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Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System will have KOHA training in Blountstown from Jan. 13-15. The cooperative will have its library directors meeting at 9 a.m. Jan. 16, and the monthly board meeting will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 21. The cooperative serves libraries in Washington, Holmes, Calhoun and Jackson counties.

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Cook retires as clerk of courts By RANDAL SEYLER

638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Washington County Clerk of Courts Linda Cook retired last week because of health concerns, and her interim replacement, Harold Bazzel, has taken reins of the office until a new clerk can be elected in November’s General Election. Bazzel, the former Bay County Clerk of Courts, took the oath of office on Thursday. Bazzel served as Bay County’s clerk of courts for 28 years and begins serving this week at the Washington County Annex, where the courthouse

INSIDE For more on Linda Cook’s retirement, see Perry’s Prattle on Page A4. employees have been relocated because of mold and structural issues with the courthouse building. Cook has served in the county office since the mid1980s, beginning as a deputy clerk and being elected clerk of courts in 1996. The county had a retirement reception for Cook on Dec. 20, and numerous friends and officials were on hand to wish her well.

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Cook began her career in the clerk of courts office in 1984, serving in the traffic department, back when everything was entered manually into docket books. “The first computers came into the office in 1985, and the staff was so proud of this accomplishment. We thought we were really special to have computers in our small Washington County,” Cook said in 2012. Cook was elected to the top job in 1996 and assumed the role of clerk of courts in January 1997. “Since that date, a lot of changes have occurred,” she said. Cook



Linda Hayes Cook, left, is sworn in to the office of clerk of the circuit court on Jan. 19, 2013, by County Judge Colby Peel. Her brother, Harvey Hayes, held the Bible for Cook. Cook retired from her office last week because of health reasons.


CHIPLEY — The Chipley Women’s Club will sponsor the fifth annual Prom and Bridal Expo from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Washington County ag center. Admission is free. For more information, call 260-5896.

Chipley baseball, softball sign-ups CHIPLEY — The city of Chipley is having baseball and softball sign-ups for youth 4 to 14 years old. Sign up at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration is $42 before Jan 17 and $51 after. Every child who registers on time will be placed on a team. Parents should call Pals Park at 638-6348 on Jan. 10 and listen to the pre-recorded message to find out if and when the evaluations will take place. For more information, call Guy Lane at 638-6348 or 658-2773 or email palspark@cityofchipley. com.



Temperatures fell into the teens Monday night as Washington County got a blast of arctic weather this week. Schools were closed in Holmes County because of the low temperatures, but Washington County students were still out on their holiday break when the mercury dropped. The record low temperatures are expected to be gone by the weekend.

Police seek robbery suspects

Dwayne Langston returns to Gilley’s Family Opry

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547-9414 | @WCN_HCT VERNON — Local singer and songwriter Dwayne Langston is returning to the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Gilley’s Family Opry in Vernon. “My love of music started at age 6, singing old folk songs with his family around the river house fireplace,” Langston said. “As an Air Force brat, me and my two brothers learned to play the guitar in Germany. In England, we started a trio and were soon winning talent contests on base.” When he returned to the United States, he began performing with numerous bands throughout Florida, Georgia and Alabama. “Making an album of original music has always been a dream of mine, and with the release of this album (“Someplace I’d Rather Be”), that dream


CHIPLEY — Washington County sheriff’s deputies are seeking three suspects in connection with a robbery in Vernon. At about 8:48 p.m. Dec. 30, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an armed robbery at the Vernon Express Store. Three suspects entered the store parking lot in a dark-colored four-door car. Two women exited the vehicle and proceeded to the store. A third, unidentified suspect remained in the vehicle as the getaway driver, according to police. Both females were observed wearing black pants, black gloves and black hoodies. After entering the store, one of the suspects pointed a revolver-type handgun at the store clerk. The women took an undetermined amount of cash from the store, then left the store and entered the waiting vehicle. The vehicle left heading south on State Road 79, according to police. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the ar-


Police are seeking information on two women who robbed the Vernon Express Store on Dec. 30. rest of those responsible for this armed robbery. If you have any information on the identity of these suspects, contact WCSO. You can make an anonymous report to WCSO by calling 638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing

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and her staff worked diligently over the years to keep up with the changing technology to provide the public with an office of which they could be proud. During the retirement reception on Dec. 20, County Commissioner Charles Brock spoke of Cook’s dedication to the job during some trying times and thanked her warmly for her many years of service to Washington County. “In all my working endeavors, I have tried to give ‘my all’ to my job.” Cook said. “It isn’t fair to my loyal staff of ladies and it isn’t fair to the public who elected me as clerk to try to carry on when I know that I cannot give it my all,” she said.

