag with exam and Row Crop. The extension office is located at 2741 Penn Avenue in Marianna. Partici-pants may register online at Eventbrite or by contacting Sabrina Far at the Jackson County Extension Office at 850-482-9620. CHS Project Graduation boston butt saleCHIPLEY Â„ Chipley High School Project Graduation is hosting a boston butt fund-raiser. Sales are going on now until March 26. Price is $25. Boston butts will be must be picked up from 10:30 a.m. Â… 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the One South Bank. For more information or to order contact any Chipley High School Senior or call (850)258-1580. Open auditions announced for The Hallelujah GirlsThe Spanish Trail Play-house will hold open auditions for The Hallelujah Girls at 6 p.m. Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27. Auditions will be held at The Spanish Trail Playhouse, historic Chipley High School, located at 680 Second Street in Chi-pley. The Hallelujah Girls will be directed by Tina Goodman and take the stage Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3. Two males and six females are needed to fill various rolls in this production. The audition age minimum for this production is 16. Audition packets are available now online at the playhouse website (www.spanishtrailplayhouse.com). No acting experience is necessary to audition. Free Tax-AideCHIPLEY Â„ The AARP Tax-Aide Program and Washington County Coun-cil on Aging will provide free income tax assistance, tax counseling and electronic filing for 2017 tax returns. Special attention is provided to filers 60 and older, but AARP membership is not required. These services are available each Tuesday now through April 10 by appoint-ment at the Council on Aging, located at 1348 South Blvd. in Chipley. Individuals seeking assistance need to fill out an interview sheet, avail-able at the Council on Aging, and bring all their 2017 tax documents including; Social security card; driverÂs license or photo ID; copy of last yearÂs tax return; a check for bank information; 1095-A Form if you bought insurance from Marketplace/ exchange; SSA-1099 Social security benefits; 1099-R pensions, retirement, and annuities; 1099-INT interest; 1099-DIV dividends; and 1099-B stock sale; W-2s; 1099-MISC oth er income; 1099-G unemployment; Any document showing you paid Federal Income Tax; 1099-S sale of home, land, or timber; W-2G gambling winnings; 1098-E student loan interest; 1098-T tuition payments; Information needed to itemize: medical expenses, medical miles driven, contributions, home mortgage interest, and real estate taxes. The service will not prepare Schedule F Â… Farms, Schedule E Â… Rental Property, Schedule C Â… Busi-ness income with expenses that exceed $25,000, multiple Schedule Cs for one individual, Clergy, or Form 3903 Â… Moving expenses. These are considered "Out of Scope." For more information call 850-638-6216. Baby BeesCHIPLEY Â„ The Wash-ington County Public Library will host Baby Bees at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 11 and Wednesday, May 2. Baby Bees will be an hour of stories, music, sing-a-longs and activities designed just for baby. Each month will have a new theme. COMMUNITY EVENTSAmber Hundley was the overall female winner in the Trailblazer Trot at PDL Springs State Park with a time of 25:31. Hundley is seen here with Trailblazer 2018 Junior Miss Hayley Guy. Nathan Harigel seen here with Trailblazer 2018 Miss Chloe Alford was the overall male winner of the Trailblazer Trot with a time of 17:42. [PHOTOS SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER]
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** A10 Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Holmes County Times-Advertiser DATELINESVATICAN CITY JERUSALEMIsraelÂs embattled PM holds off on early elections, for nowPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday threatened to take the coun-try to early elections, but said it was too soon to do so as the scandal-plagued Israeli leader maneuvered to keep his divided coalition intact.NetanyahuÂs coalition has been feuding over whether to continue granting exemp-tions from military service to ultra-Orthodox Jewish men. But looming over NetanyahuÂs speech was a mountain of corruption scandals.NetanyahuÂs religious coali-tion partners have demanded that the government extend the military exemptions. But rival parties have threatened to bolt the coalition over the issue, raising the possibility of early elections.CONCORD, N.H. Judge: Winner of $560M jackpot can stay anonymousA judge ruled Monday that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $560 million can keep her identity private, but not her hometown. Judge Charles Temple noted that the caseÂs resolution rested the stateÂs Right-to-Know law, which governs access to public records for the woman. She was identified as ÂJane DoeÂŽ in a lawsuit against the New Hamp-shire Lottery Commission.ÂShe was jumping up and down,ÂŽ said her lawyer, Wil-liam Shaheen. ÂShe will be able to live her life normally.ÂŽShaheen said the woman is from Merrimack, 25 miles south of Concord. The winning ticket was sold at the Reeds Ferry Market in that town for the Jan. 6 drawing.ATLANTACDC: Missing worker wasnÂt passed over for a promotion A month after an employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dis-appeared, the federal agency says it hopes heÂll soon be found.Atlanta police have said no one has heard from 35-year-old Timothy Cunningham since Feb. 12.The CDC said Monday that reports Cunningham recently was passed over for a promo-tion are incorrect. Its statement says Cunningham received an Âexceptional proficiency pro-motionÂŽ July 1 to the position of commander, an early promo-tion reflecting his ÂexcellenceÂŽ as an employee.The CDC says itÂs working with CunninghamÂs family and urges anyone with infor-mation to call police. CHICAGOTony Blair chosen as recipient of Lincoln Leadership PrizeFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair is the recipient of this yearÂs Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Founda-tionÂs Lincoln Leadership Prize.Blair will be awarded the prize on April 24 in Chicago. The foundation says the honor is given to those who have strength of character, individual conscience and commitment to democracy.Blair served as prime minister from 1997 to 2007. Since leaving office he has spent time working in the Mideast and Africa and with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He is the first British citizen to receive the prize. Other recipients have included former U.S. President Bill Clinton, astronaut James Lovell Jr. and Archbishop Des-mond Tutu.WARSAW, POLANDPoland trims ministry jobs amid spending questionsPolandÂs prime minister says 17 deputy government ministers have been dismissed in a move designed to improve the CabinetÂs work and make it Âless political.ÂŽPremier Mateusz Morawiecki made the announcement Monday just as the opposition has raised questions about the level of spending at the Defense Ministry and the high bonuses paid last year to members of the previous government team. Critics say the level of spend-ing conflicts with the ruling conservative partyÂs message of moderation. Morawiecki made no reference to the spend-ing, but argued the dismissals should help consolidate work and improve cooperation. The Associated PressYoungest child of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Bernice King is welcomed by Pope Francis on the occasion of their private audience, Monday at the Vatican. King presented the pontiff with the sixth volume of the civil rights leaderÂs published papers, subtitled ÂAdvocate of the Social Gospel, September 1948-March 1963.ÂŽ [LÂOSSERVATORE ROMANO/POOL PHOTO VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]BROOKHAVEN, MISS.Willie Cory Godbolt, left, stands next to his attorney Jason Tate as they listen to the reading of the indictment Monday at the arraignment of Godbolt on capital murder charges, Â“ rst degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and armed robbery in the deaths of eight people, including a deputy sheriff, in Brookhaven, Miss. Godbolt has pleaded not guilty to all charges; prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty. [ROGELIO V. SOLIS/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]PARISFrench designer Hubert de Givenchy is applauded by his models in July 1995 in Paris. Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey HepburnÂs little black dress in ÂBreakfast at TiffanyÂs,ÂŽ has died at the age of 91. The house of Givenchy paid homage to its founder in a statement as Âa major personality of the world of French haute couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century.ÂŽ [LIONEL CIRONNEAU/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]By Jill Lawless and Danica KirkaThe Associated PressLONDON Â„ Russia is Âhighly likelyÂŽ to blame for poisoning a former spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday, demanding that Moscow give a compelling explanation or face ÂextensiveÂŽ retaliation.May told lawmakers in a strongly worded statement that without a credible response from Russia by the end of Tuesday, Britain would consider the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in a quiet English city Âan unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.ÂŽÂThere can be no question of business as usual with Russia,ÂŽ she said, without saying what measures Britain might take.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed MayÂs allegations as a Âcircus show in the British Parliament.ÂŽSkripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, remain in critical condition after being found unconscious March 4 in Salisbury. A police detec-tive who came in contact with them is in serious but stable condition.May said British scientists have determined that Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with Novichok, a class of nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War.She said it was Âhighly likelyÂŽ the substance came from Russia, and there were two possible explanations.ÂEither this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophi-cally damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,ÂŽ she said.May said Britain had given the Russian ambassador in London a deadline of Tues-day to explain which version is true. She said Russia must also Âprovide full and complete disclosureÂŽ of its Novichok program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the oversight body for the international chemical weapons convention.May spoke in the House of Commons after she chaired a National Security Council meeting to hear the latest evi-dence in the case. She has been under mounting pressure to hit Russia with sanctions, dip-lomatic expulsions and other measures in response to the poisoning, the latest in a string of mysterious mishaps to befall Russians in Britain in recent years. May said Britain would con-sider tough action if RussiaÂs explanation is inadequate, though she didnÂt give details.She said Britain would be prepared to take Âmuch more extensive measuresÂŽ than the expulsions and limited sanctions imposed after the death of former Russian agent Alex-ander Litvinenko, who was poisoned by drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium in London in 2006.