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** Volume 127 Number 45 Phone: 850-547-9414 Fax: 850-638-4601 Opinion .................... A4 Local & State ............ A5 Kids activities ........... A8 Sports ..................... A11 Faith ........................ B4 Obituaries ................ B5 @WCN_HCT ¢ BONIFAY K-8 SHOWS OFF TALENT IN ANNIE JR. B1 A4Happy Corner with Hazel Wells TisonA6Jobs: How to make the deal Wednesday, March 21, 2018 imes A dvertiser HOLMES COUNTY T By Diane M. RobinsonTimes Advertiser | @HCTA_Diane Drobinson@chipleypaper.comHOLMES COUNTY „ Elections for the City of Bonifay and the Town of Noma are set for March 27.Both municipalities have two seats up for election, Seat2 and Seat 4 in Bonifay and Seat 2 and Seat 5 in Noma.Seat 2 in Bonifay is currently held byAndrew Granger, who will retain the seat as his positions is uncon-tested. Incumbent Larry White currently holds Seat 5 but is being challenged by Ricky Callahan for the council seat.Early voting began yesterday in Bonifay as well as absentee.Bonifay City Council will meet Tuesday, March 27 after election results are final to announce the winner.Noma council members Donna Dixon and Terry Skip-per who hold Seat 2 and Seat 5, respectively, are both run-ning unopposed as of press time.Qualifying for candidates will end at noon on March 22.Noma Town Council will swear in members when they meet at 6 p.m. on April 2.Holmes County elections are next week Staff ReportHOLMES COUNTY „ A be-on-the-lookout advisory has been issued for Holmes and surrounding counties after a man fled the scene of a wreck Saturday. Matthew Lewis Sparks fled the scene on food and was last seen south of Interstate 10 wearing black shorts and a t-shirt, a Holmes County Sheriffs Office news advisory states. He was last tracked in Walton County, however, deputies lost track around 10 p.m. Saturday.BOLO issued for fugitiveBy Diane M. RobinsonTimes Advertiser | @HCTA_Diane Drobinson@chipleypaper.comBONIFAY „ A controversial vote to hire a county coordinator had some mem-bers in the public questioning the process during a commis-sion meeting.At Tuesdays meeting, Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved the hiring of Joey Marsh as County Coordinator. The approval, which is contingent on contract nego-tiations, came by way of 4-1 vote.The dissenting vote was that of commissioner Mickey Locke. Since last year, Locke has maintained his stance on hiring a county coordinator and has consistently voted against motions made to maintain the position.However, members of the public in the audience appeared to be uncomfortable with the vote. Prior to Marsh submitting his application, the board had agreed that a committee would be assem-bled to vet applicants before County hires Marsh as coordinator4-1 vote eliminates recommendation by selection committeeByStaff ReportBONIFAY „ Holmes County Communications Center received a call March 15 reporting that a vehicle had driven into a building at 606 McGee Road in Bonifay.Bonifay Police Department, Bonifay Fire and Rescue and Holmes County EMS were all dispatched to the scene at Jims Barber Shop where a vehicle was found completely inside the business.According to reports, the driver had exited the vehicle and building prior to arrival of first responders.The business was unoccu-pied at the time of the crash and no injuries were reported.No other details were immediately available Monday. Bonifay Police Department are investigat-ing the accident.Vehicle crashes into barber shop Sparks By Diane M. RobinsonTimes Advertiser @HCTA_Diane Drobinson@chipleypaper.comBONIFAY „ An ethics complaint against the City of Bonifay by Chad Harri-son has been dismissed.Harrisons complaint was filed in January which claimed the city, specifi-cally Mayor James EddieŽ Sims, neglected to investi-gate a municipal water leak affecting his property and has violated his civil rights by banning him from City Hall. Harrisons com-plaint alleged city officials failed to respond to public records requests and were receiving kickbacks.ŽThe State of Florida Commission on Ethics dismissed the claim in early March citing the complaint failed to prove a possible violation of the Code of Ethics, specifically as it relates to city officials allegedly receiv-ing private benefits.The Mayor declined to comment as of press time.However Harrison stated he felt the dismissal was an injustice.I feel like I received no justice from the Ethics Committee,Ž said Harrison. I was not able to meet the burden of proof because I did not receive the public records I requested from the city on numerous occasions, that I needed to prove my case.ŽHarrison also says he will not let goŽof the issue and plans to continue to seek what he deems to be justice.Ethics complaint against Bonifay mayor dismissedBy Jacqueline BostickTimes-Advertiser 850-630-6167 | @_JBostick jbostick@chipleypaper.comBONIFAY „ In its ninth year, Down Home Street Festival attracted droves of local families to its southern-style entertainment.Officials estimated about 1,500 people attended the festival, held Saturday at Veter-ans Memorial Park. From a horse-drawn carriage ride and a farm animal expo to a car show and live music, attendees basked in down-home fun this past weekend.It was the first year the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce organized the event.Quality of life in a community is often a top three in benefits when new industry is searching for an area,Ž said Holmes County Chamber of Com-merce Executive Director Rebecca Prince. We have the best schools and people around; so, this festival was just to give our citizens something else we can take pride in and draw our community together.Ž The event was kicked-off by a number of smaller events leading up to the festival, includ-ing the First Annual Miss Trailblazer Pageant, the Trailblazer Trot 5K and the 11th Annual Golf Tourna-ment at Dogwood Lakes Golf Club. Each event was sponsored by a local agency.Our sense of community is a huge draw for future business/industry A reason to stopDown Home Street Fest attracts families to its southern-style fun See BOLO, A2 See FESTIVAL, A2 See COUNTY, A2A horse-drawn carriage trots through Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday at the Down Home Street Festival. [JACQUELINE BOSTICK | TIMES-ADVERTISER]


** A2 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Holmes County Times-AdvertiserThe wreck happened around 4 p.m. on Highway 81 in Ponce de Leon. As of Tues-day morning, Sparks was still at-large, officials stated.According to the advisory, Sparks has an active warrant out of Walton County and methamphetamine was recovered from his wrecked vehicle.Any with any information on Sparks location is asked to call the Holmes County Communications Center at 850-547-3681, Option 1. BOLOFrom Page A1recommending the top three candidates to the board. The decision was decided prior to Marsh submitting his application.At Tuesdays meeting, Commissioner Clint Erick-son made a recommendation to forego the committee and hire Marsh stating it would save applicants and the countys time to accept to hire internally.We have an applicant that is already a county employee and interim coordinator,Ž Erickson said. I move that we save applicants the time to come interview and move ahead with someone who already proven they can do the job.ŽPerplexed by the move, Holmes County Chamber of Commerce Executive Direc-tor Rebecca Prince „ who would sit on the committee „ said she had not receive candidate applications after requesting them. She, too, also questioned why a hiring committee was formed a committee if there would be no use of it.I had to come get the applications to review after requesting them and not receiving them,Ž said Prince. I understand that it has been taken of, the appearance of what is going on does not look good.ŽCounty Attorney Brandon Young stated that county policy allowed for the hiring of within to take precedent over outside applications is legal.Because your policy states that hiring within takes precedence over hiring from without, the board is completely legal in moving ahead with hiring Marsh.ŽAlso at the meeting, commissioners approved spending $11,900 to repair the roof of the front office at the Holmes County Jail. The funds are available in the Holmes County Sheriffs Office budget.Dewberry Engineers advised the board that 50-percent of the design portion of the Small County Road Assistance Program (SCRAP) project on Highway 162 has been completed.A Request for Proposals for wireless internet services was tabled after Young advised the board that he would like to do more research on the matter.Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in special session at 5 p.m. on March 20. COUNTYFrom Page A1 coming to this area and we feel it is vital to increase excitement about what a great community we have here in Holmes County,Ž Prince said.ŽThis is just one of the many ways the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce hopes to help in walking alongside our local business leaders.ŽWinners for the golf tournament were: Flight A 1st place, Schutz Insurance; 2nd place, Sheriff John Tate; and 3rd place, GR Beck Crop Insurance. Flight B 1st place, First Federal Bank; 2nd place, CPC Tec; and 3rd place, Hackers.Johnny Boles 1967 Chevy Camero won Best in Show at the Down Home Street Festi-val car show.We live and work in one of the best places around and unless we give people a reason to stop to see this area they will just drive through and never know what they are missing,Ž Prince added.Organizers said theyre hoping for an even bigger event next year and encourage people to visit the festivals website: FESTIVALFrom Page A1Kids slide down the bouncy slide at the Down Home Street Festival held at Veterans Memorial Park in Bonifay on Saturday. [JACQUELINE BOSTICK PHOTOS | TIMES-ADVERTISER] Cars are on display at the Down Home Street Festival car show held at Veterans Memorial Park in Bonifay on Saturday. The Down Home Street Festival was held Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park. Staff ReportBONIFAY „ The community Tuesday mourned the loss of longtime public ser-vant Bonifay Fire Chief Shay McCormick.McCormick unexpectedly passed away due to health complications, officials said.Chief Shay McCormick spent a total of 32 years with Bonifay Fire-Rescue between 1976 and 2018 „ the majority of those years were spentas the Fire Chief,Ž Bonifay Fire-Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Travis Cook said in a statement Tuesday morning. Chief McCormick was a phenomenal leader, firefighter, andparamedic, but, most of all, he was an outstanding friend to each and every one of us at the City of Bonifay, Bonifay Fire-Res-cue and Holmes County EMS. Chief McCormick was truly born with a servants heart. His commanding presence will be greatly missed both on scene and in our personal lives.ŽOn social media, those who knew him posted heartfelt responses to the news of his passing.Christy Clayton Peyton wrote: He was a great man to work for. Always kind and a good-hearted person.ŽSharon M. Harris wrote: Saddened to see this. Heav-ens gain, our loss of a very good man. He will be missed. Prayers for his family.ŽFrances Herman wrote: Saddened to see this. A great loss for Bonifay and Holmes County. Heavens gain.ŽCommunity mourns passing of Bonifay re chief McCormick Bonifay ATA Martial Arts students perform Tae Kwan Do movements at the Down Home Street Festival held at Veterans Memorial Park in Bonifay on Saturday.


