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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Wednesday, JANUARY 8, 2014 Police seek Vernon robbery suspects, A3 Volume 123, Number 39 50¢ 2013 IN REVIEW For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM Bonifay man arrested after escape, car chase From Staff Reports SPECIAL TO HALIFAX MEDIA POPLAR SPRINGS — The Holmes County Sheriff ’s Office reported the arrest of Zachary Maize Andrews, 25, of Bonifay after a high speed chase on Jan. 5. According to the reZACHARY port, the ANDREWS Jackson County Sheriff ’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a white Ford Mustang near Graceville on the evening of Jan. 5, and the driver refused to stop, attempting to elude the deputy for several miles, eventually entering Holmes County in the Poplar Springs community. After the vehicle became disabled on North Holmes Creek Road, the driver, Andrews, fled on foot, but was captured by the Jackson County Deputy after a short foot pursuit, according to the report. Deputies then located methamphetamine in Andrews’ vehicle, and Andrews was placed in the rear of a Holmes County patrol car, according to the report. Moments later, deputies discovered that Andrews had escaped from the rear of the patrol car, and deputies from Holmes and Jackson County, along with the Graceville Police Department and the Florida Department of Corrections, spent the next several hours Dwayne Langston performs at Gilley’s Family Opry in Vernon in June 2013. FILE PHOTO Holmes County defeated West Gadsden 59-40 in Lakeland to win the Class 1A state boys basketball championship and the first title in school history. Blue Devils title tops 2013 in Holmes County By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — In what seemed like a blink of the eye, 2013 came to celebratory close as residents rang in 2014 last Wednesday. Although 2013 seems short now, for Holmes County, the year was far from uneventful. Though there were many events to choose from, this year’s events were narrowed down to the Top 10 news stories of 2013. 1: BLUE DEVILS COME HOME STATE CHAMPIONS Holmes County wasn’t the most heralded Class A team in the state entering the postseason, but the Blue Devils finished as the best. Holmes County charged out early and surged past West Gadsden 5940 to win the boys basketball championship at The Lakeland Center on Feb. 27. The Blue Devils finished 20-8 and defeated the first-, secondand third-ranked teams in their last three games during an historic march. West Gadsden, ranked third, had an eight-game winning streak snapped and ended the season 25-9. “All the credit goes to the boys. They played hard in the finals and especially hard against West Gadsden,” Holmes County coach Poe White said. “Once they got down here, they just played like there was no tomorrow. They put everything on the court, and win or loss, I still would have been proud of them because of their effort. “We told them that until we all come together and do that, we’ll struggle. We knew we had a team that could complete with anybody we stepped on the court with.” The Blue Devils stated their streak Jan. 25 against Marianna, but they made a statement by winning the District 2-1A championship over favored Chipley on Feb. 8. The Tigers had defeated the Blue Devils by seven points two weeks earlier, but Chris Walker and Holmes County ran past Chipley 50-46 in the rematch to secure home-court advantage. Going into the playoffs, fourth- See 2013 A2 SUPERIOR SPELLING See CAR CHASE A5 INDEX Opinion ................................A4 Society .................................A6 Obituaries ............................A7 Faith ....................................A8 Classifieds ..........................A11 PHOTOS BY CECILIA SPEARS | The Times-Advertiser Phone: 850-547-9414 Website: Fax: 850-547-9418 J.C. Cosson, left, was the winner of this year’s spelling bee at Bonifay Elementary School on Dec. 20 with Rayna Littlefield placing as runner-up. Cosson will move on to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee in February. Above, this year’s competitors were Breianna Broglin and Brooklyn Carnley from Wendy McGowan’s class; Layla Hodges and Elaina Durko from Melissa Hudson’s class; Gabi Steverson and Trenton Pilcher from Heather Rich’s class; Pranav Patel and J.C. Cosson from Tyler Hicks’ class; Rayna Littlefield and Dakota Thomas from Stephanie Brown’s class; and Blane Birge and Trey Chancey from Anna Beth Rackley’s class. Langston returns to Gilley’s Opry By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT VERNON — Local singer and songwriter Dwayne Langston is returning to the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Gilley’s Family Opry in Vernon. “My love of music started at age 6, singing old folk songs with his family around the river house fireplace,” Langston said. “As an Air Force brat, me and my two brothers learned to play the guitar in Germany. In England, we started a trio and were soon winning talent contests on base.” When he returned to the United States, he began performing with numerous bands throughout Florida, Georgia and Alabama. “Making an album of original music has always been a dream of mine, and with the release of this album (Someplace I’d Rather Be), that dream becomes a reality,” Langston said. Langston is from DeFuniak Springs and said he was inspired to become a singer by Johnny Cash. “The first song I really learned to play was ‘A Boy Named Sue’ by Johnny Cash when I was about 10 or 11 years old,” he said. “When we were in England, I was able to see Johnny Cash in person at the Royal Hall in London. He has been the biggest influence in my life.” See LANGSTON A3 ON THE WEB For more information on Langston visit http:// ?id20102&pagehome. Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... we bring it home! @WCN_HCT 5018785

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