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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF Mt. Zion plans steak dinner ESTO — Mt. Zion Independent Baptist Church will hold a ribeye steak dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. The dinners cost $12, and the funds raised will go to the church’s building program. Dine in or carry-out plates including steak, baked potato, green beans, roll, cake and tea. The church is one mile west of State Road 79 on Highway 2. Volume 123, Number 21 Salvation Army withdraws probation services By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — A workshop was held before the Holmes County Board of County Commissioner’s regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 27 to discuss Salvation Army’s recent announcement that it will no longer provide probation services for Holmes County. “What the board will hear is a request to bring the probation services under the management of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners, the judge and the clerk of court,” County Attorney Jeff Goodman said. “Collections made from this service will be more than enough to pay for this program. What’s more is that employees will be transferred so there won’t be a need for hiring new employees, and there are some employees that have over 30 years of experience to bring to the table.” The only request to the board was to finance the first three months of the program with an agreement to have the money returned to the county within a 12-month period. “We have the money, and it’s too bad but the Salvation Army is wanting to move on to bigger and better things,” Judge Owen Powell said. “We’re not looking for a handout, and this is not an obligation you have to worry about. Rehabilitation is an important thing to have because it’s the chance to rehabilitate without the use of the jail.” Clerk of Court Kyle Hudson said there was already Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 See BOCC A2 By MATTHEW BEATON 522-5114 | @matthewbeaton Jerry Obert Golf Tournament set Opinion ................................ A4 Sports .................................. A6 Extra.................................... B1 Faith .................................... B4 Obituaries ............................ B5 Classifieds ............................ B7 a location in the courthouse, and this would be a positive change because that would put all of the necessary requirements and aspects of the probation process in one area. The board agreed it would be something to discuss at the next meeting in September, and Goodman said he would have a Public hearings on gambling scheduled STATE REP. VISITS HOLMES COUNTY ESTO — The town of Esto will be holding a Two-Toe Tom Festival fundraiser yard sale starting at 7 a.m. on Sept. 14 at the John Clark Park in Esto. To rent an inside space, 10 feetlong and wide with one table, is $10, and outside space is $5, but one must bring own table. There will also be a bake sale. For more information or to reserve space, call Darlene at 263-3201. INDEX 50¢ HOLMES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Two-Toe Tom Yard Sale planned BONIFAY — The West Florida Baptist Men will sponsor the Jerry Obert Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 28 at Dogwood Lake Golf Club in Bonifay. The four-person scramble will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Fees will be $240 per team, and lunch will be served. Deadline for returning applications is Sept. 13. For more information, call 638-0182 or email B1 2010,” Gaetz said. “When I was elected, Florida, we were really on the rocks. Growth was stagnate, every year more businesses were leaving our state, no new people were coming to the state and we were really concerned because when we have a decline in revenue then we can’t do what we need to do to fund our educational system PANAMA CITY— Florida residents will get four public hearings to sound off on gambling’s future in the state, as lawmakers prepare to craft comprehensive legislation for the industry that will be addressed in next year’s session. The sole Panhandle hearing will be in Pensacola in November. Meetings also are scheduled for Fort Lauderdale and Lakeland in October and Jacksonville in November. The exact dates of the meetings have not been set. Right now, the Spectrum Gaming Group is working on the second part of a $388,845 study, reviewing the economic impact of gaming on communities. Part one of the study was released July 1, and the final piece will be out by Oct. 1, giving residents time to review it before the meetings. “I believe the hearings will provide the opportunity for people of varying opinions to react to the empirical analysis that the Senate and the House commissioned, and also to provide insights from a community prospective,” said Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, who hopes to attend the Pensacola meeting. See GAETZ A2 See HEARINGS A2 CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Rep. Matt Gaetz visited the Bonifay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Aug. 29 and spoke with the administration and staff about ongoing issues and concerns. Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks at HC Chamber By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Fourth District Representative Matt Gaetz gave the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce a visit during the chamber’s monthly breakfast meeting on Aug. 22 and spoke on multiple topics. “Sen. Don Gaetz, my father, sends his regards,” said Gaetz, who is an attorney with the Fort Walton Beach law firm Keefe, Anchors, Gordon and Moyle. “I thought I’d talk about how far the state has come over the past few years and where we’re going.” Gaetz said he was elected to the House in 2010 and said that quite a bit has changed since then. He is currently running for a seat in the state Senate. “We have come a long way since Poplar Springs student receives Florida Scholar Award By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT POPLAR SPRINGS — It was no surprise to her parents when fourth-grader Kayleigh Rose Bass of Poplar Springs School received the Florida Scholar Award for scoring the highest-level scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in reading. Kayleigh is the daughter of David Bass and Jennifer Gavin and the granddaughter of Bill Tom and Elizabeth Gavin and Dave and Frances Bass. Her father, David, said that her high scores in reading wasn’t a surprise because Kayleigh is an avid reader. “She is now and always has been interested in reading,” her father, David, said. “From the time she learned how to read she’s constantly reading a book or writing her on stories.” Kayleigh also received a letter from Sen. Don Gaetz. “On behalf of the Senate and State of Florida, I’m pleased to inform you that your outstanding scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test have earned you recognition See SCHOLAR A2 Kayleigh Rose Bass, fourth grader at Poplar Springs School, holds her Florida Scholar Award with pride. SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-ADVERTISER From the Associates of Store 2114 Chipley • 638-2243 5017404 For the latest breaking news, visit Recycling: Going green can save you green

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