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** A4 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Holmes County Times-AdvertiserOPINION ANOTHER VIEW Have 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 veri“ cation purposes. Letters may be sent to 1364 N. Railroad Ave., Chipley, FL 32428 or emailed to 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 Bare“ eld nbare“ Interim Editor: Jacqueline Bostick, 850-638-0212 News, sports, opinion: Classi“ ed: 850-638-0212, Circulation Customer Service: 1-850-522-5197 Copyright 2018, GateHouse Media LLC. All Rights Reserved. imes A dvertiser HOLMES COUNTY T PUBLISHER Nicole P. Bare“ eld INTERIM EDITOR Jacqueline Bostick PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Cameron Everett Library fines for items borrowed beyond their due date are one of lifes petty offenses that occupy a prominent spot in our culture. Racking up exorbitant fees, and being held accountable for a modest transgression when more serious crimes go unpunished, have been the subject of countless jokes. For example, the classic TV sitcom SeinfeldŽ had a famous episode in which a blunt library copŽ grills Jerry about a book he allegedly failed to return in 1971. The fines are no laughing matter to libraries, which have imposed them not to shame, harass or profit off violators, but rather to create incentive to return materials in a timely manner so other patrons may enjoy them. However, it may be time to rethink. In Volusia County, for example, they are considering lowering library fines for kids. The Volusialibrary system is owed $27,148 in overdue childrens materials, and that about one-fourth of unexpired juvenile library cards have had their borrowing privileges revoked due to excessive fines. The systems pursuit of all late fees has had diminishing returns, andits really not about the money „ fine collections account for only about 1.6 percent of the librarys annual revenue. Its about getting people to return the stuff they checked out. Research has indicated those fines fall disproportionately hardest on lowincome families, often the people who most need free and affordable library services, because their children are dramatically less likely to have access to books at home. It makes little sense to deny access to a key clientele. Since 2010, library systems across the country have adopted a counterintuitive approach. Instead of playing library cop,Ž many have eliminated fines, while others have heavily reduced them. In October, the New York City Public Library system offered a one-time fine amnesty for all juveniles after it discovered that a fifth of all accounts held by children had been blocked due to unpaid fines. The results have been encouraging. Rather than signaling that it was OK to hoard library materials, several libraries saw an increase in circulation. Last year, reported that 18 months after the High Plains Library District in northern Colorado eliminated almost all of its late fines, circulation rose, including a 16 percent rise within the childrens department; 95 percent of materials were returned within a week of their due date. A month after the New York City amnesty, the system saw 41,000 children and teens „ or 10 percent of those who previously had fines „ use their library cards to access resources. Of those, 11,000 hadnt used the library for at least a year. Eliminating fines on childrens materials, combined withpartnering with the public schools to give every pupil a student library account, are innovative ways to expand the reach librarys and keep them relevant. This editorial first appeared in the Daytona News Journal, a Log sister paper with GateHouse media. EDITORIALTime to rethink library nes We often hear the expression concerning certain expenditures putting one in the poor house. For example, feeding all this bunch of cats is putting us in the poor house.Ž Until recently, Id never given much thought to situations where poor farms actually existed. They were common in England, Ireland, and Wales in the 18th and 19th century and were also in existence in the U.S. before the passage of the Social Security Act in 1935. In literary works such as that of Charles Dickens, poor houses or poor farms were little more than prisons An attitude existed that the poor were in that condition due to their own failure to work hard and practice good thrift. The poor houses were often examples of gross inhumanity and deprivation and other insensitivities. Families were often separated. Women were often used as domestics or made to do farm work. The residentes were supported largely by farm products which supplied the facilities with food. Menus contained a lot of potatoes. Gruel a watery soup, was often a diet staple. In the late 19th century, a more benevolent attitude toward the poor became evident, and the poor farms of England came to be more prevalent in the U. S. States were given the responsibility of caring for its poor. A recent article in the Country Gardens magazine told of a group that is using the facility of an old Poor Farm/Insane Asylum in Ohio to teach poor families including children how to raise their own food. Many had never experienced tasting fresh from the farm vegetables before. If there were any poor farms in our area during that time that gave shelter to paupers, I have not heard of them. But it occurred to me that we should establish state supported poor farms to house the homeless population and get them off the streets of our cities. A story my Dad told shows the non benevolent attitude of many who grew up in the 19th Century. He, his brothers, and some other teen boys in the community had spent Sunday swimming, and playing in the rural area near their home. The group invited themselves to go to the home of one of the boys whose house was nearby and get something to eat. When they got there past lunch time, there was no food. Nothing leftover from lunch. No cold biscuits and jelly or syrup. No leftover cornbread. Nothing. Horrified at seeing such poverty up close and personal, Daddy went home with a tale of a need to be supplied. Thinking that his dad would surely send him back with a peck of meal, a can of lard, some sweet potatoes, a jar of fig preserves, or something, his benevolent thoughts were quickly dashed when Grandpa Wells said, They could have food but for sorriness.Ž He believed strongly in the Bible scripture that said He that does not work, neither shall he eat.Ž He believed that hard work was its own reward and that anyone with access to soil could, by the toil of his own hands, provide for those of his own household. Community gardens are being established today in lots of places, even in a lot of inner cities where vacant lots are being used to help alleviate hunger while teaching the relationship between the soil and food. It also shows the relationship between working and eating. Our County Extension Agent Calan Waters would like to start a community garden in our area. That will require some committed individual volunteers to make it happen, but it is worthwhile project. The F.A.R.M. outside of Bonifay, a Christian based addiction recovery facility, is using vegetable growing as one of its programs that provides for the nutritional needs of the facility, but also provides income to support other endeavors. At the same time, young men are learning to appreciate seeing the direct result of working with their own hands while enjoying the fruits of their own labor. No doubt, the poor farms of the past did the same thing. By teaching them the principle of sowing and reaping, some were taught how to provide for themselves and their households. Perhaps we ought to bring them back.HAPPY CORNERPoor houses or poor farms of the 18th and 19th centuries Hazel Tison


** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 A5 Staff ReportWASHINGTON AND HOLMES COUNTIES „ New health rankings move Wash-ington and Holmes counties up on the list.The 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool show Holmes County has improved from No. 59 to 57 out of Floridas 67 coun-ties and Washington County up to No. 50 from 66. The study was released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.There are many factors that impact these rankings, but the work of community partners, the medical community, and community leaders is very important in improving the health of the county,Ž Karen Johnson, Health Officer for Florida Department of Health in Holmes and Washington coun-ties, stated in a news release.These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country and they empha-size that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners, the release stated.The rankings use data related to physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.Health rankings improve in Washington, HolmesFrom Staff ReportCHIPLEY „ A Bay County woman and a Holmes County man were arrested for meth-amphetamine after two unrelated traffic stops over the March 10 weekend.Washington County Sher-iffs Office conducted a traffic stop March 10, at Acy Road and S.R. 79. According to reports, as deputies approached the vehicle a strong odor of marijuana was present.When deputies came up to the car, the passenger Sherri Hagan, 42, of Panama City handed them a clear plastic baggie containing methamphet-amine when asked is she had anything illegal.Someone gave it to me for my birthday,Ž she said.A search revealed two marijuana pipes and hypodermic needles in Hagans backpack, the news release stated. She was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of paraphernalia.WCSO made a traffic stop March 10 on Union Hill Road while conducting a regular patrol of the area. While speaking with the driver, Billy Wade Baxley, 24, of Bonifay, deputies report Baxley appeared to be nervous.According to reports, Baxley admitted to having approximately two grams of methamphetamine with him. Deputy K9 Moses was deployed and alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. Deputies then conducted a search and located two glass pipes and a plastic baggie containing methamphet-amine. Baxley was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.In another separate arrest, a child support warrant led to a drug arrest by Chipley Police Department.A CPD officer conducted a traffic stop March 14 of a white Mercury SUV for an expired tag. During the traffic stop, the officer questioned the passenger, identified as Robert D. Turner Jr., 33, of Alford, concerning a second-ary violation.The officer discovered that Turner had an outstanding warrant for child support out of Jackson County. Turner was arrested for the warrant and a search of his person found he was in possession of methamphetamine.Turner was charged with possession of a controlled substance without and prescription (methamphetamine) and the outstanding child support warrant.Tra c stops lead to several drug arrestsBy News Service of FloridaMoving quickly, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a nearly $89 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 and issued $64 million in vetoes. Scott signed the budget just five days after the House and Senate approved the spending plan to end the annual legisla-tive session. In a lengthy bill-signing letter, Scott touted such things as tax cuts and increased funding for school safety. The vetoes eliminated money for dozens of local projects across the state. In signing the budget, Scott disregarded calls by school superintendents for a special session to increase funding for public-school operations. Scott noted that the budget, which he calls the Securing Floridas FutureŽ budget, will be his last before leaving office. While this is my final budget as governor, I am confident that the Securing Floridas Future budget will continue to advance the priorities of Florida families for years to come and keep Floridas future strong,Ž he wrote in the letter. The News Service will have a full story later Friday.Scott signs budget, vetoes $64 millionHagan Baxley Turner Staff ReportCHIPLEY „ A local restaurant is donating all revenue it brings in today to help a family cover funeral costs following a fatal wreck that took the life of a 25-year-old Chipley woman.Javiers Mexican Grill, 1414 Main Street, will donate todays revenue to take care of funeral costs for Rachel Walls.A Florida Highway Patrol news release stated Walls was the single fatality that occurred in a three-car collision on Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday. Walls was northbound and attempting to turn left into Marianna Fire Department Station No. 2 parking lot when the vehicle behind her driven by 20-year-old Madison Chafin, of Cotton-dale, careened into the back of her Toyota Camry. The impact caused Walls car to spin clockwise, the release stated.Her vehicle was then struck by another vehicle driven by John McCoy, 73, of Marianna. Chafin did not sustain any injuries. McCoy sustained minor injuries. Charges are pending, the report states. Alcohol was not involved.Walls died later from inju-ries sustained in the crash, an updated FHP news release stated.An overflow of love and support flowed from social media posts over the week-end into Monday.In a few words, her sister Regan Wells described why its easy for people to pour out kind words about Rachel.Fun, loving and full of life,Ž Regan said in a Facebook message Monday evening. She spent her life helping others. Do unto others as you would like done unto yourself. A beautiful person inside and out.ŽA GoFundMe account was also created to help with costs:Rachel was an amazing, kind person and wonderful mother who was taken to soon,Ž a statement said in the GoFundMe summary. As of Monday evening, $1,885 of a goal of $10,000 had been raised.25-year-old Chipley woman killed in Jackson County wreckJaviers Mexican Grill to donate all revenue today to help funeral costs


