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Jackson County Floridan
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Vol. 88 No. 184

F [arianna

:e closing for two weeks


The local driver's license office
in Marianna is closing its doors
for renovations and a change-
over in management on Sept.
22, but a mobile unit will be
available on site to process com-

mercial driver's licenses for the
duration of the upgrades. Non-
commercial license seekers may
visit offices in other counties
during the roughly two-week
renovation period.
The office will re-open on Oct.
3 at the same location, under
management of Jackson County

;tor Sherry Brown, but
same core of workers
ditional employee who
,i-a muninar face to many drivers
in Jackson County.
Jeannie Suggs is coming back
to supervise the office, a job she
held here for almost 30 years
before transferring a few years

ago to a supervisory position in
the Department of Motor Ve-
hicles headquarters in Tallahas-
see. She's been commuting there
from Marianna ever since.
Brown said she feels lucky to
get Suggs.
"She knows her job extremely
well," Brown said. "We in our of-

fice and a lot of others still com-
municated with her the entire
time she was in Tallahassee, so
I'm glad she was willing to make
the change. She's a great asset,
she trained a lot people through
the years, and she really knows
See OFFICE, Page 7A


Third annual Marianna

Day festival this weekend

Smoke shoots from the muzzles of the re-enactor's muskets as they shoot at advancing Union troops during the Battle of Marianna
reenactment on Sept. 24,2010.

Festivities include re-enactments, 'Rebel Run,' parade and more


History buffs, families and those just
curious about their city's past can join
in this weekend's celebrations remem-
bering the Battle of Marianna, a Civil
War battle fought on Sept. 27, 1864.
"It commemorates the Battle of Mar-
ianna and brings the historic version
of what happened to light," said Char-
lotte Brunner, Main Street Marianna
A number of events spanning over
three days will bring fun and educa-
tion to locals and visitors.
On Friday beginning at 9 a.m., the

"It commemorates the Battle ofMarianna and brings
the historic version of what happened to light."
Charlotte Brunner,
Main Street Marianna director

weekend opens up with School Days.
Students from all over will meet at
Citizens Lodge in Marianna and learn
about Civil War times. Different sta-
tions will be set up to show period am-
munition, cannon, quilting and even
cow ponies.
"When you have someone show you
how they lived back then and showyou-
what these camps are about, it's pretty

interesting," Brunner said.
At 3 p.m. Friday camp tours begin,
with vendors and suttlers, or sellers of
authentic Civil War era goods, setting
up shop at Citizens Lodge. Visitors can
visit a replica Civil War army camp. At 6
p.m. a gospel sing, led by Gospel Tones
and The Morris Family, will beheld at
See HISTORY, Page 7A

Marianna Library extending its hours


The Jackson County Library
Main Library in Marianna will
be extending its hours be-
ginning Oct. 1, said Jackson
County Library director Darby
"The changes in the service
hours are an attempt to bet-
ter respond to our patrons'
needs," Syrkin said. "While
I still recognize they still do
not accommodate all of our
patrons' wishes, I think we
are making steps in the right
The library is adding an
hour each weekday morning,
and an additional two hours
Tuesday night. The additions
amount to a seven-hour in-
crease in library hours.

New Marianna Library
n Monday: 9 a.m to 6 p m
n Tuesday: 9 a m. to S p m
) Wednesday: 9 a m tc, 6
n Thursday: 9 ,3.m. to 6 pm
n Friday: 9 a mr. o0 6 p m
a Saturday: 9 a m to 2 p m.
Library patrons seemed ex-
cited about the change.
For Katelynn Lewis, a stu-
dent at Cottondale High
School, the extra hours will
give her more time to research
for class and search for some
good books to read.
"It'll be more convenient
definitely," Lewis said.
Sara Riley, an education ma-
jor at Chipola College, agreed.
Riley said she's always in the

Katelynn Lewis, a student at Cottondale High School, looks through
the racks at the Jackson County Public Library Main Library in
library looking through their ley said.
children's books. There are no plans to extend
"Now I won't have to rush hours at the Graceville library
here on my lunch break," Ri- at this time.


arrested on

grand theft



Two Jackson County men and a juve-
nile were arrested on charges of grand
theft Tuesday after alleg-
edly being caught red-
handed by the owner of
the material they're ac-
cused of trying to take,
which had an estimated
value of $2,400.
Kenneth .Bonine, 45,
Brandon Jelliff, 22, and a,
16-year-old boy are each
charged with grand theft
in the case. The juvenile
is not named because of
his age. All three live in
Jackson County. Bonine
and the juvenile live in
Jelliff the Sneads area, while
Jelliff has both a Sneads
address and has been staying in the Cy-
press area for some weeks, authorities
According to officials, the property
See THEFT, Page 7A

Public input

sought in

State Road 71

Anyone who wants to know more
about plans to improve the south end
of State Road 71 has an upcoming op-
portunity to talk with officials about the
matter. An informal public session to
discuss the plan will be held next Tues-
day at 5:30 p.m., in a meeting room at
the Fairfield Inn and Suites off SR 71.
The Florida Department of Transpor-
tation plans to resurface an 8.8-mile
stretch of the road from the Calhoun
County line north to the Malloy Plaza
near the Marianna city limits. Pedes-
trian safety features will also be added,
and ADA accessibility improvements
will also be made if the plan goes for-
ward as planned. Traditional asphalt
will be used to replace most of the road-
way section slated for improvement,
but stronger concrete pavement will
be used in the area of the Interstate 10
The $8.9 million improvement pack-
age is funded by DOT district and cen-
tral office resources.
Maps, drawings and other project in-
formation will be available for viewing
at the -Tuesday meeting. There will be
no formal presentation, and the meet-
ing will be styled in an "open house"
format, according to a press release.


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Publisher Valeria Roberts

Circulation Manager Dena Oberski

Telephone: (850) 526-3614
FAX: (850) 482-4478
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 520, Marianna, FL 32447
Street Address:
4403 Constitution Lane
Marianna, FL 32446
Office Hours:'
Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You should receive your newspaper no later
than 6 a.m. If it does not arrive, call Circula-
tion between 6 a.m. and noon, Tuesday to
Friday, and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday. The
Jackson County Floridan (USPS 271-840)
is published Tuesday though Friday and
Sunday mornings. Periodical postage paid
at Marianna, FL.

Home delivery: $11.23 per month; $32.83
for three months; $62.05 for six months;
and $123.45 for one year. All prices include
applicable state and local taxes. Mail
subscriptions must be paid in advance. Mail
subscriptions are: $46.12 for three months;
$92.24 for six months; and $184.47 for one,

The advertiser agrees that the publisher
shall not be liable for damages arising
out of errors and advertisements beyond
the amount paid foethe space actually
occupied by that portion of the advertise-
ments in which the error occurred, whether
such error is due to the negligence of the
publisher's employees or otherwise, and
there shall be not liability for non-inser-
tion of any advertisement beyond the
amount paid for such advertisement. This
newspaper will not knowingly accept or
publish illegal material of any kind. Advertis-
ing which expresses preference based on
legally protected personal characteristics is
not acceptable.

The Jackson County Floridan will publish
news of general interest free of charge.
Submit your news or Community Calendar
events via email, fax, mail, or hand delivery.
Fees may apply for wedding, engagement,
anniversary and birth announcements.
Forms are available at the Floridan offices.
Photographs must be of good quality and
suitable for print. The Floridan reserves the
right to edit all submissions.

The Jackson County Floridan's policy
is to correct mistakes promptly. To
report an error, please call 526-3614


Community Calendar

Emerald Coast Hospice Summer Education
Series presents "Stages of Dying: Nutrition in
Terminally III Patients" at 4374 Lafayette St. in
Marianna. Two sessions: 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. CEU (1)
available through Troy University. Health care work-
ers, public welcome. No charge. Call 526-3577.
a Caregiver Support Group meeting -11 a.m. to
noon in the social hall of First Presbyterian Church,
4437 Clinton St. in Marianna. Open to all family
caregivers providing care to loved ones or friends.
Groups are confidential and facilitated by a profes-
sional group counselor. Coffee, water, light snacks
a The Jackson County Library Board will be
meeting in the Jackson County Board of County
Commissioners Chambers at 3 p.m.,
) Malone High School Title I Open House 6
p.m. in the auditorium. Parents and concerned citi-
zens are invited. School improvement Plan will be
discussed and submitted for approval; School Advi-
sory Council members will be elected. Interested in:
serving on the SAC? Call Lisa Orlando at 482-9950,
ext. 264 by Wednesday.
)) Alcoholics Anonymous Closed discussion, 8
to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2901 Cale-
donia St., Marianna, in the AA room. Attendance
limited to persons with a desire to stop drinking.

' Marianna Day Festival Sept. 23-25. Friday:
At Citizens Park, School Day is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
and vendors, sutler stores and camp tours are 3 to
5 p.m. In Madison Street Park, there will be a gospel
sing, 6 to 9:30 p.m. More at www.mariannareenact
Tourist Development Council meeting 9
a.m. at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce,
4318 Lafayette St. in Marianna..
Blood Drive The Southeastern Community
Blood Center mobile unit will be at Davis Optom-
etry, 2922 Jefferson St. in Marianna, 11:30 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m.; or donate at SCBC, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday-Friday at 2503 Commercial Park Drive,
Marianna. Call 526-4403.
Celebrate Recovery Adult, teen meetings to
"overcome hurts, habits and hang-ups in a safe
environment," 7 p.m., Evangel Worship Center, 2645
Pebble Hill Road. Dinner: 6 p.m. (free for first-time
guests). Child care available. Call 209-7856 or
573-1131. :
) Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, 8 to
9 p.m. in the AA room at First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St., Marianna.

Marianna Day Festival Sept. 23-25. Saturday:
Rebel Run 5K (8 a.m.) at Citizens Park. Downtown,
Marianna Day Parade (10 a.m.), Battle of Marianna
Reenactment (10:45 a.m.) and a UDC memorial cer-
emony in Confederate Park (11:30 a.m.). Madison
Street Park hosts vendors and live entertainment.

Back at Citizens, camps are open to the public (11
a.m. to 5 p.m.), reenactment with cannon fire (3
p.m.) and a military ball (6 p.m.). Saturday only, ad-
mission at Citizens is $5 for adults, $3 for students.
More at
a Marianna City Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to
noon for the fall seasori, Saturdays only in Madison
Street Park.
) Jackson County Health Department Closing
the Gap program offers a free Pilates class, 8:30
a.m. at Integras Wellness Center, 4230 Lafayette
St., Suite C, in Marianna. Call 482-6221.
a From 9 to 11 a.m., the historic St. Luke's
Episcopal Church Bible to be shown by Blue
Springs Society, N.S.C.A.R., Chipola Chapter,
NSDAR, and William Dunaway Chapter, NSSAR.
Information for self-guided tours of graves of 55
Confederates buried in'St. Luke's cemetery to be
given. Church located at 4362 Lafayette St., Mari-
anna. Call 209-4066.
Back-to-School Ice Cream Social 10:30 to
11:30 a.m. at the Marianna branch of the Jackson
County Public Library, 2929 Green St. Hosted by
Friends of the Library. There will be ice cream,
lots of toppings and a visit from the Marianna Fire
Department's big red fire truck.
n AMVETS Post 231 in Fountain hosts a turkey
shoot fundraiser at 1 p.m. each Saturday through
December. Cost: $2 per shot. Call 850-722-0291.
n Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, 4:30 to
5:30 p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St., Marianna.

n Marianna Day Festival Sept. 23-25. Sunday
at Citizens Park: Military camps open to the public
(9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), campground church service (11
a.m.) and a reenactment with cannon fire (2 to 3
p.m.). More at
) Kent Reunion At the Kent Cemetery-pavilion,
three miles southwest of Alford. Lunch at 12:30
p.m.; bring a well-filled basket.
Alcoholics Anonymous closed discussion, 6:30
p.m., 4349 W. Lafayette St., Marianna (in one-story
building behind 4351W. Lafayette St.). Attendance
limited to persons with a desire to stop drinking.

n Orientation 10:30 a.m. at the Goodwill Career
Training Center, 4742 Highway 90 in Marianna. Reg-
ister for free job placement and computer training
classes and learn about services offered to people
with disadvantages/disabilities. Call 526-0139.
D Lions Club of Marianna meeting, Jim's Buffet
& Grill, at noon on second and fourth Mondays. Call
) The Parkinson's Support Group meeting 4
p.m. in the ground-floor classroom of Jackson
Hospital, 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna. Tai Chi in-
structor Jessica Hasty will conduct a demonstration
with the audience and discuss the benefits of tai chi
to Parkinson's patients. Dress in loose, comfortable

clothing for the exercise demonstration. Those
diagnosed with Parkinson's and their caregivers are
invited. Dinner provided. No cost. Call 718-2661.
School Bus Drivers Basic Curriculum Class
- Sept. 26-28,4 to 9 p.m. each night at the Jackson
County Public School District Bus Garage, 2789
Penn Ave., Marianna. Call 482-9613.
n Jackson County Health Department Closing
the Gap program offers a free yoga class; 5:30 p.m.
at Integras Wellness Center, 4230 Lafayette St.,
Suite C, in Marianna. Mat provided. Call 482-6221.
The City of Jacob will have its final budget hear-
ing at 6:01 p.m. Public welcome.
) Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, 8,to
9 p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St., Marianna.

) Basic Internet/Email Class 10:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. at the Goodwill Career Training Center,
.4742 Highway 90 in Marianna. Register for free job
placement and computer training classes offered
to people with disadvantages/disabilities. Call
)).Free quilting/crocheting/knitting class led
by Mary Deese, 1 p.m. at Jackson County Senior
Citizens, 2931 Optimist Drive in Marianna. Call
) FDOT public meeting on proposed
improvements to SR71 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the
Fairfield Inn & Suites, 4966 Whitetail Drive, Marl-
anna. Maps, drawings and other information will be
on display; no formal presentation scheduled. FDOT
staff will be available to explain proposed improve-
ments, answer questions and receive comments.
Call 888-638-0250, ext. 479.
n Marianna Sit-n-Sew presented by the Jackson'
County Quilters Guild, Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., First
United Methodist Church Youth Hall, Clinton Street,
behind Marianna Post Office. Call 272-7068.
)) Alcoholics Anonymous Open meeting, 8 to 9
p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2901 Caledo-
nia St., Marianna, in the AA room.

n Alcoholics Anonymous Open meeting, noon
to 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2901
Caledonia St., Marianna, in the.AA room.
) The Jackson Hospital Board of Trustees'
Finance and Board meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the
Hudnall Building Community Room.

Jackson County Senior Citizens, 2931 Optimist
Drive in Marianna, hosts a free seminar by Dr. Bon-
trager and staff from Marianna Health and Wellness
-Center. All seniors welcome. Breakfast served 8:30
to 9:30 a.m. Call 482-5028.
))Jackson County Library Board meeting 3
p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners' office.
Public welcome.

The submission deadline for this calendar is two days before publication. Submit to: Community Calendar, Jackson County Floridan, P. O. Box 520, Marianna, FL 32447,
email, fax (850) 482-4478 or bring items to 4403 Constitution Lane in Marianna.

Police Roundup

The Marianna Police De-
partment listed the following
incidents for Sept. 20, the latest
available report: Two hit and
run incidents, one hospice
death, one
suspicious inci- -.- _
dent, one suspi- -q-
cious person, = -
one highway CRtIME
one burglary,
one physical disturbance, 14
traffic stops, three trespass
complaints, one follow-up
investigation, one noise dis-
turbance, two assists of other
agencies, one public service
call and one threat/harassment

The Jackson County Sheriff's
Office and county Fire/Rescue
reported the following inci-
dents for Sept. 20, the latest
available report. (Some of these
calls may be related to after-
hours calls taken on behalf
of Graceville and Cottondale
Police Departments): Two hit
and run vehicles, two dead
persons (both natural causes,
one with hospice care), one
stolen tag, one abandoned ve-
hicle, four suspicious vehicles,
six suspicious incidents, one
suspicious person, two highway
obstructions, two reports of
mental illness, three burglar-
ies, one physical disturbance,
one hitchhiker/pedestrian
complaint, two woodland fires,
21 medical calls, three burglar
alarms, one firearm discharged,

16 traffic stops, six larceny com-
plaints, four criminal mischief
complaints, one civil dispute,
three trespass complaints, one
follow-up investigation, one
noise disturbance, one animal
complaint, one sex offense,
five assists of other agencies,
three public service calls, .one
transport and four threat/ha-
rassment complaints.

The following persons were
booked into the county jail dur-
ing the latest reporting periods:
)) Travis Harvey, 27, trespass
after warning, battery-domestic
violence, resisting arrest with-
out violence.
) Lamar Washington, 41, 4309
Woodberry Road, Marianna, no
valid driver's license.
) Yolanda Brown, 20, 2834

Stuart Ave., Marianna, violation
of county probation.
) Michael Land, 30, 3140
Hoovers Mill Road, Boni-
fay, retail theft, disorderly
)) Brandon Jelliff, 22, 2083
Morgan Loop, Sneads, grand
theft, dealing in stolen property,
violation of state probation.
) George Robinson, 21, 291
Sukoshi Lane, Panama City,
violation of state probation.
) London Nix, 34, 4048 Whis-
pering Pines Circle, Green-
wood, possession okfmarijuana,
possession of paraphernalia.


To report a crime, call CrimeStoppers
at 526-5000 or a local law enforcement
To report a wildlife violation, call 1-888-
404-FWCC (3922).



