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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 Volume 123, Number 23 BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT Water bath canning class CHIPLEY — A Water Bath Canning Class will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Sand Hills Baptist Church, 6758 State Road 77. Participants will learn the basics of safely preserving acid foods by using the water bath canner. Registration fee is $5 and includes class materials. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling the Washington County Extension Office, 6386265, or the Holmes County Extension Office, 547-1108. Extension programs are open to everyone. For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact 6386265 (TDD, via Florida Relay Service, 1-800955-8771) at least five working days before the class so proper consideration may be given to the request. BONIFAY — A special session of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners was called Monday to discuss Commissioner Bobby Sasnett’s emergency need of a grader in District 1. The end result of the special meeting was that the board approved sharing graders with District 1 until a decision could be reached at the next meeting. The board also rescinded the vote to lease a grader at $7,000 per month. During the board’s Sept. 10 meeting, they approved of leasing a grader for 30 days at $7,000 per month to be paid with FEMA funds for Sasnett’s district, with a vote of 3-2. Commissioners David Whitaker and Bill Parish voted against the lease. Sasnett said he had a grader down, and there was a 95 percent chance the transmission is broken. “There’s metal shavings in the transmission fluid,” Sasnett said. “It’s a bad time of the year with FEMA here. We’ve got to get these roads done.” County Attorney Jeff Goodman advised that because of the state of the roads after the rains, the lease wouldn’t have to go to bid because it was considered an emergency. “In 30 days we need to bid it out because I’m not agreeing to anything past 30 days,” Commissioner Kenneth Williams said. Williams came to the special called meeting with new information based on recent findings. “All graders are equipped with By CECILIA SPEARS and procedures.” The course lasts for two weeks, with education from both textbooks and hands-on learning, Staff Development Coordinator Robbie Patterson said. “We advertise when the classes are, and then those who are interested come in and up in an application,” Patterson BONIFAY — Tammy Bevis, a representative from OneBlood, visited the Bonifay Kiwanis Club to provide information about donating blood during their Sept. 11 meeting. OneBlood is the united name of three independent, non-profit centers, Community Blood Services Inc., Florida’s Blood Centers Inc. and Florida Blood Services Inc., which merged on Jan. 27, 2012. OneBlood is currently in service with more than 200 hospitals and health care facilities, which includes parts of Northwest Florida, South Florida, Southeast Florida, parts of Southwest Florida and some parts of southern Georgia and Alabama. Bevis said the blood donated in this area stays in this area. A girl in Blountstown was recently in a serious four-wheeler accident and required 50 units of blood, she said, and they were able to hold a blood drive at her school and receive those 50 units. See NURSING A3 See BLOOD A3 Nursing home provides own CNA testing By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — The Lonny Lindsey Trail Ride will be Sept. 28. Proceeds go to the Lonny Lindsey See BRIEF A3 See GRADERS A2 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-ADVERTISER Lonny Lindsey Trail Ride a GPS that helps us know exactly where it’s at, how long it runs and how long it’s idle at any given point 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Williams said. “First I’d like to point out that the hours indicated on the GPS matches up with the hours logged by our operators, which is really good; however I’d like to point out the activity of District 1’s working grader.” Williams presented the website of logged time through the GPS to show the commissioners. OneBlood advocates importance of donations CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT TESTING Current students attending the Certified Nursing Assistant course provided by the Bonifay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. WESTVILLE — The eighth annual Lara Ingalls Picnic will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at the site marker of the Ingalls family home site. 50¢ County approves sharing graders For the latest breaking news, visit 8th annual Lara Ingalls Picnic Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration | B1 BONIFAY — Bonifay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has taken a unique and innovative approach to finding Certified Nursing Assistants — the facility now offers free classes at the rehabilitation center. “It is something that not only benefits the community, but it benefits us as well,” said Administrator of Bonifay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Deborah Montenaro. “If the classes are here then we can get more local people who are certified, and they won’t have to travel all the way to Tallahassee. It benefits us because we are also able to train those who would work here in our policies BOCC recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month INDEX Opinion ................................ A4 Sports .................................. A8 Extra.................................... B1 Faith .................................... B4 Obituaries ............................ B3 Classifieds ............................ B6 Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved of a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month during its Sept. 10 meeting. “There’s an average of 10 arrests a week related to domestic violence and if you do the numbers it’s two a day,” Police Chief Chris Wells said. He said there have been 75 cases a year since 2010, with a trend that’s increasing, and for every one domestic violence re- HOLMES COUNTY port, there’s seven that go unreported. “A local task force has been created called the Washington Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force,” Wells said. “Victims need to know they have options.” Sherry Snell, administrative assistant for the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners, also gave her testimony against domestic violence. “I was a victim of all these kinds of abuses for 10 years,” Snell said. “I was being abused when a lot of you first met me, and I’m sure none of you ever knew. Domestic violence happens every day, and it could be happening to someone you come into contact with on a regular basis and never know it.” She said it happens to wives, sisters, mothers, daughters, friends and even men. “Victims are embarrassed about what’s going on because the abuser threatens their victims, and once the victims do leave then the abuser loses control and attacks them with a vengeance,” Snell said. “I know that all too well. I had to take my children and move from my home many See AWARENESS A2 CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Holmes County Board of County Commissioners stand with law enforcement and representatives from the Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force after signing a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month during its Sept. 10 meeting. Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... We bring it home! @WCN_HCT 5017601 BONIFAYNOW.COm

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