** A6 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Holmes County Times-Advertiser JOBSZipRecruiter.comPeg Newman, a partner at executive search firm Sanford Rose Associates, described the strangest post-interview deal-breaker shes encountered. She thought she was hiring a talented engineer who matched the skills and requirements of the job. During the offer phase the candidate provided a copy of his college diploma and his professional engineering registries,Ž says Newman. When it came to final third-party verification, which required his Social Security number, he refused to give it.Ž Red flag. Upon further verification we found he had used other engineers license numbers on the resume, and had dummied up the college diploma. We rescinded the offer with a phone call and a letter,Ž Newman said. HR professionals, recruiters, hiring managers and small-business owners all have stories to share about those deal-breakers „ quirky, weird or unprofessional things candidates did after an interview or after a job offer. Karen A. Young is the author of Stop Knocking on My Door: Drama Free HR to Help Grow Your Business.Ž Eleven years ago she started HR Resolutions, a full-service consulting company serving clients in Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, Pennsylvania. She lists some of her biggest post-interview deal-breakers:1. Not disclosing something in your background check: Tell me before so that Im prepared and can discuss the implications/ complications in advance,Ž Young said.2. Disclosing needed vacation time after the offer: This is a no-no, says Young. Reasonable time-off requests are expected when someone is changing positions, but be reasonable.3. Falsification of pre-employment/post-offer paperwork: In my professional opinion, there is no recovery from this,Ž Young said.4. Badmouthing current or former employers: Posting inappropriate things on social media like I took this job even though they stink as an employer just so I could get a paycheck againŽ is a surefire deal-breaker. Samantha Lambert, director of human resources for New York digital marketing agency Blue Fountain Media, lists her post-interview dealbreakers, and how employers should handle them: 1. Salary requirements change after interview: Set expectations from the get-go. Reiterate the salary range to the candidate in each interview round, otherwise you are wasting their time and the companys time.2. Not authorized to work in the U.S./need sponsorship outside of USCIS timeline: If your company is not in a position to sponsor visas, let the candidate know and be clear that it is no reflection of their skill set. If your company does sponsor, but it is outside the timeline, you should ask if you can follow up once the window to file presents itself.3. References do not check out or a bad reference is reported: Set up a time to speak with the candidate to talk through the negative reference or feedback received, as you never know why or what happened. Give the individual the benefit of the doubt. Newman lets candidates know that upon offer and acceptance, and once they have given notice to their current company, a final reference will be required. Good people understand that companies have a process for employment, education and related certifications and licenses,Ž says Newman. So they are generally pretty forthcoming.Ž Employers who need to rescind an offer should include a back-outŽ clause in the offer letter. Say something like this, says Newman: This offer is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a drug screen, background check and reference check. If any of the information provided proves to be false or inaccurate, the offer may be rescinded at our discretion.Ž When you have to rescind an offer, be brief and specific, says Newman: Unfortunately because of X we are going to pull the offer.ŽPost-interview deal-breakers MCN ILLUSTRATION


** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 A7 COMMUNITYBONIFAY Holmes County Teen Court is moving back into familiar hands.According to a Holmes County Sheriff's Office news release, the program will now be led by the sheriff's office.The program was previously under the HCSO when it was first brought to Holmes County nearly 20 years ago during the tenure of former sheriff Dennis Lee, whose administration successfully wrote a grant to bring Teen Court to Holmes County, the release stated.Holmes County Commissioners voted to have the sheriffs office take back over the program following a February 2018 presentation from Teen Court Board Member Catherine Wynn which suggested that due to declining revenue, the program should be transitioned from its current status as a 501c3 organization to falling back under the sheriffs office, the release stated."Because those serving in the capacity of Teen Courts clerk, attorneys, and jury under the direction of Assistant State Attorney Brandon Young (who serves as judge) are all student volunteers, teenagers are learning how to be leaders in their community and the importance of a fair judicial system," Sheriff John Tate stated in the release.Sheriff Tate stated the pro-gram is not only an important tool in helping redirect children who have veered in the wrong direction get back on a positive life path, but also a way to teach leadership and civic responsi-bility to the Teen Courts youth volunteers.Those eligible for placement in the Teen Court program can be given requirements such as performing a set number of community service hours and/or writing letters of apology to those affected by the teens offense, the release stated. The program gives first-time offenders the choice of complying with the requirements and having the offense wiped from their record or not com-plying which would result in them being placed into the judicial system and having a juvenile record."Holmes County Teen Court also helps put control of our first-time juvenile offenders future back in their own hands by giving them a chance to make things right and take pride in their new, positive decisions," Tate stated. "We understand that youth some-times make unwise decisions and simply need support and guidance to make better choices and walk a better path."HCSO partners with Holmes County Teen CourtBy Staff ReportBONIFAY Holmes County Council on Aging recently celebrated St. Pat-rick's Day with their clients.Bingo was the big hit for all who played and even bigger for those who won. There were also plenty of goodies to eat and even a pot of gold. The luck of the Irish was there with all who attended.HCCOA celebrates St. Patrick's Day[DIANE M. ROBINSON | TIMES ADVERTISER] If you would like your events included in this list, email information to: HCHS Presents Decades of MusicHolmes County High School Music Department will present its annual "Decades of Music" at the campus audito-rium on Thursday March 22, Friday March 23, and Satur-day March 24 at 7 p.m. nightly with a pre-show beginning at 6:45 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will be available for purchase at the door. The program will include popular hits from the1950's to present day. For more information, call HCHS at 850-547-9000. Pesticide training seriesMARIANNA … 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. Mondays session will be CORE with exam. Tuesdays session will be Right-of-Way with exam. Wednesdays session will be Aquatic Class with exam and Natural Areas. Thursdays session will be Private Ag with exam and Row Crop. The extension office is located at 2741 Penn Avenue in Marianna. Participants may register online at Eventbrite or by contacting Sabrina Far at the Jackson County Exten-sion Office at 850-482-9620.Kid Safety Expo announces dates BONIFAY/CHIPLEY/MARIANNA/LYNN HAVEN Kid Safety Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Chi-pley Walmart, March 24; The Oakes Restaurant in Mari-anna, March 31: Art KidDoo at Shivers Park in Chipley, April 14: Chipley Walmart, April 21 and Lynn Haven Walmart, April 28. The Kid Safety Expo will also be at: Community Egg Hunt at Shivers Park in Chipley, Wednesday, March 28; Falling Waters State Park in Chipley, Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 and as Family Farm Day at Lynn Haven Elementary School, Friday, April 13. For more information call 850-638-1858 or 850-326-9109. CHS Project Graduation boston butt saleCHIPLEY 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. … 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.COMMUNITY EVENTS


