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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF Dedication celebration slated WESTVILLE — Reedy Assembly of God Church will have a dedication ceremony at noon Saturday, July 20. Brother Tommy Moore will speak, and finger foods will be served in the Fellowship Hall afterward. The church is at the intersection of Reedy and Arrant roads. Volume 123, Number 14 State of emergency extended By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved extending Holmes County’s State of Emergency by seven days after a brief update and recommendation was given by Director of Emergency Management Wanda Stafford at their July 9 meeting. “What saved us from some heavy flooding was that there was not that much rain in the northern part of the county,” said Stafford. “Along with us, Bay, Walton and Washington Counties were hit pretty hard.” Stafford explained that in order for Florida to declare a State of Emergency there has to be a total of $26 million in damage to Florida. “I don’t think it’s going to be that hard to reach that amount,” said Stafford. “For Holmes County the damage assessment is $680,000 and rising because all of our assessments aren’t done yet; there was $15 million dollars worth of damage in Washington County and if you add the damage done in Vernon alone the damage is up to $19 million. I think the addition of the damage done in Bay County will more than put us over the required $26 million, though we still have to BONIFAY — The annual Urquhart reunion will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20 at Bonifay ag center on East U.S. 90. Arrests ................................. A3 Opinion ................................ A4 Outdoors .............................. A6 Sports .................................. A7 Extra.................................... B1 Obituaries ............................ B3 Faith .................................... B4 Classifieds ............................ B6 Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 See EMERGENCY A2 By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT Pre-K enrollment requirements INDEX have the president sign a Federal State of Emergency for Florida before we can get financial help.” She said they are still assessing damages in Holmes County, adding that it was safe to assume, like Washington County, all dirt roads were affected. “All of our roads are needing grading, shaping and ditches cleared,” said Stafford. “All in all What it means to be an Army Ranger FCAT MATH WIZ Urquhart family reunion BONIFAY — If your child will be attending pre-K or kindergarten in Holmes County, he or she must have a current Florida physical (completed no more than one year before entry) and Florida immunizations. The Holmes County Health Department will be doing physicals and immunizations by appointment only. Physicals can be billed to insurance; otherwise the cost is $35 per student. Immunizations are free to all students. You may use your private provider or HCHD. Appointment space and times are limited. Call 5478000, ext. 1. 50¢ CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Mikey Swartz with his mother and father, Pauline and Michael Swartz, and his older brother, Andrew Swartz. BES student makes perfect 5 By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — To 11-year-old Mikey Swartz, Math is as easy as breathing and comes just as naturally. Swartz, a fourth-grader at Bonifay Elementary School, has recently received a perfect 5 on his FCAT. “Math is the easiest subject in all of the whole school,” said Swartz. “25 percent is because of my family and 75 percent is because I helped myself.” Swartz said that when he grows up he wants to be in the Army to “ride some tanks.” “School’s harder for him be- cause of his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” said his father, Michael Swartz. “His mind moves faster then he can speak. A big problem is focusing; even the slightest thing as a fly buzzing in a room can distract him.” Michael Swartz said that his See FCAT A2 BONIFAY — Retired Army Ranger Danny David told of the trials, tribulations, triumphs and of the progress and importance of the United States Army Rangers during the Bonifay Kiwanis Club’s July 10 meeting. David began with a video captured by his son’s helmet camera during his tour of Afghanistan. “The only way you can get a feel for what they do is by seeing it with your own eyes,” explained David. “As you can see they are checking where they walk because there are land mines. Six months before he went to Afghanistan he was in ranger school; he’s only 23 years old.” He said that the Army Rangers first formed during the early days of America. “Before that we had the organized battle tactics of the Europeans with bright uniforms and well formed front lines for straight-forward battles,” said David. See RANGER A2 Preparations underway to sell the old Doctors Memorial Hospital By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — The main topic of discussion at the Doctors Memorial Hospital Foundation’s July 12 meeting was preparations for selling the old hospital and possible new locations for their annual and most profitable fundraiser, the Haunted Hospital. “We need to advertise it in the newspaper and take bids after the appraisal,” said JoAnn Baker, Adminis- trator at Doctors Memorial Hospital. “There are two very interested companies already.” After a long discussion about possible locations for the new Haunted Hospital, Brenda Blitch, director of Patient and Public Affairs, asked that all board members do some research into the matter and then bring it before the board at their next meeting. “We’ve got at least another month before we need to start making a decision,” said Blitch. “Last year we didn’t even start with the preparations until the end of August. If it wasn’t such a good fund raiser I’d say forget it.” Blitch also informed the board that the summer was without public events. “We’re focusing on online employee training,” Blitch said. “We’ve got some updated software CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser needed that we’re going to The Doctors Memorial Hospital Foundation discussed focus on.” the next process of selling the old hospital while Baker informed the board that there were new brainstorming ideas for a new location of their See HOSPITAL A2 annual fundraiser The Haunted Hospital during their July 12 meeting. 5017202 Wednesday, JULY 17, 2013 Students excel at robotics camp B1

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