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PANAMA CITY — U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland joined area residents and about 2.1 million people across the country that received health care benefits Wednesday. And like some who Steve joined the Southerland federal program, Southerland said he experienced the program’s problems. “Our co-payments went up, and our premiums went up,” said Southerland, R-Panama City. “I feel very strongly that you receive greater value for something when you receive greater choice.” As mandated by federal law under the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, members of Congress, along with the uninsured and people who wanted to switch to different plans, had to register at the federal exchange website by the Dec. 24 deadline to receive benefits Jan. 1. Congress members had to choose from “gold” plans only, Southerland said. To buy a plan comparable to the family plan he had previously, he’ll have to pay an extra $580 a month. Southerland, a vocal critic of the law since he first campaigned for the Congressional seat, again slammed the Obama administration for requiring “the rest of America” to enroll at the marketplace to receive health care services. Presidential appointees, members of the executive branch and federal employees were not mandated to enroll. “I believe that’s hypocritical,” Southerland said.

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“I’m terribly concerned of the stories we’re going to hear in the coming days, in the coming weeks of people that went in and believe they have health coverage, and if they go into an emergency room, only to find out that they were mistaken.” U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland “I believe if you’re going to create a law that’s going to change and create havoc on the majority of America, I believe that there should not be any ruling class that that law does not apply to.” Southerland chose to have all of his staff go into the exchange, although the law does not require them to. Another one of his concerns is the safety of private information on the online exchange, which has produced months of “glitches” that have resulted in erroneous enrollment. They’ll tell us how many people registered, but registering does not guarantee you have coverage,” he said. He was referring to erroneous sign-ups called “orphans” and “ghosts” by insurers. An Associated Press report last week described “orphans” as signups that are recorded in the government’s record

but do not appear in insurer systems. “Ghosts” are customers insurers have record of but don’t appear in the government’s computer systems. Either way, a person who has enrolled could be turned away for not having proof of health insurance. The last days of December saw almost doubled enrollment at the online federal marketplace,, according to a news release. More than 975,000 people enrolled in December alone. “I’m terribly concerned of the stories we’re going to hear in the coming days, in the coming weeks of people that went in and believe they have health coverage,” he said, “and if they go into an emergency room, only to find out that they were mistaken.”

At the doctor With more people signed up for health insurance

under the federal system, it seemed medical offices would’ve been bustling last week with crowds of sick people taking advantage of much-needed benefits. But that wasn’t the case. “At the moment, it’s too soon to analyze it,” said Saroj Wadhera, office coordinator at Forest Park Medical Clinic on 23rd Street. “It should at least be within the next one week that we see some movement.” About 38,000 area residents are estimated to be eligible to enroll and receive federal subsidies through the federal marketplace, according to Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System. The hospital will host its second Obamacare seminar at 6 p.m. today at the hospital’s auditorium, at the corner of Sixth Street and Bonita Avenue. Wadhera is optimistic about the health care law and anticipates an influx of newly insured clients. “I feel that there’s going to be a lot of movement because the people who weren’t insured are going to be looking for providers, and internal medicine is the first place they’ll have to start,” she said. Jean Fernandez, manager at Women’s Imaging Center on 23rd Street, said her clients are majority Medicare recipients; therefore, a surge in newly insured clientele wasn’t expected. However, she said, in “two or three months, it may be different.” Kendall Bennett said more calls than usual came in just before the New Year holiday. “Maybe it’s just coincidence,” said Bennett, administrative assistant at the family practitioner office of Dr. Tim Smith on Doctors Drive. “It just seemed that it was more than usual; people wanted to secure a doctor.”