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** A10 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Holmes County Times-Advertiser NATION & WORLD DATELINESHELSINKI MIAMI BEACH, FLA.Nightclub shut down after event with live horse to reopenA Florida nightclub that was shut down after a scantily clad woman rode bareback on a white horse through a crowd will be allowed to reopen.A Miami Beach code official ruled Monday the city should reinstate the Mokai Lounges business license after its owners acknowledged five violations and agreed to pay $12,150 in fines. The club also will make a $10,000 dona-tion to Peaceful Ridge Horse Rescue and promises no more animals will be used in the club.The city suspended the clubs license earlier this month, a day after video went viral showing the woman riding the horse inside the club. WILKES-BARRE, PA.Woman pleads no contest in poisoning of sons girlfriend A woman accused of seriously sickening her sons girlfriend by poisoning her with antifreeze has entered a plea agreement that avoids the need for her to go on trial for the second time.Eighty-six-year-old Helen Galli of Wyoming, Pennsylvania, was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 5 to 12 years. She appealed and then her conviction was overturned.Galli pleaded no contest Monday as part of an agreement with prosecutors, who are withdrawing all other charges. Prosecutors say Galli spiked a glass of juice with antifreeze in March 2010 and passed it to the woman, who was left near death and spent months recovering.MEMPHIS, TENN.Former NBA players ex-wife wont face death if convictedThe ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright wont face the death penalty if convicted of killing him more than seven years ago in Tennessee, a prosecutor said Monday.Shelby County prosecutor Paul Hagerman told a judge during a hearing that Sherra Wright wont face a death sentence if found guilty of first degree murder in her ex-husbands shooting death. She is being held without bond and has pleaded not guilty in one of the most high-profile murder cases in Memphis history. Lorenzen Wrights decom-posing body was found in a swampy field on July 28, 2010 „ 10 days after he was reported missing.BRUSSELSEU reluctant to amend Iran nuclear pact, sees security riskThe European Unions foreign policy chief says the EU is reluctant to change the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran even as U.S. Presi-dent Donald Trump threatens to walk away from the pact.Federica Mogherini said Monday after chairing talks among the foreign ministers of EU countries that Europeans attach strategic importance to the full imple-mentation of the agreement by all parties.ŽMogherini said: It is for us a matter of security, for Europe and for the rest of the world.ŽThe EUs representative for foreign affairs and security policy says the pact, if disrupted, would create an additional security threat and concern in the region.ŽJERUSALEMIsrael arrests French Consulate driver for gun smugglingA French employee of Frances Consulate in Jerusalem is under arrest for allegedly smuggling dozens of weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, Isra-els domestic security agency said Monday.The Shin Bet said the man, identified as Romain Franck, 23, was part of a broader Palestinian smuggling ring. It said he used his consular vehicle, which is subjected to more lenient security checks, to transport the weapons through Israels tightly secured border with the Gaza Strip. It said he took part in the ring for financial gain and that his employer was unaware of his actions. The Associated PressSenior Coast Guard member Kristian Rastedt attempts to rescue a fawn stranded on the ice Saturday on the Inkoo archipelago in southern Finland. Rastedt pulled the fawn over the ice back to shore before giving the thumbs up after the fawn rushed into the woods. The mother deer was very happy and grateful to get her baby back,Ž Senior Coast Guard of“ cer Sebastian von Bruun said [FINNISH BORDER GUARDS VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]JAKARTA, INDONESIAA man pushes his motorbike at a palm oil plantation in Nagan Raya, Aceh province, Indonesia. Greenpeace said Monday brands including PepsiCo and Johnson & Johnson are refusing to disclose where they get their palm oil from despite vows to stop buying from companies that cut down tropical forests to grow the widely used commodity, which is mainly grown in Indonesia and Malaysia and used in a slew of products from snacks to cosmetics. [DITA ALANGKARA/AP FILE]FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. An Uber driverless car heads out for a test drive, Dec. 13 in San Francisco. Police in Arizona say one of Ubers self-driving vehicles has struck and killed a pedestrian. Police in the city of Tempe said Monday that the vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel when the woman walking outside of a crosswalk was hit. Uber has suspended all of its selfdriving vehicle testing in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. [ERIC RISBERG/AP FILE] By Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert The Associated PressAUSTIN, Texas (AP) „ A package bomb believed to be linked to the recent bomb-ings in Austin exploded early Tuesday inside a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio, leaving one worker with minor injuries, and a second unexploded bomb was found at the same facil-ity, authorities said.Hours later, police sent a hazardous-materials team to a FedEx facility in Austin to check on a suspicious package there. There was no immediate word about whether that package con-tained explosives.FBI agent Michelle Lee said the explosion happened around 1 a.m. at a FedEx facil-ity in Schertz, which is just northeast of San Antonio and about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Austin. A worker was treated for minor injuries and released, police said. It would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect its relatedŽ to the four Austin bombings that have killed two people and injured four others since March 2, Lee said. She did not have details about the size, weight or description of the package. The package was on a con-veyer belt when it detonated. One worker reported ringing in her ears after the blast. She was treated and released from a hospital.Before it exploded, the package had been sent from Austin and was addressed to a home in Austin, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Austin television station KXAN.The San Antonio Texas Fire Department says a pack-age bomb has exploded at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas, hurting 1 person, a FedEx employee who apparently suffered a non-life-threatening percussion-typeŽ injury from the blast. (March 20)Schertz Police Chief Michael Hansen said the intended target of the bomb was not the shipping facility or anyone in Schertz.The FedEx blast came less than two days after another bombing wounded two men Sunday night in a quiet Austin neighborhood. It was triggered by a nearly invisible tripwire, suggesting a higher level of sophisticationŽ than agents saw in three package bombs left on doorsteps, according to Fred Milanowski, agent in charge of the Houston division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Authorities have not iden-tified the two men who were hurt Sunday, saying only that they are in their 20s and white. But William Grote told The Associated Press on Monday that his grandson was one of them and that he had what appeared to be nails embedded in his knees. Police described the mens injuries as significant, and both remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition.Grote said his grandson was in a lot of pain. On the night of the bombing, one of the vic-tims was riding a bike in the street and the other was on a sidewalk when they crossed a tripwire that he said knocked them both off their feet.ŽIt was so dark they couldnt tell, and they tripped,Ž he said. They didnt see it. It was a wire. And it blew up.ŽGrote said his son, who lives about 100 yards (90 meters) from the blast, heard the explosion and raced out-side to find both of the young men bleeding profusely.The presence of a tripwire was a departure from the first three bombings, which involved parcels left on door-steps that detonated when moved or opened.The tripwire heightened fears around Austin, a town famous for its cool, hipster attitude.Its creepy,Ž said Erin Mays, 33. Im not a scared person, but this feels very next-door-neighbor kind of stuff.ŽPolice repeated prior warnings about not touching unexpected packages and issued new ones to be wary of any stray object left in public, especially ones with protrud-ing wires.Were very concerned that with tripwires, a child could be walking down a sidewalk and hit something,Ž Christopher Combs, FBI agent in charge of the bureaus San Antonio division, said in an interview.Police originally pointed to possible hate crimes, but the victims have now been black, Hispanic and white and from different parts of the city.Local and state officers and hundreds of federal agents are investigating. The reward for information lead-ing to an arrest has climbed to $115,000.We are clearly dealing with what we believe to be a serial bomber at this point,Ž Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said, citing similarities among the four bombs. He would not elabo-rate, though, saying he did not want to undermine the investigation.While the first three bombings all occurred east of Interstate 35, a section of town that tends to be more heavily minority and less affluent, Sundays was west of the highway. The differences in location, the lack of a motive and other unknowns make it harder to draw conclusions about any possible pattern.Thad Holt, 76, said he is now watching his steps as he makes his way through a sec-tion of town near the latest attack. I think everybody can now say, Oh, thats like my neighborhood,Ž he said.The latest bomb was anchored to a metal yard sign near the head of a hiking trail, Milanowski said.It was a thin wire or filament, kind of like fishing line,Ž he said. It would have been very difficult for someone to see.ŽAuthorities have checked more than 500 leads, Milanowski said. Police asked anyone with surveillance cameras at home to come for-ward with the footage on the chance it captured suspicious vehicles or people.Package bomb explodes in Texas, this time at shipping centerA police of“ cer stops a vehicle at a check point in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20 in Schertz, Texas. Authorities believe the package bomb is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings. [AP PHOTO/ERIC GAY]


** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 A11IN BRIEFAUSTIN, TEXASSpieth, Reed drawn in same group at Match PlayJordan Spieth and Pat-rick Reed go from being teammates to opponents in match play.Spieth and Reed have a 7-2-2 record as partners in two Ryder Cups and last years Presidents Cup. They were drawn in the same four-man group for the Dell Tech-nologies Match Play, which starts Wednesday at Austin Country Club. Spieth knows the course well from his days playing for the Texas Longhorns.The format at this World Golf Champion-ship is round-robin play through Friday, with the winners of each 16 groups advancing to a weekend of single elimination.Dustin Johnson is the No. 1 seed. Also in his group is Kevin Kisner, one of his best friends from junior golf in South Carolina.WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.MVP Altuve, Astros “ nalize $163.5M, 7-year contractJose Altuve sat behind a table set up on the field at the Houston Astros spring training complex, and his teammates looked on as the World Series champions announced his $163.5 million, seven-year contract, the longest in team history.Houston finalized a deal Monday that guaranteed the AL MVP an additional $151 million over five seasons.Certainly a fan favor-ite. Our fans love Jose,Ž owner Jim Crane said. Winner, MVP „ what else can you say? He always leads by example. When I talk to the guys in the locker room, everybody is better because of Jose, and hes a great leader. So, Jose, youre the heart of the team. Were happy to have you for the long-term.ŽThe 27-year-old second baseman had been among baseballs best bargains. He agreed in 2013 to a deal that orig-inally guaranteed $12.5 million from 2014-17 and included club options for 2018 at $6 million and 2019 at $6.5 million.HAMILTON, BERMUDAUS student found dead in Bermuda after search A Pennsylvania college student who disappeared following a rugby tournament in Bermuda was found dead Monday after an intensive search of the British island territory.Searchers found the body of Mark Dombroski, 19, at the base of a colo-nial-era fort in a park not far from where he was last seen walking by himself on CCTV footage, officials with the Bermuda Police Service said at a news conference. The Associated PressCLEVELAND „ Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep.Lue said Monday in statement that tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is and offered no timetable for his return. The coach said he feels he needs to step away and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundationŽ from which to coach the rest of the season.While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season,Ž Lue said. My goal is to come out of it a stron-ger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the cham-pionship we are all working towards.ŽAssociate head coach Larry Drew will run the team in Lues absence start-ing with Mondays home game against Milwaukee. Drew said he received a text message from Lue at 1:30 a.m. saying, Its your show.ŽLeBron James said he was informed of Lues decision at morning shootaround, saying it was probably well overdue.ŽI knew he was strug-gling, but he was never not himself. He was just dealing with it the best way he could,Ž James said. Once he leaves the gym and goes home, theres things we dont know, but he was the same every single day even though he was going through what he was going through.Ž A stress-filled season for the Cavs has taken a toll on the 40-year-old Lue, who led them to the 2016 NBA championship after taking over for David Blatt midway through that season. They are 40-29, third in the East-ern Conference, and have endured roster shake-ups, injuries and other distrac-tions as they try to return to the NBA Finals.Now they will play with-out their coach.We all want great players, we all want the best teams, but with that comes a lot of pressure as well. And what Ty Lue has had to go through this year with that team, with the trades and the injuries and the pressure, its unrelent-ing,Ž Denver coach Michael Malone said. So I hope that he gets healthy and is able to get back in time for the playoffs and help that team win as many games as possible.ŽLue taking leave from Cavs due to health issues Villanova head coach Jay Wright, left, talks with Eric Paschall during the second half of Saturdays second-round tournament game against Alabama in Pittsburgh. Villanova won 81-58. [KEITH SRAKOCIC/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] By Aaron BeardThe Associated PressCHARLOTTE, N.C. „ After little went according to plan in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the bracket has a wildly different look for the Sweet 16 than many expected.Out: Two 1-seeds (Virginia and Xavier) and a pair of 2-seeds (North Carolina and Cincinnati).In: Two No. 11 seeds (Syra-cuse and Loyola-Chicago). There are only seven of the top 16 seeds still alive for the regional roundsThe Cavaliers historic loss to 16-seed UMBC took out the top overall seed and thrust Villanova into the role of favorite, while preseason No. 1 Duke was dominant in its two tournament wins.Despite all the bracket tur-moil, the power conferences managed to get 12 teams into the Sweet 16, with four coming from both the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12.Heres a look at the updated Final Four paths for the top remaining seeds: EastThis is the region that came closest to following the script.Four of the top five seeds survived: No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Purdue, No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 5 West Virginia. And the Wildcats (32-4) will have the shortest travel (about 315 miles) by heading to Boston as they pursue a second national title in three seasons.My good vibes are coming from how this teams playing, how unselfishly they play,Ž Villanova coach Jay Wright said after Saturdays win against Alabama .Honestly, we dont care where we play. Boston is a great town, old Big East town like Pittsburgh. We stir up old Big East feelings. We like that.ŽVillanova meets the Mountaineers (26-10) in one semifinal Friday, while the Boilermakers (30-6) face the Red Raiders (26-9) in the other.One storyline to watch: the status of 7-foot-2 Purdue center Isaac Haas, who broke his elbow in the firstround win against Cal State Fullerton. Haas warmed up before Sundays win against Butler but an official said shortly before tipoff that the big mans brace hadnt been approved for competition. MidwestConsider this one an ACC Invitational.Three of the four teams to advance to Omaha, Nebraska, are from the ACC: No. 2 Duke, No. 5 Clemson and No. 11 Syracuse. Theyll join top-seeded Kansas with regional semifinals set for Friday.The Jayhawks (29-7) are trying to return to the Final Four for the first time since 2012 after two straight regional-final losses. Theyll face the Tigers (25-9), who are in their first NCAA Tour-nament since 2011 and their first Sweet 16 since 1997.The Blue Devils (28-7) meet the Orange (23-13), who took out third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday.Duke and Syracuse met in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 24, with the Blue Devils holding the Orange to 32 per-cent shooting in a 60-44 win The rematch will mark the second NCAA Tournament matchup between Hall of Famers Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim, with Coach Ks Blue Devils winning one in the Sweet 16 in 1998. WestThings were set to go to form Sunday, only to see top-seeded Xavier and No. 2 North Carolina lose. Now Big Ten champion Michigan headlines the quartet in Los Angeles.The third-seeded Wolverines (30-7) „ who beat Houston on a last-second 3-pointer „ will meet seventh-seeded Texas A&M (22-12) after the Aggies blew out the reigning champion Tar Heels in their home state.Fourth-seeded Gonzaga (32-4) will face ninth-seeded Florida State (22-11) after the Seminoles upset of the Mus-keteers .I think what you see happening in college basketball, its almost like a revolution,Ž FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. And what happens is you start categorizing people by the reputation that their players get going into college.But in reality, kids are playing basketball all over the March Madness SPORTS TICKER NCAA Sweet 16 has unexpected eld a er favorites oustedSyracuse guard Tyus Battle (25) heads to the other end after a 3-point basket during the closing minutes of Sundays secondround tournament game against Michigan State in Detroit. [CARLOS OSORIO/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]


