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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF Bethlehem Elementary Open House BETHLEHEM — Bethlehem Elementary will hold its Open House from 8:3010:30 a.m., on Friday, Aug. 16. Open House will be for pre-k through fifth grade. Bonifay Middle School Orientation BONIFAY — Orientation for the 2013-14 school year is at the Bonifay Middle School cafeteria as follows: fifth grade, Aug. 14 at 8:30 a.m.; Sixth grade, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.; Seventh grade, Aug. 15 at 8:30 a.m.; Eighth grade, Aug 15. at 10 a.m. Volume 123, Number 18 BONIFAY CITY COUNCIL Kiwanis requests contract change By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Assistant State Attorney Brandon Young came before the Bonifay City Council on behalf of the Bonifay Kiwanis Club to renegotiate a 50-year contract between the city and the club for the use of Memorial Field during the council meeting on Monday. “There is a 50-year agreement between the Bonifay Kiwanis Club and the City of Bonifay for the use of Memorial Field that was renewed in 1995,” Young said. “Before the Kiwanis Club would receive numerous bills to pay various people for jobs, and this contract was arranged between the club and the city so that the club would pay one lump sum to the city to cover all the expenses as- sociated with using Memorial Field for two events.” The contract agreed on a payment of $5,000 per year, which covered the yearly rodeo and all-night gospel sing, with a cost of living reassessment, he said. “Over the past few years, they’ve been receiving a few bills in addition to the $5,000,” Young said. “Since the club has done away with the allnight gospel sing; there’s only one event. Also, at the time, garbage was a large expense to the city, which was around $2,000. However, for the last few years, the club has a contract dealing directly with Waste Management, so that is no longer an expense of the city.” Young proposed the 50year contract be reduced NEW WHEELS INDEX Opinion ................................ A4 Outdoors .............................. A6 Sports .................................. A7 Extra.................................... B1 Faith .................................... B4 Obituaries ............................ B5 Classifieds ............................ B7 Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 to a five-year contract and the lump amount be held at $6,000. “I can admit, in 18 years $5,000 may not seem to be the appropriate amount any more, and I don’t feel that handing you $5,000 and saying we’re done because of a 50-year contract is going to leave us in very good standings with one another,” See BONIFAY A2 County preps for FEMA By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT $106,000 each, and if not for the funds provided by the Ebro Greyhound Track’s additional funding, the district would not have been able to afford the buses. “Right now, we’ve got enough to have one provided BONIFAY — Holmes County Board of County Commissioners discussed preparations for the arrival of Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives with the Director of Emergency Operations Center Wanda Stafford during a special session on Thursday. “We met with the FEMA director yesterday at the EOC,” Stafford said. “The kick-off meeting will be held in a couple of weeks, and FEMA representatives will want to meet with us to go with the Holmes County road foremen to assess damages. Our project worksheets will be written at that time, and we’ll work out all the small and large projects.” Stafford said 75 percent of the funding will be paid at the beginning for the small projects. However, for the large projects, they will ask for a 12 percent match from the county. “We’re going to ask for a waiver,” Stafford said. “In 2009 we asked for a waiver, and we had half of the match waived.” She said the EOC would also ask for vector control, which is a countywide mosquito spraying. “I’m requesting a county engineer to make sure that all FEMA funds are captured,” Stafford said. “These representatives may come in as soon as next week, and they’ll want to be ready to get started.” Stafford also requested two temporary positions be opened specifically for documentation upkeep and organization. “This is a critical point,” she said. “Documentation determines if we get funding or not, and if one little detail is out of order, we risk not See BUSES A3 See FEMA A2 Ponce De Leon Elementary School free breakfast PONCE DE LEON — The Holmes County School Board has announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students in the National School Breakfast Program for the 2013-14 school year. All students will be served breakfast at no charge at Ponce de Leon Elementary School For more information, call the Gail Anderson, food service administrator, at 5479341 ext. 256. 50¢ CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Superintendent Eddie Dixon introduces 11 new buses into the Holmes County District Schools’ fleet on Thursday. School district welcomes 11 new buses By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — The Holmes County District Schools welcomed 11 new school buses into their fleet on Thursday. “All these buses are state of the art and have superior marks in safety,” said Superintendent Eddie Dixon. “The buses are longer, holding four more children and have seats that are a foot taller to protect the children’s heads and necks. There are also four digital cameras throughout the bus for increased security.” Dixon said the buses cost Esto approves first reading of mobile home ordinance By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT ESTO — Esto Town Council held the first reading of its new proposed mobile home ordinance during their Aug. 6 meeting. “All mobile homes must meet the following requirements for Esto prior to being placed on real property in the town,” Council member Teresa Harrison read. “All mobile homes must be structurally sound, clean, sanitary, well-maintained and approved by council. Council may give a 90-day extension, if needed. “All mobile homes must meet all U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards and the Florida Manufactured Building Act. All mobile homes must meet all requirements on Application for Town of Esto. “If any mobile home is moved onto the property without council approval, a $250 fine will be assessed and a lien will be placed on the property. An additional $10 per day will be charged until it is moved off the property.” Council member Darlene Madden asked about the purpose of the 90-day extension. “Sometimes a good mobile home will be moved in, but it still isn’t inhabitable,” Town Council President Danny Powell said. “The 90 days gives anyone a reasonable amount of time to complete necessary finishing touches, like putting on the skirting, hooking up the water, etc. After that, the fines will start, and I will add that the 90-day extension is still based on council approval.” John Little came before the council to ask that they sign an ordinance against granting illegal immigrants amnesty and benefits. The council approved of the resolution of support. “I realize we have illegals, and they’ve been here for a long time,” Powell said. “I just don’t think that it’s fair to those of us who are paying our dues and that can’t get ahead because they’re taking the burden of these illegals.” The council approved of paying a local man $2,115 to repair and refurbish the kitchen and inside of the Esto Community Center. Madden said there will be a yard sale on Sept. 14 to raise money for next year’s Two-Toe Tom Festival. She said they are accepting donations to sell at the yard sale to help raise funds. She said anything will be accepted as a donation, from clothes to furniture, and if anyone was interested in making a donation or would like more information to contact her at 263-3201. 5017202 Wednesday, AUGUST 14, 2013 Alpaca farming is one local family’s golden fleece | B1

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