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imes TAdvertiser Wednesday, DECEMBER 11, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF Christmas Concert in Sunny Hills SUNNY HILLS — Harmony Shores Chorus, the Panama City Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will present its annual Christmas show, “The Sounds of Christmas” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. Guests are invited for an evening of song — four-part a cappella harmony style. This year’s show also will feature the Gulf Tones, Panama City’s men’s barbershop chorus, and Mixed Company. Refreshments will be served after the show, and admission is free (donations welcome). St. Theresa’s is at 2056 Sunny Hills Blvd. Volume 123, Number 35 See BRIEF A2 50¢ FDOT reveals 5-year plan By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Washington and Holmes Counties were two of many counties discussed as the Florida Department of Transportation had its annual meeting on the tentative work program for fiscal years 2015-19. The meeting was Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the FDOT District 3 office in Chipley. “We’re gathered here today to review the five-year work plan for fiscal years 2015-2019, which remains tentative until July 15,” said Jacqueline Paramore, statewide Title VI administrator for FDOT. “The budget remains at $3 billion, just like last year, and 2017 has an enormous spike and that is related to the replacement of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, also known as the three-mile bridge. This project will cost $500 million to replace, which goes to show that one project can make a significant change.” Paramore reviewed the summary of changes made recently to Holmes County’s plans. “For Holmes County, there are a lot of bridge replacement projects underway,” Paramore said. Those listed for bridge replacement are Riddick Mill Road over Unnamed Branch Bridge, Jones Loop over Pine Log Creek Bridge, Whitaker Road over Lighter Snag Creek Bridge, Hicks Road over West Pittman Creek Bridge, Valee Road over Parade of Lights Blue Creek Bridge and Hicks Road over West Pittman Creek, Bridge Number Two. There is also a bridge rehabilitation scheduled for State Road 20 over Lafayette Creek Bridge. “There will be a Project Development and Environmental study of State Road 79 from State Road 8 to the Alabama line,” Paramore said. “For those of you who are local you are aware of Project 79, where See FDOT A2 Subdivision developers seek progress report By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT Holmes County Public Library celebrates 40 years BONIFAY — The Holmes County Public Library invites the community to celebrate the library’s 40th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Holmes County Public Library Annex. The celebration will start with a few words from County Judge Colby Peel followed by a ceremony of dedication for the library’s Viva Florida Time Capsule and will end with refreshments and fellowship. 5018720 HOLMES COUNTY CECILIA SPEARS | The Times-Advertiser Community members, family and children of all ages enjoyed this year’s city of Bonifay Parade of Lights and Christmas Celebration in the Park. Here, 7-year-old Jacob Short and 6-month-old Gabriella Bell cuddle up with Santa to tell them their Christmas wishes and to have their pictures taken. For more pictures of this event, see Page B1. BONIFAY — Attorney Brandon Young came before the Bonifay City Council during Monday’s meeting as legal representative of a subdivision that might be developed on Griffith Circle in Bonifay. “As a representative, I would like to request the requirements needed to present the plat for approval,” Young said. Tony Syfrett with Southeastern Surveying and Mapping Corporation came before the council during their Nov. 25 meeting with designs for a subdivision on Griffith Circle off of State Road 79 in Bonifay, saying he was told the subdivision was approved of in 2008. Grant Writer Bob Jones said the council needed some clarification of what was approved in 2008 before they could approve of anything and move on, which after much discussion was approved to be tabled until further review See SUBDIVISION A2 Emergency services donate $2,000 to Toys for Tots INDEX Opinion ................................A4 Sports ..................................A9 Extra....................................B1 Obituaries ............................B3 Faith ....................................B4 Classifieds ............................B5 Phone: 850-547-9414 Website: Fax: 850-547-9418 By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Bonifay Fire and Rescue and Holmes County Emergency Management Services teamed up this year for the second annual presentation of $2,000 to the Toys for Tots fundraiser arranged though Bonifay Elementary School’s Christmas Angel Program on Dec. 5 at BES. “We’ve been doing little fundraisers here and there for our local children for many years, and because it wasn’t very organized and some issues with discrepancies, we partnered with Bonifay Elementary School two years ago,” said Bonifay Fire Chief Shay McCormick. “They have a better grasp at what children need, and we’re just happy to help.” This is the first year with the Holmes County EMS helping raise funds, and both emergency groups stood at the intersection of State Road 90 and State Road 79/Waukesha Street, raising the $2,000 with a boot drive. “It was pretty emotional because we’d have people in Bentleys just drive on by, and then we’d have families in vans scrapping for change and giving all they can,” McCormick said. “We’ve been touched by the generosity and kindness of our own.” Laura Sims of BES’ guidance department said the money would be used to help 70 children. “The generosity of those who gave and the hard work from our lo- See TOYS A2 CECILIA SPEARS | The Times-Advertiser Bonifay Fire and Rescue and Holmes County Emergency Management Services presented Bonifay Elementary School’s Christmas Angel Program with a check for $2,000 raised during their recent boot drive. 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