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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Wednesday, NOVEMBER 13, 2013 BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF Holmes County Farm-City Week Banquet BONIFAY — The UF/IFAS Extension Holmes County will hold the 2013 Holmes County Farm-City Week Banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Holmes County Agricultural Center. Outstanding agricultural leaders in the community, including the Farm Family of the Year, will be recognized at the Banquet. Donations of peanut butter to benefit local food pantries also will be accepted at the Banquet. Please RSVP by calling the Holmes County Farm Bureau office at 547-4227. National Farm-City Week, held the third week of November, recognizes the hard work and contributions of farmers, ranchers, and producers to provide our communities with a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply. HCHS Basketball Banner Dedication BONIFAY — Holmes County High School will dedicate basketball banners Volume 123, Number 31 Board approves flexible benefit plan By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — After a brief review from Finance Officer Larry Hawkins, the Holmes County District School Board approved the Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan Adoption Agreement, also known as the Cafeteria Plan, during their Nov. 5 meeting. Hawkins explained that the Cafeteria Plan is a tax benefit to offset medical expenses by setting up a plan where teachers can take an allotted amount out of each paycheck to put toward medical expenses. “For example if they invested $2,000 they are now allowed to carry forward $500 to the next year, which before it was more of a ‘use it or lose it’ kind of plan,” said Hawkins. The board approved of the state’s mandated Wellness Policy. “Every five years we have to promote healthy eating in our lunchrooms and healthy lifestyle choices like regular exercise, which is required by,” said Superintendent Eddie Dixon. School board member Debbie Kolmetz said she wanted to re-emphasize the importance of not selling soda and candy past its allotted WINNING ARTISTS Arrests .................................A3 Opinion ................................A4 Outdoors ..............................A6 Sports ..................................A7 Extra....................................B1 Faith ....................................B4 Obituaries ............................B5 Classifieds .......................B7-10 Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 time, which is not past an hour after lunchtime. “Our WINGS program really provides physical activities for children after school,” said board member Shirley Owens. Kolmetz inquired about the required 10 minutes of recess for elementary school students and Owens pointed out that the verbiage See BENEFIT A2 Esto considers utility charge for road improvements From Staff Reports CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Every year students create posters to show their appreciation to veterans and every year winners are chosen from those participants. This year’s winners are third place winners Mackenzie Charles and Chayce Williams, second place winners Jacob Pridgen and Cora Osteen and first place winners Colten Jones and Nadia Payne. For the full story of the Bonifay Elementary School event and more photos, see Page B3. See BRIEF A2 INDEX 50¢ ESTO — The Town of Esto is proposing a 1-percent charge added to residents’ utility bills for road improvements in the Town of Esto, according to the minutes of the Nov. 5 meeting of the Esto Town Council. According to the minutes, “Bob Mearns from Florida Rural Water furnished Council with a copy of the Florida Statutes that addresses a municipality being able to add up to 10 percent to the utility bills in order for the Town to do capital improvements.” Town Attorney Jeff Goodman will be drawing the proposal to be advertised in the newspaper, according to the minutes. The council approved of purchasing an auto dialer from in the amount of $82.17 and to acquire Town of Esto decals for the sides of the town van, according to the minutes. The next scheduled meeting of the Esto Town Council will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3. Veterans honored at appreciation dinner By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Hundreds of friends and family members gathered together in the Holmes County Agricultural Center on Friday night to help honor veterans, past, present and future as the Holmes County Mounted Posse held their third annual Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner. On the stage there was set an empty table with a glass, a rose, a candle and an empty chair. “This table is our way of symbolizing those who are lost at war,” said Retired Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Terry Mears. “Some humbly call them POWs, we call them brothers. They are unable to eat with us this evening, so remember them.” He explained that the table is set for one, “symbolizing the one who is unable ON THE WEB For more information on the Wounded Warriors Fishing, visit For more photos and video of the evening’s event visit www. to attend,” the table cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty,” the rose is placed on the table to “remind us of the lives of these men and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers,” around the vase a red ribCECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser bon that “symbolizes the red ribbon worn Helping the Holmes County Sheriff’s Mounted on the lapels of thousands.” The candle “symbolizes the light and Posse serve veterans and visitors during this year’s See VETERANS A2 Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner was Doctors Memorial Hospital and Covenant Hospice. Time for a Turkey Hunt! 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