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Projects keep Children of the American Revolution busy

Special to the Floridan

Blue Springs Society, National
Society Children of the American
Revolution, is busy promoting
the national and state projects.
Through the national project,
"Living the American Dream,"
members become aware that
the dream our founding fathers
had for America has been con-
tinued through the years by all
who fought for this country. The
national project will help mili-
tary families by donating both
resources and volunteer hours
to the Fisher House Foundation.
Information about the founda-
tion can be found at www.fisher
The state project will sup-
port veterans and their families
through raising funds for the
"Paws for Patriots" program of
Southeastern Guide Dogs in Pal-
metto. Information about the

LEFT: Carly Miller, Adrian Schell, Whitney Herold, Noah McArthur, Gabrielle Simpson and Grant Landry are pictured at the packet party refreshment table.
RIGHT: Robert "Kenny" Dunaway, Natalee Milton, Larry Clere and Carly Miller pose after the Apple Slice award ceremony.

"Paws for Patriots" program can
be found at www.southeastern
Blue Springs Society, N.S.C.A.R.
members presented the pro-
gram, "Two Projects to Help
Military Families," at the August

meeting of the William Dunaway
Chapter, Sons of the American
Revolution. Natalee Milton and
Carly Miller honored Robert K.
Dunaway and Larry Clere with
Apple Slice pins for their contin-
ued support of Blue Spring Soci-

ety and for serving our country
as members of the United States
Air Force.
Blue Springs Society hosted a
packet party on Aug. 7, in order
for C.A.R. societies in the Pan-
handle to learn about the na-

tional and state projects and the
requirements of the C.A.R. com-
mittee contests. Snowden-Horne
Society of Ft. Walton Beach, San
Bernardo Society of Pensacola,
and Ponce de Leon of Tallahas-
see were represented.

Elks announce 2012 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest

Special to the Floridan

High school seniors need
to begin the scholarship
search process. In this
light, applications for the
Elks National Foundation's
2012 Most Valuable Stu-
dent contest are available
from Marianna BPOE No.
1516, P.O. Box 577, Mari-
anna, FL 32447-0577, on-
line at
scholars/mvs.cfm or by
sending a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the
Elks National Foundation,
2750 North Lakeview Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60614-1889.
Applications for the 2011
Most Valuable Student

Scholarship contest must
be submitted to Marianna
BPOE No. 1516, P.O. Box
577, Marianna, FL 32447-
0577 by Dec. 2, 2011.
The Elks National Foun-
dation will award 500 four-
year scholarships to the
highest-rated applicants
in the 2011 competition.
The following rules apply:
) Any high school se-
nior who is a citizen of the
United States is eligible to
) Applicants need not be
related to a member of the
College students are
not eligible to apply.
) Applicants must be

citizens of the United
States on the date their ap-
plications are signed; resi-
dent alien status does not
)) Male and female stu-
dents compete separately.
Applicants will be judged
on scholarship, leadership
and financial need.
All scholarships are in
the form of certificates of
award conditional upon
the full-time enrollment of
the winner in an accredited
U.S. college 6r university.
Applications must ad-
vance through local, dis-
trict and state competition'
to reach the national com-
petition. Nationalfinalists

will be notified by email by
Feb. 28, 2012. To be eligible
for an award, national fi-
nalists will be required to
submit a secondary ap-
plication online, which
will include an essay, aid
received to- date, college
plans and a parental finan-
cial statement. The nation-
al finalists will be required
to mail their official tran-
script, standardized test
scores and Student Aid Re-
port to the ENE. These ap-
plications are due March
23, 2012.
The Chicago office of the
Elks National Foundation
will announce the 500 na-
tional winners, and notify

them in writing, on April
15,2012. (ManylocalLodg-
es, districts and state Elks
associations award their
own scholarships through
this program. These schol-
arships are not to be con-
fused with the 500 Elks
National Foundation Most
Valuable Student Schol-
arships.) Ranging from
$1,000 per year to $15,000
per year, Most Valuable

Student scholarships are
for students pursuing a
four-year degree, on a full-
time basis (minimum of 12
semester hours), in a U.S.
college or university.
Requests for additional
information should be
addressed to the scholar-
ship chairman of the local
Lodge or of the Elks associ-
ation of the state in which
the applicant is a resident.

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Chipola Home Educators visit WonderWorks

Special to the Floridan

The Chipola Home Edu-
cators home school group
traveled to WonderWorks
in Panama City Beach on
Sept. 9 to enjoy their first
field trip of the new school
year. WonderWorks, locat-
ed on Front Beach Road,

combines education and
entertainment to provide
numerous highly innova-
tive and interactive expe-
riences. Approximately 60
children, along with their
parents, enjoyed over 100
interactive exhibits that
challenge the mind and
spark the imagination.

A few of the adventures
include a ropes challenge
course, the Space Zone, an
illusion gallery, the Xtreme
360 ride, laser tag, the
wonder coaster and much
Families enjoyed a fun-
filled day together to begin
a busy school year of ac-

Sunland Fall Festival set for Oct. 29

Special to the Floridan

Held on the last Saturday
of October each year, the
Sunland Fall Festival is in
the shady Environmental
Park of Sunland Center
north of Marianna. The pa-
rade will begin at 9 a.m. on
the Sunland campus and
lead through the grounds
of the park to begin the
day of entertainment.
There will be a variety of
music and entertainment
on three central stages lo-
cated in the park.
There, arts and crafts
vendors show their wares
while food vendors entice
visitors to enjoy delicious
meals or snacks. There will
be entertainment to de-
light folks of all ages. There
are tumblers, dancers,
musicians and artists who
perform on the day-long
program. Watch the old-
time art of cane grinding
and syrup-making come
to life or ride on the horse
and wagon.
The Sunland Fall Festival
began 33 years ago to pro-

vide a fun day for the devel-
opmentally disabled who
reside at the state facility.
The festival gives them the
opportunity to invite their
family and the public onto
their campus to join in the

Sunland is located on
Highway 71, north of
Marianna at 3700 Williams
Drive. If you would like
to be a vendor, call Dawn
Glover at 482-9373.





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A attorney Wade Mercer of the Dellwdod/Cypress area recently addressed the Chipola
1- College Honors group. Pictured (from left) are Caroline Peacock, Emily Stewart,
ercer and Travis Bontrager. Mercer discussed his time as a student at Chipola, as well
as FSU, where he earned a degree in mathematics education. He went on to earn a law degree
from Mercer University. Mercer encouraged the students to find their passion and to focus on
things that matter most in life. ,

Scott won't release inmate with leukemia
The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE-Aprisoninmate's "You g W up as a Christian and yourjob
father told Gov. Rick Scott that she'll
die if not released soon so she can I to rg ve, butyoure resonsibkfor the
get better treatment for leukemia, O b
but the governor denied clemency in tizen of the state soyou y" to be faf ."
her case as well as most of the other ..1n of stt so 1.
99 he considered Wednesday. Goy. Rick Scott
Scott, with Florida Cabinet approv-
al, did grant a pardon, though, to a opposed the release due to prior ar- and providing false information to a
man who embezzled money from rests for drug trafficking, pawn broker.
the Broward County Sheriff's Office. "She's essentially a one-woman His son, William Thorntpn, tearful-
Out of 20 applications under con- crime wave," said Agriculture Comn-' ly told the panel his father's sentence
sideration, that was.the only pardon missioner Adam Putnam. was excessive. He held a box with
approved by the four. officials, sitting The pardon went to former book- the ashes of'his recently deceased
as the Board of Executive Clemency. keeper Raymond Kevin Cross, 'now another as he pleaded for his father's
Scott also restored the civil rights of stewardship director for a Baptist release. ',
14 former felons but denied requests Church in Roswvell, Ga. Then 21 years "You can argue both sides of these'
by 41 others. He approved the au- old, Cross and savings and loan tell-. things," Scott later said. "I have a be-
thority to own or possess a firearm in er Stephen Brent Chandler, .then 20, lief that judges and juries want'to do-
four cases and denied it in four oth- pleaded guilty in 1989 to embezzling the right thing."
ers. Some applicants sought more more than $300,000 the year before The governor, though, said he was
than one form of, clemency. Each ap- from the Broward County Sheriff's perplexed about .the disparity in
proval requires the governor's 'vote Office, where Cross was employed. sentences.
and at least two Cabinet members. Both were sentenced to 90 days in He noted Thomas Francis Quinn,
Scott declined to commute the work release and placed on proba- a convicted child molester from St.',
sentence of Deborah Turner, 34, af- tion for 15 years. They also had to Johns County who appeared before
ter parole officials assured him she repay the money they took. him never served prison time. In-
was getting adequate treatment for When they were sentenced, then- stead, he received two years of house
her leukemia. She's currently due for Sheriff Nick Navarro said Cross arrest and five years on probation,
release in three years on a series 6f ."acted very devious" but "wasn't that for sexual battery of a child coerced
burglary and theft convictions in St. smart because he got caught." by an adult in neighboring'Duval
Johns County. Cross said his' life changed when County.
Her father, JesseTurner of St. Au- he found a crumpled piece of paper Scott denied Quinn's request for a
gustine, told the panel she's not get- with a Bible passage on it in his jail pardon after the mother of one of his
ting the proper diet apd vitamins' cell. two victims said he got such a light
or treatment for side-effects from "It was the word of God," he said. sentence due to a plea deal when
chemotherapy. "I worshipped the wrong god and I she refused to let her daughter, then
"If she doesn't get the treatment, said 'God I'm sorry, I'm.just sorry for 13, testify in court. The other girl was
she's not going to live," Turner said. squandering the life you gave me.'" 15. The mother saidthe girls knew
'She's going to die." Cross said he's now friends with Quinn from church and both had to
The Parole Commissidn also had Navarro who wrote the, introduc- .undergo rape and pregnancy tests.
recommended her supervised re- tion'to his book about his crime and Neither was pregnant.
lease, citing the possibility she might conversion titled "Embezzlement, a During one case it was disclosed
get better treatment and her family's True CrimeStory." He said the pro- there's a two- to three-year backlog
agreement to pay for her care, which ceeds are going to charity. for restoration of rights investiga-
would save taxpayers' money. Scott Besides Turner's request, Scott tions. The Parole Commission is
was not persuaded. considered and rejected a second seeking more staffing to deal with an
"You grow up as a Christiani and plea for commutation from Michael increased workload resulting from
your job is to forgive, but you're re- Thornton, 54.' The Citrus County the board's decision earlier this year
sponsible for the citizens of the state man has served seven years of a 30- to do away with automatic rights
so you try to be fair," Scott said later. year sentence on multiple counts of. restoration in most cases for non-'
Attorney General Pam Bondi also theft, trafficking in stolen property violent felons.,

Orders being taken for daffodil sale

Special to the Floridan

The Jackson County
Master Gardeners are now
taking orders for their an-
nual daffodil sale. Visit the
Master Gardener. office or
website to view this year's
exciting array of daffodil
varieties selected to thrive

year after year in North-
west Florida's unique cli-
mate. The daffodils will
arrive during October, in
time for fall planting.
While there is no formal
"daffodil school" sched-
uled this year, you can
arrange for a Master Gar-
dener to visit with your

group or organization and
provide information, on
the planting and care of
daffodils in your garden.
Call the Master Gardener
office at 482-9620, email
or visit http://jackson.ifas. for
further information.

Sneads FFA officers attend retreat

Special to the Floridan

Sneads FFA welcomed its
new officers of the 2011-
2012 school year with an
officer retreat to Panama
City July 22-23. The re-
treat was designed for fun
and to give the officers,
old and new, a chance to
get acquainted with one

The Sneads officers
were joined on the retreat
by chapter officers and-
advisors from Altha and
Graceville high schools.
Officers and advisors
visited the Race City fun
station and arcade, as well
as St. Andrews State Park.
State Vice President Syd-

ney Stone presented three
one-hour leadership ses-
sions throughout the trip
at multiple rest areas.
Sneads FFA reports that
the trip was a big over-
all success, as numerous
friendships were made,
knowledge was gained and
plans for the future were



State Briefs

Fla. gets $1M from
property auction
detective Sherlo'ck Holm-
es often said it's "elemen-
tary," but now he's also
helping Florida's middle
and high schools.
A handwritten let-
ter signed by Sherlock-
Holmes author Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle is among
unclaimed property that's
been auctioned off to
benefit the state's' schools.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Atwater said Tuesday
that Saturday's auction
in Ponte Vedra Beach
brought in $1 million.
Other items included
a vintage Leica camera,
an American Indian belt
with 200 grams of silver
and a gold Elgin pocket
watch. All were left in
abandoned safe deposit
boxes at Florida banks.
So far this year, prop-
erty valued at more than
$134 million has been
returned. That includes:
a record $24.7 million in

3 inmates took
smuggled cocaine
SARIASOTA-- Sheriff's
officials say three inmates
on suicide watch were
taken to a hospital last
month after overdosing
on cocaine that had been
smuggled into the Sara-
sota County Jail.
The Sarasota Herald-
Tribune reports two of
the inmates vomited and
one had stopped breath-
ing after the Aug. 22
Authorities say the.
substance tested positive
for cocaine. .
According to reports, a
corrections officer found
inmate 49-year-oldWillie
Curry unresponsive. In-
.mate Louis Nowicki had
also gotten sick and was'
on his bunk and inmate
Shaun Monahan was hay-
ing difficulty breathing.
All three were taken to Curry spent
three days in inten- .
sive care. Nowicki told
investigators 31-year-old
Monahan had smuggled
the drug into the jail in

his rectum. Monahan told
deputies he was too high
on drugs to remember.

Pastor in church
shootings improves
of the two pastors who
was critically injured in
a shooting at his Florida
church sent a one-word
update on his medical
condition: "miracle."
A Lakeland Regional
Medical Center spokes-
woman said Wednesday
that pastor William Boss
asked her to pass his con-
dition on to the public.
Polk County Sheriff's
deputies say Boss and
associate pastor Carl
Stewart were shot from
behind during a church
service Sunday.
Officials say the man
accused of the shooting
. is also charged with the
shooting death of his
wife. Jeremiah Fogle, 57,
was charged with murder
and attempted murder.
During a hearing Mon-
day, he was ordered held
without bond and as-
signed a public defender.

Pasco detectives
crack cold case
Pasco County Sheriff's
deputies have arrested
the husband of woman
whose body was found
in the Gulf of Mexico in,
The Sheriff's Office on
Wednesday announced
the arrest of 59-year-old
William Gary Hurst. He
was arrested in Dawson
Springs, Ky., where he
will await extradition to
Officials sayAmy Rose
Hunt was 29 when she
went missing in August
1982. Her body was not
identified until July, when
her son alerted officials
to information he and
his wife found during an
Internet search for his
mother. The discovery by
Jeff Early, and his wife, -
Julie, of Grapd Rapids,
Mich., helped the sheriff's
office crack the case.

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citizens of the Town of Sneads, Florida, that the Sneads Town Council will
meet in public session at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at the
Town Hall with the following proposals to be considered.
1. The adoption of an ordinance entitled:
2. Such other matters may come before the Council.
A copy of the proposed ordinance is on file with the City Clerk and may be
inspected at any time during regular business hours. All persons having an
interest in the above proposed ordinance, or being otherwise effected are
invited to attend and be heard.
Town Council of the Town of Sneads, Florida
by: Sherri B. Griffin, City Clerk


Fla., feds hammer out Medicaid overhaul

The Associated Press

eral health officials are pushing
Florida lawmakers to include a
provision in their Medicaid over-
haul that would require private
health plans to spend 85 percent
of funds on patient care, state
health officials said Wednesday.
That issue has been a stick-
ing point as the state seeks to
expand a five-county Medicaid
privatization program statewide
under a pair of bills passed this
year by the Republican-led Leg-
islature. The Centers for Medi-
care and Medicaid Services must
sign off on the plan and signaled
all along they wanted the state to
adopt the 85 percent provision.
Instead, lawmakers created
a profit-sharing plan requiring
providers to generate a 5 percent
savings the first year, which could
save the state about $1 billion.

Texas has a similar program.
"It is purely in (federal offi-
cials') discretion to grant it. or
not. I don't think we ever re-
ceived a satisfactory answer on
why Texas was getting approv-
als when Florida is not," said
Justin Senior, deputy secretary
for Medicaid for the Agency for
Health Care Administration.
An angry Sen. Joe Negron, who
led the bills' passage, accused
federal health officials of com-
mandeering the state budget
and suggested pulling out of the
Medicaid program if the feds
were not willing to negotiate.
"I get the feeling that we're
begging, that they hold all the
cards ... it just seems to me that
the relationship is dysfunctional
and out of whack," Negron said
during a Senate subcommittee
meeting in Tallahassee.
AHCA Sec. Liz Dudek stressed
pulling out of Medicaid was a

minority viewpoint and that the
agency was trying to negotiate a
deal with federal officials. Some
lawmakers support a ratio that
clearly dictates how much mon-
ey is spent on patient care, she
Without such a provision, crit-
ics worry that for-profit health
plans will be able to line their
pockets with administrative
"If you went out and asked Flo-
ridians if they would like to have
85 percent spent on direct ser-
vices to people, most would say
yeah, that's a pretty good idea,"
Dudek said.
The waiver granting authority
for the pilot program expired in
June. The state has been running
on temporary extensions as they
hammer, out an agreement. In
April, federal officials said they
would consider an amendment
to expand the program if the

state addresses quality of care
and transparency issues.
"We are giving careful consid-
eration to Florida's waiver ap-
plication. Our responsibility is
to the people who receive care
through Medicaid while being
as flexible as possible with our
state partners," CMS spokesman
Brian Co6k said.
Democrats and patient advo-
cates worry the state is abdicat-
ing the health care of its most
vulnerable populations to for-
profit providers with little over-
sight from state health officials,
who have said they did not track
what services and medications
were denied under the pilot pro-
gram. There has been little data
showing whether the pilot pro-
gram saved money or improved
patient care.
Michael Garner, president of
Florida Association of Health
Plans, said the 85 percent provi-

sion is grossly misunderstood. In
the past, the provision was used
as an indicator of plans stability
or fiscal solvency. "At some point
people started trying to link it to
quality of care of access to care,"
he said.
Another sticking point drag-
ging out negotiations is the low-
income pool, which funnels $1
billion a year to hospitals and
providers that serve uninsured
Federal officials said they may
terminate supplemental funds
in December 2013 instead of
June 2014, leaving Florida short
$500,000. The decision would ap-
ply to all states, not just Florida.
Lawmakers on both sides said
they were disappointed feds
would consider such serious
changes at the last minute.
Losing those funds "could be
catastrophic," Republican Sen.
Don Gaetz warned.