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CHIPLEY — The Spanish Trail Playhouse, Washington County’s only all-volunteer community theater, will have its annual meeting Jan. 20 at the playhouse, 680 Second St. The official meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and includes recognition of outstanding contributions during the 2013 season. Season 7 productions, “Alone Together,” “Honky

Tonk Angels” and “Rumors,” will officially be announced. The Spanish Trail Playhouse Sponsorship drive is underway and will continue until March 1. The end-of-year treasurer’s report will be given by Treasurer Patsy Lawson, and numerous reports from committee directors also will be presented. The Spanish Trail Playhouse Board of Directors encourages all

sponsors and community members to attend this meeting. The annual meeting is open to the public and serves as a good opportunity to receive further information about the playhouse and its endeavors. If you have any questions or if you are interested in information on how to become a sponsor, season ticket holder or volunteer, call the business office at 638-9113, or email

LANGSTON from page A1 ­becomes a reality,” Langston said. Langston is from DeFuniak Springs and said he was inspired to become a singer by Johnny Cash. “The first song I really learned to play was ‘A Boy Named Sue’ by Johnny Cash when I was about 10 or 11 years old,” he said. “When we were in England, I was able to see Johnny Cash in person at the Royal Hall in London. He has been the biggest influence in my life.” Langston has an album available called “Someplace I’d Rather Be,” which includes eight of his most known songs — “Can’t Stay Away from Your Love,” “Leaving on Your Mind,” “Someplace I’d Rather Be,” “Nothing Left Between Us,” “She’s Got That Look in Her Eyes,” “I Could Get Used to This” and “Tomorrow’s Monday.” “‘Someplace I’d Rather Be’ is a compilation of original country ballads combined with a heavy dose of honky tonk country,” Langston said. “It contains songs that can make you think of yesterday and then bring you back home with a foot-stomping country rocker.” Gilley’s Family Opry is one of his favorite spots to visit as well as perform, he said. “It is a nice little club,” Langston said. “They are very professional, and they treat me well. I love their band, and it’s visited by the most talented steel guitar player I’ve ever seen, Jimmy Powell.”

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Dwayne Langston’s performs at Gilley’s Family Opry in Vernon in June 2013.


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Town receives ‘Lifetime CBI’ designation Special to the News ATLANTA — James A. Town, a business intermediary with Business Evaluation & Appraisal Inc. of Chipley, has received the prestigious International Business Broker Association’s Lifetime Certified Business Intermediary (Lifetime CBI) designation. Town is one of very few brokers in Florida to hold the CBI designation. “I am honored to be one of a small number of business intermediaries who hold this certification,” he said. “It assures my clients that they are dealing with a professional who is knowledgeable about business sales and has their best interests in mind.” Town formed Business Evaluation & Appraisal Inc. in 2002 in Florida to be operated in conjunction with his practice in Atlanta through Prime Business Investments Inc., where he

had been a business intermediary since 1992. The focus for BEA has been more on valuation work, and the firm has performed hundreds of business evaluations. Town has been involved as an intermediary in more than 500 transactions. Additionally, the firm conducts commercial real estate brokerage and development activities through a wholly owned subsidiary, Commercial Property Investments, in Florida and Georgia. Town has been a member of IBBA since 1997 and a CBI since 1998. Previously he was awarded the “Fellow of the IBBA” designation in 2007, recognizing significant service to IBBA in a variety of positions. To earn the designation, Town had to meet the following requirements in: Knowledge: A Lifetime CBI must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to

professional development through continuing education and recertification over the course of 10 years or more. Experience: A Lifetime CBI must demonstrate competence in the application of knowledge gained through practical experience with a combined minimum of 15 years’ experience and membership in the IBBA. A Lifetime CBI must have also reached the distinguished age of 70. Ethics: A Lifetime CBI thoroughly understands the IBBA’s Code of Ethics and applies this code to his or her business practices. “It is quite an achievement to receive this lifetime designation,” said George Lanza, chairman of the IBBA. “It signifies that Town is an accomplished business intermediary who has provided his clients with the highest standards of professional service for many years.”

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James Town, left, shakes hands with Washington County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ted Everett upon Town’s retirement from the Tourist Development Council in January 2013. Town recently was designated a Lifetime Certified Business Intermediary by the International Business Broker Association.