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** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 B1CELEBRATE Staff ReportBONIFAY „ The hardknock orphans of kids production Annie Jr.Ž hit the stage this past weekend at one local school.The play was performed by Bonifay K-8 students at the school March 15-17 nightly. It featured 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 was played by Cade Foxworth and Lily St. Regis was portrayed by Railee Oost. With a multitude of talent from all grade levels, the show placed students talent on center stage.Bet your bottom dollarBonifay K-8 students take center stageThe orphans help Annie hide in the Bonifay K-8 performance held last weekend at the school. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER] The cast of Annie Jr. Bonifay K-8 students performed the play last weekend at the school. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER] Scene N. Y. C. The shimmer of Times SquareŽ from the Annie Jr.Ž performance by Bonifay K-8 students held last weekend at the school. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER] Scene N. Y. C. The shimmer of Times SquareŽ from the Annie Jr.Ž performance by Bonifay K-8 students held last weekend at the school. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER] The servants of Annie Jr.,Ž which was performed by Bonifay K-8 students last weekend at the school. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER] Lily St. Regis (Railee Oost), Rooster (Cade Foworth), and Miss Hannigan (Emma Prince) pose on the set of Annie Jr.,Ž performed last weekend by Bonifay K-8 students at the school. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER] See PLAY, B6


** B2 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Holmes County Times-Advertiser By Marley JayThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Facebook plunged to its worst loss in four years Monday and led a rout in technology companies. The social media companys stock fell fol-lowing reports that a data mining firm working for the Trump campaign improperly obtained data on 50 million Facebook users.The drop in Facebook stock came after the New York Times and the Guardian reported that the firm, Cambridge Analytica, was able to tap the profiles of more than 50 million Facebook users without their permission. Legislators in the U.S. and Europe criticized Facebook and said they want more information about what happened. Investors wondered if companies like Facebook and Alphabet will face tighter regulation as a result.Daniel Ives, chief strat-egy officer and head of technology research for GBH Insights, said Face-book is in a crisis, and it will have to work hard to reassure users, investors and governments.This is a defining moment for them,Ž he said. It either becomes a blip on the radar and it helps the platform mature... or it becomes the start of something broader.ŽElsewhere, the British pound rose and European stocks slumped after Britain and the European Union said they are getting closer to a deal that will complete Britains departure from the EU in March 2019.The S&P 500 index sank 39.09 points, or 1.4 percent, to 2,712.92. The benchmark index took its biggest loss since Feb. 8, when it tumbled almost 4 percent as investors wor-ried that rising inflation would slow the progress of the market and the U.S. economy.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 335.60 points, or 1.3 percent, to 24,610.91. During the day it fell as much as 493 points. The Nasdaq composite gave up 137.74 points, or 1.8 percent, to 7,344.24. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks declined 15.49 points, or 1 percent, to 1,570.56. Facebook drags tech down as stocks dip The U.S. Capitol is shown in the early morning Dec. 22 in Washington. [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] By Andrew TaylorThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Capitol Hill Democrats have rejected a White House bid to extend protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants in exchange for $25 billion in funding for President Donald Trumps longsought border wall as Washington talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill hit a criti-cal stage on Monday.Disputes remain over immigration enforcement and a smaller infusion of wall funding, as well as a major rail project that pits Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.Mondays developments were described by congressional aides in both parties who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks remain secretive.All sides pressed toward an agreement by Monday night, though aides said it appeared more likely that the measure would be unveiled Tuesday for a House vote Thursday. House and Senate action is needed by midnight Friday to avert another government shutdown.The bipartisan measure is loaded with political and policy vic-tories for both parties. Republicans and Trump are winning a longsought budget increase for the Pentagon, while Democrats obtain fund-ing for infrastructure, the opioid crisis and a wide swath of domestic programs.The bill would imple-ment last months budget agreement, providing 10 percent increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies. Coupled with last years tax cuts, it heralds the return of trillion-dollar budget deficits as soon as the budget year starting in October.While most of the funding issues in the enormous measure have been sorted out, fights involving a number of policy ridersŽ „ so named because they catch a ride on a difficult-to-stop spending bill „ continued into the weekend.As is typical, many or most of the policy riders were melting away.For instance, an effort to add a plan to revive federal subsidies to stabilize the individual health insurance market and help the poor cover out-of-pocket costs under President Barack Obamas health law appeared to be failing. A complicated dispute involving abortion was at fault.President Donald Trump told two Repub-lican senators on Saturday that he supports adding proposals to a huge spending bill that would provide billions in federal sub-sidies to insurers to help curb health care pre-mium increases.Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Susan Collins of Maine spoke to Trump for an hour on Saturday in a call initiated by the two lawmakers, the sources said. Alexander and Collins are among Republicans backing proposals to revive payments to insurers that Trump halted last fall that reimburse the carriers for reducing out-ofpocket costs for many low-earning custom-ers. Those reductions are required by the Obama health law, and insur-ers have made up for the lost federal payments by boosting premiums.They would also create a $30 billion, three-year reinsurance program that states could use to help insurers afford to cover their most seriously ill, expensive consumers.Both proposals are in trouble because Democrats oppose GOP provisions that would forbid the federal payments from being used to help pay for insurance policies that provide abortion.And Republicans appeared likely to fail in a bid to fix a glitch in the recent tax bill that subsidizes grain sales to cooperatives at the expense of for-profit grain companies, several aides said.Efforts to use the measure as a vehicle to extend protections for young immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or DACA, program appeared likely to fail, aides said. Trump killed the Obama-era program in September, but a court decision has essentially left it in place, for now. The White House had revived the idea in recent days „ offering on Sunday a 30-month extension of DACA pro-tections in exchange for $25 billion for Trumps border wall „ but Democrats demanded protections for a broader pool of immigrants than had signed up for DACA, a request denied by GOP negotiators. Stuck again 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 TODAYS CLOSE ASSOCIATED PRESS KEY -1.0% 536.91 531.52 -1.0% 3,961.54 3,920.64 -1.4% 12,389.58 12,217.02 0.0% 31,501.97 31,513.76 -1.7% 7,164.14 7,042.93 -1.0% 22,857.69 22,633.10 -1.1% 5,282.74 5,222.84 0.2% 5,949.40 5,959.40 -0.9% 21,676.51 21,480.90 -0.8% 8,882.53 8,811.33 BUSINESSWHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY€ Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates. € FedEx Corp. reports quarterly results after the market closes.BRIEFCASEHARRISBURG, PA.Gov. to put $35M toward broadband expansionDemocratic Gov. Tom Wolfs administration said Monday that it will make $35 million available to encourage telecommunications companies to extend high-speed internet service to areas of Pennsylvania that lack it.Wolfs administration said it hopes to expand broadband internet to every part of Pennsylva-nia by the end of 2022.NEW YORKFacebook shares sink on privacy issuesFacebook shares fell more than 6 percent in morning trading as the social media company faced criticism following reports that a data mining company working for the Trump campaign improperly obtained and kept data on tens of mil-lions of users during the 2016 election.NEW YORKClaires, ear-piercing mall chain, “ les for bankruptcy Claires, the mall chain that has pierced the ears of millions of teens, has filed for Chapter 11 bank-ruptcy protection.The accessories chain said Monday that its stores will remain open as it restructures its debt. The Associated Press Democrats reject immigration deal as budget deadline nears


** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 B3 CROSSWORD SCHOOLS & SOCIETYHolmes County High Schools concert band earned a superior rating at a recent music performance assessment. The rating position s the band to move toward state competitions. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER] HC band advances to stateSpecial to Times-AdvertiserBETHLEHEM „ Students at Bethlehem School benefited from a variety of life experiences Thursday, March 15, as Holmes County Sheriff John Tate and several other guests visited the campus to speak about the importance of making good decisions.First, Sheriff Tate broached the subject of several issues that have recently been brought back to the forefront, such as bullying and cyber bullying, the dangers of social media, and the repercussions of making threats of violence.Students then listened as guests Jared Baker, Wilburn Baker, Rafe Lamb and Jerrod Jenkins spoke about making good life choices, telling personal stories to relay a message about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.Our goal is to educate the students and hopefully keep them from making bad deci-sions,Ž Sheriff Tate said. If there was only one child who listened today, and what they heard helped them avoid bad choices, then we have had a success.ŽHCSO teach life lessons March 23: Report cards go home 26 … 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 … 6: Post-school for teachers and non-instructional working teachers2018 HOLMES COUNTY SCHOOL CALENDAR Speaking to Bethlehem students about making good life choices on Thursday were (from left) Wilburn Baker, Jared Baker, Sheriff John Tate, Jarrod Jenkins and Rafe Lamb. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER] Special to Times-AdvertiserBONIFAY „ On Tuesday, February 27, Holmes County 4-H youth along with the Florida Forest Service part-nered together for Florida Arbor Day and 4-H PROJECT LIFE to plant four Red Maple Trees at the Joseph Middlebrooks Park in the Bonifay. This service project teaches youth and the community about the importance of natural resources and giving back to the community.Project Tree Partnership puts park in shadeYouth were responsible for the entire process of planting each Red Maple tree at the park. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER]