Hurricane fund chief warns state is in danger

The Associated Press

da's hurricane fund chief is
warning that the state-cre-
ated fund used to help in-
surers pay off claims after
a big storm is in danger.
The state has relied on a
hurricane' fund ever since
Hurricane Andrew devas-
tated South Florida nearly
20 years ago. Insurers get
help to pay homeowners
if a hurricane or a series
of hurricanes results in
widespread damages.
But Jack Nicholson, the
chief operating officer of
the fund, told state legisla-
tors onWednesday that the
fund is on "shaky ground."
He said ongoing turmoil
in the' world financial
markets is raising, ques-
tions about whether the
fund could borrow enough help insurers af-
ter a hurricane.
This year the fund is pro-
viding $18.5 billion worth
of coverage, and while it
has mote than $7 billion
worth of cash on hand, it
would still need to borrow
another $11 billion..

"I think we are dangerously

overexposed considering the current

reality of the marketplace ... It scares

me to death where we are."
Jack Nicholson,
Chief operating officer of Fla. hurricane fund

"I think we are danger-
ously overexposed consid-
ering the current reality of
the marketplace," Nichol-
son said. "... It scares me to
death where we are."
Nicholson "used the
warnings as part of a pitch
to state lawmakers to scale
*back the size of the Florida
Hurricane Catastrophe
Fund. That would likely
cause insurance premi-
ums to rise but it has the
backing of many key Re-
publicans, including Gov.
Rick Scott.
Every insurer currently
in Florida is required to
purchase coverage from
the "Cat Fund" as it also
called. The fund provides
a backstop to insurers
at a rate that is generally

cheaper than reinsurance
sold by private companies.
Nicholson estimated that
this low-cost option prob-
ably results in insurance
premiums being about 25
percent cheaper.
If a storm causes enough
damages the insurer can
ask for reimbursements
from the fund. But if the
hurricane fund runs out of
cash due to a large storm,
it borrows money to pay
The state pays off its
debts with an assessment,
or what some call a "hur-
ricane tax," that is placed
on nearly every insur-
ance policy in the state,
including auto insurance
Right. now, homeown-

ers and drivers in Florida
are paying off charges due
primarily to Hurricane
Nicholson, however, said
he's less worried about
future hikes in the "hur-
ricane tax" because right
now he's not sure he can
even borrow enough mon-
ey. He said the turbulence
in the financial markets
this summer has created
"tremendous uncertainty.",
The Republican-led Leg-
islature including then
House Speaker Marco Ru-
bio agreed with Gov.
Charlie Crist to greatly ex-
pand the size of the fund
back in 2007 as part of an
effort to lower insurance
Two years later, legisla-
tors started whittling the
fund back down but Nich-
olson says more needs to
be done.
"The Cat Fund needs
to be right-sized," Nich-
olson said. "It's too much
when you are expecting
to depend on 10 billion or
greater of debt."
State Sen. Alan Hays,
.R-Umatilla, said he con-

sidered it "fraud" to force
insurers to buy coverage
from the fund if there is
no guarantee the fund can
pay for storm damages.
"We're taking a tremen-
dous gamble which I find
unacceptable," Hays said.
But any movy by state
lawmakers to change the
hurricane fund could
run into opposition from
coastal lawmakers con-
cerned about raising in-
surance rates during bad
economic times.
"We need to go very slow-,
ly," said State Sen. Mike Fa-
sano, R-New Port Richey. "I
have great concerns of the.
ramifications of what this

will do to every property
insurance policy holder
in the state. We're not just
talking about homeown-
ers. We're talking about
mobile home owners, con-
do owners and small busi-
ness owners."
The governor, however,
agrees with Nicholson. He.
said he would prefer insur-
ers to rely on other sources
of help instead of utilizing
the state-created hurri-
cane fund.
"I like free markets, I be-
lieve free markets work,"
Scott said. "I believe free
markets are efficient so I
would like to downsize the
Cat Fund responsibly."

Buried Treasure

Appeals court rules for Spain in shipwreck case

,The Associated Press

TAMPA U.S. deep-sea explor-
ers must turn over to the Span-
ish 'government 17 .tons of silver
coins and other treasure recovered
from a sunken Spanish galleon in
2007, a federal appeals court ruled
But Tampa, Fla.-based Odyssey
Marine Exploration has vowed to
continue the protracted legal bat-
tle over the cache, which could be
worth as much as $500 million. In a
statement Wednesday, the company
said it would take the next step in the
appeals process, requesting a hear-
ing before all the judges of the 11th
Circuit Court of Appeals. That came
after a three-judge panel of the 11th
Circuit had issued its ruling in a case
that could case spill over to treasure
hunts for years to come.
"We are certainly disappointed by
the 11th Circuit's ruling," said Me-
linda MacConnel, Odyssey's vice
president and general counsel. "We
believe the U.S. Constitution and all
other applicable laws give jurisdic-
tion to the U.S. courts to determine
the rights of Odyssey, Spain and all
other claimants in this case."

. Attorneys for Odyssey asked the
three-judge panel to overturn a low-
er court ruling and uphold the "find-
ers keepers" rule that would give the
treasure hunters the rights to coins,
copper ingots, gold cufflinks and
other artifacts salvaged in April 2007
from the galleon found off the coast
of Portugal. Spain's lawyers coun-
tered that U.S. courts are obligated
by international treaty and maritime
law to uphold Spain's claim to the
The ship, called the Nuestra Se-
nora de las Mercedes, was sunk by
British warships in the Atlantic in
1804 while sailing back from South
* America with more than 200 people
on board. Odyssey created an inter-
national splash in May 2007 when
it announced that it had recovered
more than 500,000 silver coins and
other artifacts from the wreck and
flew the treasure back to Tampa.
Spain went to the U.S. District
Court in Tampa, where the com-
pany is based, claiming ownership.
Odyssey disputed the
ernment's ownership of the valuable
cargo. I
James Goold, a Washington attor-
ney who represented the Spanish

government in court, called the ap-
peals court decision "a complete and
much-deserved victory."
"The court recognized that strip-
ping, the sunken Spanish ship of
coins to sell to collectors is no more
appropriate than to do that to the
USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor," Goold
said.. "We are pleased and gratified
that the court recognized U.S. ob-
ligations under international law,
just as Spain respects the sanctity of
sunken U.S. Navy ships."
A federal judge sided with Spain
in the first round of the tug-of-war
in June 2009, accepting the Spanish
government's argument that it never
surrendered ownership of the ship
and its contents. Attorneys argued
the case before the 11th Circuit pan-
el in May.
Odyssey had argued that the wreck
was never positively identified as the
Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes. And
if it was that vessel, then the ship was
on a commercial trade trip-- not a
sovereign mission at the time it
sank, meaning Spain would have no
firm claim to the booty. International
treaties generally hold that warships
sunk in battle are protected from
treasure seekers.

State Briefs


Teen charged for
pistol at school
Florida Treasure Coast
teen faces charges after
authorities say he brought
a replica flintlock handgun
and a pocketknife to his
Port St. Lucie school.
The 17-year-old told po-
lice he brought the pistol
to St. Lucie West Centen-
nial High School on Friday
to show his history teach-
er, explaining they were
discussing the Civil War
in class. Scripps Treasure
Coast Newspapers reports
that the teacher confirmed
she was covering the Civil
War, but she said the teen
wasn't scheduled to be in
her class Friday.
Police were called

to the school after an-
other teacher spotted
the teen showing the gun
to a friend. A gunsmith
determined the Civil War
replica was a working fire-
arm. The teen was charged
with two felony counts of
possession of a weapon on
school grounds.

Sierra Club suing
University of Florida
erra Club is suing the Uni-
versity of Florida, seeking
public records on urban
fertilizer regulations.
University spokeswoman
Janine Sikes said Wednes-
day that all she could say
was that the case is under
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Gov. Scott's poll numbers slowly

The Associated Press

publican Gov. Rick Scott remains
burdened with a low standing
among the state's voters, a new
Quinnipiac University poll re-
leased Wednesday shows.
More voters said they like the
governor personally than they
did a month ago, but many still
don't like how Scott is doing his
"All in all this isn't great news
for the governor, but his num-
bers are moving upward slow-
ly," pollster Peter Brown said
Quinnipiac (Conn.) University
randomly surveyed .1,007 reg-
istered voters by land lines and
cellphones between Sept. 14 and
Sept. 19. The poll has a margin

of error of plus or minus 3.1 per-
centage points.
Voters were split evenly, 37 per-
cent to 37 percent, when asked if
they liked the new governor as a
person, but 50 percent said they
disapproved of the job he's do-
ing compared to 37 percent who
gave him a favorable job rating.
The numbers were slightly bet-
ter for Scott than in early August
when 52 percent disapproved
compared to 35 percent who
believed Scott was doing a good
job after slightly more than eight
months in office.
Scott said Wednesday he
doesn't know why his favorabil-
ity ratings nudged upward but
speculated "it probably is tied to
people getting comfortable that
we are creating more jobs in the

Florida's unemployment rate
has remained at 10.7 percent
over the summer months after
improving in each of the first five
months of the year.
"I ran on a platform to get jobs
going, that's what I think about
every day," he said.
More than half, 53 percent, said
they do not approve of Scott's
policies or the way he handled
the state budget. Forty one per-
cent said they believed that state
budget cuts made earlier this
year went too far and was unfair.
to people like them.
"Voters don't like politicians
they see as being unfair, espe-
cially 'when it comes to cutting
programs for people," Brown
said. "Politicians who can con-
vince voters they are being fair
on budget issues gain a leg up."

But Scott showed in
strength within his ow
where 70 percent of Repi
ranked his job perform
vorably compared to 18
who disapproved. De
disapproved by a marg
percent to 8 percent.
A multimillionaire b
man, Scott emerged fror
anonymity in political
last year to upset the
establishment guber
candidate and sitting
general, Bill McCollum.
edged Democrat Alex Sir
general election;
First-term Republica
Sen. Marco Rubio far
ter with registered Repi
and voters overall. Nea
49 percent, of the resp
rated Rubio favorably for

creased ly performance in Washington.
n party Rubio was backed by 81 percent
ublicans of the Republican voters ques-
ance fa-. tioned and 52 percent of inde-
percent pendents while only 19 percent
mocrats of Democrats gave him a favor-
in of 82 able rating.
Florida voters backed a law
usiness- requiring welfare recipients to
n virtual pass drug tests by a margin of
circles 71 percent to 27 percent. Men,
e GOP's women, Republicans and inde-
rnatorial pendents all heavily supported
attorney the measure while Democrats
He then were split.
ik in the "Voters overwhelmingly like
the requirement that welfare
n U.S. recipients must pass drug tests
ed bet- to receive benefits," Brown said.
ublicans "But the issue is now before the
rly half, courts where the only opin-
ondents ion that matters is that of the
rhis ear- judge."

House Dems, tea party Reps kill spending bill with disaster aid

The Associated Press

rebuke to GOP leaders, the
House on Wednesday re-
jected a measure providing
$3.7 billion for disaster re-
lief as part of a bill to keep
the government running
through mid-November.
The surprise 230-195 de-
feat came at the hands of
Democrats and tea party
Democrats were op-
posed because the mea-
sure contains $1.5 billion
in cuts td a government
loan program to help car
companies build fuel-ef-
ficient vehicles. For their
part, many GOP conser-
vatives felt the underlying
bill permits spending at
too high a rate.

The outcome sends
House Speaker John Boeh-
ner, R-Ohio, and his lead-
ership team back to the
drawing board as they seek
to make sure the govern-
ment doesn't shut down
at the end of next week.
It also raises the possibil-
ity that the government's
main disaster relief pro-
gram could run out. of
money early next week for
victims of Hurricane Irene
and other disasters.
Earlier Wednesday, Rep.
Eric Cantor of Virginia, the
No. 2 Republican in the
House, had confidently
predicted the measure
would pass.
The Federal Emergency
Management Agency has
only a few days' worth of
aid remaining in its disas-

In this Tuesday photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., urges funding
for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during a news
conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

ter relief fund, lawmakers
said. The agency already
has held up thousands of
longer-term rebuilding
projects repairs to sewer
systems, parks, roads and'
bridges, for example to

conserve money to provide
emergency relief to victims
of recent disasters.
The looming shortage
has been apparent for
months, and the Obama
White House was slow to

request additional money.
The underlying stopgap
funding measure would
finance the government
through Nov. 18 to give
lawmakers more time to
try to reach agreement on
the 12 unfinished spend-
ing bills needed to run
government agencies on
a day-to-day basis for the
2012 budget year.
Forty-eight Republicans
broke with GOP leaders
on the vote; six Democrats
voted for the measure.
Some of the Republicans
also came from manufac-
turing states like Michi-
gan, which benefit from
the loan program.
The measure was origi-
nally designed by GOP
leaders to pass with bipar-
tisan support. Last week,

Democratic Whip Steny
Hoyer of Maryland and
Rep. Norm Dicks of Wash-
ington, the top Democrat
on the House Appropria-
tions Committee, said
publicly that they would
vote for it reluctantly.
"This bill was designed
to pass with Democrat
votes, in part based on as-
surances from Reps. Dicks
and Hoyer," said Erica El-'
liott,. spokeswoman for
GOPWhip Kevin McCarthy
of California. "Frankly, it's
shocking as many Repub-
licans voted for it as did."
Senate Democrats called
upon House GOP leaders
to add additional disas-
ter funding to whatever
future stopgap measure
rises from the rubble of
Wednesday's vote.

Romney vi
The Associated Press

MIAMI Republican
presidential candidate Mitt
Romney on Wednesday
questioned how Rick Perry
would fix Social Security
as the focus of the GOP
presidential race turns to
senior citizen-rich Florida
this week.
In a likely preview of a
Thursday debate in Or-
lando, Romney took issue
with Perry's contention in
a recently published book
that each of the. 50 states
would better handle the
huge federal program.
"In my opinion, this does
not work in any way, shape
or form," Romney, the for-
mer Massachusetts gov-
ernor, said at a town hall
meeting attended by about
75 people." Romney also
asserted that Perry called
Social Security "uncon-
stitutional" and added: "I
believe it is constitutional.
I think that's proven, and
While Perry indeed
roundly criticized Social
Security in his book, he
didn't use the word uncon-
stitutional. Rather, Perry
branded the program
the "best example" of the
"fraud" and "bad disease"
spread by Washington in
Franklin Roosevelt's New
Deal. Perry furthermore
criticized the Supreme
Court of that era for "ab-
dicating its role as the
protector of constitutional
Romney's criticism
marks the start of an im-
portant three-day stretch
for the GOP presidential
field in the perennial bat-
tleground state of Florida.
There's Thursday's debate,
with events sponsored by
the social conservative
group Faith and Freedom
Coalition stretching into
Friday and a nonbinding
test vote of party faithful
on Saturday.
Perry, the Texas governor
and current GOP front-
runner in recent national
polls, was also in Florida
on Wednesday at a pair of
private fundraisers, one in
Fort Lauderdale and one in
Palm Beach County.
While Perry made clear
in his book what he thinks
about Social Security, he
hasn't provided specifics
about what he would do
if elected president to the
Program that millions of

sits Florida, questions
senior citizens depend on. would happen if some
When asked in a recent states chose not to have
interview with Time maga- any such system, and
zine how he would change whether people would
Social Security, Perry said have to switch plans if they
many ideas should be on moved from state to state.
the table. "The idea that "There are a lot of ques-
we're going to write a Social tions I'd like to have an-
Security reform plan today swered to understand the
is a bit of a stretch from my nature of that plan," Rom-
perspective," he said. ney said.
Romney pressed that Perry spokesman' Ray
issue at his event early Sullivan accused Romney
Wednesday. of "sounding like a Demo-
Two large screens dis- crat, distorting the truth
played questions about and trying to scare senior
Perry's position on Social citizens."
Security, such as what "Gov. Perry has been

"It can't keep goingforever

the way it is."
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Republican presidential candidate




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White supremacist executed

Found guilty of dragging black man to death in Texas

The Associated Press

White supremacist gang
member Lawrence Rus-
sell Brewer was executed
Wednesday evening for
the infamous dragging
death slaying of James
Byrd Jr., a black man from
East Texas.
Byrd, 49, was chained to
the back of a pickup truck
and pulled whip-like to
his death along a bumpy
asphalt road in one of the
most grisly hate crime
murders in recent Texas
Brewer, 44, was asked
if he had any final words,
to which he replied: "No.
I have no final statement."
A single tear hung on the
edge of his right eye.
He was pronounced
dead at 6:21 p.m., 10 min-
utes after, the lethal drugs
began flowing into his
arms, both covered with
intricate black tattoos.
Brewer's parents and
two of Byrd's sisters were
in attendance.
Appeals to the courts for
Brewer were exhausted
and no last-day attempts
to save his life were filed.
Besides Brewer, John
William King, now 36, also
was convicted of capital
murder and sent to death
row for Byrd's death, which
shocked the nation for its
brutality. King's convic-
tion and death sentence
remain under appeal. A
third man, Shawn Berry,
36, received a life prison
"One down and one to
go," Billy Rowles, the re-
tired Jasper County sher-
iff who first investigated
the horrific scene, said.