ÂWe will not tolerate such a brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil,ÂŽ May added.The White House said the use of the nerve agent Âis an outrageÂŽ but wasnÂt ready to say that Russia was responsible.Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the poisoning Âreckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible,ÂŽ adding that the U.S. stands by its ally.British opposition lawmakers are urging the adoption of a version of the United StatesÂ Magnitsky Act, a law allowing authorities to ban or seize the assets of individuals guilty of human rights abuses. It is named for Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Russian prison after exposing a $230 million fraud involving organized crime and a Russian government official in 2008.Critics of the British government say the U.K.Âs response to Russian wrong-doing has been muted because LondonÂs property market and financial sector are magnets for billions in Russian money.James Nixey, head of the Russia program at think-tank Chatham House, said Britain has for years avoided tough decisions about Russia.ÂThere has been a lot of tough talk over the years and almost no action to protect our national security and integrity,ÂŽ he said. ÂWe have sent mixed signals to Russia. We have talked tough by call-ing it names and expressing our dislike of the regime, but at the same time we have been very much open for business with Russia, of any kind.ÂŽ He said May will have a dif-ficult decision on Wednesday, when she has to spell out how Britain will respond.Alastair Hay, professor emeritus of environmental toxicology at the University of Leeds, said MayÂs remarks amounted to Âsaying that Britain has been attacked with chemical weapons.ÂŽMay: Russia Âhighly likelyÂ behind poisoning NATION & WORLDBritainÂs Prime Minister Theresa May speaks Monday in the House of Commons in London. May told British lawmakers that Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were exposed to a nerve agent known as Novichok (Novice), a weapon developed in the Soviet Union in the end of the Cold War. [PA VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]
** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 A11 SPORTS TICKER IN BRIEFRALEIGH, N.C.Virginia unanimous No. 1 in Â“ nal AP poll; Kansas to 4thVirginia remains the unanimous No. 1 in the final AP Top 25 poll of the season, while Kansas jumped to No. 4 after winning the Big 12 Tournament.The Cavaliers (31-2) earned all 65 first-place votes in MondayÂs poll to remain on top for the fifth straight week. Virginia completed a 20-1 run against Atlantic Coast Conference teams by winning the league tournament, helping the Cavs secure the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament field unveiled Sunday night.The top four teams in the AP poll matched the selection committeeÂs No. 1 seeds. Villanova won the Big East Tourna-ment and stayed at No. 2, while Xavier was third and Kansas jumped five spots to fourth.WASHINGTONTrump honors WS champs Houston AstrosPresident Donald Trump recognized the Houston Astros on Monday for their first World Series win, an Âincredible victoryÂŽ that Trump said was even more special following the dev-astation Hurricane Harvey wrought on the Texas city.Houston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 last year to clinch the title. The Astros jumped to a 5-0 lead by the second inning, ultimately winning the game 5-1.Trump thanked the players for spending time with people who were displaced by HarveyÂs floodwaters, and for donating money.MIAMIDolphins discuss cutting 5-time Pro Bowler SuhThe Miami Dolphins appear ready to move on without their defensive anchor.Miami is discussing releasing five-time Pro Bowl tackle Ndamukong Suh when the NFLÂs new year begins Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The person said noth-ing has been finalized, and confir med the conversa-tions to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins have not commented.The Dolphins are also expected to release vet-eran linebacker Lawrence Timmons, the person said.SuhÂs release is anticipated unless he agrees to a significant contract restructuring, which is unlikely. He signed a $114 million, six-year deal with the Dolphins when he joined them in 2015, and his base salary this year would be $17 million. By Eddie PellsThe Associated PressMessage to hoops fans: This story could make you look brilliant. A computer science professor at University of Illinois has created a formula that predicts NCAA tournament upsets at double the success rate of someone picking at random Â„ including, but not limited to, those who throw darts at the bracket, or pick based on their favorite color, the most ferocious mascot or the number of vowels in the coachÂs last name.This yearÂs upset picks both come out of the South region. They are No. 13 Buffalo over No. 4 Arizona and No. 14 Wright State over No. 3 Tennessee. But before betting the mortgage, read on: The computer scien-tist who spearheads this project Sheldon Jacob-son, says the computer models only analyze potential upsets by 13, 14 and 15 seeds. A 16 seed has never beaten a 1; anything involving 11s or 12s produce Âtoo much noise,ÂŽ Jacobson says, meaning the relative closeness of the underdogs with their fifthand sixth-seeded opponents interferes with the statistical model he uses to predict the upsets. Jacobson and fellow scientists pared down 115 publicly available metrics for every team in college basketball to 15 that have served as the best predictors of upsets in years past. Some examples include effective posses-sion ratio Â„ essentially the number of points a team scores per possession Â„ along with average scoring margin and opponentÂs 3-point shooting percentage. Now for the sci-ence: The framework of these formulas is called Âbalance optimization subset selectionÂŽ (BOSS), which is an artificial-intelligence algorithm The National Science Foundation ini-tially funded Jacobson for a project that used artificial intelligence to explore societal issues, such as whether gov-ernment-sponsored programs to enhance job skills ultimately lead to higher incomes for workers. After the fund-ing ran out, Jacobson sought uses for his cre-ation that could REALLY help people. Prof has formula to predict tourney upsets By Doug FergusonThe Associated PressPALM HARBOR, Fla. Â„ The red shirt didnÂt have a collar. His head doesnÂt have quite as much hair. His lower spine has been fused.Everything else about Tiger Woods is starting to look familiar.For the first time since the late summer of 2013, Woods worked the fans into a frenzy on the weekend and keep them on their toes right to the very end. He wound up one shot Â„ one putt Â„ short to Paul Casey in the Valspar Championship. He broke par all four rounds and tied for second, the first time he had done either of those since the start of the FedEx Cup play-offs in August 2013.All that did was turn attention to this week at Bay Hill, where Woods has won eight times and twice ended long vic-tory droughts.He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2009 for his first victory after reconstructive knee surgery. He won there again in 2012 for his first victory since the scandal in his personal life, followed by various leg injuries.ÂItÂs going to be good for me to get back,ÂŽ Woods said. ÂIÂve had some great memories there.ÂŽCasey ended a nine-year drought on the PGA Tour when he took the lead with three straight birdies on the back nine at Innisbrook, saved par over the last four holes for a 6-under 65 and then settled into a leather sofa in the locker room to see if anyone could catch him.A playoff looked imminent when Patrick Reed tied for the lead with a birdie on the 14th hole and was in the middle of the 18th fairway, 133 yards away, for a chance at birdie for the win or a par to force a playoff.And then someone else entered the picture.Woods, who opened with a two-putt birdie to briefly share the lead, had gone 15 consecu-tive holes without a birdie and needed to finish birdie-birdie to catch Casey. His tee shot on the par-3 17th was long, rolling out some 45 feet away.From the time the ball left his club, there was something inevitable about the putt Woods posed, waiting for the grain in the green to take over, and it did at just the right time. The ball moved left and dropped into the cup, setting off more pandemonium.Brandt Snedeker, playing with Woods, just smiled. Casey even got caught up in the emo-tion that swept over Innisbrook for four days.ÂI loved his putt on 17. That was amazing,ÂŽ Casey said. ÂI thought he was going to hole the one on 18.ÂŽ Maybe next time.But after a week like this, next time doesnÂt seem all that far away Â„ not with Bay Hill four days away, and the Masters a few weeks behind it.Casey won on the PGA Tour for the first time since the Houston Open in 2009, a span of 132 starts, though he had won five around the world since. It was the second time he won a tournament with Woods in the field. The other occasion was in 2006 at the HSBC World Match Play at Wentworth, when Casey wore a red shirt Sunday. Woods had been eliminated at the start of the week.Woods signed for his 70 and worked his way through the crowd of camera crews and officials to seek out Casey.ÂItÂs the only time heÂs con-gratulated me immediately after a victory,ÂŽ Casey said. ÂNormally, itÂs the other way around. ThatÂs something special. Just really cool. IÂm sure he was disappointed he didnÂt get the victory. I actually thought he was going to win today before the round started. I thought it was just teed up beautifully for him. I said a couple times, ÂIf I donÂt win this thing, I actually want Tiger to win it.Â ÂIÂm glad itÂs this way.ÂŽCasey, a 40-year-old from England, is among the players from the previous generation who want to see Woods at his best again. Interest spikes, as record crowds and a big boost in TV ratings indicated. The energy makes a sleepy tournament feel just short of a major.They remember the domi-nance. The young kids donÂt.ÂI just want the young guys to see what we saw for such a long time,ÂŽ Casey said.There might be a chance, which is remarkable consider-ing the most recent timeline. Woods won by seven shots at Firestone in the Bridgestone Invitational in early August 2013 for his 79th career victory on the PGA Tour and still his last one.Woods looks closer than ever to winning againTiger Woods plays his shot from the second tee during the Â“ nal round of the Valspar Championship on Sunday in Palm Harbor, Fla. [PHOTOS BY MIKE CARLSON/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 13th hole during the Â“ nal round of the Valspar Championship on Sunday in Palm Harbor, Fla. Woods ended one stroke short of forcing a playoff with tournament winner Paul Casey.