Police: Bonifay man arrested after escape, car chase From Staff Reports

the report. Deputies then located methamPOPLAR SPRINGS phetamine in An— The Holmes drews’ vehicle, County Sheriff ’s and Andrews was Office reported the placed in the rear arrest of Zachary of a Holmes County Maize Andrews, 25, Zachary patrol car, accordof Bonifay after a Andrews ing to the report. high speed chase on Moments later, Jan. 5. According to the re- deputies discovered that port, the Jackson County Andrews had escaped from Sheriff ’s Office initiated a the rear of the patrol car, traffic stop on a white Ford and deputies from HolMustang near Graceville on mes and Jackson County, the evening of Jan. 5, and along with the Graceville the driver refused to stop, Police Department and attempting to elude the the ­ Florida ­ Department of deputy for several miles, Corrections, spent the next eventually entering Hol- several hours searching the mes County in the Poplar area for him to no avail, according to the report. Springs community. At 11:15 p.m., however, a After the vehicle became disabled on North Holmes 911 call was ­ received from Creek Road, the driver, An- a residence on North Holdrews, fled on foot, but was mes Creek Road regarding captured by the Jackson a burglary. The victims had awakCounty Deputy after a short foot pursuit, according to ened to the sound of An-

drews entering the residence through a window, and the homeowner retrieved his firearm and confronted Andrews, according to the report. Andrews then grabbed the keys to the homeowners’ GMC 2500 pickup truck and fled with the vehicle, according to the report. A short while later, the Graceville Police Department located the stolen pickup and tried to conduct a felony stop when the Andrews backed the pickup into the patrol car, disabling it, then forcing another patrol car into

the ditch, according to the report. With the help of an onboard tracking system, the pickup was located a short while later just north of Bonifay, and a Bonifay police officer then located the vehicle; however, Andrews once again fled in the pickup. According to the report, after a short pursuit, the suspect crashed through a fence, traveled through a pasture and crashed into a pond. The Bonifay officer, in an effort to avoid the pickup, ran his patrol car

Andrews is being charged with escape, burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft auto and remains in the Holmes County Jail awaiting First Appearance, with charges pending in Jackson County, according to the report. Sheriff Tim Brown would like to thank the Jackson County Sheriff ’s Office, Washington County Sheriff ’s Office, Bonifay Police Department, Graceville Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Holmes Correction Institution K-9 team for their assistance.

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into the ditch and crashed his vehicle. Andrews then fled into the woods. After an extensive search, Andrews was located several hundred yards away hiding in a swamp. Also, while responding to assist the Bonifay officer, a deputy from the Holmes County Sheriff ’s Office was traveling westbound on State Road 2 when her vehicle hydroplaned and crashed into the woods, according to the report. Both officers were treated and released for their injuries.


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Rethinking Medicaid If the Florida Legislature reconsiders accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage in the state, lawmakers would be wise to look to Oregon for the answer: A resounding “no.” Last year, Gov. Rick Scott endorsed expanding medical insurance for the poor and disabled under a provision of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) whereby Washington promised to pay 100 percent of the costs for new Medicaid recipients for the first three years before gradually reducing that coverage to 90 percent of the costs annually. However, the issue died in the Legislature when the House and Senate failed to agree on how to expand coverage for the needy and whether to accept federal money to pay for it. Speaker Will Weatherford was adamantly opposed to the federal solution. Florida is one of 25 states that have refused to participate in the Medicaid expansion. Democrats have vowed to revive the matter during this year’s regular session, although Scott, facing a tough re-election battle, has gone wishy-washy on it. Meanwhile, in the wake of the tumultuous rollout of Obamacare, Senate President Don Gaetz now says Weatherford “was right not to order the health care mystery

meat from the federal cafeteria.” Indeed, the Obama administration’s repeated backtracking on the ACA’s implementation, such as delaying mandates and other rules in the face of public complaints, bolsters fears that it might not live up to its funding promises on Medicaid expansion if the political waters turn choppy. That would leave states picking up a larger share of the check when most already are busting their budgets on the program. Uncertainty over future costs only grew last week when results of a major study in Oregon, published in the journal Science, indicated that contrary to widespread belief, when people receive health insurance they use hospital emergency rooms more, not less, than the uninsured. The New York Times reported, “The pattern was so strong that it held true across most demographic groups, times of day and types of visits, including those for conditions that were treatable in primary care settings.” That undercuts a major rationale for Obamacare, which is to insure people so they don’t rely on costly ER visits. In 2009, for example, Health and Human Services