"That's kind of cruel but
that's reality."
Byrd's sister, Clara Tay-
lor, said someone from her
brother's family needed to
be present to watch Brew-
er die so she was among
witnesses in the death
"He had choices," she
said Tuesday, referring
to Brewer. "He made the
wrong choices."
While the lethal injec-
tion wouldn't compare
to the horrible death her
brother endured, "Know-
. ing you're going to be ex-
ecuted, that has to be a so-
bering thought," she said.
It was about 2:30 a.m.
on a Sunday, June 7, 1998,
when witnesses saw Byrd
walking on a road not far
'from his home in Jasper,
a town of more than 7,000
about 125 miles northeast
of Houston. Many folks
knew he lived off disabil-
ity checks, couldn't afford
his own car and walked
where he needed to go.
Another witness then saw
him riding in the bed of a
dark pickup.
Six hours later and some
10 miles away on Huff
Creek Road, the bloody
mess found after daybreak
was thought at first to be
animal road kill. Rowles, a
former Texas state trooper
who had taken office as
sheriff the previous year,
believed it was a hit-and-
run fatality but evidence
didn't match up with
someone caught beneath
a vehicle. Body parts were
scattered and the blood
trail began with footprints
at what appeared to be the
scene of a scuffle.
"I didn't go down that
road too far before I knew

In a Sept. 20,1999 photo, Lawrence Russell Brewer listens to
the guilty verdict being read in his capital murder trial at the
Brazos County Courthouse in Bryan, Texas.

this was going to be a bad
deal," he said at Brewer's
Fingerprints taken from
the headless torso identi-
fied the victim as Byrd.
Testimony showed the
three men and Byrd drove
out into the county about
10 miles and stopped along
an isolated logging road.
A fight broke out and the
outnumbered Byrd was
tied to the truck bumper
with a 241/2-foot logging
chain. Three miles later,
what was left of his shred-
ded remains was dumped
between a black church
and cemetery where the

pavement ended on the
remote road.
Brewer, King and Berry
were in custody by the end
of the next day.
The crime put Jasper
under a national spotlight
and lured the likes of the
Ku Klux Klan and the Black
Panthers, among others, to
try to exploit the notoriety
of the case which contin-
ues many, say unfairly
- to brand Jasper more
than a decade later.
King was tried first, in
Jasper. Brewer's trial was'
moved 150 miles away
to Bryan. Berry was tried
back in Jasper.-

Judge tosses Ala. challenge to election monitoring

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON A federal judge
on Wednesday dismissed a chal-
lenge to election monitoring re-
quired under the Voting Rights Act
to ensure mostly southern states are
no longer disenfranchising black
voters and found that discrimi-
nation continues in modern-day
U.S. DistrictJudge JohnBates ruled
against Shelby County, Ala., which
sued Attorney General Eric Holder
to stop the monitoring required
since the Voting Rights Act's initial
passage in 1965. The county argued
the monitoring is outdated and that
it should no longer need federal ap-
proval before changing even minor
election procedures such as moving
a polling place or redrawing school

From Page 1A

owner drove up as the three were
loading metal-containing objects
into a trailer, confronted them, and
called law enforcement to report a
theft in progress.
Bonine and the juvenile
the scene on State Road 69 South,
but Jelliff allegedly wandered away
as authorities were summoned.

From Page 1A

Madison Street Park.
The Saturday festivities begin at 8
a.m. with a "Rebel Run" 5K walk or
run at Citizens Lodge. Participants
should be there at 7 a.m., however,
to sign up. Marianna Day commit-
tee member Robert Daffin said the
cost to participate is $20 for a spe-
cial T-shirt or $15 without a T-shirt.
The Marianna Day parade will take
place at 10 a.m. in downtown Mari-
anna, with the Battle of Marianna
reenactment taking place right after.
This is the only free reenactment of
the weekend. After the reenactment,
a Confederate Memorial Ceremony
will take place at Confederate Park
in downtown Marianna.
The festivities will continue at 1
p.m. with a guys gymnastic demon-

district lines.
Section 5 of the law relies heavily
on patterns of past discrimination
to determine which state, county
and local governments must obtain
preclearancee" for election changes.
Bates noted that this section has
been alternatively called the center-
piece of the country's most effective
civil rights law and an impermissible
federal encroachment on state sov-
ereignty. Bates had appeared some-
what -sympathetic to the county's a hearing in February
and he questioned whether evi-
dence of racial discrimination from
four or five decades ago justified the
continued election monitoring.
But he wrote in his 151-page opin-
ion that after reviewing 15,000'pages
of records in support of lawmakers'
25-year extension of the law in 2006

Canine units were brought in to
search for him, but a witness saw
him first and gave investigators his
hiding place; authorities say he was
crouched down in an overgrown
field nearby.
He was taken into custody with no'
further incident.
The juvenile and Jelliff are addi-
tionally charged with dealing in sto-
len property in the case.
Jelliff was also charged with viola-
tion of probation as a result of this
incident. Authorities say he has a

station at Madison Street Park. At 2
p.m. a DJ and vendors will entertain
crowds at Madison Street Park.
The second reenactment of the
weekend will take place at Citizens
Lodge at 3 p.m. It will be more of a
generic demonstration of a North
Florida raid and also includes can-
non fire. There is a general admis-
sion fee of $5 for adults and $3 for
At 4 p.m., the Riverside Beaver
Choir will perform at Madison
Creek Park. The Dickey Merrit and
"The Original Bama Jam" and the
Dry Creek bluegrass band will give
a concert at 6 p.m., also at Madison
Creek Park.
The final event on Saturday will be
the military ball at Citizens Lodge
at 6 p.m. The 97th Regimental Band
will play period music such as the
Virginia Reel for people to dance to.
Period dress is optional.
On Sunday, a campground church

that Congress was justified in find-
ing that discrimination in the' cov-
ered jurisdictions still existed.
"Bearing in mind both the his-
torical context and the extensive
evidence of recent voting discrimi-
nation reflected in that virtually un-
precedented legislative 'record, the
court concludes that current needs
- the modern existence of inten-
tional racial discrimination in vot-
ing do, in fact, justify Congress's
2006 reauthorization of the pre-
-clearance requirement imposed on
covered jurisdictions by Section 5,"
Bates wrote.
Shelby County had argued that al-
leged discriminatory activity takes
place across the country, as much
in New Jersey or Illinois as in the ju-
risdictions covered under theVoting
Rights Act.

previous theft-related offense and
he was on probation at the time of
this incident.
Investigators say Jelliff and the
juvenile had, allegedly stolen metal
from the same property on a previ-
ous date and had sold it at a scrap
The truck and trailer used in the
incident Tuesday belonged to Bo-
nine, according to officials.
All three have claimed they
thought they had permission to take
the materials.

"All the shooting and all the
fanfare and other stuff is for
people to watch, but what we're
here for is the history."
Robert Daffin,
Marianna Day committee member
service will be held at 11 a.m. at Citi-
zens Lodge. The weekend ends with
another reenactment with can-
non fire at 2 p.m. at Citizens Lodge.
There is a general admission fee of
$5 for adults and $3 for children.
Daffin said the weekend's cost to
the Tourist Development Board is
about $14,000. The goal is to make
this an event people far and wide
will come to. But the Marianna Day
committee also wants to teach peo-
ple their American history.
"All the shooting and all the fan-
fare and other stuff is for people to
watch, but what we're here for is the
history," Daffin said.

Jackson County

No change in millage rate

From staff reports

In a brief meeting Tues-
day night, Jackson County
Commissioners set the
2011-2012 millage rate at
7.12 percent-the same as
last year, and 1.3 percent
less than the board could
have elected to impose.
This means property own-
ers will pay $7.12 in coun-
ty taxes for every $1,000
worth of taxable value at-
tached to their property.
The board tentatively ad-
opted the millage rate last
week, and finalized it at

From Page 1A
what she's doing."
Brown may need that ex-
tra pair of hands to handle
what could be an influx
of new traffic into the lo-
cal driver's license office.
Washington County and
four other small commu-
nities in Florida shut down
their part-time driver's
license offices this year
when the state mandated
that management of all be
shifted to the tax collector's
office or closed.
Brown said she expects
to become the go-to office
for drivers in the neighbor-
ing county. She also said
that some drivers in larger
offices, like Tallahassee,
have called looking for in-
formation about how to
get their licenses here be-
cause they've experienced
three-hour waits in the
more populated area ,of
Leon County.
Also, Jackson County will
be the only driver's license
office between Tallahat-

the Tuesday meeting.
By law, they could have
raised the tax to 7.21
By adopting the lower
rate, the county will see
slightly fewer ad valorem
dollars next year, about
$40,000 less.
The ad valorem tax is ex-
pected to generate roughly
$10,114,689, less than a
quarter of the county's
full anticipated budget,
which includes from the
local government's share
of road tax funds and other

see to the east and Walton
County to the west which
will offer certain services
- like issuing licensees for
people with certain special
medical conditions.
After Oct. 3, the driver's
license office here will be
more user-and-employee
friendly, Brown said.
An old wooden counter
is being taken out and re-
placed with a new modular
unit that will give employ-
ees and customers better
face-to-face contact and
more efficient working
Additionally, two offices
in the building which had
previously been used by
Florida Highway Patrol of-
ficers will now be opened
up for driver's license em-
ployees to use.
The Florida Highway Pa-
trol recently shut down its
adjacent field office here
and no longer needs the
extra space that officers
were borrowing in the
driver's license building.
The office is located at
3613 Hwy. 90 just west of
the Marianna city limits.


Marianna Chapel Pea
Funeral Home 203
3960 Lafayette Street Blou
Marianna, Florida 32446
Phone 850-526-5059

George Elton

Mr. George Elton Cook,
78, of Marianna, passed
away at his home on Tues-
day, September 20, 2011.
Mr. Cook was a lifelong
resident of Jackson County
and was born on Decem-
ber 2, 1932 to the late
Murtha and Gertrude Gil-
bert Cook. He served his I
country in the United
States Army and worked for Mr.
the Jackson County Road 69, o:
Department for -many awaya
years. Elton loved to sit arid ly by
talk with family and friends born
about solving the world's Lowvi]
problems. Leon
Mr. Cook was preceded Mary
in death by his parent, his was a
three brothers; John, Hil- man ii
ton and Yulee Cook. He is ida fo
now happily reunited with owner
his bulldog Buddy. and re
He is survived by his Golson
daughter, Kathy Williams as the.
and her husband Darrell of He
Grand Ridge; two 'grand- band t
children, Zeke Williams of and fa
Grand Ridge, Rhianna Wil- Burgh
liams Dowling and hus- Clakel
band Don. of Marianna; Chitte
three grandsons, Don Doney
Young Dowling, Tucker Jeffrey
Dowling and Ben Williams; nie) i
special friends, Elaine Null and
and Lamar Baxter. Colsor
Services for Mr. Cook will Grand
be held at 11:00 a.m. Fri- gela a
day, September 23, 2011 in Chad
the Marianna Chapel Fu- Millim
neral Home with the Rev. via ClI
Jack Howell officiating. In- Jeff, Ju
terment will follow in the and Re
Mount Olive Cemetery in No
Altha. A time of remem- Men
brance will be held from by cr
10:00 a.m. until time of 'flower
service. be ma
Serving as Mr. Cook's pice,
pallbearers will be his Suite
nephews; Buddy, Bobby, 32446.
Darrell, Kenny, Keith and All a
Danny Cook. der the
Marianna Chapel Funer- Peavy
al Home is in charge of ar- Home
Expressions of sympathy
may be submitted online at

avy Funeral Home
67 NWEvans Ave.
8tstown, Fla. 32424
850 674 2266

Leon F.
Doney, Jr

Leon F. Doney, Jr.,
f Marianna, passed
at home with is fami-
his side. Leon was
on April 12, 1942 in
lle, NY to the late
F. Doney, Sn and
E. Berrus Doney. He
a commercial press-
n New York and Flor-
r over 30 years, co-
of JR's Thrift Shop
recently retired from
in Elementary School
ir beloved custodian.
was a devoted hus-
to Linda King Doney
their to Jeanette (Art)
ardt and Maribeth
ey both of
nango, NY, Kevin
y of Perryville, NY,
y Colson, Ralph (Con-
Colson of Bunnell,
Timothy (Maria)
i of Tallahassee. Wesley, An-
nd Erika Burghardt,
Crowell, Kurt
naci, Treyton and Oli-
akeley, Hope Doney,
astin, Jazmine, Amber
ebecca Colson.
services are planned.
norialization will be
emation. In lieu of
s, contributions can
de to Covenant Hos-
4215 Kelson Ave.
C, Marianna, FL.

arrangements are un-
e direction of Marlon
at Peavy Funeral
in Blountstown, FL.

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Medical News

Startup company succeeds at hiring autistic adults

The Associated Press

The software testers at
Aspiritech are a collection
of characters. Katie Levin
talks nonstop. Brian Tozzo
hates driving. Jamie Specht
is bothered by bright lights,
vacuum cleaners and the
feel of carpeting against
her skin. Rider Hallenstein
draws cartoons of himself
as a DeLorean sports car.
Rick Alexander finds it un-
nerving to sit near other
This is the unusual work-
force of a U.S. startup that
specializes in finding soft-
ware bugs by harnessing
the talents of young adults
with autism.
Traits that make great
software testers intense
focus, comfort with repeti-
tion, memory for detail --
also happen to be charac-
teristics of autism. People
with Asperger's syndrome,
a mild form of autism, have
normal to high intelligence
and often are highly skilled
with computers.
Aspiritech, a nonprofit
in Highland Park, Ill., nur-
tures these skills while
forgiving the quirks that
can make adults with au-
tism unemployable: social
awkwardness, poor eye
contact, being easily over-
whelmed. The company's
name plays on the words
'Asperger's," "spirit" and
Clients, nine companies
in Aspiritech's first two
years, have been pleased.
"They exceeded my ex-
pectations," said Dan Te-
desco of Shelton, Conn.-
based HandHold Adaptive,
which took a chance onAs-
piritech to test an iPhone
application. "There is a

In this photo taken Sept. 8, Aspiritech co-founder Moshe Weitzberg (standing left) works with
employees (from left) Katie Levin, Rick Alexander and Jamie Specht, at the nonprofit enterprise
that specializes in finding software bugs as they test a new program in Highland Park, IIl.

pride in their product you
don't usually see in this
type of work."
Aspiritech was founded
by Moshe and Brenda
Weitzberg after their son,
Oran, now 32, was fired
from a job bagging grocer-
ies. Oran was diagnosed
with Asperger's syndrome
when he was 14. He now
works at Aspiritech.
"He went from failing at
bagging groceries to being
one of the best software
testers on our team," said
Brenda Weitzberg.
The Weitzbergs modeled
Aspiritech on a successful
Danish company called
Specialisterne, or "the
Specialists." Specialisterne
also employs software tes-
ters with autism. Its satis-
fied clients include Oracle
and Microsoft.
Qther companies in Bel-
gium, Japan and Israel are
either hiring or training

adults with autism as soft-
ware testers.
This year, Aspiritech
projects $120,000 in reve-
nue, with .60 percent com-
ing from donations and 40
percent from clients. The
Weitzbergs hope to raise
the. client revenue to 50
percent next year.
"There have been a cou-
ple of attempts in the U,S.
and Aspiritech is the one
that's making it," said Scott
Standifer of the University
of Missouri's DisabilityPol-
icy and Studies office and
the organizer of a national
conference on adults with
autism and employment.
The exact unemploy-
ment rate for adults with
autism is unknown, but it's
thought to be high, Standi-
fer said.
"We don't know how
many adults have autism
and, because of that, we
don't know their rate of

unemployment," he said.
"We do know from track-
ing adults just emerging
from high school that they
are having great difficulty
finding jobs."
A 2009 U.S: Department
of Education survey found
the employment rate for
young adults with autism
was on par with that for
deaf-and-blind young
adults, and well below the
rate of those with blind-
ness alone or learning dis-
abilities or traumatic brain
injuries, Standifer said.
Since Asperger's syn-
drome didn't become a
standard diagnosis until
the early 1990s, many of
Aspiritech's software tes-
ters were adults when they
first learned they were
on the autism spectrum.
They are pioneers, the first
generation of adults with
Katie Levin, 35, was diag-

nosed in her late 20s. with
Asperger's. As a child, she'd
been labeled as mentally
"Asperger's is not a men-
tal illness," she said. "I
definitely feel like I iden-
tify with the Asperger's
community more than I
did with the mental illness
community." She tests
software and runs Aspiri-
tech's Facebook page and
Twitter feed.
Rick Alexander, 24, an-"
other tester, has a degree
in computer science from
the Illinois Institute of
Technology and complet-
ed an internship develop-
ing software for the city of
"I have a lot of social
anxiety. I don't like meet-
ing new people," said Alex-
ander, who was diagnosed
with Asperger's syndrome
as a teenager. Like many of
the other testers, he lives
with his parents.
He'd rather be a software
developer than a tester, he
said. But selling himself in
a job interview is "very dif-.
ficult for me."
"When you're a child, the
school is very concerned
with you, the state is very
concerned with you," Alex-
ander said. Organizations
help adults with -autism,
he said, but "you need to
approach them and for
somebody with Asperger's
syndrome, it's very difficult
to do the approaching."
Most research dollars
have gone toward study-
ing children with autism
while adults have been ne-
glected, said Molly Losh,
an autism researcher at
Northwestern University.
"Our vocational struc-
ture really isn't suited to
funnel people with autism

into the workforce," Losh
said. Aspiritech "is a mag-
nificent and innovative
venture," she said.
Many businesses hire
offshore companies to test
software. Mike Mestemak-
er, director of engineering
for Schaumburg, l1.-based
ISI Telemanagement Solu-
tions, chose Aspiritech be-
cause it offered competi-
tive rates but was based in
the United States.
"They dove right in and
worked very quickly," Me-
stemaker said. "They were
very detail-oriented peo-
ple. They really got the job
ISI was happy with the
work and has hired Aspiri-
tech for a second project,
he said.
Aspiritech provides
meaningful work (pay is
,$12 to $15 an hour) in a re-
laxed environment where
bosses never yell if you're
late and nobody minds if
you, .need to be alone for
a while. What's more, the
company is building social
skills. The software testers,
who are in their 20s and
30s, are trained to work to-
gether and they take part
in organized outings: min-
iature golf, bowling, eating
at a restaurant.
"We want to improve
social skills among people
who tend to be socially
isolated," said Marc Lazar,
Aspiritech's autism spe-'
cialist. For many of them,
software testing is not go-
ing to be their lifelong ca-
reer, Lazar said, "but while
they're here they're going
to improve their job skills
and they're going to learn
what kind of behavior is
expected on the job and
they're going to have more
to put on their resumes."

