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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Wednesday, NOVEMBER 20, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF Holmes County Farm-City Week Banquet BONIFAY — UF/IFAS Extension Holmes County cordially invites everyone to the 2013 Holmes County Farm-City Week Banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday 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. RSVP by calling the Holmes County Farm Bureau office, 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. Lady Cats jump, set, spike their way to regionals, A8 Volume 123, Number 32 50¢ HOLMES COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS China a possibility for investments By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Raymon Thomas, recently hired as the executive director of the Holmes County Development Commission, requested there be a meeting called with all local agencies and boards during the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Nov. 12 to discuss the recent interest China has taken in area. “I was recently invited to the China Summit that was held in Alabama,” Thomas said. “Three hundred and fifty Chinese manufacturers signed up for the summit, and because of a delay, 562 manufacturers came to Southeast Alabama. They’ve got over $100 trillion in Chinese currency that they’re planning on investing in foreign countries with Japan being number one, Hong Kong being second and the United States in third.” He said there’s a company already set up in North Carolina employing 1,500 people. “Are we ready? I say we’re not,” he said. “What I propose is that we put together a steering committee with all the local agencies and boards including the Board of County Commissioners, the school board, real estate and medical. We need that committee, and we need to be ready because they don’t buy land, it’s given to them.” He requested that a meeting be called with all the local agencies and boards because represenCECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser tatives will be coming into Holmes County Board of Commissioners review the area in March. See CHINA A2 Kiwanis show appreciation Opportunity Florida’s Broadband Alliance agreement before approving during their Nov. 12 meeting. Stafford questions FEMA invoices By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Director of Emergency Management Wanda Stafford gave a presentation at the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners’ Workshop, held before its regular meeting on Nov. 12, to give an update on the county’s dirt pits and to explain why she refused to sign the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s invoices, which were approved of during a special called session on Nov. 1. “There were red flags on those invoices; that’s why I wouldn’t sign,” Stafford said. “They charged us for the meeting with FEMA, which wasn’t an officially arranged See FEMA A2 HCHS Basketball Banner Dedication BONIFAY — Holmes County High School will dedicate basketball banners and recognize three teams on Friday. The teams from 1982-83, 2010-11 and 2012-13 will be honored between the JV and Varsity games. The JV game starts at 6 p.m., with the varsity following at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Elder Egbert of West Richard, Wash., Elder Sorenson of Brighan City, Utah, Elder Mafi of Kapolei, Hawaii, and Elder Atagi of Ogden, Utah, are far from home in efforts to take their pilgrimage for a higher purpose. Mormon missionaries serve far from home Arrests .................................A3 Opinion ................................A4 Sports ..................................A8 Extra....................................B1 Faith ....................................B4 Obituaries ............................B5 Classifieds ............................B6 Phone: 850-547-9414 Web site: Fax: 850-547-9418 By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser Bonifay Kiwanis Club President Sandy Spear honors past president Carlton Treadwell during the club’s annual Appreciation Banquet on Thursday at the Sage Field Farm. The annual event honors members and sponsors for another successful year. For the full story and more photos, see Page B1. BONIFAY — They are known for their formal attire, often riding bikes throughout town and sporting backpacks — they are missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they are far from home. During their time as missionaries, these young men and women must go far from home and drop their first names, replacing it with Time for a Turkey Hunt! Y You ou don don’t ’t ha have ve tto o ha have ve a gun but yyou ou will ha have ve tto o hunt – and you could WIN $100 Hunt turkeys in today’s paper. Entry form inside. “Elder” during the duration of their mission trip. Elder Sorenson’s hometown is Brighan City, Utah. Elder Atagi came from Ogden, Utah. Elder Egbert hails from West Richard, Wash., and Elder Mafi calls Kapolei, Hawaii, home — and all four young men have come to Bonifay to serve their time as missionaries. “Our purpose of missionaries is to invite others to Christ and tell people about our church,” Atagi said. 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