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Linda Cook retires from Clerk of Court office Linda Hayes Upon asking for Cook retired as the comments from Clerk of Court of others, glowing Washington County accolades were on Dec. 31, 2013, a delivered by County decision she made Commissioner only one month Charles Brock, who earlier, and one spoke of her loyalty PERRY’S brought about on to the job during PRATTLE what she attributed some trying times Perry Wells to “medical issues.” and thanked her This lady came to work warmly for her many years in the Clerk’s Office in the of service to Washington mid 1980s as Deputy Clerk County. to the elected clerk, Travis James W. “Bill” Lee, W. Pitts. She remained in who is married to Linda’s the position through the niece, Mike Hayes Lee, tenure of elected clerk, expressed the family’s love Earnestine Mainer Miller, and appreciation to Linda who retired in 1996. and congratulated her on Linda announced her reaching retirement. intention to seek the job As the program when Earnestine revealed progressed, others spoke her plans to retire at the including your writer, end of her term. The new Deputy Clerk Lora Bell, clerk won the election County Judge Colby Peel, handily in a contested race County Administrator in the fall of 1996, beginning David Corbin and was her first term in January finalized with glowing 1997. She has won all comments from fellow ensuing elections since. Jackson County Clerk of Before the last the Court, Dale Rabon contested campaign, this Guthrie, whose tenure of lady was diagnosed with service in Jackson County lung cancer and underwent parallels that of Linda in treatments. She responded Washington County. well and was able to work The retiring clerk then full time with little difficulty. thanked everyone for During 2013, the demon coming and called upon cancer raised its ugly head her brother, Harvey Hayes, once again. The necessary to deliver the prayer of treatments caused Linda thanksgiving for the event to reduce her work and for the food. schedule far beyond what She then instructed her her determination and brother, Frances Hayes and commitment to what the wife, Juanita, to lead the job required and ultimately line to the table filled with the decision came to retire. refreshments as she invited At her retirement all to partake. reception in the County Linda Hayes Cook Commission room of the was born June 19, 1941, Courthouse Annex on in Washington County to Dec. 20, she directed an Oscar Hayes and Thelma informal, but impressive Brock Hayes. In addition ceremony in which she to the two brothers names bravely explained her above, she has one sister, medical maladies. She Pat Hayes Kirkland and a warmly thanked her staff deceased brother, Marcus. of deputy clerks, whom she She married Walter T. SPECIAL TO THE NEWS described as her “Ladies,” (Sonny) Cook, Jr. and their Candidate Linda Hayes Cook in an early brochure who have faithfully stood by as candidate Linda Hayes Cook. See PERRY A5 her in this difficult time.

Who remembers going to drive-in movies? While soft drink, a bag discussing of popcorn and watching the Rose a candy bar. In Bowl Parade on 1982, her father, the big screen TV Al Saunders, (which we don’t built Al’s Drive have), the subject in two miles came up of HAPPY CORNER west of Bonifay, attending movies Hazel Wells Tison and the Dewey at the drive-in. Brannon family, Friend Paula which included Waters remembered son Lee and daughter going as a child both in Brenda, operated the Michigan and in Orlando, drive-in. Youngest son where its drive-in had Mitchell was too young a children’s playground to help run the business. featuring a kiddie-sized Mr. Brannon and Lee train. At dusk when took turns running the the movie started, the projector, while Mrs. playground closed, and Brannon and Brenda took the kids had to go sit in care of the concession the car with their parents. stand and other When we were growing responsibilities. They up we had no drive-in developed a reputation movie theater here. for the best hot dogs However, we did have a and chili dogs and some theater where the HRS is people came out to the now located. That’s where concession stands just to people of my generation get a hot dog. Either Mr. went on a Saturday night or Mrs. Brannon would date. It is also where make the chili, which town kids went for the went on the dogs. Saturday matinee. They Later when they could spend an afternoon enlarged the concession watching the serial, a stand to include a cartoon, a newsreel and screened in place for the feature movie for 10 people to sit down cents. What a bargain. and eat, they built an Who could ask for a apartment, and the Ira cheaper babysitter? Most Jordan family lived kids in those days had there and helped run chores, though, so they the establishment. Mrs. had to get them done in Brannon’s brother, Al the morning before they Saunders Jr., also worked could spend the afternoon with them for a time at at the “show.” the drive in. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Daughter Brenda Brannon (Joyce) moved had helped her dad set to Bonifay from Hartford, out the pine trees that Ala., in 1948 to operate would provide a screen the Bonifay Theater from the road and the where for 25 cents a movie screen. She cried moviegoer could get a when she learned that