Millions of young adults get

health coverage under law
The Associated Press Wilson, now 24. "I can use Repealing Obama's law,
some of it to further my which Congress approved
WASHINGTON At studies or buy food." in March 2010, would
least one part of President The two surveys were end the requirement that
Barack Obama's health welcome news for the ad- health plans cover young
care overhaul has proven ministration, which is try- adults up to age 26. But
popular. With the econo- ing to fight off attempts some GOP lawmakers say
my sputtering, the number to repeal the law which they would include such a
of young adults covered by some GOP lawmakers and mandate in replacement
health insurance grew by candidates call "Obam- legislation to follow.
about a million as families acare" or to overturn it While the bleak econo-
flocked to take advantage in court. my has made it hard for
of a new benefit in the law. "It's very disappointing to young people to get jobs,
Two surveys released hear some people in Con- fewer are being forced to
Wednesday one by the gress talk about repealing go without medical care,
government, another by the law and taking away defying an overall trend of
Gallup found signifi- this security," said Health rising numbers of work-
cantly fewer young adults and Human Services Sec- ing-age Americans who
going without coverage retary Kathleen Sebelius. lack coverage.
even as the overall num-
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The government's Na-
tional Center for Health
Statistics found that the
number of uninsured peo-
ple ages 19-25 dropped
from 10 million last year
to 9.1 million in the first
three months of this year,
a sharp decline over such a
brief period.
New data from an ongo-
ing Gallup survey found
that the share of adults
18-25 without coverage
dropped from 28 percent
last fall to 24.2 percent by
this summer. That drop
translates to roughly 1 mil-
lion or more young adults
gaining coverage. -
The new health care law
allows young adults to
remain on their parents'
health plans until they
turn 26. Previously, fami-
lies faced a hodgepodge
of policies. Some health
plans covered only adult
children while they were
full-time students. Others
applied an age cutoff.
Elizabeth Wilson, an as-
piring opera singer who
lives near Indianapolis,
said her mother's plan
dropped her in the midst
of a medical crisis because
she had turned 23. At the
time, Wilson was in the
hospital under treatment
for an inflammation of the
pancreas. Because of the
overhaul, she has been able
to get back on the policy.
"It means I don't have to
spend every penny I make
Jto get health care," said

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SHS Volleyball

Lady Pirates make it 8 in a row

The Sneads Lady Pirates
made it eight straight wins
Tuesday night in Vernon, tak-
ing yet another straight set
victory by scores of 25-15, 25-
9, and 25-15.
It was one of the most domi-
nant performances yet this
season for the
Lady Pirates, who have won
24 of their last 25 sets since a
season opening loss to Florida
"I thought we played awe-
some," Sneads coach Sheila
Roberts said of her team's ef-

fort. "It looked like we had our
mojo back. The girls looked
really good. They had, good
teamwork, and they looked
like they just had their pop
Roberts had been critical of
Tier team earlier in the year for
its lack of fire and spark de-
spite its continuous victories.
"We had been winning de-
cisively, but something didn't
seem right," the coach said.
"We had a meeting with the
seniors to talk about it, and
I'm very happy with the way
things went. The girls had
great communication, the er-

rors wereJow, and I loved the
aggie-sivene.-s and energy
on the court. They were just
playing their 'A' game, being
,.er, aggressive and working
Sneads. was led by Jordan
lackson with 14 kills, with the
senior hitter also leading the
\va\ viii five ace serves and
three blgck-kills on the night.
AshieV Rogers added five
kills, and Yonna Bell three
Rogers, Brandy Strickland,,
and Ernml ones all had three
ace serves each.
Jones led the Lady Pirates in
digs with 10 and serve receives

with 11, while Becca Aaron
had a team-best 25 assists to
only two errors.
Sneads will next travel to
Graceville today to take on the
Lady Tigers.
Roberts said she hopes her
team's focus on Tuesday car-
ries over into tonight and the
rest of the season.
"The thing I liked was that
they weren't happy just to
coast out there. They really
got after it and gave it their
best effort," the coach said.
"I'm hoping we're on to some-
thing there and we'll keep that

Sneads' Becca Aaron sets a ball during a
match earlier this season.


Marianna's Ashtin McMullian digs a ball
during a match earlier this season.

Lady Bulldogs

fall in 4 to



The Marianna Lady Bulldogs' lost
their third straight match Tuesday
night at home, falling to Walton in four
sets by scores of 25-21, 25-12, 25-27,
and 25-9.
lMarianna previously lost to Sneadsin
three sets on lMoriday and to Pensacola
Catholic in three.last week.
The Lady Bulldogs appeared headed
for another straight set defeat after the
first tw o sets, but they rallied back in
the third to take the wio and force a
fourth set.
Unfortunately for the home team.
that appeared to be all it had left in the
"It was just a roilercoaster," Marian-
na coach Belinda Christopher said af-
ter the match. "We go up and then we
come back down. We just can't find:6our
rhythm. I don't know if we know how
to finish a game. \\,hen we get ahead,
we can't take advantage. We have to get
better at that."
Porsha Morgan led the Lady Bulldogs
with 11 kills, while Htayden Searcy add-
ed four, and Linsey Basford three.
Ashtin McMullian led the team with
12 service points and three aces, while
Lexie Basford had eight service points
and an ace, Whitney Lipford seven ser-
vice points and two aces, Linsey Bas-
ford seven service points and an ace,
and Tia Bass six service points and two
Linsey Basford led the way with 19
assists, while McMullian contributed
It was the second district loss in as
many tries for Marianna, which fell to
8-6 overall on the season.
The Lady Bulldogs can be excused
for their most recent losses given the
high quality of competition in the likes
of Sneads, Catholic, and Walton, but
Christopher said her team simply has
to step up to the challenge.
"They're tough teams, but .you've
got to play tough teams to get better,"
she said. "You just can't play teams be-
neath you every game. We play strong
opponents (out of district) because we
knew that Catholic and Walton were
strong, so we wanted to try to prepare
for those schools in district.
"Walton is very solid, very consistent,
and a very good team. We've just got to
get into a rhythm offensively. It's hard
to get any assists and run plays when
you can't pass the ball. Serve receive
still cost us as well."
Some of that can be attributed to
youth the Lady Bulldogs have a
brand-new starting six this season
- but Christopher said that can't be an

See FALL, Page 2B


Bul.pups dominate

Marianna's Herman Williams (1) runs for a touchdown during a game earlier this year.

Beat Franklin County
in shortened affair


The Marianna Middle School
added another dominant per-
formance to a long line of them
Tuesday night at Bulldog Stadi-
um, registering their fourth win
in as many tries in 2011.
The Bullpups beat Franklin
County 34-0, with the game
being called two minutes be-
fore halftime due to inclement
It was the second straight game
for the Bullpups against a com-
bination squad of junior var-
sity and middle school featuring
high school freshmen, the first
coming last week in a 42-30 win
over Port St. Joe.
Marianna was just as good
Tuesday, ifnotbetter, dominating
Franklin County from the open-
ing kick an onside kick that was
recovered by the Bullpups.
"We played real well," MMS
coach Hunter Nolen said after
the game. "We had no turnovers
for the first time this year, and
I'm very proud of that. Theywere
way bigger than us, so I was a lit-
tle worried about that to start the
game, but the momentum swung
to our side after the onside kick,
and we never gave it back."
It took Marianna just four plays
to turn the onside kick into six
points, with Alex Edwards scor-
ing on a 16-yard run.
Will Smith's 2-point play made
it 8-0, and after a quick three-
and-out by Franklini, Herman
Williams took the next Marianna
play from scrimmage for a 56-
yard touchdown to make it 14-0.
Williams scored again on the
Bullpups' next possession, this
time on a toss sweep that went
for a 13-yard TD to make it 20-
0 with the first quarter not yet


Middle School Football

Tigers tumble at home to Roulhac, lose 42-0

A Graceville Middle School player runs with the football during a
game earlier this season.


The Graceville Middle School
Tigers fell to Roulhac 42-0 on
Tuesday night at home to fall to
1-2 on the season.
The Tigers were coming off of a
28-0 road loss to Cottondale the
prior week, and didn't fare any
better at home Tuesday night.
Roulhac dominated from the
start, setting the tone early by
forcing Graceville into a three-
and-but on its first possession,
and returning the ensuing punt
for the first touchdown of the
Graceville later gave up an-
other punt return touchdown,
as well as an interception return
touchdown, and turned the ball
over three times on the night.
"The turnovers really hurt us,"
Tigers coach Phillip Haynes said
after the game. "They scored

in every way possible. We did
a poor job of tackling. When
they ran back the first punt for
a touchdown, it just started a
downward spiral."
Haynes said his team simply
needs to be better in all areas
of the game if it wants to sal-
vage theiremainder of the sea-
son, which includes three more
""We've just got to focus on
fundamentals," he said. "Our of-
fensive line has got to stay with
their blocks, and we've got to
stop taking bad angles defen-
sively. Our guys are young and I
realize that, but we've still
work to get better each week."
Graceville next hits the road
to take on Freeport on Tuesday
before finishing the season with
a pair of home games against
Bonifay on Oct. 4 and Grand
Ridge on Oct. 11. L



NFL memo warns teams against fake injuries

The Associated Press

fake handoff and fake field
goals, add fake injuries.
The NFL sent a memo
Wednesday to all 32 teams
warning -of fines, suspen-
sions and loss of draft
picks if the league deter-
mines players faked in-
juries during a game. Yet
several players admit its
an accepted practice, and
some coaches hinted they
are not above condoning
phony injuries if it pro-
rides a competitive edge.
"I've been places where
it has been (taught)," said
Browns linebacker Scott
Fujita, a member of the
players' union executive
committee. "They have a
name for it and I've been
places where it's been pre-
called. I've been places
where it's one player who
has been designated. May-
be I'm getting everyone in
trouble, but I'm just being
In the memo obtained by
The Associated Press, the
NFL reminded teams of
league policy that calls on
coaches to discourage the
practice. There is no spe-
cific rule on the topic.
Nonetheless, two days
after there was speculation

the Giants' Deon Grant
faked an injury against
the Rams during Monday
night's game, the NFL is
warning of disciplinary
"It's always been in the
game," Ravens All-Pro
safety Ed Reed said. "It's
all tactical stuff you need
to use. Whatever it takes....
If you're tired, you're tired.
You get a break however
you can."
Added 49ers running
back Frank. Gore: "Hey, I
feel if it helps, do it. I'm
bound to do it. Whatever it
takes to win..."
Rams coach Steve Spag-
nuolo said Tuesday the
team notified the league'
office that it suspected
the Giants were feigning
injuries in St. Louis' 28-16
loss. Rams quarterback
Sam Bradford said it was
obvious the Giants were
just buying time with St.
Louis running a no-huddle
"They couldn't get
subbed, they couldn't
line up," Bradford said.
"Someone said, 'Some-
one go down, .someone
go down,' so someone just
went down and grabbed a
Grant was adamant
about ,not having faked

New York Giants DB Deon Grant is helped up by trainers
against the St. Louis Rams on Monday in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Rams claim Grant's injury was a fake to slow down their
anything. is walking behind me and
"I could see if I was saying 'D don't run off the
walking and fell," he said field. ,Just go down.' As I
Wednesday, speaking pas- am walking, they line up,
sionately and barely tak- and knowing that I can't
ing a breath. "When you'. get back in my position
see after I made that tackle because of the knee injury,
and bang my knee on that I went down."
play, you see me bending Had Grant attempted to
my knee as I am walking. get off the field, it could'
... (Teammate Justin) Tuck have left the Giants a de-

fender short when the ball
was snapped. Of course,
New York also could have
called a timeout, a course
of action teams might need
to use in the future.
Redskins coach Mike
Shanahan was coy about
the tactic when asked if he
ever instructed a defense
to do it. ,V
"I can't say I have," Sha-
nahan said before pausing.
"But I won't say I haven't,
Then he smiled.
"It happens all the time,
and warnings will come
out," he added, "and it's
happened again."
The memo from the
league said:
"Going forward, be ad-
vised that should the
league office determine
that there is reasonable
cause, all those suspected
of being involved in faking
injuries will be summoned
promptly to this office ... to
discuss the matter. Those
found to be violators will
be subject to appropri-
ate disciplinary action for
conduct detrimental to the
The league's competi-.
tion committee often has
discussed this issue but
has been reluctant to pro-
pose a rule that could force

game officials to make
judgments on injuries.
"We have been fortunate
- that teams and players
have consistently com-
plied with the spirit of the
rule over the years and this
has not been an issue for
the NFL," the memo said.
"We are determined to
take all necessary steps to
ensure that it does not be-
come an issue."
For the most part, such
delay tactics have been
considered gamesman-
ship, similar to a hockey
goalie suddenly need-
ing equipment repairs
when his team is getting
besieged. Or untouched
soccer players writhing on
the ground in pain to get
a stoppage and to slow
momentum built by the
other side.
'"As an offensive player,
you always think guys hre
faking in that situation,"
Eagles guard Kyle DeVan
said. "But you don't know
for sure. You don't know
when guys are going to
cramp up, 'so you have to
be careful. The most im-
portant thing is players'
health. You would hope
'guys don't do it, but it's go-
ing to happen.":
And the NFL's discipli-
narians will be watching.

30 players eyeing $10 million prize in FedEx Cup final

The Associated Press

ATLANTA Just be-
ing among the 30 players
at the Tour Champion-
ship should be enough for
Geoff Ogilvy.
Only 16 days ago, Ogilvy
was on the verge of being
eliminated from the Fe-
dEx Cup playoffs. Needing
a par-birdie finish at the
TPC Boston, his tee shot
on the 17th hole finished
in a crevice behind a rock
and he had to take a pen-
alty drop.
What followed is still
hard to fathom.
Ogilvy rolled in a 20-
footer for par, then holed
a 6-foot birdie putt to nar-
rowly advance to the next
playoff event outside Chi-'
cago. Then, he finished
alone in third at Cog Hill
a two-way' tie for third
would not have been
enough to book a trip to
East Lake.
"I definitely wasn't think-
ing of being here when I
was in that hole," Ogilvy
said Wednesday. "So the
fact that I am is pretty
He is No. 24 among the
30 players who reached
the Tour Championship,
and while mathemati-
. cally they all have a shot at
the $10 million bonus for
winning the FedEx Cup,
the higher seeds have the
greater odds.

Webb Simpson is the top that and try to win," he
seed, followed by Dustin 'said. "And if the right
Johnson, Justin Rose, Luke things happen, that would
Donald and Matt Kuchar. be great."
If any of them win, they The FedEx Cup is finish-
are assured golf's richest ing up its fifth year, and
prize, while some promotional
Ogilvy's hopes require a bluster created more skep-
little more math. It starts tics than supporters in the
with him winning, and early going, it is hard to
the odds got even longer find fault with what the
the more he studied the playoffs have produced
other scenarios that must four straight tourna-
unfold. ments with the strongest
"WebbSimpsonmustfin- fields, with only the best
ish 17th or worse, which is walking away with the $10
probably not going to hap- million prize. Tiger Woods
pen, you wouldn't think," has won twice, with Vijay
he said, reading from a Singh and Jim Furyk the
chart. "Dustin Johnson has other cup champions.
to finish sixth or worse. "I think the system has
Justin and Luke have to been validated because
finish fourth or worse, it's had the biggest names
which isn't going to hap- in golf as its champions,"
pen because Luke doesn't Kuchar said.
finish out of the top three The leading five can-
anymore, does he?" didates this year all are
That's when he shifted to among the top 20 in the
a prize that might be just world, including top-
as meaningful. ranked Donald.
"I'd love to win this golf' There is reason for oth-
tournament," Ogilvy said. ers to hope, however, and
"That would be nice be- all that requires is a chat
cause people are forget- with Nick Watney.,
ting this one of the tour's A year ago, Watney nar-
special golf tournaments rowly got into the Tour
- The Players Champion- Championship at No. 28
ship, the Tour Champion- and was 12 shots behind
ship, the Tournament of going into the weekend. In
Champions. It's still the the final hour, he was one
Tour Championship, and shot off the lead and had
it would be pretty special a legitimate chance to win
to have a Tour Champion- the FedEx Cup until a bo-
ship on your mantle. gey on the 16th hole.
"I guess I'll view it like "I was thinking I had

Geoff Ogilvy hits out of a bunker on the fourth hole during the final round of the BMW
Championship golf tournament on Sunday in Lemont, III.

no chance," Watney said.
"Kuchar was leading the
FedEx Cup, and he was
playing so consistently.
They said I had to win and
he had to finish worse than
25th or something. There
were so many mathemati-
cal scenarios. It was like
the BCS.",
His message for the guys
ranked toward the bottom
of the FedEx Cup list was
to think about winning
- not the FedEx Cup, but
a season-ending tourna-
ment that still packs some
"I think that big crys-
tal with the dude on it is
pretty special," Watney
said of the Tour Champi-

onship trophy. "The FedEx
Cup is great, but I mean,
there's a lot to be said for
that trophy. It gets lost in
this sometimes,. at least
And that's from a guy
who is No. 7 this year and
has a far better chance at
$10 million.
Kuchar is the only play-
er who mathematically
could capture the FedEx
Cup without having won
a tournament this year.
That nearly happened last
year with Paul Casey until
he faded over the last few
' Adam Scott is No. 19 and
thinking about only one"
trophy the crystal one

with the dude on it.
"It's just a tournament for
me," Scott said when asked
about his chances in the
FedEx Cup. "If I go home to
Australia next week being
a winner at a World Golf
Championship (Firestone)
and the Tour Champion-
ship, I'll be pretty proud of
my year. I'm so far back, I
can't concern myself with
money. But I can win the
tournament. There's only
30 guys."
That might not be bad
advice for the guys who do
have better odds in the Fe-
dEx Cup.
"If you think about mon-
ey, then you're not think-
ing about golf," Scott said.