** B4 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Holmes County Times-AdvertiserGRACEVILLE „ A regional evangelism conference held last Monday drew hundreds to the Baptist College of Florida.The conference, sponsored by the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), featured keynote speakers Willy Rice, Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Craig Connor, the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Panama City, and Shaun Pillay, Evangelism and D-Groups Leader at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola.The theme was Engaging in Gospel Conversations.ŽThe concluding messages by Rice and Connor focused on simplifying evangelism and making it a greater priority.Participants at the conference left encouraged and ready to engage in the critical gospel conversation, aiming to prioritize evangelism, and reach the lost. For more information about upcoming events held at The Baptist College of Florida, please call 800-3282660 or visit the website at hosts West Florida Regional Evangelism ConferenceBCF graduate and senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Panama City, Dr. Craig Connor was one of the Keynote Speakers at the West Florida Regional Evangelism Conference held at The Baptist College of Florida. Theres a reason for everything under the sun. As the world turns, turns, turns, there are lessons we learn, learn, learn. (Can you name the song that inspired this?) I have spent the last year learning to parent a prodigal, a kiddo who has stepped outside of our authority and is pursuing her own path. A prodigal has many characteristics: unteachable, deceitful, selfdestructive, disobedient, selfish, wasteful, jealous, angry. The list is long and while some of the adjectives describe my kiddo, most do not. It has easily been the largest challenge of my life. It caught us off guard, her path. We werent prepared for the idea that one of ours would rebuke us and every single thing we had taught our daughters. The first two weeks were a fog of panic and grief. Although she was breathing, she wasnt breathing any-Moving pastIf you would like to include an event in this list, email information to Mt. Zion Easter programBONIFAY „ Mt. Zion Independent Baptist Church will hold their Easter program at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25. The church is located at 3205 Highway 2 in Bonifay. For more information call 850-768-0843 or 850-373-8416. Holmes Creek Baptist Church to present Christ in The PassoverCHIPLEY „ Jesus Last Supper was actually a Jewish Passover. Bruce Rapp of Jews for Jesus will re-create the tra-ditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus death and resurrection in a presentation called Christ in the PassoverŽ 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 commu-nion celebration today. Jews for Jesus has presented Christ in the PassoverŽ 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 Pass-over, 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, executiveEASTER EVENTS K a l y n n B r a z e a l Kalynn Brazeal See EASTER, B6 See PAST, B6 FAITHIf you would like to include an event in this list, email information to Revival at Bethany Baptist ChurchBONIFAY „ Bethany Baptist Church will celebrate revival services March 18-21 with Rev. Lee Chorn and special music each service. Music at 6 p.m. 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 Bethany Baptist Church is located at 1404 N Highway 79 in Bonifay. RHUMC to host Fourth Friday Mission SupperBONIFAY „ Red Hill United Methodist Church will host their Fourth Friday Mission Supper Friday, March 23. Serving will start at 5 p.m. The menu is fried catfish filets, smoked chicken, cheese grits, baked beans, coleslaw, hushpup-pies and dessert. Plates are dine-in or carry out. All proceeds will go to the churchs local missions. For more information, call FAITH EVENTSSee FAITH, B6


** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 B5 OBITUARIESCarolyn Joan Ritner, age 77 of Chipley, FL went home to be with the Lord on Friday night, March 9, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 27, 1940 to the late McKinnon Truette and Theda (Kirkland) Truette in Panama City, FL. Carolyn has been a resident of Chipley since 1953 moving from Ponce de Leon, FL and she is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church of Chipley. She is survived by her husband, Charles Ritner of Chipley, FL. two daughters, Cindy Smith and husband Tim of Chipley, FL, Dena Brock of Chipley, FL, one brother, Randell Truette and wife Mina of Chipley, FL, five grandchildren, Jessica Brock and wife Rebecca, Tisha Davis and husband Alan, Tancy Carroll and husband Cody, Jason Smith and wife Ruby, Jamie Lunsford and husband Jared and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. at Shiloh Baptist Church with Reverend Tim Patton and Reverend Tim Brigham officiating. Family received friends for Visitation one hour prior to the Funeral Service. Interment was held at Glenwood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. Family and friends may sign the online register at www. brownfh.netCAROLYN J. RITNERMrs. Rosemary Salmon was born February 24, 1932 in Mobile, Alabama, and married the love of her life, John Salmon in 1948. The couple had nine children together. In addition to raising their own children, the couple also served as foster parents to more than 60 children and even adopted one of the girls they fostered. After John passed away in the fall of 2000, she moved to Bonifay, Florida, and remained there until her passing.In addition to children, she loved animals, gardening, cooking, and sewing, but above all she loved the Holy Family. She was a devout Catholic and enjoyed attending church and living a christian life. She adored her her family and loved telling stories about her children growing up and how much fun she had being their mother. Neighborhood children lovingly refered to her as grandma Rosemary and they knew if they were hungry, thirsty, or just needed a hug, grandma Rosemary would be there for them. Her smile always made others smile. Although she fought hard to stay in this world, the Lord called her home four days after her 86th birthday on February 28, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents Dan and Fanny Jorgensen; brother Jon; daughters Teresa and Margaret (Peggy); and sons Joseph and James. She is survived by her sister Kay (Joe) Buxton; brother-in-law Edwin (Janet) Salmon; sons John (Anita) Salmon and Paul Salmon; daughters Mary Linton (Jim), Jean Moody, Christine Salmon, and Jennifer Salmon; as well as dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her cat, Lucy May. Service was held March 3, 2018. She will be missed by many, remembered often, and treasured always.ROSEMARY SALMONVelma Rhea (Shackelford) Williams, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 5, 2018 in the Orlando Health and Rehab. Center of Orlando, FL. She was 61 years old. Velma was born on May 26, 1956 to the late Isaac Shackelford, Sr. and Mary D. (Moore) Shackelford in Chipley, FL. Being of the Christian Faith she was a faithful member of Balls Temple First Born Church in Orlando, FL. She leaves to cherish her memories two daughters: Adonica Williams and Michelle Billings, both of Orlando, FL; seven grandchildren: Mechella Billings, Nyasha Powell, Ashlee Powell, Ariel Powell, Jarius Williams, Jamari Williams, and JaDehn Williams; nine greatgrandchildren; seven sisters: Rosemary Jones, Edith Shackelford, Cathy Davis, Eunice Cohen, Jacqueline Moore, Carla Morgan and Mary Tomengo, all of Orlando, FL; four brothers: Isaac Shackelford, Jr. of Arcadia, FL, Carl Tomengo of Orlando, FL, Trent Tomengo of Sanford, FL, and Travis Tomengo of Medford, NY; along with a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life was held 11 AM EST, Friday, March 16, 2018 from the sanctuary of the Balls Temple First Born Church of Orlando, FL with Cooper Funeral Home of Chipley, FL directing. Committal Services took place at 1 PM CST, Saturday, March 17, 2018 from the grounds of the St. Joseph Cemetery in Chipley, FL. The family received friends from 5-7 PM EST, Thursday, March 15, 2018 from the sanctuary of the Balls Temple First Born Church in Orlando, FL. The remains will lie in repose 1hr. prior to services at the church on Friday. Friends may sign the guestbook online at www.cooperfhchipley. com.VELMA R. WILLIAMS Mrs. Margaret Suritha Green, 81, of High Springs, FL, passed away on March 10, 2018 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton, FL. Margaret was born June 17, 1936 in Chipley, Florida to Mr. John William Wilson and Mrs. Leah Martin Wilson. She was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the High Springs Methodist Church. Margaret worked as an administrator for more than 50 years before retiring in 2009. She was an avid Gator football fan and a season ticket holder for more than 40 years. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, cooking, raking her yard and sweeping her carport. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George H. Green, a brother, Theodore Wilson, a sister, Nora Jane Brock, and a sonin-law Kirby Eland. She is survived by; 2 sons, Gene Stalnaker, of High Springs, and Lee Albert Hall, of Gainesville, FL; 2 daughters, Leslie Morgan, and husband Mark, and Leah Eland, all of High Springs; 2 brothers, Wesley Wilson, and Frank Wilson, of Thomasville, GA; 1 sister, Phyllis Brittle, of Monticello, FL; 3 grandchildren, Steve, Ashley, and Joan, 5 great-grandchildren, Paul, Opal, Ella, Legend, and Annabelle; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Funeral services were held at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Impact Family Church in High Springs with Reverend Alan Patz and Pastor Angela Anderson officiating. Interment followed in High Springs Cemetery. The family received friends 30 minutes prior to the service starting at 10:30 AM. All arrangements are under the care of Burns Funeral Home of Mayo. Friends may sign the online guest book at www.joepburnsfuneralhomes.comMARGARET S. GREENJared Zachariah Kent of Chipley, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. He was 65 years old. Jared was born on March 19, 1952 to the late Freddie and Florida Everett Kent in Chipley, Florida. Being of the Christian Faith, he grew up in the Orange Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Chipley, Florida. He leaves to cherish his memories two sisters: Lola Woodson of Chipley, Florida and Edna McFadden of St. Roberts, Missouri; one brother: Wilford Coleman (Alfredia) of Chipley, Florida; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends A Graveside Service was held 11 AM CST, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in the Orange Hill Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery of Chipley, Florida with Rev. Earl Cooke, officiating and Cooper Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida, directing. Friends may sign the guestbook online at www.cooperfhchipley. com .JARED Z. KENT Hilda Geraldine Pittman, 97, left this earthly home on March 13th, 2018 to live in her Heavenly Home prepared for her, by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to live eternally with him and the Father. The oldest of four children born to C.C. and Gertrude McNeal on April 20th, 1920 in Gordon, AL. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. A member of First Baptist Church of Marianna, where she particularly enjoyed her Sunday School Class. She began her working career at Hightower Pharmacy in Marianna. She worked off and on while raising a family. After moving to Marianna, she served as a Pink Lady at Jackson Hospital and spent many years in charge of the Gift Shop. Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, three siblings including her brothers, Robert McNeal and Curtis McNeal and sister, Marjorie Rowley. Also, her husband of almost 63 years, E.K. Pittman (Kent). She is survived by her two children, Patricia Gay and husband, Ed (Pete) Gay of Bellville, Texas; son, Edward Kent Pittman, Jr. and wife, Linda of Crawfordville, Florida, two nephews, three nieces, six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel with Revs. Jonathan Gay and Mike Evans officiating, James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. She was laid to rest at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Marianna, FL. The family received and greeted guest one hour prior to funeral services. The family ask in lieu of flowers, you make a contribution to the American Cancer Society or your local Hospice. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at James & Sikes Funeral Homes € Maddox ChapelHILDA G. PITTMANHazel Leggett Brown, age 84, of Bonifay, Florida died March 12, 2018. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 15, 2018. Interment followed in the Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Peel Funeral Home directing.HAZEL L. BROWN Sharon Shawley Day, age 61 of Graceville, FL passed from this life on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at her home. She was born on March 25, 1956 in Chipley, FL to the late Dean Shawley and Estelle (Cullifer) Shawley. Sharon is preceded in death by one sister, Brenda Land and one granddaughter, Gillian. Survivors include, her husband, Frank Day of Graceville, FL, one son, Caden George of Graceville, FL, three daughters, Katie Strickland and husband Jake of Chipley, FL, April Williams of Chipley, FL, Summer Guettler and husband Justin of Chipley, FL, one brother, Jimmy Lee, one sister, Charlote Skipper and husband Mike of Dothan, AL, six grandchildren, Nathan, Karson, Athan, Davis, Collin, Levi and her special friend Rena Pettis. Funeral Services were held on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at Brown Funeral Home with Reverend Shelly Chandler officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to Service. A Private Family Interment was held at New Orange Baptist Cemetery following the Service. Brown Funeral Home of Chipley, FL are in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online register at www. brownfh.netSHARON S. DAYCynthia Ann Ellis, 71, of Malone, died Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Marianna Pavilion. Cynthia was born October 12, 1946 in New Orleans, LA to the late Galitan and Dorothy Canman. She loved to ride her bicycle, listen to 60s and 70s music, visit everyone around town, and spend time with her family. Cynthia is preceded in death by her parents, Galitan and Dorothy Canman; her loving husband of 38 years, Larry H. Ellis; one brother, Joey Canman; one sister, Arlene Eagen and one son in law, Dennis Peters. She is survived by her daughter, Angela Peters; her son, Michael Ellis and wife, Nicole; one sister, Lynn Chacon; three grand children, Sierra Roscoe and husband, Fred, Samuel Ellis, and Kiley Ellis and one great-grandchild, Abbi Roscoe; caregiver, Denise Fears, and a very special friend, Flora Beard. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with Rev. Ken Beard officiating and James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes. comCYNTHIA A. ELLIS