the movies would only be seen at night, and she would not be allowed to go. She later learned that she would see all of the drive in movies that she cared to see. Mrs. Brannon couldn’t remember what the admission to the show was, but it was by individual, not by the car. Some people would hide in the trunk until the admission price was taken; then they would crawl out and sit in the car after it was parked. For a short time, Bonifay also had a drivein theater on Highway 79 north of town owned by Sam Messer. Since it was near Mt. Olive Church, I talked to Carolyn Phillips Cooley to see what she remembered about it. She said that her dad would not allow them to go, but on Sunday nights from their classroom at church they’d try their hardest to see what was playing on the screen. She referred me to Paul Steverson, who grew up nearby and married Judy McDanniel, whose family lived across the highway from Sam’s drive-in. Paul said he was about 12 or 13 while that establishment was in operation. He would spend the nights with his grandmother, Mrs. Della Steverson, who lived across the swamp from the theater. He’d sneak out and find a log he could cross and go over and stand near a speaker and watch the movie. Judy

said her parents didn’t allow her to go. Later in high school, Paul got to be a school crossing guard and wear a white belt and suspenders as he helped school kids get across Highway 79 (Waukesha Street) safely. He got to know Mr. Dewey Brannon then as he rewarded the school crossing guards by allowing them to attend a movie once a week free. He would then walk the three or four miles to his home up Highway 79. He said that he could take a wagon road short cut through the woods, and it was nothing for him to walk that far. The Starlight Drive-In near Chipley operated for several years, and we would sometimes go there. I remember taking our oldest child, Hiram, and leaving because the movie was too scary. Some scary voice was saying, “Beware! Beware! The big green dragon sits on your doorstep. He eats little boys. Big fat snails and puppy dog tails.” I have no idea if that was in the movie or a preview, but Hiram was afraid to sleep alone for a while. After television came to most homes, movie theaters and especially drive-ins went by the wayside, but they provided family friendly places for people to go. According to Mrs. Brannon many people told her they received their first kiss at Al’s Drive-In Theater.


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Wewa man plays role in medical marijuana initiative By JACQUELINE BOSTICK

747-5081 | @PCNHJBostick WEWAHITCHKA — An argument is brewing between groups that want Florida voters’ attention concerning medical marijuana. “There’s tremendous medical hope here for a number of illness and we just want a right to vote on this,” said Bob Sutton. “The major issue here is to get it on the ballot and let the people of Florida decide.” Sutton is a representative for United for Care, a campaign to get an amendment for the legalization of medical marijuana onto November’s general election ballot in Florida. The group has collected close to 900,000 signatures, said Kim Russell, founder of People United for Medical Marijuana, the organization that runs the campaign and is responsible for authoring the amendment. The group is aiming for about 1 million signatures; at least 700,000 must be verified — match registered voters’ signatures on file — to qualify for the 2014 ballot. Sutton has collected less than 50 signatures over the past few months at his petition post at Wewa RV Park and Trading Post, 2481 State 71 North in Wewahitchka. “Probably a hundred people have come to me interested” in supporting legalizing medical marijuana, Sutton said, “but, they don’t want to sign the petition for fear the government will come on them. … It may be fear of reprisal.” He said he wishes individuals who believe in the cause of medical marijuana could see it as a “democracy issue” because “everyone has a right to sign a petition.” Opposition groups have a dif-


Cultivated marijuana is seen in this file photo at the University of Mississippi.

WANT TO SIGN THE PETITION? WHAT: Sign the United for Care for medical marijuana petition WHEN: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Petition closes Feb. 1. WHERE: Wewa RV Park and Trading Post, 2481 State 71 North in Wewahitchka WHY: To get legislation for the legalization of medical marijuana on the ballot DETAILS: 850-639-5721 ferent opinion, particularly in regards to the language in the amendment. In written statements and a signed brief presented to the state Supreme Court in December, anti-petition groups picked apart the amendment — calling it “mis-

leading” — in the hope that the court will not allow the initiative on the ballot. Calvina Faye, executive director at Save our Society from Drugs, was one of several antidrug groups to sign the brief. “We believe that sick people