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** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 B1CELEBRATE Staff ReportHOLMES AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES Â„ The Kappa Beta chapter of Tau Omega fraternity continued their walk from Troy Uni-versity to Panama City Beach on Monday, passing through Holmes and Washington counties.The annual walk raises money for Jeep SullivanÂs Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures, a charity that allows veterans to participate in hunting trips and other outdoor experiences.ÂWalk HardÂAlex Castanza from ATO greeted Army Veteran Ken Tate as the fraternity t raveled through Bonifay. Members of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity out of Troy State University make their way through Bonifay on a chilly Monday morning, March 12. The walkers are trekking from TSU to Panama City Beach to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Ourdoor Adventures. ATO brothers walked through downtown Bonifay March 12, raising money for Wounded Warrior Ourdoor Adventures. Two Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers from Troy State University run the last leg before they stop for the night in the Wounded Warrior Walk. They stopped in Vernon for the night at Camp Sunrise before resuming their trek in the morning. Alpha Tau Omega alumni and current fraternity brothers lend support to their brothers that are on a 9-day trek from Troy State University to Panama City Beach to raise money for Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures. Cameron Lewis helps walker Sean Maddox stretch after walking the current leg of their journey from Troy State University to Panama City Beach. [DIANE M. ROBINSON PHOTOS | THE NEWS]
** B2 Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Holmes County Times-Advertiser BUSINESSTech gains, industrials slide, leave indexes mixedA man works at Xiwang Special Steel on March 5 in Zouping County in eastern ChinaÂs Shandong province. [CHINATOPIX VIA AP] By Joe McDonaldThe Associated PressBEIJING Â„ ChinaÂs steel mills, a target of U.S. Presi-dent Donald TrumpÂs ire, are their industryÂs 800-pound gorilla: They supply half of the worldÂs output, so every move they make has a global impact.The steel industry swelled over the past decade to support a history-making Chinese construction boom. Once that tailed off, the coun-try was left with a glut of half-idle, money-losing mills.Beijing has closed some mills and eliminated 1 mil-lion jobs but is moving too gradually to defuse Ameri-can and European anger at a flood of low-cost exports that is double the volume of second-place Japan.Trump responded last week with a blanket tariff hike on steel and aluminum, another metal ChinaÂs trading partners complain it oversupplies.Chinese authorities say they shut down 30 million tons of steel production capacity last year. That cut alone is equal in size to the annual output of the No. 9 producer, Brazil, but only a sliver of ChinaÂs 800 mil-lion tons.BeijingÂs goal is to make its industry more efficient and profitable, not just smaller. So while some mills close, bigger rivals step up production and could become even more formi-dable global competitors.Total steel production rose 5.7 percent last year over 2016 to a record 831 million tons, according to the Chinese CabinetÂs planning agency, the National Reform and Development Commission. That was on top of a 1.2 percent increase in 2016 and more than seven times JapanÂs output.The industry is forecast-ing another 1 percent rise this year.ÂWithout the capacity cutting, there would have been much more production than there is now,ÂŽ said Wang Suzhen, an analyst for Mysteel, a news service that follows the Chinese industry. Steel and heavy industry have long been a political touchstone for Chinese leaders, which led to eco-nomic disaster in the 1950s.In 1958, then-leader Mao Zedong encouraged the public to produce steel in backyard furnaces for his Great Leap Forward, a short-lived attempt at overnight industrialization.Villagers stripped hillsides for fuel and burned doors and furniture to melt pots and pans and whatever other metal they could find to produce useless pig iron. The diversion of resources into the Great Leap led to famine that killed tens of millions of people. In the past two decades, production took off as Chinese cities were bulldozed and rebuilt with thousands of new office and apartment towers, shopping malls, bridges and expressways. Output rose from under 130 million tons in 2000 to more than 600 million in 2010.ChinaÂs voracious appe-tite for iron ore helped to drive economic booms in Australia, Brazil and other supplier countries. Mills bought Western and Japa-nese smelter technology.Steel and aluminum, along with coal, glass and solar panels, are among many Chinese industries that mushroomed until supply vastly outstripped demand.Once the building boom cooled, suppliers left with vast stockpiles of unsold goods resorted to price-cutting wars that threatened many with bankruptcy.Beijing has announced plans to shrink steel and coal but has yet to outline plans for others.ChinaÂs aluminum output is a fraction of steelÂs size at about 36 million tons last year. But foreign competitors say the impact of low-cost Chinese exports on their industry has been even more devastating.Last yearÂs steel exports fell 30 percent from 2016 to 63 million tons, but that still was one-quarter of the global total and more than twice JapanÂs 30 mil-lion tons.Beijing tried to defuse threats of trade sanctions by agreeing at a meeting of the Group of 20 major economies in 2016 to form a global panel to discuss how to shrink the industry. But it avoided any binding commitments.In the U.S. market, sales of Chinese steel have plunged due to earlier tar-iffs of up to 522 percent imposed on some products to offset what Washington says are improper subsi-dies to producers.That means that while Trump has singled out China for criticism, his latest tariff hike is likely to hit U.S. allies Japan and South Korea harder.The United States bought just 1.1 percent of ChinaÂs steel exports last year compared with 12 percent for South Korea and 5 percent for Japan, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission. Cool contractionBRIEFCASENEW YORKGoldman Sachs CEO succession clearerGoldman Sachs said Monday that Harvey Schwartz, its co-chief operating officer, will retire next month, clear-ing the way for David Solomon to become the next chief executive of the Wall Street firm.Schwartz and Solomon jointly hold the positions of co-chief operating officer and president. Both had been considered likely successors to Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO.The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Blankfein was considering retiring at the end of this year, and named both Schwartz, 54, and Solomon, 56, as the only two candidates being considered to replace him. With Schwartz retiring effec-tive April 20, that would leave only Solomon. MINSK, BELARUSEU extends $1.2 billion loan to UkraineThe European UnionÂs foreign policy chief says the EU will extend a 1 billion-euro ($1.2 billion) loan to struggling Ukraine.Federica Mogherini, who was visiting the cap-ital Kiev on Monday, told reporters the loan should Âsupport UkraineÂs eco-nomic stability and structural reforms.ÂŽ The Associated Press China shrinks steel industry slowly, drawing Western ire By Marley JayThe Associated PressNEW YORK Â„ U.S. stocks were split Monday as technology companies continued to climb, but Boeing and other industrial companies gave back some of the ground they won on Friday.Companies like Apple and Alphabet, GoogleÂs parent company, and chipmakers including Micron Technology have led the marketÂs recovery in recent weeks. Retail-ers including Amazon and Starbucks also made headway. The market was coming off its biggest gain in a month following the February jobs report, which showed strong hiring and moderate growth in wages.Inflation has been the marketÂs dominant concern over the last six weeks, and two more measuring sticks of inflation will be reported this week as the Labor Department discloses data on consumer prices Tuesday morning and producer prices on Wednesday. Prices paid by consumers jumped in January and so did producer prices, which measure the cost of goods before they reach the consumer.The Federal Reserve is gradually raising interest rates to keep inflation in check, and it expects to boost rates at least three times this year. JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist for TD Ameritrade, said inves-tors are looking at a lot of data but are really asking one question.ÂIf you think about the selloffs that weÂve had, theyÂve all been about Âare we going to get a fourth rate hike or arenÂt we?ÂÂŽ he said.The S&P 500 index fell 3.55 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,783.02. The Dow Jones industrial average declined 157.13 points, or 0.6 percent, to 25,178.61. Almost all of that loss came from three indus-trial stocks: Boeing, Caterpillar and United Technologies.The Nasdaq composite finished at another record high after it added 27.51 points, or 0.4 percent, to 7,588.32. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 3.91 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,601.06. World marketsHow key international stock markets performed: AmsterdamAEX BrusselsBEL20 FrankfurtDAX Hong KongHang Seng LondonFTSE 100MilanFTSE MIB ParisCAC40 SydneyASX All Ordinaries TokyoNikkei ZurichSwiss Market Index % CHANGE PREVIOUS CLOSE TODAYÂS CLOSE ASSOCIATED PRESS KEY 0.2% 537.13 538.43 0.4% 3,987.03 4,002.47 0.6% 12,346.68 12,418.39 1.9% 30,996.21 31,594.33 -0.1% 7,224.51 7,214.76 0.1% 22,745.60 22,764.91 0.0% 5,274.40 5,276.71 0.6% 5,963.20 5,996.10 1.7% 21,469.20 21,824.03 0.4% 8,931.85 8,970.74 MARKET WATCHDow 25,178.61 157.13 Nasdaq 7,588.32 27.51 S&P 2,783.02 3.55 Russell 1,601.06 3.92 NYSE 12,898.40 20.42COMMODITIES REVIEWGold 1,319.40 3.00 Silver 16.470 .075 Platinum 962.90 1.30 Copper 3.1040 .0120 Oil 61.36 0.68MARKET MOVERSÂ€ Broadcom Ltd.: Up $9.06 to $262.84 Â„ The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel might make an offer for Broadcom. Â€ Goldman Sachs Group Inc.: Up $2.61 to $273.38 Â„ The investment bank said one of its copresidents will retire, paving the way for David Solomon to become its next CEO.
** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 B3 SCHOOLS & SOCIETY CROSSWORD Laura Wells Special to Times-AdvertiserPANAMA CITY Â„ For the third year in a row, two Poplar Springs High School students took home a championship trophy from the annual SeaPerch Regional Competition.The competition was held Friday at Gulf Coast State College. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips and encourages student teams to build remotely operated vehicles. Students use basic SeaPerch robotics kits, but are also allowed to spend up to $20 in outside enhancements to their robot.Poplar Springs High School (PSHS) students Joseph Godwin and Bryson Potts walked away with the overall winner championship trophy. The duo is the only team to ever win the regional tournament. The SeaP-erch regional competition is a preliminary qualifier that opens the door to an international competi-tion. The boys faced over 70 other teams in Panama City, and took home first place. This summer, they will be featured on the international stage at the University of Massachu-setts Dartmouth.The PSHS robotics program is spearheaded by sponsor and mentor Trey Paul who has grown to powerhouse level in the robotics and STEM fields. In January, the program won first place in Robotics at the Florida Senior Beta State Convention in Orlando. Robotics has only been a featured category at the state convention level for two years, and both first place wins have been brought back to Poplar Springs High School. With that win, the team will be traveling to Savan-nah, Georgia this summer to compete at the national convention.At most schools with a program, especially a successful one, robotics has its own class period during the school day. PSHS does not have that luxury. However, the countless weekend, holi-day, and after-school hours put in by the students and their sponsor have made its robotics students successful.The learning opportunities offered through programs like SeaPerch and other school-based robotics programs, are preparing PSHS students for futures in engineering, computer science, hands-on vocational programs, and more. In addition to the variety of technical and creative troubleshoot-ing skills the students are gaining, they are learning first-hand that a willing-ness to listen, learn, and give it their all, is the key to success.Poplar Springs students win regional robotics championship March 16: End of third grading period 23: Report cards go home 26 Â… 30: Spring break students and all personnel out April 2: Classes resume May 21: Holmes County High School graduation 22: Ponce de Leon High School graduation 24: Poplar Springs High School graduation 25: Bethlehem High School graduation 28: Students and all personnel out June 1: End of second semester student early release day/ Professional development 4 Â… 6: Post-school for teachers and non-instructional working teachers2018 HOLMES COUNTY SCHOOL CALENDARPictured are back row: Jack Middlebrooks, Bryson Potts, Joseph Godwin and Jorden Odom. Middle row: Natalie Holton, Leyla Sharpe and Jacob Clark. Front row: Gracie Mitchell and Kayla Rister (not pictured LJ Earnest and Beverly Earnest) Special to Times-AdvertiserBONIFAY Â„ The Holmes CountyÂs JROTC program announced last month the winner of the CadetÂs Battalion Com-manderÂs Board.Cadet Amber Lewis, a junior in the program was promoted to Cadet Major by the Blue DevilÂs Senior Army Instructor Gregory Cole, and will assume command as the Blue DevilÂs Battalion Commander. Andrea Biddle, LewisÂs mom, helped pin her daughterÂs promotion and to watch her receive her Battalion Commander cord.Amber is a member of the JROTCÂs Raider, Color Guard, and Rifle team. Amber is also the Commander of the Female Regulation Unarmed Squad (Drill) Team. She is a member of Future Busi-ness Leaders of America and also plays on the Lady DevilÂs volleyball team.She has a 3.3 GPA and her goal is to excel as the Blue DevilÂs Battalion Commander and success-fully keep the Program in an Honor Unit with Dis-tinction status.Cadet Amber Lewis will have the opportunity to fill the position with her own ideas and will have cadet Logan Crosby, New Executive Officer, and cadet Gabriella Murley, New Command Sergeant Major, to assist her with the programÂs missions.The outgoing chain of command Jacob Murley, Katelynn Mims, and Stormi Hight, all seniors, will be given the oppor-tunity to mentor the new chain of command.Junior promoted to lead battalion Amber Lewis Pictured are Joseph Godwin, sponsor Trey Paul, and Bryson Potts with their 1st place overall champion trophy
** B4 Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Holmes County Times-Advertiser FAITHStaff ReportGRACEVILLEÂ„ The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) last month held its 6th Annual Lakeside Echo, a multithemed Broadway-style musical performance.This yearÂs theme was ÂTop Theme SongsÂŽ with skits and musical variations centered on popular theme songs. Each dorm took on the theme to produce their own unique performance. The Eastlake and Ogletree team won first place with their skit ÂFriends through the Decades.ÂŽ Smith HallÂs ÂThis is Not the VoiceÂŽ and Conrad and Courtyard teamÂs ÂSurvivor: SeasonedÂŽ tied for second place. Napier HallÂs ÂSuper Mario BrothersÂŽ came in third.The production develops team-building skills, a BCF news release states.Other performances also included Brackin-ChandlerÂs ÂThe Freshest PrincesÂŽ and LakesideÂs ÂThe Adventures of John Williams.ÂŽWinners named for Baptist College broadway-style Echo Above: The combined team of Eastlake and Ogletree claimed the Â“ rst place trophy for 2018 Lakeside Echo. Below: Judges for 2018 Lakeside Echo included Professor David Hecht, BCF First Lady Ruth Ann Kinchen, Missouri Mission Volunteers Shelba Knight and Lynn Gay and new English Professor Chris Dickinson. If you would like to include an event in this list, email information to:news@chipleypaper. com. Community Easter egg huntCHIPLEY Â„ Chipley will host their Community Easter Egg Hunt from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednes-day, March 28 at Shivers Park, weather permitting. The egg hunt is for children ages birth to fifth grade. EASTER EVENTS Each year, Holmes and Washington Counties partner for Relay for Life, a community based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Monies raised during the annual event not only funds cancer research, but also helps offset cost such as transportation to treatment for Holmes and Washington County cancer patients. In the months leading up to the annual event, local teams work to raise money for the cause. If your Relay for Life team would like a fundraising event included in this list, email information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rib Sale WASHINGTON/ HOLMES COUNTY Â„ The Community South Credit RELAY FOR LIFE EVENTSIf you would like your Washington County church listed here, please send information to: news@chipleypaper. com. Due to space limitation, please only send regular church services. For special services, please send separate submission.Assembly of GodCorbin Road Assembly of God Morning worship is at 10 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at 105 Corbin Road in Chipley. Cords of Love Assembly of God Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study is a 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 2060 Bethlehem Road in Cottondale.WASHINGTON COUNTY CHURCH LISTINGS See EASTER, B5 See RELAY, B6 See CHURCHES, B6
** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 B5 OBITUARIESOn March 5, 2018, Charlotte Whitaker Hall Brown made her journey to Heaven after a long battle with Dementia. She was 76 years old. Charlotte was a strong Christian woman that loved her church family and her family very much. She loved going to yard sales, but loved spending time with her children and grandchildren the most. Charlotte was raised in Holmes County, FL and lived there most of her life before moving to Slocomb. She was preceded in death by the love of her life and father of her children, Frank Hall; parents, Adolph and Annie B. Whitaker; two brothers and one sister. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Brown; one son, Randy Hall (Linda) of Slocomb; one daughter, Lori Quick (Courtland) of Bonifay; two sisters, Brenda Rowland (Junior) of North Carolina, and Bernice Johnson (Johnny) of Chipley; four grandchildren, Aaron Hall, Caleb Hall, Brandon Quick, and Madison Quick; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. CharlotteÂs family was her heart. Funeral services were held at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Shiloh Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Hall officiating. Burial followed at New Smyrna Assembly of God Church Cemetery in Bonifay, FL with Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home of Geneva directing. The family received friends at the church on Thursday beginning at 10:00 a.m. The family gathered at the home of her son, Randy Hall, 782 Peters Road, Slocomb, AL 36375. Warren~Holloway~Ward Funeral Home (334) 684-9999, is in charge of arrangements. "Continuing The Trust You've Placed In Us" To sign a guest register, please visit www.whw funeralhome.com.CHARLOTTE W. BROWNJeffrey A. Owens, age 58 of Bonifay, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 6, 2018 at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida. Jeff was born on July 6, 1960 in Orlando, Florida to Ernest and Ruth (Higgins) Owens. He had lived in the Florida panhandle since 1985, coming from Apopka, Florida. He spent his life in the outdoors as a Farmer. He attended Grace Assembly of God, as well as, Faith Covenant Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Owens. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Christine ÂChrisÂŽ Owens of Bonifay, Florida; mother: Ruth Owens of Apopka, Florida; daughter: Kim Gilbert and husband Ben III of Chipley, Florida; brother: Mike Owens and wife Carrie of Orlando, Florida; sister: Tammy Owens of Apopka, Florida; two grandchildren: Clarissa Gilbert and Chloe Gilbert. Funeral services were held at 11 A.M. Monday, March 12, 2018 at Faith Covenant Church in Chipley, Florida with Rev. Cloys Joiner and Rev. Jerry Sapp officiating. Interment followed in Poplar Head Independent Free Will Baptist Cemetery with Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing. The family received friends from 9:3011A.M. Monday, March 12, 2018 at Faith Covenant Church.JEFFREY A. OWENSRalph Woodard Ray departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior on March 4th, 2018. He is now rejoined with loved ones; He no longer suffers the fog that AlzheimerÂs created late in his life; he now knows everything completely. We rejoice in his ascension! He began his long life journey in the rural countryside near McCool, Mississippi on October 15, 1927 to parents William Earl and Caudie Jane (ne Quarles) Ray. He is best known as an honored and dedicated educator, teaching over 40 years all in Chipley; 15 years at Chipley High School (1952-1967) and 25 years at the Washington-Holmes Vocation Technical Center (19671992). He now exists in the collective memories of his beloved students and loved ones. He lived a full and rewarding life. After his 11th grade year at Weir High School, Ralph decided to join the Navy as his Armydrafted brothers had wisely recommended. He finished Basic Training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, and was stationed at Agana Naval Station, Guam. After the War, he came back to finish his 12th grade year, and used the GI Bill to attend Bowling Green Business University, graduating in 1952. He interviewed with/ was hired by Principal Colly V. Williams for the teaching position at Chipley High School in 1952. He married Marlene Jordan, a nurse he met upon the suggestion of the late Virginia Bowers, in 1960. He went on to earn his MasterÂs Degree from Florida State University. He always considered Teaching to be a ÂcallingÂŽ of the highest order. RalphÂs ÂhobbyÂŽ was helping people. Be it a student having trouble learning shorthand, a neighbor needing a tree cut down after a hurricane, visiting the homebound parent of a friend or taking an elderly person from the nursing home to get a cup of coffee and some fresh air; Ralph Ray was a man who made it his daily purpose to serve the common good. He never expected praise nor sought notoriety. He volunteered his leadership in Lions Club for over 40 years; he worshipped, and served tirelessly in the Chipley First United Methodist Church. In his last five years, he would be gradually robbed of so much of his treasured memories and interpersonal relationships by AlzheimerÂs; he suffered in silence as the world passed him by. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Quarles, Woodie, and Jimmy Ray and two sisters; Clytee Hunt and Edna Fryery. Ralph is survived by his wife of over 57 years, and the love of his life; Marlene Ray, his two sons; Kyle Ray and wife Miriam, and Danny Ray and wife Jenny, his daughter; Nelda Ray-Smith, husband Bruce and their children Heather Dow and Kristen Smith, one sister-in-law; Rose Ray, 4 grandchildren; Geoffrey Ray and wife Whitney, Andrew Ray, Logan Ray, and Jake Ray, one very special friend; Loretta Smith, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held at 11:00A.M., Thursday, March 8, 2018 at First United Methodist Church with the Doctor Trish Bruner officiating. Interment followed in the Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00P.M., Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Florida Panhandle Technical College, 757 Hoyt St, Chipley, FL 32428 (http://www.fptc.edu) or AlzheimerÂs Disease Research (https:// www.brightfocus.org/ research/alzheimers h-disease -research-program)RALPH W. RAY Mrs. Eunice Murl Steverson, age 93, of Bonifay, Florida passed away March 2, 2018 at her home. She was born May 6, 1924 in Graceville, Florida to the late James Matt Taylor and Lillie Mae Cook Taylor. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Steverson was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Alfred Steverson, Sr.; one brother, Cletus Taylor; one sister, Dorothy Watford; two granddaughters, Kim Tadlock Aycock and Sherry Lynn Griffin; two grandsons, David Wayne Griffin and Ronald Terry McNeal; one great-great-granddaughter, Maely White. Mrs. Steverson is survived by two sons, Harvey A. Steverson, Jr. and wife Beth of Caryville, FL and Joe Mack Steverson and wife Sandy of Panama City, FL; four daughters, Frances Griffin and husband Bob of Bonifay, FL, Betty Tadlock and husband Charles of Bonifay, FL, Catherine McNeal and husband Gerome of Marianna, FL and Carolyn Crawford and husband Wilton of Bonifay, FL; one sister, Edith Hicks of Lakeland, FL; 12 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Little Rock Assembly of God Church with Rev. Michael Tadlock, Rev. Ike Steverson, Rev. Jerry Moore and Rev. John Chance officiating. Interment followed in the Little Rock Assembly of God Church Cemetery with Peel Funeral Home directing. The family received friends form 5-7 PM Wednesday at Peel Funeral Home.EUNICE M. STEVERSON John Albert Wranik, age 84, of Chipley, Florida, passed away Wednesday. February 14, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family members. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 22, 1933 to the late Paul and Mary Wranik (Maria Prska Sieklik). John was the last of the first generation born in the USA. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. John spent many years working as a Technical Illustrator and Photographer. He found his Â Little Piece of HeavenÂŽ in Sunny Hills, where he has resided for the last 15 years. Survivors: daughter; Lisa Bowman and sonin-law; Ron Bowman of Slidell, La., daughter; Nanette Woodward of Washington State, son; John (Wranik) Maschari of Denver, Co., and daughter; Frances Liley and Son-in-law; Lee Liley of Centennial, Co., Grandchildren: Anna Maschari, Lana Liley, Christopher Wranik, Samantha Wranik, and Nicole Wranik. Great Grandchildren: Shyla, Sophia, Jesse, Ashley, Steven, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Nancy Artino Wranik (wife and mother of his kids) son; Daniel Wranik, grandson; Justin Wranik, and granddaughter; Loni Liley. Memorialization was by cremation. There was a Celebration of Life Service held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, 11:00am-12:30am at Brown Funeral Home Chipley, FL. The Family wants to express a Special Thank You to all the ÂEarthly AngelsÂŽ at Emerald Coast Hospice that made Our DadÂs final days and passing a time filled with dignity and grace. God bless each on of you! Family and friends may sign the online register at www.brownfh. netJOHN A. WRANIK Glenda Louise Pettus, age 63, of Chipley, passes from this life on March 5, 2018. Glenda was born on August 1, 194 in DeFuniak Springs to the late Mitchell and Thelma Harcus of Vernon. In addition to her parents Glenda was preceded in death by her grand son, Joshua Perea. Glenda is survived by her son, Kenneth Hall of Chipley, FL, daughter, Teresa Perea of Chipley, FL, daughter, Marsha Curtis of Atlanta, Ga., brother, Gene Hand of Wausau, Fl., brother, Eddie Harcus of Bonifay, FL., sister, Janice French of Bonifay, FL., sister, Margaret Houpt of Vernon, FL., 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Memorialization was by cremation. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Spirit of Holiness Fellowship Church 3753 Bunyon Dr. Chipley, Fl 32428.GLENDA L. PETTUSWilliam Arky Register, age 66, of Graceville, Florida died March 8, 2018. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 10, 2018. Interment followed in the Collins Old Mill Cemetery in Graceville, FL with Peel Funeral Home of Bonifay directing.WILLIAM A. REGISTER There will be games, grafts, door prizes, puppet shows and more. Bring your Easter basket for the hunt. There will also be free hot dogs and cheese pizza while supplies last. UMC of Bonifay Holy Week and Easter ServicesBONIFAY Â„ The United Methodist Church will host Holy Week and Easter services on the following: 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25 Â… Easter Cantata and Palm Sunday services: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29 Â… Seder and Foot Washing Service: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 30 Â… Prayer Vigil: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31 Â… Easter Egg Hunt: Sunday, April 1 Â… 7 a.m. Early Sunrise Service (Outdoors): 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and at 10:50 a.m. Worship Service. The church is located at 202 North Oklahoma Street in Bonifay. For more information call 850-547-3785. EASTERFrom Page B4
** B6 Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Holmes County Times-Advertiser FAITHGrace Assembly of God at Chipley Morning worship is at 10 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 567 North Main Street in Chipley. New Bethany Assembly of God Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located on Shaky Joe Road just off Hig hway 280 at HinsonÂs Crossroads. New Life Fellowship Assembly of God Sunday School is at 9 a.m. Morning worship is at 10 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 695 Fifth Street in Chipley. Wausau Assembly of God Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 3537 Washington Street in Wausau.BaptistAbigail Free Will Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located on Dawkins Street in Vernon. Berean Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1438 Nearing Hills Drive in Chipley. Blue Lake Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday services are at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 1405 Blue Lake Road in Chipley. Chipley First Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Traditional worship service is at 9 a.m. Contemporary worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Discipleship training is at 5 p.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday AWANA is at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1300 South Blvd. Country Oaks Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 7 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at 574 Buckhorn Blvd. Eastside Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at Hig hway 277 in Vernon. First Free Will Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1387 South Blvd. Gap Pond Free Will Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 1980 Gap Blvd.. in Sunny Hills. Grace Baptist Chapel Mission Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 440 Lot E Second Street, Chipley. Holmes Creek Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service AWANA is at 5:30 p.m. and Bible Study is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 335 Cope Road in Chipley. Holyneck Missionary Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located 3395 Cemetery Lane in Campbellton. Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 5 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 614 Bennett Drive in Chipley. Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1233 Old Bonifay Road in Chipley. New Orange Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday services are at 6 p.m. The church is located on Alford Road in Washington County. New Prospect Baptist Churc h Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship services are at 11 a.m. Sunday evening services are at 5 p.m. Wednesday services is at 5 p.m. Wednesday prayer meeting, Bible Study and childrenÂs classes start at 5:45 p.m. The church is located at 761 New Prospect Road in Chipley. Oakie Ridge Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Orange Hill Road and Gilberts Mill Road. Orange Hill Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:45 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer and Bible Study is as 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 3485 Gainer Road in Chipley. Orange Hill Missionary Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship on the Â“ rst and third Sunday of the month is at 11 a.m. Wednesday night prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. The church is at 816 Sunday Road in Chipley. Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1783 Piney Grove Road south of Chipley. Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is south of Bonifay at 1900 Pleasant Hill Road. Poplar Springs Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1098 Lovewood Road two miles east of Highway 77. Poplar Head Independent Free Will Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located on Poplar Head Road. Sand Hills Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:15 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 6758 Highway 77. Shiloh Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:15 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 5:45 p.m. The church is located on Highway 277, three miles south of Hig hway 90 in Chipley. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 3013 Moss Hill Road in Vernon. St. John Free Will Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 4156 St. Matthews Road in Caryville. Salem Free Will Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Worship service is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. Church is located at 2555 Kynesville Highway in Alford. Sunny Hills First Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. Unity Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 5 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 3274 River Road in Vernon. Vernon First Baptist Church Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6 p.m. The church is located at 2888 Church Street in Vernon. Wausau First Baptist Church Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is at 3493 Washington Street in Wausau.CatholicSt. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church Sunday Mass is at 11 a.m. Tuesday Mass is at 9 a.m. The church is located at 1664 Main Street in Chipley. St. Theresa Catholic Church Sunday Mass is at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday Mass is at 8 a.m. Saturday Mass is at 5 p.m. Adoration is the Â“ rst Friday after 8 a.m. Mass. The church is located at 2071 Sunny Hills Blvd. and the Rectory is located at 2056 Sunny Hills Blvd. in Sunny Hills.Church of Christ and Church of God in Christ (COGIC)Chipley Church of Christ Sunday morning Bible study is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening worship is at 5 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1295 Brickyard Road in Chipley. Spirit-Filled Church of God in Christ Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Tuesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 2128 Pate Pond Road in Caryville. Yes Lord Deliverance COGIC Sunday School is at 10:30 a.m. Worship is at noon. Tuesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 739 Seventh Street in Chipley.EpiscopalGrant Tabernacle AME Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 577 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Chipley. St. John AME Morning worship is at 11:30 a.m. St. Joseph AME Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 5 p.m. Tuesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1401 Monroe ShefÂ“ eld Road in Chipley. St. Luke AME Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located on Jackson Community Road. CHURCHESFrom Page B4If you would like to include an event in this list, email information to:news@chipleypaper. com. Otter Creek to host The WatsonsPONCE DE LEON Â„ Otter Creek Methodist Church will host The Watsons at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17. The church is located four miles north of Ponce de Leon off Highway 81. Mt. Ararat FMBC to mark 126th anniversaryCHIPLEY Â„ Mt. Ararat First Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate their 126th anniversarySunday, March 18. Thechurch is located at1233 Old Bonifay Roadin Chipley. Revival at Bethany Baptist ChurchBONIFAY Â„ Bethany Baptist Church will celebrate revival services March 18-21 with Rev. Lee Chorn and special music each service. Music at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. onSunday, March 18 will be by Brandi Stewart, and music on March 19 will be Monday by Bethel Trio. Music on Tuesday, March 20, will be presented by Lace Justice, and music for Wednesday, March 21 will be presented byKim Tate. Everyone is invited to come out and see what a real Revival looks like. For more information, email email@example.com. Bethany Baptist Church is located at 1404 N Highway 79 in Bonifay. Revival at Sunny Hills Chapel SUNNY HILLS Â„ Sunny Hills Chapel will hold revival services at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday, March 25 through Friday, March 30. The special guest will be Evangelist Dennis Touton. The church is located three miles south of Wausau on Highway 77. For more information call the pastor at 850-548-5649. Holmes Creek Baptist Church to present ÂChrist in The PassoverÂCHIPLEY Â„ JesusÂ Last Supper was actually a Jewish Passover. Bruce Rapp of Jews for Jesus will re-create the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed JesusÂ death and