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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF Christmas in August set DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — DeFuniak Springs will be the location of Christmas in August from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event is a fundraiser for Relay for Life and is at the DeFuniak Community Center, Highway 83 North, in DeFuniak Springs. For more information, call Janet Hurst at 585-0030. Workforce improvement seen as key to attracting industry By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — What if you wanted to open a facility making parts for airplane engines but couldn’t find any employees locally with the skills to work the machines needed to machine the parts? Increasingly, manufacturers are having trouble finding employees capable of doing the jobs that need to be done. But now, there is a new council forming that hopes to lay the groundwork for a healthy workforce in Northwest Florida by bringing the various factions of education together with manufacturing leaders to develop a skilled workforce. The newly formed Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council wants to bring educators and manu- facturers together to work on building this workforce, making Northwest Florida more attractive to industries that might want to locate here. Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council Vice Chairman Allan Bense and Board Member Terry Ellis were in Chipley Monday discussing the new council. “We’re getting people together and discussing the needs,” Ellis said. “We want to be a voice for all industry thoughout Northwest Florida.” Bense is president of GAC Contractors in Panama City and served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998-2006. Ellis is a founding board member. He is manager of West Point Home in Chipley and serves on the Washington County School Board. Chipola College and Washington County Cham- See EDUCATION A2 By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT Reading Coach Gwynn Stafford. “I’d also like to thank Keyla Boswell, who has been a very good teacher, as well as Cheryl West, who has been a huge help,” Lee said. “I wanted to thank all the teachers and her grandparents who carry them to and from school and most of all I’d like to thank God for all his blessings.” CHIPLEY — The Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force discussed upcoming awareness events during its meeting on Aug. 8 at the WashingtonHolmes Technical Center. Missy Sword Lee, Family Intervention Program supervisor for Habilitative Services of Northwest Florida, announced Doctors Memorial Hospital had partnered with the task force to host an awareness walk from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the hospital in Bonifay. “This will include a walk for anyone who can get pledges to raise money,” Lee said. “The walk will be around the hospital’s walking path. There will also be a ‘walk in her shoes’ event for men to participate by wearing high heels for pledge money.” She said at the end of night there would be a vigil where luminaries, which may be purchased in advance for $10, will be lighted during a special ceremony where victims and survivors are recognized while survivors are sharing their stories. “We have sponsorship packages available for local businesses and individuals that have a nice incentive package to go with the level that they choose to give,” Lee said. “We will have free food, give- See FCAT A2 See AWARENESS A2 CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Zoie Miller stands with her mother and father, Lee and Kim Miller, and her younger sister, Jolie Miller. Bonifay girl wins Florida Scholar Award By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Lee and Kim Miller said they couldn’t be prouder of their daughter Zoie Miller, a 9-year-old fourth grader at Bethlehem School who recently received the Florida Scholar Award 2013 for achieving the highest level scores in the state on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in Reading. “I can’t even express how proud I am,” Lee said. “I’m honored to have her as my baby. Her and Jolie are my heart, and I’m blessed to have them as my babies.” Zoie said she enjoys music, reading, shooting guns, hanging out with friends, going to the zoo and spending time on her Nook. She began studying for the FCAT last year, with the help of County approves new garbage franchise agreement By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 ber of Commerce are charter members of the council. Helping manufacturing companies grow is the aim of the council, Ellis said, which consists of representatives from area employers, educational institutions and economic development and workforce organizations. The group has been Domestic task force readies for awareness events FCAT ACE Ponce De Leon Elementary School Free breakfast Opinion ................................ A4 Arrests ................................. A5 Outdoors .............................. A6 Sports .................................. A7 Extra.................................... B1 Faith .................................... B4 Obituaries ............................ B5 Classifieds ............................ B6 50¢ NFMC seeks to improve technical education VERNON — The Vernon Labor Day Celebration will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 and will include food, fireworks, entertainment and fun for all ages. The event was rescheduled from July 4 because of rain. INDEX B1 Volume 123, Number 19 Vernon Labor Day Celebration 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. A patchwork of friends, family and community BONIFAY — The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved the recently revised garbage franchise agreement during their meeting on Aug. 13. County Attorney Jeff Goodman explained it was basically the same agreement before only this time it added the requirement for franchises to show proof of insurance and reinforced if any franchise that did not comply with the agreement could have their contract with the county terminated. The board agreed to allow Goodman to advertise for Ordinance 05-08. “This is a small county surtax that was started 17 or 18 years ago,” Goodman said. “For financial reasons the county has chosen to renew, and I need permission to advertise to schedule for September to get it going.” The board approved renewing their membership with Opportunity Florida in the amount of $1,992.70. Commissioner Bill Parish asked what benefits the county receives from being a member of Opportunity Florida, and Chairman Monty Merchant replied a “solicitation of businesses.” “Their goal is bringing in businesses to the area,” Goodman said. “I like the idea of being a part of them.” Merchant reminded the board there are a couple of members of the Holmes County Development Commission who have resigned. “It’s nothing we need to do right now. It’s just something we need to consider and bring the names to the next meeting,” Merchant said. “Shirley Hawthorn’s term is up, but she has volunteered to continue serving on the board.” The board approved of reappointing Hawthorn and agreed to bring names for potential new members at the next scheduled meeting. Malinda Pollock with CDG Engineers came before the board to request a Landfill Permit Modification in efforts to save the county up to $7,000 a year. “It is to change the gas testing from quarterly to annually,” Pollock said. “This will drastically reduce laboratory fees and should save you up to $7,000 per year.” The board approved of the Landfill Permit Modification in the amount of $3,200. See GARBAGE A2 5017202 Wednesday, AUGUST 21, 2013 HOLMES VALLEY QUILTERS’ CLUB

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