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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Wednesday, JUNE 19, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF FUMC to have cookout BONIFAY — First United Methodist Church will offer free grilled hot dogs, chips and dessert at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, at 202 N. Oklahoma St., on the lawn of the church’s Educational Building. The public is invited. Volume 123, Number 10 By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — After much discussion, the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners agreed to move forward in their pursuit of a county manager at their June 11 meeting. The board tasked County Attorney Jeff Goodman with writing a job description to bring to the board at their next meeting. “I understand that you want a county administrator but without the authority to hire and fire,” Goodman said. “Someone who can coordinate between department heads and oversee public works but not with the full power of a county administrator. Basically it will be county coordinator and public works director.” Chairman Monty Merchant said he would like someone who would be willing go out to project sites to work. “I’m hoping he’s not a coat-andtie man,” Merchant said. “We need a man that can put on his boots and get to work out there.” Project Engineer Jack Elliott and a representative from the Department of Transportation gave an update on the progress being See BOCC A2 By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Northwest Florida is positioned to be a leader in economic growth for the state, said Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville. “We’re in the position to be a pathway of growth for not just Northwest Florida, but the entire state, in the next 10 to SEN. DON 15 years,” Gaetz GAETZ said. Gaetz was in Chipley on Tuesday for a “Neighborhood Day,” visiting local officials and residents, starting with a visit to the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also set up shop at the county agricultural center to meet with residents, addressed the Kiwanis Club and met with Northwest Florida Community Hospital administration to Gritney reunion to be Saturday Opinion ................................ A4 Outdoors .............................. A6 Sports .................................. A7 Extra.................................... B1 Faith .................................... B4 Obituaries ............................ B5 Classifieds ............................ B7 made to County Road 173 North. Elliott said very few tasks remain to finish the project, such as side drains and shoulders. “The south end looks better then the north end,” Commissioner Kenneth Williams said. “Will the north end be corrected before you leave? Also, how long can they hold people up, because I was out Gaetz: Panhandle ‘pathway of growth’ GOING WILD FOR READING BONIFAY —The Knights of Columbus, Council 10513, Infant of Prague, will sponsor a Fortnight for Freedom, as requested by the American Conference of Bishops. The event will run 5:30-6:30 p.m. June 21 to July 4 at Blessed Trinity Church in Bonifay. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Bob Scholl at 8492079 or 326-6225. INDEX 50¢ BOCC to seek county manager Fortnight for Freedom starts Friday The Gritney reunion will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. This reunion is for everyone who grew up or still lives in Gritney. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring a covered dish, and we look forward to seeing you this year. There will be singing for those who would like to sing, and people are welcome to bring musical instruments. For more information, call Beatrice Judah at 535-6338. BMS students quilt for kids | B1 The Holmes County Public Library kicked off the second week of its Summer Reading Program with Going Wild for Reading. Above, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials show off their albino deer and their newest fawn, Easter. At right, FWC officials put on a demonstration about indigenous Florida animals, showing them a bear skull, a variety of bird feathers and a baby alligator, to name a few. PHOTOS BY CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser See GAETZ A2 Brown’s mother speaks about victim advocacy By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Victim advocate Nancy Williams spoke with the Bonifay Kiwanis Club about the importance of victim advocacy during the club’s June 12 meeting. “I met Williams in 2010 after her daughter, Mia Chay Brown, was abducted and murdered,” Assistant State Attorney Brandon Young said. “She volunteered with our office shortly afterward, and in December of last year, we hired her as a vic- Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 tim advocate.” Williams began by quoting Nelson Mandela. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children,” Williams said. “We make choices in who we want to be and how we move forward. One of the things we’ve set up as a part of the healing process is (to) establish a legacy for Mia by helping others through a Mia Chay Brown Scholarship, which is only available at Bethlehem High School.” The scholarship awards $1,000 to a senior who writes an essay explaining the goals they have and what they’ve done to better their community. “I hope and pray that by doing this we are helping other young people go forward in their community and in their own lives,” Williams said. “That they make positive changes, not only in their lives but in the life blood of the community.” She said it was her experience with tragedy that made her decide to become a victim advocate. See ADVOCACY A2 CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Nancy Williams visits the Bonifay Kiwanis Club to speak about victim advocacy. 2013  TRI-COUNT Y WASHINGTON I HOLMES I JACKSON  Lhe{e[ce{| h[†er[ce hek{ahwkae| Winners and Finalists will be announced in the June 26th edition of the Washington County News and the Holmes County Times-Advertiser

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