** B6 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Holmes County Times-Advertiserdirector 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.We exist to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide,Ž Brickner states. There are still a few that havent heard of us!Ž will be happy to answer questions after the presentation. Call(850) 638-1406 or visit for more information. There is no admission charge. Chipley Community Easter egg huntCHIPLEY „ Chipley will host their Community Easter Egg Hunt from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at Shivers Park, weather permitting. The egg hunt is for children ages birth to fifth grade. 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. Caryville Community Easter Egg HuntCARYVILLE „ Caryville will host their Community Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Sellers Park in Caryville. The egg hunt will begin at noon. There will be a DJ, door prizes, free face tattoos for the kids, a bounce house, rock painting and arts and crafts. There will be over 2,000 eggs there will also be golden eggs with cash prizes. Bring a lawn chair. Vendors will be present. New Hope Missionary Easter family day and picnicGREENWOOD „ New Hope Missionary Baptist Church will host a Easter Family Day and Picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31. There will be free food, an Easter egg hunt, horse rides, vendors, hay rides, face painting, music, pictures with Mr. Bunny and praise and worship. The church is located at e4291 Wintergreen Road in Greenwood. First Free Will Baptist Easter presentationCHIPLEY „ First Free Will Baptist Church of Chipley will present a live Easter Presen-tation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 23, Saturday, March 24 and Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 1387 South Blvd. The pre-sentation will follow the life of Christ leading up to his crucifixion, his death and resurrection. UMC of Bonifay Holy Week and Easter ServicesBONIFAY „ The United Methodist Church will host Holy Week and Easter ser-vices on the following: 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25 … Easter Cantata and Palm Sunday services: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29 … Seder and Foot Washing Service: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 30 … Prayer Vigil: 10 a.m. Sat-urday, March 31 … Easter Egg Hunt: Sunday, April 1 … 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 infor-mation call 850-547-3785. Oak G rove Homecoming/ Easter servicePONCE DE LEON „ Oak Grove Baptist Church will hold Homecoming/Easter Services Sunday, April 1. Sunday school will begin at 10 a.m. followed by morning worship at 11 a.m. Special music will be provided by the youth. Lunch will be spread at noon. The church is located three miles east of Ponce de Leon. EASTERFrom Page B4where near me. I began learning the hard way that I had made some serious miscalculations, and my kid wasnt the person I thought I had raised. Worse, I wasnt the parent I thought I was. From the time they were little, I worked so hard to make sure that my kiddos had qualities such as honor, trustworthiness, and kindness. Except in my push to make sure that they had the best childhood possible, Im afraid that I overparented my oldest. She dabbled in a lot of things. Gymnastics, scouts, art, but it was in karate class where she showed promise ... until it was sparring time. She talked a good game and could do all the moves, until there was an opponent in front of her. She wasnt aggressive in the least and, as both of her parents are aggressive by nature, I fretted over this. She would continue to grow and that passive nature grew with her. So I started watching her closely to make sure that when she needed a hand, I was there. My goal was to smooth the way for her. I hoped to see her mature and grow in confidence, yet she would continue to try new things and then move on to something else rather than commit and dedicate herself to it. And I continued to stand in the gap between her and anything that didnt go her way. Looking back, I was not doing her any favors. Since I couldnt get her to fight her own fights: the teacher that always called her by the wrong name ... even six months into the school year, the friend drama, the project that didnt come easy I was her fighter who would step in and help. I was laying the groundwork. The same cheerful, happy, loving kid was learning lessons I didnt mean to teach. So when she walked away, she left me standing there holding my heart completely confused and feeling lost. A split-second decision on her part moved our relationship from that of a mother and a daughter to a mother and a grown daughter. When she removed herself from my authority, I crumbled in the mist. At no point of motherhood was I prepared to let my daughter go „ without guidance, without support and, frankly, since she made that decision, without my input. And the mother in me, she wept. I lost some of my footing in my very identity as I was her mom and then suddenly, I wasnt. I was an outsider. It was a true test of being a child of Christ. In my drowning state, I reached for him and he didnt let me down. Between my cries and my prayer journal, he bore all the weight of the grief. I heard a sermon once that said, Ask God to heal your heart from a hurt instead of waiting on a person, sinful and human, ask God to fix your heart instead.Ž And I balked at first, as my daughter may never heal that hurt but could I just hand it over to God? God can heal anything, and almost a year later, I can smile when I think of of my prodigal. I can text and call her without pain and judgment. I can love her in the moment and let go of the past. At one point, we are no longer responsible for the actions of others. Thank you, Lord. PASTFrom Page B4 Lind Yarbrough after 6 p.m. at 334-684-3106. The Shireys in concertBONIFAY … Gospel record-ing group The Shireys will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Mt. Zion Independent Baptist Church. The church is located at 3205 High-way 2 in Bonifay. For more information call 850-0843 or 850-373-8416. Free food giveawayALFORD … Cypress Community Church will hold a free food giveaway at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at the church. Participants must be Florida residents and be pres-ent to receive food, The church is located two miles west of Alford at 1772 Macedonia Road just off the Alford High-way (Highway 276). For more information call 850-718-7311 or 850-638-0360. Revival at Sunny Hills ChapelSUNNY HILLS … 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. Community appreciation dayVERNON … Unity Baptist Church will host a community appreciation day with a free lunch from 11 a.m. until Saturday, April 21 at the church. Lunch will be catfish or chicken tenders. Lunch is free to the public. The church is located at 3274 River Road (Hinsons Crossroads) in Vernon. For more information call 850-535-4669. St. Lukes to host harpist Amy StablerMARIANNA „ St. Lukes Episcopal Church will host harpist Amy Stabler at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Child care will be provided from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the Fine Arts Series. The church is located at 4362 Lafayette Street in Marianna. For more information call 850-482-2431. FAITHFrom Page B4Orphans of Annie Jr.Ž pose for a photo. The performance was held last weekend at Bonifay K-8. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER] Grace Farrell (Faith Bush), Annie (Kinsley Cook), and Oliver Warbucks (Jevin Johnson) are together at last on the set of Annie Jr.,Ž performed last weekend at Bonifay K-8. [SPECIAL TO TIMESADVERTISER] I Dont Need Anything But You!,Ž a scene from Bonifay K-8s Annie Jr.Ž performance held last weekend at the school. [SPECIAL TO TIMES-ADVERTISER] PLAYFrom Page B1