From Page 1B

On Marianna's next
drive, it was Williams
scoring again, this time
on a swing pass from
quarterback Anton Wil-
liams that he took for a
65-yard TD.
But the Herman Wil-
liams Show was not yet
over, as the eighth-grader

From Page 1B
"When we won the
game at 27-25, the fight
was on and the girls
wanted it badly. To lose
the fourth 25-9 shows
that we're totally incon-
sistent," the coach said.
"We shut down way too
early. It's just-immaturity,
but we have to grow up
ja d step up to the next

intercepted a Franklin
County pass on the next
possession and returned
it 27 yards for yet another
Just for good measure,
he then caught another
pass from Anton Williams
to convert the 2-point
play for the final margin.
."He had a heck of a
game," Nolen said of Her-
man Williams. "He did
just about everything you
could ask a kid to do."

level or we're not going to
win many more games.
"We have a young team
with some room to grow,
but I'm real optimistic
about them. We'll get
there. It may take a little
bit of time, and we'll take
our knocks. But we'll
get there. We just have
to learn from things like
Marianna will next play
host to Chipley today at 5
p.m., and 6 p.m.

He finished with 79
rushing yards and two
touchdowns on just three
carries, while adding the
65 yards receiving for 144
total yards of offense.
Anton Williams finished
3 of 3 passing for 86 yards
and a score, and Quattre

Couch had two carries for
30 yards, with Edwards
adding two for 20 and a
"We just played a com-
plete game," Nolen said
of his team. "The defense
was phenomenal, the of-
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Jaguars to start rookie QB Gabbert at Panthers

The Associated Press

sonville Jaguars have their third
starting quarterback in 15 days.
They believe this one could be
the guy for 15 years.
Coach Jack Del Rio named
Blaine Gabbert the starter
Wednesday, switching signal
callers three days after Luke Mc-
Cown threw four interceptions
against the New York Jets. The
move comes a little more than a
week after Del Rio released vet-
eran starter David Garrard fol-
lowing a poor preseason and a
three-interception practice.
Gabbert will make his first start
Sunday at Carolina.
"He's a big strong kid whose re-
ally been kind of a star quarter-
back his whole life," Del Rio said.
"We think he has a chance to be
a franchise-type quarterback.
He's getting a chance now to be
our starting quarterback and be-
come that guy."
The transition was inevitable

since the Jaguars selected Gab-
bert with the 10th pick in April's
draft. Del Rio had hoped to take
it slow with the former Missouri
standout, even planning to give
him a year to watch and learn
behind Garrard. But Garrard
struggled in the preseason and
was outplayed by McCown, a ca-
reer backup.
Del Rio named McCown the
starter five days before the sea-
son opener. McCown did enough
to win the opener against Ten-
nessee, but his ninth start in
eight seasons was a debacle. He
was picked off four times, could
have thrown a couple more and
was sacked for a safety all in
just three quarters
"Who's to say what one de-
serves," McCown said. "It would
do me or this team zero good
to sit and say I deserve another
chance. I didn't perform last
week and that's just the blunt fact
of it. I didn't play well enough to
give our team a chance to win.
I'm big enough to stand up here

and say that."
McCown completed 6 of 19
passes for 59 yards against the
Jets, finishing with a 1.8 quarter-
back rating. ,
The-Jets won 32-3, the second
worst loss in Del Rio's nine-year
tenure. And since he's widely
considered to be coaching for
his future team owner Wayne
Weaver said the Jaguars need-
to make the playoffs for Del Rio
to stick around another year
- it was reasonable to won-
der whether he would put his
fate in the hands of a rookie
Del Rio chuckled when asked
whether he went to Weaver to
see if playing 14 games with a
first-year quarterback would
change expectations.
"I don't look at life like that,"
Del Rio said. "I'm a competitive
guy.'We expect to be a good foot-
ball team. That will not change.
Absolutely not would be a better
way to say it. The furthest thing
from my mind."

Quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) will start Sunday at Carolina.

NASCAR tweaks rules to break up Talladega drafting

The Associated Press

NASCAR tweaked two rules
for next month's race at
Talladega Superspeedway,
apparently in an effort to
limit the two-car tandem
racing that has dominated
at its two fastest tracks.
The first change ordered
Wednesday was an in-
crease in the size of the
restrictor plate that will be
used in the Oct. 23 race.
The larger holes in the car-
buretor plates should lead
to an increase of horse-
power that could make the
cars 2 to 3 mph faster.
NASCAR also ordered an
adjustment on the pop-off
valve in the cooling sys-
tem that should lower the

High School Football
Friday- Graceville at
Sneads, 7 p.m.; Chipley at
Jvarianna, 7 p.m.; Wewa-
hitchka at Cottondale, 7

Junior Varsity
Thursday- Marianna at
North Florida Christian;
Liberty County at Gracev-
ille, 6 p.m.

High School
Thursday- Marianna
at Chipley, 5 p.m., and 6
p.m.; Sneads at Graceville,
5 p.m., and 6 p.m.; Cot-
tondale at Vernon, 5 p.m.,
and 6 p.m.

Tailgate Party
There will be a tailgate
party for the Marianna vs.
Chipley varsity football
game Friday in Marianna
sponsored by the Youth
Ministry of First Baptist
Church from 4-6 p.m. at
the Marianna High School
football stadium.
There will be food,
games, band prizes, and
student speaker face
paint, all free.

Travel Ball Tryouts
The Panama City Lady
Lightning travel softball
team will continue to
hold individual tryouts in
Alford for their 10U and
14U teams.
Pickup players for up-
coming fall tournaments
will also be sought after
for both teams.
If interested, call 850-
258-8172, or email ikiev@

Golf Tournament
The Plant Scholz
Chapter of the Gulf Power
Transformers has sched-
uled its fourth annual
charity golf tournament

maximum water tempera-
ture in engines. A threat of
overheating could prevent
cars from staying hooked
together for too long.
Drivers discovered
over the last year that it's
faster to run at Daytona
and Talladega in two-car
That style has replaced
the popular two- and
three-wide packs, and fans
have been lukewarm about
the tandem racing.
Now, two cars hook up
bumper-to-bumper, one
clearly pushing the other
until the potential for
overheating forces them
to separate and then swap.
It's made for record lead
changes and exciting fin-
ishes, but is a totally dif-

for Saturday at Florida
- Caverns Golf Course.
The proceeds from the
tournament will benefit
needy children in Jackson
There will be three-man
teams, with cost at $60 per
player, including green
fees, two mulligans, riding
cart and lunch.
Interested parties can
sign up at the golf course
or call 850-482-4257.
Companies interested in
sponsoring the event can
call 850-593-6421 for more

Alumni Football Game
There will be a full con-
tact alumni football league
held this winter.
The games are full pads
with officials, announc-
ers, and video crew, and
is open to all former high
school football players 18
and older in the area.
Games will take place on
weekends from January
through March of 2012.
There must be at least 35
players to a team.
Those interested can
sign up at www.alumni

Speed, Agility and
Conditioning Camp
Bionic Sports will hold a
Speed, Agility and Condi-
tioning camp on Tuesdays
and Thursdays at Integras
Therapy & Wellness Center
for youth boys and girls
ages 9-17.
Cost is $40 a month, or
$12 per week.
The camp will continue
for the entire summer,
focusing on becoming a
better athlete.
Please call Eric Pender
for more information at

Marianna Youth
Team Dynamic youth
wrestling team will contin-

ferent style than the white-
knuckle pack racing fans
Drivers, meanwhile, said
it's impossible to see any-
thing when they are push-
ing another car and Dale
Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's
most popular driver, has
repeatedly railed against
tandem racing.
"What kind of move can
you make in racing like
this?" he asked in July.
"There ain't no move you
can make. You just hold it
on the mat and try not to
wreck into each other."
NASCAR vice president
of competition Robin Pem-
berton made no mention
of the tandem racing in ex-
plaining the rule changes.
"After the last few su-

ue practicing on Tuesday
and Thursday nights at the
wrestling room at the old
Marianna'High School.
Practice will be from 6
p.m. to 8 p.m.
All kids in Jackson
County from ages 6 and
up are welcome to join.
For further information
please contact Marianna

perspeedway races, we've
heard many drivers ex-
press their desire to open.
up the size of the restrictor
plate some and we thought
the time was right to do
that," Pemberton said in a
"We anticipate these re-
visions in the rules pack-
age for Talladega will help
continue to provide com-
petitive and exciting rac-
ing for the fans.".
The larger restrictor plate
could push speeds ,ver
200 mph, but the com-
bination of the pop-off
valve change likely means
the cars won't be able to
stay locked together for as
many laps. David Reuti-
mann crew chief Rodney
Childers thinks drivers

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might be limited to a lap of
pushing before needing to
"Changing the plates will
be better," Childers said.
"It should make it more
racy, where you can pull
out and pass. If they are
wanting to make it where
people can't- draft as long,
it's going to do that. Prob-
ably only a half of a lap or a
lap is all you're going to get
out of it."
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have to swap positions
That could make it dicey,
he said, because drivers
will have to swap while
also avoiding the two-car
packs closing in behind
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thing going wrong on a
swap are going to go up
obviously, but hopefully
it will eliminate or lessen
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College Football

Big 12, Big East start picking up pieces

The Associated Press
Turned away by the Pac-12, the Big
12's most powerful members are
trying to find'ways to live together
again after weeks of hurtling toward a
break up.
Texas President William Powers de-
clared Wednesday that the Longhorns
who receive more media money than
bther members of the Big 12 are open
to a new revenue-sharing model and
have already suggested that top-level
television and cable money be shared
What's not on the table is the money
from Texas' 20-year, $300 million deal,
with ESPN to create the Longhorn Net-
work, which has been blamed in large
part for Texas A&M's pending departure
from the Big 12.
"That's never been in play, that's not
in play," Texas athletic director DeLoss
Dodds said.
So with 'that line drawn in the sand, the
Big 12 leadership has scheduled a key
meeting Thursday, Oklahoma President
David Boren said.
"The most important goal for the
University of Oklahoma is conference
stability," he said. "We intend to support
actions that will strengthen and stabilize
the conference at the very important
meeting of the conference board."
The Pac-12 late Tuesday squashed any
hope of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State,
Texas and Texas Tech heading west in
what surely would have been a death
blow to the Big 12.
But the conference realignment wheels
are still.turning, especially with the Ag-
gies planning to join the Southeastern
Conference as soon as legal threats are
out of the way.
"Certainly the position of Oklahoma
.State and I think most of the schools,
if not all, is that we want to add a 10th
team," said Oklahoma State president
Burns Hargis, a member of the league's
expansion committee. He listed TCU,
Houston, SMO, BYU, Utah and Air Force'
among the potential expansion targets
before saying "we've talked about a lot of
The Big East, left with only six football
members after Pitt and Syracuse an-
nounced plans to join the ACC, must

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott talks during the Pac-12 football media day in Los Angeles on

also find a new way f6rward.while the
.Mountain West and Conference USA are
in discussions about a partnership.
The talk of saving the Big 12 centers ,
on sharing television revenue equally
- a core principle of the Big Ten and
Pac-12. The Big 12 splits the revenue
from its $1.2 billion Fox Sports contract
evenly, but only half of the money from
its top-tier deal with ABC goes into equal
shares. The rest is weighted toward the
programs that play on the network more
frequently, such as Texas and Oklahoma.
'Dodds said Big 12 athletic directors
more than a month ago approved Texas'
suggestion tq equally share network
revenue around the league. He said the
plan has not been voted league
Texas Tech president Guy Bailey said
he doesn't anticipate much opposition to
that idea. "I would be -urprised if there
weren't a change in that, in some way,"
he said. Now, how exactly it plays out, I
don't know."
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe has
not commented on the turmoil sur-
rounding the league and there is specu-
lation about his future: Beebe's contract
was extended in November through June
2015, a decision ntide after Nebraska
and Colorado announced they were leav-
ing the Big 12 and before the 13-year deal
was reached with Fox Sports in April.
Dodds declined comment, and Bailey

and Hargis called Beebe's status a private
"personner'l" matter..
Besides Thursday's meeting of the Big
12 conference board, a summit also is
possible between Texas and Oklahoma
officials. Big 12 athletic directors also
have a previously scheduled meeting in
Dallas next week.
ESPN distanced itself from the confer-
ence affiliation uproar, saying the "driv-
ing force on realignment lies with the
conferences and universities."
Still, the Longhorn Network created
uncertainty in the Big 12 and Texas A&M
said it %%as a big reason why the Aggies
will leave the Big 12 by July a decision
that stands, the school said Wednesday.
Nebraska athletic director Tom Os-
borne earlier this month said the Big
12's revenue-sharing plan lends itself
to instability. The Huskers are in their
first season as a member of the Big Ten,
where each school received $22.6 mil-
lion this year about twice as much as
Nebraska could have expected if it had
stayed in the Big 12.
Texas' Powers said revenue sharing will
be subject to discussion in coming days.
"A lot of these issues that you hear
(about) whether it's revenue sharing or
whatever,.we've been working on long
before,"' he said. "We will continue to
work on those. I'm',not going to prejudge
on how those will come out. There are
not any preconditions for the conference

coming back together.
"We want a stable, workable confer-
ence going forward," Powers said.
Once the.Aggies leave, the Big 12 will
have nine members unless a replace-
ment or replacements are found.
Only SMU has gone public with its inter-
est in joining the Big 12.
"It's about quality, not quantity," Dodds
said. "In my mind, 10 is the perfect
conference. You have a clear path to the
national championship game without
stumbling in a (conference) champion-
ship game."
There was still activity around the Big -
12 on Wednesday. Oklahoma State's
regents gave Hargis the power to depart
the Big 12 if necessary while regents in
Kansas reiterated their support for stay-
ing in the Big 12. Regents in Missodri are
scheduled to meet Thursday.
.Hargis said the decision tp give him
authority over a league change was im-
portant even after the Pac-12 was taken
off the table as a potential destination
because "there are a lot of moving parts
here and we may have to make decisions
fast." He said his first priority is stabiliz-
ing the Big 12.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he
was optimistic that the Big 12 would re-
main intact, stabilize and add members.
Elsewhere, former Big Eight Com-
missionerChuck Neinas, a high-pro-
file consultant for sports leagues and
coaches, said he has been working on a
partnership with the Mountain West and
Conference USA in which they would
.merge as football playing programs into
east and west divisions, spanning four
time zones.
East Carolina of Conference USA an-
nounced Wednesday that it has applied
for membership in the Big East, where
members are trying to rebuild after
Syracuse and Pittsburgh accepted invita-
tions to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Navy and Air Force are the top choices as
football-only members, according to a
person who spoke on condition of ano-
nymity.because the conference does not
want to publicly disclose its plans.
Big East Commissioner John Marinatto
said Syracuse and Pittsburgh won't be
allowed to leave until the 2014-15 aca-
demic year and he expects TCU to'join in
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NEA Crossword Puzzle

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6 Workbench
12 Prestige
15 iost
16 akes a
18 Pigment
19 Courtesy
21 my lips!
23 Johnny -
power org.
26 Tress
31 Environ-
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35 Portico
36 Handy
37 Clarinet kin
38 Mex. miss
40 Hagen
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43 Find out

45 Propane
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50 Euclid and
52 Victorian
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58 Doctrines
59 Having
high and
low spots
60 Verb
61 Sugar-

1 "Sesame
2 Debt memo
3 Shirt or
4 Board
5 Stinging
6 Feudal
7 Here, to
8 Food fish

Answer to Previous Puzzle

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12 Bistro
13 Mao -
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20 Loathe
23 Home tel.
25 Notch
27 Rustic
28 Magazine
30 Word of
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41 Guitarist
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by Luis Campos
Celebrity Cipher cryptograme are created from quotations by famous people, past and present.
Each letter in the cipher stands for another.
TODAY'S CLUE: S equals F

PREVIOUS SOLUTION: "Never work before breakfast. If you have to work
before breakfast, get your breakfast first." Josh Billings
(c) 2011 by NEA, Inc. 9-22


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
- If you find yourself to
be a bit restless, put aside
your plans and call a pal
who is always ready to do
something interesting.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)
- Channel your efforts
toward a single goal, and
you'll end up accomplish-
ing far more than you ever
thought possible.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
22) Some knowledge you,
acquired by simply being a
good listener will prove to
be immensely valuable.
Dec. 21) Don't settle for
undesirable terms; instead
be prepared to call the oth-
er guy's bluff.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19) A business partner
will emulate your mode of
operation, so it's going to
be up to you to supply the
motivating factors to get
what you want.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
19) No one will have to
tell you where your oppor-
tunities lie.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March
20) -You should be able to
put to rest your enormous
assumption that someone
you like never notices you
when this person starts
showering you with all
kinds of attention.
ARIES (March 21-April
19) Because you know
you have people in your
corner who will back you
up, you're able to be more
daring about what you do
and how far you can take
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
- Your imagination knows
no boundaries and, as a re-
sult, you'll be able to come
up with something new
and more daring that'll
capture the exact results
you're looking for.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
- Knowing what you want
is only one part of your
goal actually going af-
ter it could be a bit more
challenging. I
CANCER (June 21-July
22) Unless you are chal-
lenged, you won't actu-
ally have any reason to put
forth your best effort.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -
Use an ..indirect approach
toward achieving your pur-
poses, especially if some-
one questions your efforts.