resurrection in a presentation called ÂChrist in the PassoverÂŽ at Holmes Creek Baptist Church at 6 p.m., Monday, March 26. Rapp will set a table with items traditionally used at the Passover meal and detail their spiritual significance. He will also explain the con-nection between the events of the first Passover in Egypt and the redemption that Jesus accomplished, as well as the deep bond between the ancient Passover feast and the Christian communion celebration today. Jews for Jesus has presented ÂChrist in the PassoverÂŽ at over 38,000 churches. It has been enthusiastically received by Christians who appreciate learning more about the Jewish backgrounds of their faith. Moishe Rosen, who founded Jews for Jesus in 1973, has also co-written the book, Christ in the Passover, with his wife, Ceil. This seminal work includes a look at Passover in ancient times and how it is practiced today. It will be available after the presentation. Also available will be a DVD of the Christ in the Passover presentation with David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, officiating. Brickner, a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus, succeeded Rosen as Executive Director in 1996. Brickner has kept Jews for Jesus on the cutting edge as the ministry has expanded and established branches in eleven countries, including the United States, Brazil, Israel, Russia, France, and South Africa. ÂWe exist to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide,ÂŽ Brickner states. ÂThere are still a few that havenÂt heard of us!ÂŽ will be happy to answer questions after the presentation. Call (850) 638-1406 or visit http://www.holmescreekbc.com for more information. There is no admission charge.FAITH EVENTSUnion Relay for Life team will host a rib saleThursday, March 15. Ribs are $20 and can be picked up betweennoon and 4 p.m. Delivery is available or several orders. Money is due at pick up or delivery. All proceeds benefit Washington/Holmes County Relay For Life. For more information, or to order, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bass TournamentVERNON Â„ The Vernon High School Fighting Jackets Dream Team will host a ÂGo Fish For A CureÂŽ Bass TournamentSaturday, March 17,at Gap Pond in Vernon. Fishing will begin at daylight with weigh-in atnoon. Entry fee is $50 per boat. There will be a five fish limit for weigh-in, fish must be at least 12 inches in length. Dead fish will have a four ounces deduction from the weight. Cash prizes will be given to the top two places. All proceeds benefit Washington/Holmes County Relay For Life. For more information, call Tracie Herbert or Lora Good-man at 850-535-2046. Stick a Fork in Cancer WASHINGTON/HOLMES COUNTY Â„ The Washington/Holmes Relay For Life is participating in Stick a Fork in Cancer Sunday, March 11 through Saturday, March 17. The following restaurants will give a percentage of their profits: From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday Boar Deli will give 10 percent of each days profit: all day Monday, March 12 Phonoodle and Kaboodle will give 10 per-cent of profit: all day Tuesday, March 13 and all day Friday, March 16 Javiers will give 10 percent of each days profit: All day Thursday, March 14 Can-cunÂs will give 10 percent of profit. On Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 Pizza Hut will give up to 20 percent when you bring in a coupon or men-tion that you want to support Stick a Fork in Cancer. There will be donation buckets at the following restaurants Skins & BubbaÂs, Hungry Howies (Chi-pley), Dees and M&W BBQ. Rib SaleCHIPLEY Â„ The HTNB Relay For Life team is hosting a rib sale. Pre-orders are due by Friday, April 13. Pick-up will be from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the HTNB Officce located at 777 Main Street Building A (yellow building north of Piggly Wiggly). Ribs are sold by the whole rack and cost $20. All proceeds benefit Washing-ton/Holmes County Relay For Life. For more information or to order call 850-415-9002. 2018 Relay for LifeCHIPLEY Â„ The 2018 Holmes-Washington Relay for Life event will be held from 6 p.m. until midnight at Pals Park in Chipley on April 27, 2018. The theme of the 2018 event is ÂGames Over, Cancer!ÂŽ For more information email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. RELAYFrom Page B4
** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 B7By Ari LeVauxMore Content NowAround half-past eight, in Naalehu, Hawaii, I walked into Shaka, the southernmost bar and restaurant in the United States. When I asked for food, the goateed man behind the bar apologized for the fact that the kitchen was closed. ÂWhat about poke?ÂŽ I asked. That simple question broke the tension between my hunger and his schedule. With an air of relief, he waved me toward AmericaÂs southernmost refrigerated Coca-Cola case, which contained several packages of poke (poe-kay), the Hawaiian version of sushi. It consists of cubes of raw fish, most often ahi tuna, tossed in flavorings. Conspicuously absent is any acid like lime juice, which would cook the poke into ceviche. Without such acid, poke is officially raw. In addition to ahi, other Hawaiian fish like ono and mahi mahi can be made into poke. More recently other fish like salmon or yellowtail have been discovered to make great poke, along with octopus, shrimp and other shellfish, both fresh and frozen. Hundreds of restaurants on the mainland have figured out as much in recent years, with the number of poke outlets more than quintupling. There are more than 600 poke-eries nationwide, in almost all 50 states. Until I opened AmericaÂs southernmost vintage refrigerated beverage display case, the best poke IÂd had on island was from ChoiceMart, a grocery store in Captain Cook that receives an early-morning delivery from the venerable Suisan Fish Market, a 110-year-old establishment with its own fleet of boats and a Japanese approach to handling raw fish. SuisanÂs CEO was even interned during the war, after Pearl Harbor when things got real complicated for HawaiÂians of Japanese decent. Today SuisanÂs poke is in demand island-wide, a but a batch made in the early morning, even if from the freshest of fish, will be rough around the edges by afternoon. Once the fish is cut crosswise, the expiration clock starts ticking. In fact, Hawaiian poke is regularly made with ahi that isnÂt fresh, carefully identified as Âpreviously frozenÂŽ in stores. To those of us who donÂt live in Hawaii, this is your cue that itÂs possible to make poke at home that a Hawaiian would eat. How to eat it Poke was originally a verb that means Âto cut or slice crosswise into piecesÂŽ in native Hawaiian. To this day, when ahi is sliced properly the grain is visible. Along with the cubes of fresh ahi, the original poke included salt, seaweed and kukui nuts, aka candlenut, named after the fact that lamp oil can be extracted from them. Over the centuries, other ingredients were incorporated into the palate of poke seasonings: first onions, then tomatoes, and so on. The poke recipe that has taken much of the world by storm in recent years is ahi tuna prepared shoyu-style, aka soy sauce, sesame oil, scallion, ginger, sesame seeds, chili peppers, salt, pepper and sometimes kukui. But any type of fish that can be served raw can be served poke-style, including yellowtail, marlin and salmon. The number of recipes that have been invented boggle the mind and tease the belly, and include the likes of spicy mayo poke, creamy wasabi with pistachios, and kim chi poke made with crab, octopus, shrimp and fish. Hawaiian-style, which includes limu seaweed, salt and ground kukui nut, is popular as well. You can even get smoked, grass-fed Hawaiian beef. Make it your own AmericaÂs southernmost poke appeared to be a simple version, little more than ahi tuna with green onions and Maui sweet onions. I asked the man, ÂDo you have anything with which to serve the poke? Even a little Âƒ ÂŽ ÂRice?ÂŽ we both asked, at the same time. ÂSure,ÂŽ he said, reaching for my poke. A few minutes later he placed a to-go box on the bar, along with a caddy stocked with bottles of soy and Tabasco sauce, and slender yellow packets of Best Foods mayo. Inside the box: two scoops of rice, my poke and a plastic dish of Japanese furikake seasonings, which include small pieces of nori, sesame seeds, salt and particles of dried fish. Together with the Tabasco and mayo from the caddy, I was able to massage the poke and furikake into a spicy ahi place with a decidedly Japanese feel. I brought home a second order and ate the poke on salad greens instead of rice. IÂm comforted to know that when I head north to my perch on the frozen mainland, IÂll be able to find frozen ahi, and make a decent version of ahi poke. A reader wants to find a Âtruly gourmet meatloaf that guests will rave about.