** Holmes County Times-Advertiser | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 B7 HEALTHBy JoAnne Viviano More Content NowDavid Evans moved slowly and deliberately down a hallway at the OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital, getting help not just from physical therapists but also from a new robotic device designed to give him the support and assistance needed to take step after step after step. The February session marked just the second time Evans had walked since the November morning he awoke unable to move his legs. But the possibility that he might never again walk on his own hadnt even crossed his mind. They asked me what my goal was when I left here, and I said to regain the use of my legs. So its gonna happen,Ž Evans said as he sat in a wheelchair after the exoskeleton was removed. This machine has helped me.Ž Evans had taken more than 300 steps with the help of the Ekso Bionics EksoGT, an intuitive, robotic exoskeleton that senses where users need assistance to move their legs. Therapists say the device will allow patients to improve more quickly after spinal cord injuries or stroke. It was great for me. It gave me a different sensation from what Ive been through thus far, and its given me the added confidence that I can get the strength back in my legs,Ž said Evans, a 60-year-old whose paralysis was caused by a benign mass on his spine. The device features leg braces and a thick back harness held on by a wide Velcro strap. Four motors „ two in the hips and two in the knees „ power the robot, and dozens of sensors determine each patients unique capabilities. It adapts to what the patients doing performance-wise, and it only provides the assistance where the patient needs it,Ž said Erin Rogers, a physical therapist who leads the EksoGT team at OhioHealth. Its amazing. It excites me every time.Ž It typically requires four health-care workers to support and move a patient regaining the ability to walk, Rogers said, and therapists physical fatigue would limit the amount of steps a patient could take. With the robot, just one or two therapists are needed to help a patient, allowing the patient to cover far more ground per session. The exoskeleton also more effectively coaches patients to walk with a normal pattern, preventing them from compensating for weaknesses and falling into bad habits, Evans said. A hand-held controller gives therapists feedback on how much work patients are doing on their own, with data collected by Ekso Bionics to help guide treatment plans. Over the past three years, theres been an explosion in the interest of exoskeletons, said Tom Looby, president and chief executive of the Richmond, Californiabased Ekso Bionics. He said the company is focused on getting the robots into rehabilitation clinics. So far, there are about 225 deployed across the United States and Europe. Once that is accomplished, the company hopes to deploy robots of varying support levels into homes and the community. That would involve making devices that are safer to use on varied walking surfaces, without a therapists help, and making them more affordable. The current list price of the EksoGT is about $160,000. Affording more people the ability to walk reduces the number of patients who must return to clinics and avoids complications of prolonged wheelchair use, such as bowel and bladder problems, pressure sores, a loss of bone density and depression, Looby said. The robot also allows patients to get out of bed sooner and more safely and increases their endurance, distance covered and motor function. Walking is very important,Ž he said. We take it for granted, but it really is the core for how patients with spinal cord injuries and stroke improve.Ž Some patients struggle with anxiety over being strapped into the device or needing a robot to be able to walk, Rogers said. And its use is limited to patients who can communicate with therapists. But more often than not, patients remark on how the exoskeleton allows them to do so much more than traditional therapy and gives them a sense of normalcy, Rogers said. It can be motivational,Ž she said. When we put them in Ekso, they all of a sudden have a little more hope.ŽHigh-tech humansRobotic exoskeleton helps patients learn to walk againPatient David Evans with therapy manager Erin Rogers, right, and physical therapist Megan Strasser as Evans undergoes a rehabilitation session using a robotic exoskeleton at Ohio Rehabilitation Hospital in Columbus. Evans had a tumor removed from his spine, and the exoskeleton is helping in his effort to walk again. [ERIC ALBRECHT/DISPATCH]


B B 8 8 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Holmes County Times Advertiser NF-5036304 NF-5031562 Hazardous Aerial Tree Removal  Stump Grinding Trimming & Pruning  Emergency Tree Service  Lot Clean UpDow Morris,Owner/Operator 850-527-6291  850-849-3825 Readers’ Choice2017WASHINGTON HOLMES JACKSON (850) 638-3611 HastyHeating & Cooling NF-5028471 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-5032746JOEYS 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 Chipley Housing AuthorityMaintenance Mechanic AssistantChipley Housing Authority has a Maintenance Mechanic Assistant positon available immediately. Duties include: Assist in making repairs on electrical systems, plumbing, refrigerators and gas equipment. Operation of proper tools, equipment, etc. to assist in performing necessary work needed to maintain the units, grounds and equipment. Assist with any contracted personnel. Perform roofing repairs, painting, grass cutting, making units ready for prospective tenants and assist with inspection of grounds and buildings. Submit written reports as required, attend meetings as assigned and other duties as assigned by supervisor. Must have and maintain a valid Florida Drivers License at all times. Must have dependable transportation. Must complete a physical exam and pre-employment drug test. Applications may be made at the office located at 1370 Old Bonifay Road in Chipley, Florida. Applications will be accepted until T uesday March 27, 2018 at 2:00pm. Chipley Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Seasonal Laborers Needed!Now hiring full-time, seasonal roadside weed-eating and litter removal laborers. Starting rate $11.00/hour. M-F with some Saturdays possible. Work performed in Bay and Calhoun counties. Please contact AARK Enterprises at 850 532 7645 or using subject heading JOB. SERVICE TECHNICIAN CHIPLEYPowerSouth Energy Cooperative (PowerSouth) is seeking a Service Technician for the Transmission O&M Department at the Chipley District in Graceville, Florida. This position is responsible for performing maintenance and construction of transmission lines and also for performing inspection and general care of substation facilities. Candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Candidate must be able to demonstrate a potential for success in the Service Technician Training program by qualifying on an aptitude-based placement exercise and a behaviorally-based structured interview. Candidate must have the ability to climb transmission structures and perform tasks while at these heights. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to climb during the probationary period. Candidate must be capable of being put on PowerSouth’sswitching list within twenty-four (24) months and must have a valid driver’s license. Candidate must be able to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) within eighteen (18) months of employment (must be 21 years of age to obtain CDL). Employment is subject to a negative drug test, background check and completion of a comprehensive application for employment. PowerSouth offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits program. Interested candidates who meet these requirements should apply on PowerSouth’s website at www by March 29, 2018. Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled 3-3460 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CR181C SCRAP Improvement HOLMES COUNTY, FLORIDA Separate sealed BIDS for: CR181C SCRAP IMPROVEMENT will be received by HOLMES COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS at 107 E VIRGINIA AVE, BONIFAY, FL 32425 until April 23, 2018 at 9:00AM (CST). The project consists of widening and resurfacing the existing (18’) roadway to a new and safer (22’) roadway. The bids will be publically opened and read aloud. The bids will be awarded at the next scheduled Holmes County Board of County Commissioners Meeting. All Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked: “Sealed Bid: Holmes County – CR181C SCRAP Improvement” All bidders will be required to be FDOT pre-qualified. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS include all pertinent attachments necessary in order for bidders to properly respond. The documents may be examined at the following location: Dewberry 877 North County Road 393 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained upon payment by check only of $200.00 payable to Dewberry for each set (non-refundable) at: Holmes County Board of County Commissioners 107 E Virginia Ave. Bonifay, FL 32425 There will be a MANDATORY PRE BID meeting on April 9, 2018 at 9:00AM (CST) held at the Holmes County Administrative Office. The point of contact will be Clifford Knauer, P.E., Dewberry | Preble-Rish, Dewberry Engineers at 850.571.1248 or by email at m. The Board reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept and/or reject any or all bids on the whole or in part with just cause, and to accept the bid that in their judgment will be in the best interest of Holmes County. March 21 and 28 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 14, 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 31, 2018. VIN#1G1ZB5ST8HF24 6494 2017 CHEVYMALIBU SADE S AKINYEMI 1651 FAIR OAK WAY MABLETON, GA 30126-5755 ALLYFINANCIAL PO BOX 8101 COCKEYSVILLE, MD 21030 MARCH 21, 2018 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 Yorkshire Boar Approximately. 375 Pounds, for trade or best offer. 850-557-2155 Men’s Yard Sale and more in Chipley -Fishing poles, reels, gas cookers, golf clubs, knives, tools, equipment and much more. One block behind the Courthouse at corner of 3rd Street and Wells Avenue. March 23, Friday only, 7AM-5PM. 850-260-5896. Fountain 12024 Ferndale Street 03/17 -8am until 4pm 03/18 -11am until 3pm 03/19 -03/23 11:00am until 4:00pm 03/24 -03/25 10:00am until 3pm 10am until 4pmEverything Must Go!Including the house -4 bed/3 bath, 2290 Sq ft, .93 acres. solid wood furniture (dining room sets, living room set, bedroom sets), China, Crystal, Silver, Pyrex, Tupperware, Corning Ware, Anchor Hocking, Iris Herringbone, Heartland, Fitz & Floyd (Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving ceramics), Elvis, Clothes (womens 16-18, mens 38-40). Vintage & Antiques. Sale is inside and out. We have brought out more items. We will be here all of Bay County Spring Break. Housekeeper to clean once every two weeks and do laundry. Call 547-4108. Facilities SpecialistPosition Located in Chipley, FL. Visit www Click on TeachNWFL and then PAEC Jobs Truck Driver Log Truck Driver wanted with a clean driving record. Call 850-956-2266 or 850-956-2215. Executive OfficeSpace for rent downtown Chipley. (850)638-1918 Retail Store Space available.Main Street. Downtown Chipley. 850-638-1918 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. Publisher’s NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “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 discrimination” 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. Prefer mature adults. 850-326-2201. 3BR/1BA AC, For Rent, Wausau, No Pets, $600/MO and $600/Dep. Reference, 638-7601 For Rent 4BR/1.5BA, no pets, HUD approved. CH&A. Chipley. $700/MO, $700/DEP 850-638-7601. Nice cleanhouses, apartments & mobile homesfor rent in Bonifay area. HUD approved. Also, homes for sale, owner financing with good credit. Call Martha (850)547-5085, (850)547-2531. 2/3/BR Mobile Homes For Rent $500/MO up. Cottondale area. Includes Garbage/ sewage/ lawn service. Electric $57 turn on fee. 850-209-8847 Mobile Home for rent. 2BR/2BA, water/sewer and lawn service furnished. 3 miles east of Vernon on Pioneer Rd. No pets, don’t ask. 850-849-6842, 850-326-0528, or 850-638-9933. For Sale in Bonifay.2BR/1BA brickhome. New HVAC system, updated bath, fenced yard & storage building. Open house March 23& 24. 407-923-5200. For Sale Two acre plot and one acre plot in Jacob City, FL. Call 850-849-9338. Highway 77 2 miles south of Chipley 4-8 acre tract Bedie Road. Call Milton Peel at 850-638-1858 or 326-9109 1999 Dodge Ram V6Very good condition, $3500 or best offer. Call: 330-310-3072 J3’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. For Rent First in Chipley, Mini Warehouses. If you don’t have the room, “We Do” Lamar Townsend (850)638-4539, north of Townsend’s. 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. If you didn’t advertise here, you’re missing out on potential customers. Buy it! Classified. Make your move to the medium that’s your number one source of information about homes for sale! For all your housing needs consult Classified when it’s time to buy, it’s the resource on which to rely. Turn to classified! You can bank on our bargains! Spot Advertising works!