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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Wednesday, OCTOBER 23, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF FUMC plans Light the Night Volume 123, Number 28 50¢ HOLMES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Lights coming to Poplar Springs field By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — The First United Methodist Church of Bonifay’s annual Light the Night Celebration is from 57 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Oklahoma Street. Light the Night is a Christian alternative for typical Halloween activities. All children are invited to come and enjoy trunk or treat, games, face painting, food and lots of fun. All activities are free to everyone. South Walton holds back Holmes County in shootout | A6 BONIFAY — The Holmes County District School Board approved $74,000 for the lighting of Poplar Springs High School’s ball field during the school board’s Oct. 15 meeting. “There will be five concrete light poles installed with half of the work being done by ourselves,” Superintendent Eddie Dixon said. “They are the only athletic field left in Holmes County that doesn’t have lights.” Board approved of K12 Florida Online Service Agreement and approved of Edgenuity Online Service Agreement with a vote of 4 to 1, with school board member Debbie Kolmetz voting “no.” “Our school board doesn’t need to be involved in the Edgenuity online school when we already have K12 and Florida Virtural School in place that is doing a great job,” Kolmetz said. Kolmetz inquired about the online program and about the results. “It’s video courses taken by students kindergarten through 12th grade,” Dixon said. “Some take it during school, some after school and some home-schoolers come and take courses. It’s small now, but we’re hoping it will grow in the future.” Kolmetz made a motion that audio recordings of the Holmes County District School Board meetings be made available to listen to online, which died because HCHS Homecoming Caryville Trick-or-Treat of lack of second. Kolmetz also made a motion that the certification of recommended personnel be added to the list of recommended personnel before votes, which also died because of lack of second. “I just want to know who we’re voting for,” Kolmetz said. See SCHOOL A2 Teacher charged after paddling handicapped student From Staff Reports CARYVILLE — Caryville’s Trick-or-Treat is from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Bonifay Trick-or-Treat BONIFAY — Trick-orTreat for the City of Bonifay is from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Caryville’s Haunted Forest CARYVILLE — Caryville’s Haunted Forest is open for the public from 8-11 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 28 through Oct. 31 at 750 Wrights Creek Road in Caryville. The trail is a quarter of a mile long with 10 stops for children to Trickor-Treat for candy. For more information, visit Caryville’s Haunted Forest on Facebook. INDEX Opinion ................................ A4 Sports .................................. A6 Extra.................................... B1 Faith .................................... B4 Obituaries ............................ B3 Classifieds ............................ B6 Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 LORI BURLEW | Forget Me Not Photography Holmes County High School celebrated Homecoming on Oct. 18, which included the crowning of Peggy Hickman as Homecoming Queen 2013. She was escorted by Ben Bradshaw. Holmes County High School queen nominees from the 12th grade were Kaitlyn Claycomb, Karoann Coates, Lenibel Concepcion, Alicia Mitchell, Katie Mitchell and Sara Oldham. For more photos, see Page B1. BONIFAY — Deputies arrested a Ponce de Leon teacher for paddling a 5-year-old handicapped student on Oct. 11, according to a news release from the Holmes County Sheriff ’s Office. Ryan Leavins, 39, of Ponce de Leon was charged with child abuse. Leavins was a teacher at Ponce de Leon Elementary School. The investigation RYAN started on Sept. 4 LEAVINS when the sheriff ’s office received a report of an alleged child abuse at the Ponce de Leon Elementary School. Police discovered that Leavins had paddled a 5-year-old handicapped student, resulting in bruising to the child’s bottom. Leavins admitted to spanking the child after the child became unruly in class, according to the release. “The safety and security of our students is our highest priority,” Superintendent Eddie Dixon said on Wednesday. See TEACHER A2 Resident shares history through Civil War-era cannonball By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Longtime Bonifay resident Ben Holland, who lived in the area of town known to older generations as Pepper Town, has been sharing his cannonball story with generations of local residents — as well as anyone who he can take a picture with. “I’ve taken pictures with senators, singers and undertakers,” Holland said. “That cannonball’s been around.” Holland explained that he applied for and received a building permit for $38 in HOLMES COUNTY 1974 to start building his house, and while building the footer for the home, he came across the Civil War era cannonball. “I took it straight to the Piggly Wiggly and had it weighed, which was weighed at exactly 12 pounds,” he said. “We measured it at 13 and a half inches around.” Holland has a hobby of collecting photos, and finding of the cannonball tied in with his love of photography. So over the years, he has been taking pictures of the cannonball with various people at various places. “I don’t know how it got there, but I know where it’s going, and it’s going around,” Holland said. “I’ve had pictures taken with beautiful women and senators. I even have a picture of Robert Sikes, who was a representative for Florida and Herbert Peel, the undertaker. It’s going around, and I intend it to keep going around until its time for it to come home.” He said it was a proud piece of history from Pepper Town. “This goes back to when the county seat was in Noma and the only post office was in Caryville,” Holland said. See CANNONBALL A2 SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-ADVERTISER Ben Holland, left, displays the cannon ball he found on his property. 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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