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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Thousands attend the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo | B1 Wednesday, OCTOBER 9, 2013 Volume 123, Number 26 County to discuss cooperation for BP funds For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT United Way Campaign Breakfast PANAMA CITY— United Way of Northwest Florida will report the 2013 Community Campaign totals to date on Thursday, Oct. 10. The breakfast will be held at 7:45 a.m. at FSU Panama City in the Holley Academic Center, located at 4750 Collegiate Drive, Panama City. Campaign Chairman Curt Molander, with WJHG News Channel 7, will announce the campaign totals to date for 2013. All media is invited to attend. Participating company campaigns run through November 2013 in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties. BONIFAY — Holmes County Board of County Commissioners agreed to listen to a request from Bill Williams, a consultant with SCG Governmental Affairs LLC, during their meeting Tuesday for a special session to discuss the Restore Act. Williams is representing area counties in their collaborative effort to seek BP funding due to the oil spill that occurred in April of 2010. “There’s a pool of money from that oil spill and now they are trying to figure out how to dispense that money,” said County Attorney Jeff Goodman. “The Restore Act is an effort to get the different counties on the same page to gain better leverage to push towards obtaining that money. I’ll continue to go to these meetings and I hope that Holmes County will be willing to work with the other counties.” Williams said that it would basically be a commitment made by the counties to include the Restore Act in their future plans and requested that the county appoint a mediator on behalf of the county, which after discussion they agreed on County Engineer Cliff Knauer. After some discussion the board agreed to discuss the matter in a workshop later. After the final reading and public hearing for the One-Cent Surtax Ordinance, the board approved the ordinance. Resident Tamphus Messer was present to request the name of Besma Road be renamed after his father, Tom Messer. KEEPING CONNECTED See BRIEF A2 INDEX Opinion ................................ A4 Sports .................................. A6 Extra.................................... B1 Obituaries ............................ B5 Classifieds ......................... B6-8 Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 See BOCC A2 Graceville Harvest Day Festival planned Special to the News Domestic Violence Awareness Walk BONIFAY — The Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force is partnering with Doctors Memorial Hospital to have their first ever Domestic Violence Awareness Walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at Doctors Memorial Hospital in honor/memory of victims and survivors of domestic violence. For more information contact Chair Missy Lee at 596-3288 or visit their Facebook page at WashingtonHolmes Domestic Violence Task Force. 50¢ CECILIA SPEARS | The News Various travel magazines were invited to visit tourist attractions within the Apalachicola and Choctawhatchee river areas, which includes Washington and Holmes County and was organized by RiverWay South Apalachicola Choctawhatchee. Taking the position of host and guide Holmes County Chamber Coordinator Julia Bullington took visiting travel writers to this year’s Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo as one of their many destinations. Holmes County Chamber is about networking By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Located at 106 E Byrd Ave. in Bonifay, the log cabin is said to house more than just the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce — it houses the possibility of a brighter future for Holmes County. “The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce is a representative of the businesses as a whole,” said Chamber Coordinator Julia Bull- ington. “Really we’re the eyes and ears on what relates to our county, if we need to take a stand, if it’s going to affect us and how we operate. My number one job is being a cog in the wheel that keeps businesses and people connected.” Bullington said that is one of the greatest advantages to becoming a chamber member — not only does it connect small businesses to each other but it promotes their businesses at business conventions such as RiverWay South Summit, which is a gathering of the area’s economic development leaders to discuss ways to better promote and increase the areas’ tourism through promotion. “We’ve got quite a bit of tourist attractions for a small county,” Bullington said. “When all of the local economic development leaders gather for this type of convention then it attracts some attention from some of the bigger media, and as a See NETWORKING A2 Holmes County experiencing increase in students By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — More students are entering the Holmes County school systems, which was indicated by the HOLMES COUNTY approval of Out of County/ State Students by the Holmes County District School Board during their meeting on Oct. 1. “We are still getting more coming into the county than leaving,” said Su- perintendent Eddie Dixon. “This time we’ve got 12 coming in and only one going out.” School board member Shirley Owens thanked the district’s financial department for “putting together such a comprehensive financial report.” “It is really easy to read and navigate through,” said Owens. “They’ve done such an outstanding job.” See STUDENTS A2 GRACEVILLE — The 33rd annual Graceville Harvest Day Festival will be Oct. 19 at the Factory Stores of America Mall grounds. This year’s festival will include arts and crafts, food booths, activities and games for kids, entertainment throughout the day and a huge car show. The festival boasts one of the largest antique and classic car shows in the area. More than 200 entries are expected at this year’s event. This year’s entertainment lineup includes The Gann Family, Big River Bluegrass, The Thompsons and Josh Cobb. The Graceville High school and middle school show choirs also will perform. The festival will kick off with a parade in downtown Graceville beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is free. New to this year’s festival is a bike ride. Three routes will be available: for beginners, a 15-mile route; for those wanting a little more exercise, a 26-mile route; and for the more experienced rider, a 50-mile route. For more information, call GG’s Restaurant 3604900 or Harry Wicksell at 263-3951. Graceville Harvest Day is sponsored by the city of Graceville and partially funded by the Jackson County Tourist Development Council. Corporate sponsors are VF Outlet, Rex Lumber and West Florida Electric Cooperative. For festival and booth rental information, call Michelle Watkins at 2633250. For parade information, call Teresa Bush at 263-4744. For car show information, call Terry Allen at 263-4401. 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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