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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF Cobb-Worley Reunion slated BONIFAY — The descendants of Andrew and Rebecca Cobb Worley will hold their 23rd Annual Family Reunion at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, at the Bonifay Ag Center located on Highway 90 one mile east of Highway 79 in Bonifay. All family members and friends are invited to attend. Bring a well filled food basket and family pictures for a time of reminiscing and fellowship. Lots of entertainment is lined up for your enjoyment. For more information call D.B. Worley at 547-9282 or Teresa Bush at 263-4744 or 263-3072. Volume 123, Number 15 District considering 1.5 mill tax By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — The Holmes County School District met July 16 and approved of advertising for a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. on July 29 to discuss a possible 1.5 mill property tax in addition to the to the school’s proposed tax of 6.043 mills. The tax is estimated to generate $670,751 to go toward building the new Bonifay Middle and Elementary Schools, reimburse maintenance, renovation and repairs, roof repairs and replacement, paving, purchase of seven school buses, purchasing school furniture and equipment district wide and lease purchase of Data Processing Equipment. Superintendent Eddie Dixon gave a preview of the presentation he would be presenting before the visiting representatives from the Florida Department of Education about building the new Bonifay Middle and Elementary Schools. “In 1985 Ponce de Leon High was built for $5,299,402; in 1988 Holmes County High was built for $12,042,055; in 1997 Bethlehem School was built for $15,527,022; and in 2003 Pop- lar Springs School was built for $13,322,713 for a total of $46,191,192,” said Dixon. “What they all have in common is that these schools would not have existed without the Special Facilities Program.” He explained that the value of one mill in Holmes County is equivalent to $412,000 and the value of Walton Park gets new name Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 Guest speaks out against domestic violence By CECILIA SPEARS CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Eastside Park was renamed Etta M. White Hudson Memorial Park in honor of the dearly departed Etta M. White Hudson during a rededication ceremony held on July 16. In loving memory of Etta M. White Hudson By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — On a beautiful sunny day, after a long week of bleak weather, friends, family and city officials gathered at Eastside Park to rename it Etta M. White Hudson Memorial Park. The city park was named in memory of Etta M. White Hudson during a rededication ceremony held on July 16. “Thank you all for coming to celebrate the life of Mrs. Etta Hudson,” said Mayor Lawrence Cloud. “Mrs. Hudson accomplished many things in her life; she was a dedicated wife, mother, friend and nurse.” He said she had earned her master’s degree in nursing and “lovingly served the community in this area for many years.” “Most of all Mrs. Etta was totally committed in her faith as a Christian and a woman of strong, moral character. It is my honor and privi- See HUDSON A3 INDEX Arrests ................................. A5 Opinion ................................ A4 Outdoors .............................. A6 Sports .................................. A7 Extra.................................... B1 Faith .................................... B4 Obituaries ............................ B3 Classifieds ............................ B5 See TAX A3 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT Homecoming Services planned GRACEVILLE — Bethel Baptist Church will hold Homecoming Services on Sunday, July 28. Services begin at 9:45 a.m. with singing by the Bethel Choir and other individuals and groups. There will be a short break at 10:45. Worship service begins at 11 a.m. with more singing and a message by Rev. Chester Padgett. Please plan to join us and stay for food and fellowship in the family ministry building immediately following the worship service. The church is located at 1349 Hwy 173 in Graceville. 50¢ Honoring 22 years of service to City of Bonifay From Staff Reports BONIFAY — Friends, family and coworkers gathered together, filling the Bonifay City Hall, to celebrate Francis Kline’s 22 years of service to the City of Bonifay with a Retirement Celebration on July 19. “She has worked diligently for the city for over 22 years,” said Mayor Lawrence Cloud. “She has been a tremendous asset and a dedicated friend. We are honored to have had her with us for so long and she will be sorely missed when she is gone.” With tears in her eyes, Kline thanked all of her friends, family and coworkers for the warm reception. “I’ve never been one for speeches but you must know that these have been the best years of my life,” said Kline. “I’m grateful for all the love and support that was given to me throughout the years. I’ll miss this place and most of all I will miss all of you; I promise to visit on a regular basis.” CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Mayor Lawrence Cloud commended Francis Kline for her 22 years of service by presenting her with a plaque. For more photos of the event visit BONIFAY — Missy Sword Lee, Family intervention program aupervisor with Habilitative Services of Northwest Florida, visited the Bonifay Kiwanis Club’s July 16 meeting to speak about The Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force. “The mission of the Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force is to provide safety for the victims of domestic violence and sexual violence through training, counseling and guidance while attempting to preserve the family as a whole,” said Lee. “The goal of the WashingtonHolmes Domestic Violence Task Force is to reduce domestic and sexual violence in our communities. It is our objective to provide a shelter that will offer safety and security to those looking to end the violence in their lives by removing themselves from the situation.” Lee explained that she used to work for the Department of Children and Families. “I am ashamed to admit that I used to be one of those people who would frown at a woman who didn’t want to leave a violent relationship and say things like ‘why would you stay?’ and ‘it’s your fault,’” said Lee. “The truth of the matter is it isn’t as simple as all that. These women have no where to go, especially in our area.” The closest shelter is in Panama City, said Lee, and that makes the decision to leave harder. “We need your help,” said Lee. “We’ve got the get the word out and we’re working hard to do just that. We held a soft- See VIOLENCE A2 5017202 Wednesday, JULY 24, 2013 INSIDE

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