Annie's MIailbox

Dear Annie: I have been seeing "Captain"'
for three years. His 13-year-old dafighter,
"Rosie," is horse crazy after riding at sum-
mer camp and is now taking lessons local-
ly. As a former horse trainer, I am thrilled
at her interest. However, she expresses re-
sentment with the sparse guidance I have
given. So now when I take her to lessons,
I stay out of the way. I understand this is
not unusual.
My problem is, Captain wants to provide
a facility with horses at his home. Due to
my experience, he expects me to be the
person who manages the barn, provides
guidance to Rosie and acts as her riding
partner. I am reluctant to assume this
position. Rosie and I have a peaceful rela-
tionship, mostly because I am consistent-
ly pleasant and supportive. I sense this
is a fragile time for Rosie, who is a little
spoiled, but who I know will someday be-
come a thoughtful young woman. I don't
want to risk the compatibility we have.
Captain will likely follow my stance on
whether or not to proceed with a barn at
his home. What do you say?

Dear Montana: You have a good grasp of
the boundaries a girlfriend should respect
when dealing with her partner's teenage
daughter. Although it is possible the barn

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, four spades after West has led the diamond
The auction is straightforward. South re-
bids two spades to show a minimum open-
ing bid with six or more spades. North then Wes
has a comfortable raise to game. 4 8
As you can see, the defenders must take V A
two hearts and two diamonds. And the A 6
right way to do that is for East to play the
diamond queen under his partner's ace at
the first trick (not the three, which will look
low and discouraging to West). This says
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and that if West wishes, he can underlead
his king at trick two. (Note that East cannot
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to the heart queen and they can take those
four winners. _

will bring the two of you closer, it's equally
likely that Rosie will chafe' if you are in a
position of authority over her. Askyourself
whether you can maintain the necessary
boundaries if you accept this responsibil-
ity, and explain your concerns to Captain.
It is OK to say no. We recommend bring-
ing Rosie into the conversation.

Dear Annie: I've been with my girlfriend
for .seven months. She is incredible, and I
can easily see myself spending the rest of
my life with her. The only problem is that
she,is still.listed as "single" on Facebook.
This makes me feel ignored and hid-
den away. My girlfriend says she likes her
status to be private and doesn't pay that
much attention to her Facebopk page
anyway. I explained that it hurts me to
feel nonexistent, but she won't change it.
What should I dp?

Dear Tom: Find a new girlfriend. Listing
her status as "single" is no more private
than listing it any other way, and she can
keep it hidden if she chooses. The fact
that she won't change it after you have
told her it is hurtful indicates that she
doesn't much care how you feel. We'd say
she does not consider your relationship
as promising as you do. Sorry.

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AUCTION- Coins & Paper Currency. SAT, OCT 8,
11AM. 2001 N. Monroe ST, Tallahassee.
Accepting Consignments through FRI, SEPT 23.
See catalog www.globalauctonserv.comi
Aaron Joseph & Company
850-878-3030 FLAU3058

Florida Department ofAgriculture and Consumer Services'
ComwmosIAtnw H. PurTw
Recall: Chefmate(r) 6-Speed Blenders
sold at Target

The Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services, the U.S. Consumer Prod-
uct Safety Commission (CPSC) and Target.
Corporation, of Minneapolis, have an-
nounced the voluntary recall of about 304,000
Chefmate(r) 6-Speed Blenders.
While in operation, the plastic pitcher can
separate from the blade assembly, leaving
the blade assembly in the base and exposing
the rotating blades.This poses a laceration
hazard to consumers.
Target and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission have received 11 reports of the
blade assembly separating from the pitcher,
seven of which reported serious lacerations
to consumers' fingers and hands.
This recall affects all Chefmate(r) 6-Speed
Blenders, model BL-10. The model number is
located on the bottom of the base. The blen-
der consists of a six-inch tall, white electrical
base with five, white speed-selector buttons
labeled 1 through 5,.one gray button labeled
"Pulse/Off" and the word "Chefmate(r)" in
black letters on the front; a clear plastic pitch-
er with a handle with U.S. and metric volume
measurement markings; a white plastic lid
with a removable clear plastic lid stopper;
and a white plastic blade assembly with two
angled, stainless steel blades.

The recalled blenders were manufactured in
China for Select Brands, of Lenaxa, Kan., and
sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide
from September 2007 to February 2011 for.
about $14.

Consumers should immediately stop using
the blenders and return them to any Target
store to receive a full refund.
For additional information, contact Target
Guest Relations at (8q0) 440-0680 between 8
a.m. and 7p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or
visit their website at
Number: CW 1055
Date: September 22, 2011
Florida Department of Agriculture and Con-'
sumer Services

Community Yard Sale:
Pebble Hill Estates Off South St.
Sat. 24th 7-? Something for Everyone!!!!!


CALL 850-693-0908

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* Available October 1st Call 850-594-7525 after
6pm or leave message
AKC English bulldogs. Vet checked and current
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pies will be small approx 45 Ibs when grown. Stove. geratr, Stordage Sed.C 4
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or 464-1391. Will email pics of parents if inter- CH/A, 2500 +/- sqft. $800/mo. Deposit, lease
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approx. 4-5 yrs old, no children. 850-372-3657 door pets ok, $600/mo with $600 deposit 850-
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re rswater/garbage/ awn included. '850-569-1015
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mom and chocolate daddy. 5 pups remaining. 2/2 in Alford, window A/C, $380 + deposit 850-
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yellow males, 1 yellow female, 1 strawberry 2 & 3 bedroom mobile Homes in Cottondale.
blond male. All very healthy. Call 334-726-1010 $500 and up. H20, garbage, sewer included.
or 726-6929, e-mail: http:// www.charloscountry living. com.
S .. 850-258-4868/209-8847
S 2 & 3BR 2BA Mobile Homes in Cottondale no
'K pets, Central Heat & Air $400-$450 850-258-
HOS ; & =- A _L1594 leave flmessage
2 & 3 BR MH's in
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cross with, breeding Bulls & Club Calves 2BR 2BA Located in Sneads $350/month 850-
,4, 850-263-4339 4w 573-0308.
I 3/2 $575 Quiet, well maintained MH Park,
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cluded. No Pets. Lease and Security Deposit. 850-592-
For Rent Greenwood, Marianna, & Cottondale,
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hospital, a 34- bed Long Term Care Facility
and a Home Health Agency.
Now Hiring FT Registered Nurses:
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exp preferred. 699 CO RD 100, HEADLAND
Surgical Services, FL license, surgical $314,900
services exp required, Craftsman Design Approx 2920 sq. ft.
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Patient Registration -Granite Energy efficient
SFormal DR 2 car garage 2 stall barn
PRN, registration exp preferred.. Trey ceiling in master
Applications available online at *18 ft. ceiling in living area and/or application to: *Lennox Three Zone system
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office (850) 415-8106
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888-262-4813. $11,000 229-768-2058.
COLLEGE For consumer information 13 ft. Gheenow boat & trailer Olive green in color & boat is in GREAT condition with padded

1KT diamond cluster pendant on 14KT gold
chain. Pear shape with beautiful diamonds.
Bought new at Kay's and paid $1,200. Will sell
for $500 cash firm. 334-790-4892
Wanted: Old Coins, Gold,
Diamonds, Guns, And Tools
West Main Jewelry & Loan 334-671-1440.

Various medical equipment for sale : 1 Used
hoyer lift. used only 1 months $250; 1 Used
hospital bed with rails $200; 6 New Aluminum
Walkers $25 each; 5 New Canes $15 each; 1 -
New Shower Chair $35; 1 Pride Lift Chair -
Showroom sample $600, 352-586-9194

Buy Swamp Gator All Natural
Insect Repellent
Family Safe-Use head to toe.
Available at The Home Depot

seats. Trailer & Tires NO WEAR. Boat only used
a couple of times. Call Chris 334-791-5755 to
come see. $1050.

Guitar: 5-String Bass Guitar with hardshell case
Peavey Millennium BXP. Transparent black fin-
ish. Like new condition. $250. Call 334-797-4314
Professional Trombone: Getzen 747 Eterna 2.
Large bore with F attachment. Hardshell case
included. $700. Call 334-797-4314

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Cobia '74 15' boat fiberglass with 48 hp,
Johnson motor & trailer, good condition $1400.
RHINO 2008, 18FT- 90 HP Suzuki,'55 LB
Minnkota, Aluminum Trailer, Hu.mminbird
Depth Finder, on Board Charger, Binini top,
$14,200 334-798-4175
Rhino Boat: V176 Stick steer, with 70HP
Szuzuld 4 stroke, loaded, low hours, like new,
garage kept $10,900. Call 334-714-5860

FLEETWOOD 2005 Prowler AX6, 5th wheel, 36
ft, 4 slides, large shower, 30/50AMP. $20,000
OBO Call 334-695-4995,334-687-7862.
Frolic '64 Camper, 16', Reconditioned $700

Dixie RV SuperStores
FL's Newest RV Dealer
*Store Hours*
21 Acres / 30 Brands New and Pre-Owned
Newmar Keystone Heartland Jayco
aFleetwood Prime Time m Coachmen
Forest River
Service Department
Parts and Acces. Store
RV Collision Center
Located off 1-10 Exit 70 / SR285
328 Green Acres Dr.
De Funiak Springs, FL 32435
Sales and Service: 850-951-1000 DO 12756
Fleetwood '03 Fiesta 31H Ford V10 engine, 32K
miles, great shape, many extras $27,500.
f1 Trail Lite 2006 R-VISION
26 ft., fully loaded,
bought new, 13K miles
$44,995 334-616-6508


Ford Thunderbird '66 47 original miles, blue in
color, new tires, great condition $7,000. 334-

SBuick'00 Century
S Custom, V-6, automatic,
loaded, 110,000 miles,
Cadillac '00 Seville SLS .
One owner. Loaded. Dia-
mond pearl white. Garage
kept. New Michelin tires.
New brakes. Only 66,700
miles. $6,199. Home 334-
699-5872. Cell 334-701-5013.
Chevrolet '00 Monte Carlo $575 Down 0%
Interest. Open 9am 9pm, 1-800-470-0650
Chevrolet '03 Impala: $875 Down, 0% Interest
Open 9am 9pm. 1-800-470-0650
Chevrolet '81 Corvette
Automatic 350 (Silver). Will
sell as is for $4,700. OBO

Chevy Tahoe LT '05 pewter 1-owner, loaded,
leather, dvd, 3rd seat, good condition. 95K mi.
$13,000 334-685-6186. -
Dodge '10 Charger
Sporty, NICE CAR, Loaded, LOW MILES,
$350 per mo. with $500 down.
Call: Steve Hatcher at 334-791-8243.

I can get U Riding Today
Repos, Slow Credit, Past Bankruptcy OK!
$0 Down/ 1st Payment, Tax, Tag & Title
Push, Pull or Drag, Will Trade anything!
Warranty On Every Vehicle Sold!
$100 Referrals! Call Steve 800-809-4716
Ford '08 F-150 Limited 20,060 miles, 1222 of
5000 made, 5.4 v8 like new, in dash navigation.
& satellite radio. Heated, capt chair front seats,
super crew cab, rear camera and alarm, 22"
rims, all stock. $28,000. 334-618-7046
Ford '95 Mustang GT Convertible- white with
leather interior, 200k mile runs great, needs
paint, $4,300. OBO Call 334-774-0451
GMC '99 Sonoma SLS
xtra cab, new tires,
57,000 miles, excellent,
Honda '98 Accord, fully loaded, sun roof, CD
player, runs good, 190k miles, $3000 OBO
Jaguar'90 XJS nice car! runs perfect! gray in
color $2,500. 334-379-3078
Kia '07 Optima
$200 down $189 per month.


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Lincoln '05 LS
$200 down $249 a month.
Call Ron Ellis 334-714-0028.
Oldsmobile '95 Achieva
Red. Good condition.
cute Needs minimal
work; Will run with a
jump. Has a small short
somewhere. Motor
mount needs a weld. Otherwise, a great
little car. Clear Title. $700 OBO 334-391-5529
Toyota '10 Prius, Fully Loaded, Navigation,
Backup camera, ventilation system, leather
seats, Heated seats, power windows & locks
27K Miles, 52 MPG, Sunroof, Excellent
Condition, Last year sold for $32,400,
ASKING $22,900; Going back to a truck.
Call 334-488-6093

Harley Davidson '05 Super Glide., 1450 CC, Lots
of Chrome and high-end parts. Mint Condition.
e cifircaS for $7900 334-648-0348

-1 Kawasaki '09 KX25 OF
Motor by BPM, 2 Brothers
performance pipe.
In Great Shape.
For the motor-crossing
Low hours, VERY fast, Renegade Suspension
k 334-726-3842 *

Chevrolet '92 Cheyenne Truck V6 5-Speed,
A/C, New Tires, Long Bed, 94K mi. Excellent
Condition $2800 OBO 334-798-1768 or
Chevy '04 Silverado Z71
with tow package
EMichilen tires, 108K mi.
white $13,900.
Dodge '01 Ram 1500 quad
cab, V8, loaded, 183K mi.
runs good $2500. OBO 334-
798-1768 or 334-691-7111

Dodge'02 Ram 1500 4-wheel drive, quad cab,
P/U with 4.7 liter engine, cold air, chrome run-
ning boards, chrome rims, chrome tool box,
tow package and new tires. 149,698 miles.
Excellent condition. $8499. 4 334-790-6832.
Dodge '02 Ram 1500 4-wheel drive, quad cab,
P/U with 4.7 liter engine, cold air, chrome run-
ning boards, chrome rims, chrome tool box,
tow package and new tires. 149,698 miles.
Excellent condition. $8499. 4= 334-790-6832.

FORD'89 F150, 4wh, 4x4
Auto, $4,600 or reasonable
offer. Call 229-334-8520.

Ford '99 F150 X/Cab: $975 Down, 0% Interest

1 Suzuki '07250 cc Cruiser, upeiinam pi-, 1-0o -u40-0650
-^. black with chrome pies, full GMC '89 3500 Diesel-
- windshield, 2812k mi. ridden Ecellent work truck, long
by little old lady with bucket wheel base1 orange,
list. runs great looks great & rebuilt engine,
rides great!! Must See to appreciate. Great be- $1,500. Quick Sell

ginners bike. $2500 850-526-4645
m '1| Suzuki'95 Savagee 650 Bur-
gundy with chrome pipes &
trim, saddle bags, new full
windshield, runs great just
i i serviced, 12300k mi.
Must see to appreciate $2000. 850-526-4645.

Chevrolet '98 Suburban.
1WA i Less than 10K mi. on new
GMC motor. Motor under
factory warranty. 4 new
Michelin tires. Vehicle is
in above average condition. Tow Package
included. $4800. 334-897-3288
Chevrolet '98 Suburban .
Less than 10K mi. on new
I GMC motor. Motor under
factory warranty. 4 new
-- '1 Michelin tires. Vehicle is
in above average condition. Tow Package
included. $4800. 334-897-3288
Chevy '01 Tahoe IS- 4WD, 8 cylinder, auto,
forrest green, with 3 row seats, fully loaded,
174k miles, $6000. OBO Call 334-791-7312
Dodge'99 Durango: $795 Down, 0% Interest
Open 9am 9pm, 1-800-470-0650
Honda '02 CR-V EX 4x4 automatic sunroof, 4cyi.
tilt, str whl. cruise control, CD, new tires PWR,
windows/mirrors/dr locks, no accident
EX clean 136k mi. $8500. OBO 334-389-3071.
Jeep '02 Liberty Limited 4X4, red automatic
6cyl. sunroof, leather, CD, all PWR options
exc. clean, good tires, no accidents, 103K mi.
$79000. OBO 334-389-3071.
JEEP '96 Grand Cherokee, gold pack, new
battery, new tires, $2500 OBO 229-334-7427
Nissan '05 Xterra. V6, black exterior, running
boards, fog lights, and towing package. 60,000
miles. $12,000 or best offer.
Home 334-894-5205 Cell 334-389-7600
Subaru '06 Forester Premium: Small SUV, 54K
miles, one owner, regularly serviced. Automat-
ic, 4-cyl, AC, All Wheel Drive, cruise control, CD
player, sunroof, trailer hitch. Champagne met-
allic with cream interior. Exceptional condition
inside and out, excellent gas mileage 23+ city,
29+ highway, top safety rating, great car to
drive. $14,900. 334-699-6453 or 334-796-5719 .
Toyota '07 4Runner. Clean one owner. Miles
113,330. Engine life expectancy 350,000 +! Gets
20MPG!! Asking price $20,000 O.B.O. Retail val-
ue $21,575. Call/Text Rachel 334-406-9830.
make offer!

