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imes TAdvertiser HOLMES COUNTY Wednesday, DECEMBER 4, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit BONIFAYNOW.COM IN BRIEF ‘Paint with Santa’ BONIFAY — The Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force and the Silver Door will be sponsoring a “Paint with Santa” day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 7. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the WHDVTF. For more information, call 547-3321. Rescued racers find new homes, B1 Volume 123, Number 34 Merchant, Williams retain chairs By CECILIA SPEARS Goodman. The board approved of allowing 911 Director Clint Erickson to purchase a new scanner for $7,300 with a $500 credit from the lowest bidder using capital outlay funds designated solely for equipment for the 911 department. The board approved of advertising for the position of secretary for the Building Department with the assurance that a recommendation could be presented to the board for approval during a special called meeting on Dec. 16, 17 or 18 in or- der to give the retiring secretary time to train the new employee. The board also agreed with Commissioner David Whitaker’s suggestion to add in the description that the position is for a five-day work week at 35 hours per week, extending it from the present fourday work week. The board approved of paying $242.63 for maintenance and repairs for the Gritney Fire Department generator. “We don’t give them near enough to operate,” said Williams. Board approved a request by Susan Harris, Director of the Holmes County Public Library, to close the Holmes County Public Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 to celebrate the library’s 40th anniversary, which will be held at the library’s annex. “We’ll all be at the annex, so if anyone does show up they’re welcome to join us,” said Harris. Merchant said that there was interest in purchasing a pile driver LIGHTS IN THE PARK Bonifay awarded $5.3 million grant 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Commissioners Monty Merchant and Kenneth Williams retained their seats as chairman and vice chairman when the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners held their annual reorganizational meeting on Nov. 26. “Every year there is a chance for a new chair and vice chair and it’s time again to vote for the 201314 year,” said County Attorney Jeff See CHAIRS A2 City of Bonifay Christmas Parade BONIFAY — The Annual City of Bonifay Christmas Parade and Celebration in the Park will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade of lights will begin at 6 p.m. and will proceed to Veteran’s Memorial Park. Parade line up will be at 5:30 p.m. at Bonifay Elementary. No registration is necessary. Following the parade there will be visits with Santa and hot dogs and hot chocolate with Bonifay Fire and Rescue. Ultimate Production Company will provide entertainment while you enjoy fellowship around the bonfire surrounded by a park full of lights. Santa is coming ESTO — Santa is coming to John Clark Park in Esto from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 7. After visits with Santa Kids young and old will have the chance to eat lunch with Santa. INDEX Arrests .................................A3 Opinion ................................A4 Sports ...............................A6-7 Extra....................................B1 Obituaries .........................B3-5 Classifieds .........................B5-8 Phone: 850-547-9414 Website: Fax: 850-547-9418 50¢ By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Engineer Amir Zafar of Hatch Mott MacDonald informed the Bonifay City Council that they city was awarded a $5.3 million Department of Environmental Protection waste water grant for phase two of the Waste Water Treatment Facility during their Nov. 25 meeting. “It is good news for our waste water plant because we were the only ones who got the grant this time,” said Zafar. Grant Writer Bob Jones advised the council that this was the time to address their needs to the legislature. “We’ll have some rep- CECILIA SPEARS | Times-Advertiser It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the City of Bonifay prepares for this year’s Parade of Lights and Celebration in the Park starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday with a parade of lights making their way down Waukesha Street and proceeding to Veterans’ Memorial Park where everyone is invited to share hot dogs and hot chocolate while children visit with Santa Claus. See GRANT A2 Coley, Gaetz visit Holmes County Holmes County prepares By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Speaker pro tempore Marti Coley and Senate President Don Gaetz visited Holmes County to listen to comments, questions and concerns from the residents and representatives of Holmes County on Dec. 2 at the Holmes County District School Board for the 2014 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature. City Councilman Roger Brooks was present on behalf of the City of Bonifay to request funding in the amount of $500,000 to go toward their ongoing water project. “The existing water distribution system includes much of the original piping which is more than 50 years old,” said Brooks. “The system doesn’t provide adequate fire protection in all areas, requires continuous maintenance and is in need of replacement to maintain public health and safety. Several potable water pipe replacement projects have been completed, however, there is much of the system still in need of replacement.” He explained that there was cause for concern for residents’ health because “the majority of distribution lines were originally constructed with asbestos, cement and cast iron pipe” that has now deteriorated. Most of the system was constructed with two-inch to four-inch diameter pipes “which are inadequate in size and the two-inch lines are not in compliance with state requirements and some of the old pipes include lead joints which are prone to leak and are also a concern for health and safety,” he added. “The city is experiencing up to 31 percent water loss from the amount pumped and has safety concerns with the leaking water lines,” said Brooks. “As the lines leak they can create subsurface voids prior to collapsing at the surface; with many of the line beneath the roadway, this can create a driving hazard. Also, during installation and maintenance of adjacent utilities, caution is required for trench excavation near the water lines.” He said that the city has been able to prevent many health issues by quickly responding to pipe repairs while issuing boil water notices when “loss of pressure occurs during repairs.” “Replacing the old deteriorated pipes with the appropriate size pipe is See COLEY A2 with mock shooting at Poplar Springs By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT GRACEVILLE — Multiple agencies throughout Holmes County joined together on Nov. 25 for an Active Shooter Functional Exercise held at Poplar Springs High School and hosted by the Holmes County Emergency Management. Principals, school staff, school board members, emergency management and law enforcement alike gathered for a joint-effort exercise to prepare them in case the unthinkable situation of a school shooter should ever happen. “We’d like to think that it would never happen here and it would never happen to us,” said Eddie Dixon, superintendent of Holmes County schools. “But when you see the interviews after something like this happens the most you ever hear is how they didn’t think that it would ever happen in their community and how it was done by people they would have never thought See MOCK A2 Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... we bring it home! @WCN_HCT 5018963

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