imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Wednesday, MAY 8, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF Holmes County High Advisory Meeting BONIFAY — The Holmes County High School Advisory Council will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the HCHS Guidance conference room. This meeting is open to the public, and copies of the agenda can be obtained at the front desk at Holmes County High School. Goodwill Job Fair Thursday CHIPLEY — Goodwill Industries Big-Bend will hold a job fair from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday at PAEC in Chipley. Multiple employers will be on hand and hiring during the job fair. For more information, contact CeCe Richards at 638-0093. www.bonifaynow.com Volume 123, Number 4 See BRIEF A3 INDEX Opinion ................................ A4 Outdoors .............................. A6 Sports .................................. A7 Extra.................................... B1 Faith .................................... B4 Obituaries ............................ B5 Classifieds ............................ B7 By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT email@example.com BONIFAY — The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners focused largely on county roads during its April 30 meeting. After months of studies and rankings, both County Engineer Cliff Knauer from Preble Rish and County Engineer Whitney Nelson from Melvin Engineering came up with county roads best suited for the upcom- ing Small County Outreach Program and the Small County Road Assistance Program. Nelson said, with his findings, the best road to be submitted for SCRAP would be County Road 183 from County Road 10A to the Walton County line. Knauer said the best roads to submit for SCOP would be Duncan Road and Thomas Drive. “Our projects were narrowed down to what we could complete in a year,” Knauer said. “North and South Ride are still on my list but may be able to funded through a Community Development Block Grant, combining both into one project and submitting it in October to be finished in the next two years.” He said there are many other county roads that are in desperate need of repairs. However, with various extenuating circumstances, it would take more than a year to complete the other roads. See BOCC A3 CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Visitors congregate after the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners meeting on April 30. VOLUNTEER, BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NAMED Chamber Showcase supports arts By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT firstname.lastname@example.org PHOTOS BY CECILIA SPEARS ABOVE: This year’s Business of the Year award was presented to the owner of Vo’s Tailoring and Nails, Son Vo, and was presented by Manager of Peoples South Bank Janice Hewitt, at left, and by Jon Sims, president of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce. LEFT: This year’s Volunteer of the Year award was presented to DeAnna Oldham by Holmes County Chamber of Commerce representative Julia Bullington and Sims. BONIFAY — The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce named Vo’s Tailoring and Nails Holmes County’s Business of the Year, and DeAnna Oldham was honored as Volunteer of the Year at Monday’s annual Chamber event. It was an evening of music, drama and dining from venues found only locally as the Chamber of Commerce welcomed guests to this year’s Chamber Banquet titled “Showcase,” held in the Holmes County High School auditorium. After dining from food provided by local venues — Pho Noodle & Kaboodle, Doc’s Market, Piggly Wiggly and Los Rancheros — guests enjoyed productions from performing arts programs from Holmes County High School, Bethlehem High School, Ponce de Leon High School and Poplar Springs High School. Bethlehem High School’s Drama Department presented “Super Freaks,” while Poplar Springs High School’s Drama Department presented a few snippets of their production of “Babes in Toyland.” Ponce de Leon and Holmes County High both staged segments of their productions of “Happy Days” for the audience. Poplar Springs High School’s Drama Department was awarded a $500 bonus for selling the most tickets for the banquet. The check See SHOWCASE A2 WTVY’s Mike Gurspan visits Bonifay Kiwanis Club By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT email@example.com Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: bonifaynow.com Fax: 850-547-9418 50¢ HC BOCC focus on roads WHTC hosts Battle of the Bands CHIPLEY — The Washington-Holmes Technical Center will host Battle of the Bands from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the old Chipley High School auditorium. Sixteen bands will compete for the title, and bands are still being sought to participate. The event is a fundraiser for the SkillsUSA program. The cost to compete is $50 per band to enter, and the winner will receive a professional recording session in the technical center’s digital studio. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than 13. For more information, contact Stephanie Halley at 638-1180 ext. 303 or email stephanie.halley@ washington.k12.fl.us. WHTC students become SkillsUSA Champions B1 BONIFAY — Kiwanis Club of Bonifay welcomed guest speaker Mike Gurspan from WTVY of Dothan during its May 1 meeting. “I came here in the ’70s,” Gurspan said. “It was a different time and different town. Television is expanding, especially the participation of viewers.” He described it as an “evolving business.” “I’m above my age limit,” he said. “It’s changing and computerized. You can go live from anywhere now. Compared to 20 years ago, it’s space-aged.” Gurspan said unless you have a digital antenna in Holmes County, you would not be able to have access to Channel 4. “There’s an agreement between Channel 7 and Channel 4,” Gurspan said. “Most of Florida would have Channel 7, and most of Alabama would have Channel 4.” He said the most dramatic event he was involved in was in 2007, when a tornado touched down in Enterprise, Ala., and killed seven students. “I ran in with my camera, and everyone from all over the world was wanting my footage,” Gurspan said. “We were fortunate that we didn’t have Facebook then. It would’ve taken a horrible situation and made it worse, but then again I may just be a different generation.” Though someone from Channel 7 now covers Holmes County for Channel 4, he said he still enjoys visiting. “I’ve always enjoyed coming to Holmes County,” Gurspan said. CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser WTVY’s Mike Gurspan speaks at the Kiwanis Club of Bonifay’s May 1 meeting.