2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Crew Cab, 25873
miles, black, leather, sunroof, navigation, DVD,
excellent condition, warranty, $10,900, robhof'
Chevrolet '02 Silverado X/Cab .$1,295 Down 0%
Interest. Open 9am 9pm 1-800-470-0650

Chevrolet '07 Silverado Crew Cab SL 2WD,
white with gray leather, 68K miles, one owner,
includes black toolbox, black running boards,
new Bridgestone AT tires. $14,900
Call 334-596-1329

Antique Shoe Shine Kit: Wooden with accesso-
ries. $25. Call 850-592-8676
Baldwin Console Piano, oak finish, great prac-
tice piano, needs tune. $500. Call 850-693-0605
Bed: King-Size Platform-Style, with under-bed
storage and mattress. $250. Call 850-693-0605.
Bike Rack: Fits 2 inch receiver hitch. Carries
two bikes. New. $100. Call 850-592-8676
China Cabinet: Beautiful Pecan Wood. Exc. coh-
dition. $500. Call 850-693-0605.
Couch & love seat: floral pattern with wicker
accent $50. 850-482-8310
Couch: Two tone blue with recliner both ends
$75. 850-482-8310
Dining Table: Beautiful pecan wood, 6 chairs.
Exc condition. $500. Call 850-693-0605.
Dish Washer: GE white $30. 850-482-8310
Dresser: Solid wood with 6 drawers, mirror and
new hardware. $75. Call 850-592-8676
Entertainment Center: Fine Furniture solid
wood cabinet. $250. Call 850-693-0605.
Kitchen sink: Cast iron white porcelain, with
faucet, $50. 850-482-8310
Refrigerator: 16.8 cu. ft., Magic Chef. Excellent
condition, $200, 850-482-7929.
Ring: Man's 14 karat yellow gold with 7 dia-
monds. $100. Call 850-592-8676
Sofa & loveseat: Burgundy matching sectional.
Good condition. $300. Call 850-693-0605.
Sofa & Loveseat: Matching La-Z-Boy. Clean,
exc. condition. $300. Call 850-693-0605.
Steam Sauna: Portable one person, fiberglass.
Healthy to use. $45. Call 850-592-8676
Tivo, recording/playback system. Fully func-
tio'nal, great condition. $50. 850-693-0605.
Acoustic Martin Guitar, 10-15 yrs old $475
OBO 850-376-9426
Amazon Kindle, exc condition, download
,books, mags, games. $95. 850-693-0605.

Call 334-791-9099
Nissan '04 Frontier, 27K miles, New Tires, New
Battery, Automatic Trans., power windows,
power locks, one owner, Senior Citizen owned
and driven. $12,000 OBO 334-701-0998
Toyota '02 Tacoma Crew Cab. Automatic, 139k
miles, PERFECT Condition. Loaded, Beautiful!
$10,800 Firm. 334-596-9966

'95 Honda Odyssey Van load-
ed, rear iar, clean, 160k mi.
$2500. OBO 334-691-7111 or

Dodge '94 Ram 250- V8, 94k miles, new
paint, has quality Baneclene equipment,
recently restored inside and out, supplies
included. ONLY $6900. OBO *
Call 334-774-0122 or 334-477-4767
Chevrolet '97 Astro Van
conversion Van raised
roof, loaded, new tires,
One owner, GREAT
condition. 52K mi. $9,500.
S334-897-2054 or
Coachhouse '95 Van camper, 2 singles beds,
microwave, generator, bathroom, stove &
refrigerator, good condition. $8,000. OBO
334-347-1887 or 334-449-0162.
Ford '92 Econoline Conversion van with
Vangator wheelchair lift. Good condition.
334-475-3310 or 334-447-8738
Pontiac '05 Montana Van
Loaded, DVD, Leather, Captain chairs,
Pwr. seats, $250 per mo. with $300 down.
Call: Steve Hatcher at 334-791-8243.




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Antique chest of drawers $100 850-482-
Antique Piano, Upright, Kranich & Bach.
Manufactured in 1899 Very Heavy. Real
Mahogany and Ivory. Well cared for: former
Church piano. Needs 2 Key tops, tuning and
refinishing but in Great Shape. Very solid.
Keys alone valued at $500.
Selling for $200 OBO 334-391-.5529
Book Cases with 5 shelves (2) $30 850-482-
Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE like new, $500, call after
6 p.m., 850-592-6016
Broyhill bed, (K) solid wood w/Serta pillow top
mattress $400 8504826836/7186836/2090077
Digital Television Converter ,Magnavox NEW,
$40 850-209-0702
Engine and transmission for 1991 Jimmy, 4.3 Itr
V6, runs fine, $500 850-569-2194
Halloween Costumes, several to choose from,
12mos-3T $10-$12 each 850-376-9426
Hobart-Stickmate LX Welder w/ tig rig, 220
volt, like new in Marianna $450 850-693-1323
Pool Table good condition standard size $200.
Radar Detector: Cobra Trapshooter, good con-
dition $45 850-569-2194
Real Amish made Rockers (2) like new, $200
each 850-209-0702
Rifle, antique WWI, Italian made, $495 OBO
Shirley Temple Antique Doll, Excel. cond. w/ 4
sets of clothes in orig. bxs $125 850-209-0702
Shredder, Free standing, w/basket. Works fine.
$10 850-482-7933.
Sofa and love seat, almost new $250 850-482-
6836/718-6836-209-0077 ,
.Solid Cedar Wood Porch Swing never used.
$95. call 850-693-0605.
TailGate Cap Tail Gate Protector TG Guard fits
99-06 Silverado. NIB, $40. 850-272-1842
Various computer parts and CD drives $80
OBO 850-376-9462
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(i) LtGALS

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chap-
ter 373, Florida Statutes, the following
applications) for water use permits) has
(have) been received by the Northwest Florida
Water Management District:
Application number I 07238 filed 09/07/2011
North American Farms 5559 Concord Rd,
Bascom, FL 32423. Requesting a maximum
withdrawal of 864,000 gallons per day from the
Floridan Aquifer System for Agricultural use by
an existing facility. General withdrawal \
locations) in Jackson County: T06N, R08W,
Sec. 5, 6A, 6BCD, 6C; T06N, R09W, Sec. 1ADC,
1BCD; T07N, R08W, Sec. 31BAB, 31DAB, 32ABC,
32CAB; T07N, R09W, Sec. 25DCD, 36AAD,"
36BCC, 36DDC
Interested persons may object to or comment
upon the applications or submit a written re-
quest for a copy of the staff reports) contain-
ing proposed agency action regarding the
applications) by writing to the Division of
Resource Regulation of the Northwest Florida
Water Management District, attention Terri Pe-
terson, 152 Water Management Drive, Havana,
Florida 32333-9700, but such comments or re-
quests must be received by 5 o'clock p.m. on
October 7, 2011
No further public notice will be provided re-
garding this (these) applicationss. Publication
of this notice constitutes constructive notice of
this permit application to all substantially af-
fected persons. A copy of the staff
reports) must be requested in order to remain
advised of further proceedings and any public
hearing date. Substantially affected persons
are entitled to-request an administrative hear-
ing regarding the proposed agency action by
submitting a written request according to the-
provisions of 28-106.201, Florida Administrative
Code. Notices of Proposed Agency Action will
be mailed only to persons who have filed such

Notice of Meeting
On Tuesday, September 27, at 4:30 PM, the
Jackson County Board of County Commission-
ers will hold a Joint Workshop with the Jackson
County Tourism Development Council at 2864
Madison Street, Marianna, Florida. The Board
will hold its regular meeting at 6 PM.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabil-
ities Act, persons needing special accommoda-
tion to participate in this meeting should con-
tact the Administrator's assistant no later than
5.days prior to.the meeting. The Administra-
tor's assistant may be contacted at 2864 Madi-
son Street, Marianna, FL, 32448, (850) 482-9633,
or (800) 955-8771 (TDD).


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Grader Pan Excavator
Dump Truck Bulldozer
Demolition Grading Site Prep
Debris Removal Retention Ponds Leveling
Top Soil Fill Dirt Gravel Land Clearing

Construction and Engineering
Inspection Services
Various Bridge Repairs
Dear Vendor;
Thank you for your interest in doing
business with the Jackson County Board of
County Commissioners. Currently, we are re-
questing Letters of Interest and Statements of
Qualifications from registered, qualified con-
sultant firms in the State of Florida with experi-
ence in Construction and Engineering Inspec-
tion Services for repairs and maintenance on
various bridges. The consultant will support of
the County's Engineering Department and pro-
vide onsite inspection to ensure that all work is
performed and completed in accordance with
: specifications and requirements. The general
scope of the work to be performed by the con-
tractor and the bridges are listed below:
SBridge Repairs
The Work includes concrete repair,
sandblasting steel columns andreinforcing to
remove all rust and scale, patching with epoxy
concrete, epoxy paint applied to clean steel, re-
placing concrete jackets around columns,
formwork and/or cofferdams as needed to per-
form the work, excavation as necessary to ex-
pose damaged areas, cutting and welding steel
columns to repair damaged areas, placing rip-
rap or concrete to prevention erosion, mainte-
nance of traffic as needed to perform the work,
storm water pollution prevention where appli-
cable, restore work areas, and clean up.
Bridges include CR 271 River Road (Lake Semi-
nole), Mill Pond Road at Little Dry Creek, CR
162 over Chipola River, Tennessee Street over
Stump Creek, CR 278 over Chipola River, Bent-
ley Road over Little Alligator Creek, Mill Road-
over Dry Creek, and Penny Road over Little Alli-
gator Creek.
The selected firm shall serve as the
Jackson County Construction and Engineering
Inspection Services consultants) for the proj-
ect. Listed below is some pertinent informa-
tion regarding this Request for Qualifications:
RFQ Number: 1011-ENG 7
Due Date: October 5, 2011 @ 2:00 p.m. "Central
Time", at the Jackson County Engineering
Department, 2828 Owens Street, Marianna, Fl
The consultants) will be selected
based on qualifications and experience for the
type of project and will strictly follow the Con-
sultants Competitive Negotiations Act.
Please direct any questions regard-
ing these documents to Larry Alvarez at the
Jackson County Engineering Department.
Questions must be submitted in writing, faxed
.to (850) 482-9063 or emailed to lalvarez@jacks with a copy emailed to Jeannie
Bean at We look
forward to working with you. A copy of the
RFQ is also on the Jackson County Purchasing
web page. click on
Purchasing then on bids/RFQ's
Larry Alvarez, County Engineer
Jackson County Board of County Commission-


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US hikers Shane Bauer (left)
and. Josh Fattal departed for
home on Wednesday.


freed from

Iran prison

head home

The Associated Press

MUSCAT, Oman Af-
ter more than two years
in Iranian custody, two
Americans convicted as
spies took their first steps
toward home Wednesday
as they bounded down the
steps of a private jet and
into the arms of family for
a joyful reunion in the Gulf
State of Oman.
The families called this
"the best day of our lives"
and President Barack
Obama said their release
was "wonderful news."
In -Washington, the re-
lease capped complicated
diplomatic maneuvers
over a week of confusing
signals by Iran's leadership
on the fate of Josh Fattal
and Shane Bauer. Finally,.
a $1 million bail-for-free-
dom deal was struck and
the two were free.
Although the fate of the
two gripped America, it
wag on the periphery of
the larger showdowns be-
tween: Washington and
Tehran that include Iran's
nuclear program and its
ambitions to widen mili-
tary and political influence
in the Middle East and be-
yond. But for a moment
at the United Nations at
least U.S. officials may
be adding words of thanks
in addition to their calls for
alarm over Iran.
For Tehran, it was a
chance to court some
goodwill after sending a
message of defiance with
hard-line justice in the July
2009 arrests of the Ameri-
cans along the Iran-Iraq
border. The Americans al-
ways maintained they Were
innocent hikers.
"Today can only. be de-
scribed as the best day
of our lives," said a state-
ment from their families.
"We have waited for nearly
26 months for this mo-
ment and the joy and re-
lief. we feel at Shane and
Josh's long-awaited free-
dom knows no bounds," it
"We now all want nothing,
more than to wrap Shane
and Josh in our arms, catch
up on two lost years and
make a new beginning, for
them and for all of us," the
statement said.
Obama called it "wonder-
ful, wonderful news about
the hikers, we are thrilled
... It's a wonderful day for
them and for us."
The families waited bn
the tarmac at a royal air-
field near the main inter-
national airport in Oman's
capital, Muscat. Also re-
turning to Oman was
Sarah Shourd, who was
arrested with Bauer and
Fattal but freed a year ago.
She received a marriage
proposal from Bauer while
in prison.
At about 20 minutes be-
fore midnight, Fattal and
Bauer-wearing jeans and
casual shirts raced the
steps from the blue-and-
white plane. They made
no immediate statements
to reporters before walk-
ing into the airport termi:
nal building. The men ap-
peared thin, but in good
In many ways, the re-
lease was a mirror im-
age of the scene last year
when Shourd was freed on

$500,000 bail. That deal too
was mediated by Oman,
an Arabian peninsula sul-
tanate with close ties to
JTehran and Washington.

Typhoon slams into Japan

The Associated Press

TOKYO A powerful typhoon
slammed into Japan Wednesday,
halting trains and leaving 13
people dead or missing in south-
central regions before grazing a
crippled nuclear plant and heap-
ing rain on the tsunami-ravaged
Officials at the Fukushima
Dai-ichi plant, where engineers
are still struggling with small
radiation leaks due to tsunami
damage, expressed relief that Ty-
phoon Roke's driving winds and
rain caused no immediate prob-
lems there, bther than a broken
security camera.
"The worst seems to be over,"
said Takeb Iwamoto, spokesman
for plant operator Tokyo Electric
Power Co., after the storm passed
just west of the plant on its way
But the typhoon brought new
misery to the northeastern re-
gion already slammed by the
March 11 earthquake and tsu-
nami, dumping up to 17 inches
of rain in some areas.
Authorities warned of a high
risk of mudslides in that region.
Hundreds of tsunami survivors
in government shelters in the
lMiyagi state town of Onagawa
were forced to evacuate for fear
of flooding.
More than 200,000 households
in central Japan were without
electricity late Wednesday. Po-
lice and local media reported 13
.people dead or missing in south-
ern and central regions, many of
them believed swept away by riv-
ers swollen with rains. -
The storm, packing sustained
winds of up to 100 mph, made
landfall in the early afternoon
near the city of .Hamamatsu,
about 125 miles west of Tokyo.
The fast-moving storm went
past the capital in the evening
and then headed up into the
northeast, where it was losing
In Tokyo, where many rush
hour commuter trains were
suspended, thousands of com-
muters trying to rush home
were stuck at stations across the
sprawling city.
"The hotels in the vicinity are
all booked up, so I'm waiting
for the bullet train to restart,"
Hiromu Harada, a 60-year-old
4 businessman, said dejectedly at
Tokyo Station.
Fire department officials re-
ported three people injured
in Tokyo. In the trendy shop-.


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Farmlands are under waters flooded from the Tokyo River in central Japan on Wednesday as powerful Typhoon Roke
barreled across central Japan with heavy rains and sustained winds of up to 100 mph.

ping district of Shibuya, winds
knocked a tree onto a sidewalk,
but no one was hurt. Pedestrians
struggled to walk straight in pow-
erful winds that made umbrellas
At the Fukushima plant, engi-
neers are still working to stabi-
lize the reactors six months after
three of them melted down when
the tsunami disabled the plant's
power and back-up generators.
Iwamoto said the storm passed
without damaging the reactors'
cooling systems, which are cru-
cial to keeping them under con-
trol. However, a closed-circuit
camera that shows exteriors of
the reactor buildings abruptly
stopped, he said.
Workers were trying to prevent
pools of contaminated water
from flooding and leaking out-
side the complex, said Junichi
Matsumoto, another power com-
pany spokesman.
"The contaminated water lev-
els have been rising, and we are
watching the situation very close-

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ly to make sure it stays there,"
Matsumoto told reporters.
As the storm headed further
into the north, it triggered land-
slides in parts of Miyagi state that
already were hit by the March
disasters. The local government
requested the help of defense
troops. Dozens of schools can-
celed classes.
The disaster-struck region had
a chilling reminder of its earlier
disasters when a magnitude-5.3
earthquake struck late Wednes-
day just south of Fukushima in'
the Ibaraki state. Officials said
the temblor posed no danger
to the plaht, and that it did not
cause any damage or injuries in
the region.
Heavy rains prompted floods
and caused road damage earlier
in dozens of locations in Nagoya
and several other cities, the Aichi
prefectural (state) government
Parts of Japan's central city of
Nagoya, about 170 miles west of
Tokyo, were flooded near swol-

len rivers where rescue work-
ers helped'residents evacuate in
rubber boats.
Police in nearby Gifu prefecture
said a 9-year-old boy and an 84-
year-old man were missing after
apparently falling into swollen
More than 200 domestic flights
were canceled and'some bullet
train services were suspended.
Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's
No. 1 automaker, shut down its
plants as a precaution.
Machinery maker Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries told workers at
its five plants to stay home, com-
pany spokesman Hideo Ikuno
Nissan Motor Co. spokesman
Chris Keeffe said workers at its
Yokohama headquarters and
nearby technical facilities were
being told to go home early for
safety reasons, and that two
plants were not operating.
A typhoon that slammed Japan
earlier this month left about 90
people dead or missing.



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