ÂŽ Meatloaf just doesnÂt seem to fall into the gourmet category, but if you know of one that does, please let us know. The following meatloaf is country music star Miranda LambertÂs all-time favorite. She recalls her mother, Bev, pulling a stool up to the kitchen counter when Miranda was a small child and making this tasty delight. It also was the favorite Âbirthday dishÂŽ for her and her brother when they were small. That says a lot, because most youngsters donÂt seem to like meatloaf. To add an adult touch to this simple meatloaf, how about some Bourbon Mushrooms? I thought about adding some of the mushrooms to the meatloaf, but I changed my mind because some people might not like them. Having them plated around the meatloaf would be best for those who might want just a taste of the mushrooms. By the way, these mushrooms would be a good side dish for almost any kind of meat. I didnÂt find gourmet meatloaf on my treasure hunt, but I did find many Âspecial gemsÂŽ like the following recipes in the interesting cookbook written by Kelly Alexander, ÂSouthern Living ... No Taste Like Home,ÂŽ published by Oxmoor House in 2013. It is a wonderful book to have in your collection. BevÂs Famous MeatloafÂ€ 2 lbs. lean ground beef Â€ 1 lb. ground pork sausage Â€ 18 saltine crackers, crushed Â€ green bell pepper, diced Â€ onion, Â“ nely chopped Â€ 2 large eggs, lightly beaten Â€ 1 T Worcestershire sauce Â€ 1 t yellow mustard Â€ cup Â“ rmly-packed brown sugar, divided Â€ cup ketchup Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine Â“ rst eight ingredients with cup brown sugar just until blended. Place in a lightly greased 11 x 7 inch baking dish. Shape into a 10 x 5 inch loaf. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and drain. Stir together ketchup and remaining brown sugar. Pour over meatloaf. Bake l5 minutes more, or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 160 degrees. Remove from oven, let set 20 minutes. Remove from dish before slicing.Bourbon MushroomsÂ€ cup butter Â€ olive oil Â€ 2 lbs. assorted mushrooms, sliced Â€ t table salt Â€ t black pepper Â€ cup bourbon or chicken broth Â€ 3 garlic cloves, minced Â€ 2 T chopped fresh parsley Â€ 1 T chopped fresh thyme Cook mushrooms with salt and pepper in butter and olive oil in heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender and almost all liquid is evaporated. Remove from heat and stir in bourbon or chicken broth. Return to heat and cook 2 to 3 minutes until slightly thickened. Reduce heat to low and stir in garlic, parsley and thyme. Cook 1 minute longer.Email Prudence at email@example.com. FOOD SHOPPINGREIN IN SPENDINGThe following tips to help you save money on food come from a recent post on thekitchn.com. Â€ Make a budget. ÂItÂs a lot harder to stay on budget when you donÂt have a budget to begin with,ÂŽ according to the post. Â€ Organize your pantry. This will help save you from buying duplicate ingredients. Â€ Be a smarter grocery shopper. Use coupons wisely, compare prices, consider store brands. EASY RECIPERASPBERRY BEER COCKTAILTry the following easy recipe for a refreshing spring cocktail, courtesy of Southern Living. Â€ 3/4 cup frozen raspberries Â€ 3 1/2 (12-oz.) bottles beer, chilled Â€ 1 (12-oz.) container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed Â€ 1/2 cup vodka Â€ Garnish: lemon and lime slices Stir together raspberries, beer, raspberry lemonade concentrate and vodka. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon and lime slices, if desired. TIP OF THE WEEKSTEPS TO IMPROVED HEALTHLydia Kaume, a nutrition and health education specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, writes that a personalized action plan can lead to improvements in nutrition and lifestyle changes. Examples of such changes include getting more sleep, eating more fruits and vegetables, and attending a tness class. Â„ Brandpoint FOODSearching for a truly gourmet meatloaf FLASH IN THE PANRaw mealTry popular poke the original Hawaiian wayPrudence Hilburn Hundreds of restaurants on the mainland have discovered HawaiiÂs popular poke in recent years, with the number of outlets more than quintupling. [ARI LEVAUX] t n VISUAL HUNT
B B 8 8 Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Holmes County Times Advertiser NF-5031562 Hazardous Aerial Tree Removal Â Stump Grinding Trimming & Pruning Â Emergency Tree Service Â Lot Clean UpDow Morris,Owner/Operator 850-527-6291 Â 850-849-3825 ReadersÂ’ Choice2017WASHINGTON HOLMES JACKSON (850) 638-3611 HastyHeating & Cooling NF-5028471 NF-5036304 ADVERTISE YOUR SERVICE OR BUSINESS FOR AS LITTLE AS $10 A WEEK!Reach thousands of potential customers with your Business Guide ad in the:WASHINGTON COUNTY NEWS HOLMES COUNTY-TIMES ADVERTISER WEEKLY ADVERTISER CALL TODAY! 850-638-0212 NF-5036305 NF-5032746JOEYÂS SPORTING GOODSBAIT & TACKLE, GUNS & AMMO, ACCESSORIES & SPORT CLOTHINGJOEY SELLERSJOEYSSPORTINGGOODS 2064 Holly Street Westville, Fla. 32464850-548-5055 NF-5031560 C & CBookkeeping and Tax Service January-April Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Saturday 8am-Noon May-December Monday-Friday 8am-4pm(850) 638-1483Notary Available For Rent First in Chipley, Mini Warehouses. If you donÂ’t have the room, Â“We DoÂ” Lamar Townsend (850)638-4539, north of TownsendÂ’s. JeanÂ’s Cleaning Service Quality cleaning ant reasonable rates. Have good references and dependable. Call Jean 850-849-3535 Do you need adependable, honest, caring and experienced care giver for your love one. Then call Theresa at 850-326-6054. References upon request. Do you need adependable, honest, caring and experienced care giver for your love one. Then call Theresa at 850-326-6054. References upon request. J3Â’s Lawn and Palm, LLCRetired Military looking to maintain your Lawn, we also Pressure Wash. Call or text Kay or James at 850-768-4589 or 850-703-1706. Discount for more than one customer in your general area. These tiny ads sell, hire, rent and inform for thousands of families each week.Let a little Classified ad do a big job for you. 3-3449 Public Sale Tharp & Sons Mini Storage in Bonifay, FL will hold a sale on these units for non-payment of rent, in accordance with the Fl. Statue Act 83-801-83-809. Tenants will have until April 1, 2018 to pay in full. NO CHECKS 1. Steve Conwall, Bonifay, FL 2. Sean Stewart, Starke, FL 3. Jeremiah Edminson, Bonifay, FL 4. Michael Raines, Bonifay, FL 5. Randy Beasley, Bonifay, FL 6. Kaila Morales, Bessemer, AL 7. Lois Cypher, Bonifay, FL 8. Stephanie Hounshell, Bonifay, FL 9. Connie Elderidge, Westville, FL 10. Unknown Renters March 14 and 21, 2018 3-3446 Public Auction The following vehicle will be sold at Public Auction at El Sankary Towing, 1600 Pirate Cove Rd, Ponce deLeon, Fl 32455 at 8:00 a.m. on March 27, 2018. 1993 Chevy PK VIN#1GBHC34KGPE13 5623 Joseph AEast 1451 Co Rd 83 Newville, AL30353 March 27, 2018 3-3442 BIDS The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will receive bids from interested vendors for the procurement of OIL, GREASE and RELATED FLUID/LUBRICANT PRODUCTS. Bid deadline is March 21, 2018, at 3:00 PM (CST) at the County Commissioners Office. For complete bid package contact: Holmes County Board of County Commissioners Office, Attn: Hannah Benton, 107 E. Virginia Ave., Bonifay, FL 32425, 850-547-1119 or hcadmin@holmescount yfl.org. March 7, 14, 2018 Horse drawn old fashioned buggy $1,200 Call 850-548-5649. SAWMILLS from only $4397.00-MAKE & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill! Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship! FREE Info/DVD: www .Norwood Sawmills.com or call (800)578-1363 Ext. 300N Live & Online Public AuctionTuesday, March 20th at 12:00 PM 321 Loans Inc. Receivership Case 1410 SW 3 Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33069 Sale will consist of luxury vehicles including: 2014 Tesla Model S, P85+ (miles: 47,678), 2015 BMW i8, 1.3L L3 Hybrid Super Car (miles: 15,632), 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Edition (miles: 28,271), 2006 International 3000 Custom Luxury School Bus (upgraded and equipped) and 2003 Blue Bird Body Co. Custom Luxury School Bus (upgraded and equipped). Catalog and photos available at www .moeckerauc tions.com Receivership Case #0:17-60907-CIV-FAM Preview: Day of sale 9 AM to Noon ? 6%-18% BP ? $500 refundable cash deposit to register. (800) 840BIDS ? info@moeckerauc tions.com AB-1098 AU-3219, Eric Rubin Executive OfficeSpace for rent downtown Chipley. (850)638-1918 Retail Store Space available.Main Street. Downtown Chipley. 850-638-1918 1BR and 2BR apartment for rent downtown Bonifay. $450 and $500. Deposit required. 305-965-1635. For Rent 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments in Vernon. Clean, stove, refrigerator, central heat/air, convenient to Panama City Beach, section 8, Rental assistance. 850-638-4640 For Rent One Bedroom apartments for rent in Chipley. Convenient location. Stove and refrigerator furnished. No Pets. Smoke free environment. Call 850-638-4640. PublisherÂ’s NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise Â“any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discriminationÂ” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. 2BR/1BA House for rent. Vernon area. 1st, last +deposit. $675.00/month. No pets, smoke free environment. 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