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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Wednesday, AUGUST 28, 2013 BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF HCHS 2013 yearbook distribution and signing BONIFAY — Holmes County High School will distribute the 2013 edition of the Devil Tales on Friday. Yearbooks will be distributed in the student center at 2 p.m. Students who bought yearbooks will be dismissed from class to attend the signing. All 2013 graduates are invited back to participate. For more information, call HCHS at 547-9000 ext. 2501. Volume 123, Number 20 School board discusses WINGS By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Holmes County District School Board held a short discussion about the after-school program, WINGS, during their Aug. 20 meeting. The board approved of board member Debbie Kolmetz’s request to hold a separate vote for WINGS personnel during Superintendent Eddie Dixon’s personnel recommendation. “I don’t want to vote no to all the recommendations, just the WINGS personnel because I’m not for the WINGS program at all,” Kolmetz said. “Why are there 85 people working in the WINGS program? I know it’s a government-funded program, but it’s not free because taxpayers pay for that program, and because of that I am totally against that program.” Dixon explained there are 85 people working in the WINGS program, but each only work a few hours per week, and the most work is done during the summer. “Why we voted on the WINGS program and why I still believe in the program now is because as a rural county we don’t have an after-school program like those of the bigger cities,” board member Jason Motley said. “Before the WINGS program those children who needed extra time for studies just fell between the cracks, and I believe the WINGS program has been an asset to Holmes County.” The board approved of Dixon’s personnel recommendation for the WINGS program, with Kolmetz vot- Gillman Family Reunion WESTVILLE — The Gillman Family Reunion is Saturday in the fellowship hall at Leonia Baptist Church in Westville. Bring a covered dish to share at lunch; tea, ice, pates and utensils will be furnished. Doors open at 10 a.m. All friends and family are invited. For more information, call 547-9268 or 956-2810. INDEX Arrests ................................. A3 Opinion ................................ A4 Sports .................................. A6 Extra.................................... B1 Faith .................................... B4 Obituaries ............................ B3 Classifieds ............................ B7 See WINGS A2 with burglary and grand theft auto From Staff Reports RANDAL SEYLER | Times-Advertiser Volunteers Connie Walker, Rhonda Dickinson and Rhonda Kent listen to Circuit Director Fred Hapner describe the role of the Guardian ad Litem volunteer during a training session on Aug. 12 in Chipley. BONIFAY — The Holmes County Sheriff ’s Office reported the arrest of Jimmy Lee Tidwell, 28, of Samson, Ala., on Aug. 20 for two recent store burglaries in Holmes County. According to the report, the Holmes County Sheriff ’s Office answered the call about a burglary at the Motley Mall Grocery in the New Hope Community near the Florida-Alabama state line on Aug. 16, and the Geneva County Sheriff ’s Office and Geneva Police Department also had to check out a few robberies at convenience stores in their area that same morning. See BURGLARY A2 Volunteers serve as advocates, mentors for children By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Serving as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer advocate takes not only training — it also takes an open heart and common sense, said Fred Hapner, circuit director for the 14th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. The 14th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, which includes Washington and Holmes counties, started its regular training program on Aug. 12 in Chipley with a ON THE WEB Guardian ad Litem Visit the website handful volunteers enrolled. The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a network of professional staff and community advocates, partnering to provide a voice in court for the children and to create positive change on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. The GAL program uses adult volunteers who are concerned for the well being of children and have a continuing commitment to advocate for a child until a safe and permanent home is obtained. There are 21 local Guardian ad Litem programs in 20 judicial circuits in Florida. Every year, more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. See GAL A2 SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-ADVERTISER On the evening of Aug. 19, the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office answered the call to a burglary at the Stateline Liquor Store in Northern Holmes County and were able to get images of the suspect off of the surveillance camera, according to the report. City resolved to oppose Gulf Power rate increase By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 ing “no,” and approved of the remaining personnel recommendation unanimously. The board approved of 2013-2014 Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement with Chipola College. “This is an agreement we have with Chipola College for dual and early enrollment,” Dixon said. “The only new thing is the state A voice for children Man charged Baxley Reunion LEONIA — All family and friends are invited to the William B. (Will) Baxley reunion. The reunion is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Bring a well-filled basket of food to share and also bring Baxley family photos if you have them. The church is about four miles south of Leonia on Highway 181. For more information call Dolly Polston at 5472931 or Edna Hill at 547-1602. 50¢ BONIFAY — The Bonifay City Council took into consideration council member Roger Brooks’ suggestion to let the city attorney draft a resolution in opposition of the Gulf Power’s proposed 7-percent rate increase during Monday’s meeting. “This is going to be tough,” Brooks said. “This is going to See BONIFAY A2 COLLEGE PICK-EM Win $25 weekly just by picking the most winning games! Bonifay City Council discussed the upcoming workshops with the Bonifay Kiwanis Club and about the budget as well as an upcoming Capital Improvement Plan public hearing during their regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 26. CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Scoreboard for Aug. 31 games inside! Contest starts today and runs through November. Look for upcoming Saturday games in print or online at and 5017217 For the latest breaking news, visit Rodeo makes history in Holmes County B1

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