VIEW from page A4 Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said: “Our health care system has forced too many uninsured Americans to depend on the emergency room for the care they need. We cannot wait for reform that gives all Americans the high-quality, affordable care they need and helps prevent illnesses from turning into emergencies.” Supporters have characterized that as a hidden health care tax that everyone pays (called “free riding”), and that expanding Medicaid would lower such costs by directing the newly

insured to primary care. Medicaid is expected to cover nearly half the uninsured Americans who gain coverage under the ACA. Earlier last year, that same Oregon study found that giving people Medicaid coverage failed to improve their health outcomes, again contradicting a claim widely made by Obamacare supporters. So what does Medicaid do? It provides some financial stability for lowincome households, mainly by transferring money to them via higher costs

and taxes on the affluent. But that’s not how it and Obamacare have been sold, which is that the programs will bend the cost curve downward by reducing the number of free-riders and by increasing preventative care through primary physicians. Medicaid’s failures do not eliminate the problem of the poor and uninsured. However, the Oregon study should inspire policymakers to consider less-expensive, better-focused alternatives to funneling even more people into an ineffective federal program.

deserve legitimate medicine,” Fay said. “This isn’t about medicine; this is about legalization, period.” Sheriff Grady Judd, president of the Florida Sheriff ’s Association, also signed the brief. “There are loopholes big enough to sail aircraft carriers

through” the amendment, Judd said Saturday. “It is being sold to the public as medical marijuana for those that are significantly, severely ill, that have end-of-life issues with health, but the way the proposed constitutional amendment is written, it would literally take in everyone.” In the amendment, “debilitating medical conditions” includes Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C, several life-threatening diseases such as AIDS and cancer, and “other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risk for a patient.” “Do you want your physician, your firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services to have that kind of unfettered access to medical marijuana?” Judd rhetorically asked. So, “That’s why the Florida Sheriff ’s Association does not endorse medical marijuana.” According to a poll by Quinnipiac University, Floridians want to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical conditions by an 82-16 margin. The ballot initiative must draw at least 60 percent support to pass. Ben Pollara, campaign manager at United for Care, points to the poll as evidence the public is ready for legal medical marijuana. “It’s another indication that Floridians are ready to support the legalization of marijuana despite their leaders” ignoring the issue by “putting their heads in the sand,” he said recently. The next step is to wait on a ruling from the Supreme Court. The court has until April to rule on the amendment’s language. “Hopefully we go on the ballot,” Pollara said.

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PERRY from page A4 Harold Bazzell, retired Clerk of Court from Bay County, has agreed to accept the interim appointment as Clerk, replacing Linda. We all know that she regrets having to leave the office in its physical upheaval with the emergency relocation. The Prattler joins the throngs of others who say “thanks” to this competent, friendly and committed lady for a job well done. I further commend her gallantry in doing just what the told the television news media regarding her decision: “In all my working endeavors, I have tried to give ‘my all’ to my job.” She continued: “It isn’t fair to my loyal staff of ladies and it isn’t fair to the public who elected me as clerk, to try to carry on when I know that I cannot give it ‘my all.’” Congratulations to Linda Cook and Best Wishes to her in future life. See you all next week, hopefully with another retirement story.

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landing on the school campus, delivering the prophetic “ten years later” future for the following: “Linda Hayes, Marilyn Usery, Mary Temples and Elaine Enfinger are secretaries to Roy Sasser, who is the richest man on the moon. Roy made his money by selling green cheese.” Under the heading of “Last Will and Testament” is the following: “I, Linda Hayes, will my title “Miss Chipley” of 1958 to my niece, Tammy Kirkland, for the year 1974.” Another segment of Linda’s 1959 Yearbook gives a history of the Class of ‘59. It closes with this statement: “The 1959 Senior Class lived up to their motto: “Forward ever —Backward Never.” Much to Linda’s disappointment, the mold problem in the 86-year-old courthouse was recently confirmed and has required all personnel to vacate until the problem is resolved.


three children are Mary Pat Hartzog, Kent Hartzog and Tim Cook. The three grandchildren are Nicholas (Nick) Hartzog, Haley Hartzog and Triston Cook. This lady graduated from Chipley High School in 1959. Even though it was my privilege to work along with Linda in her years as Deputy Clerk in the Washington County Court system, never did I know of her many accomplishments and honors during high school, which reads like a “Who’s Who” at Chipley High. “PAW PRINTS,” Chipley High School’s Year Book for 1959, pictures this young lady dressed out in her glamorous formal gown with the caption “Miss Linda Hayes, Miss Chipley 1958!” She was sponsored by the Chipley High School PTA and represented the town at the National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Ala., that year. Under her picture as a Senior, we learn that she was involved in Sports Club, Tri Hi Y, Beauty Review, Glee Club, FHA, Pep Club, Cheerleader, Student Council and Class Favorite during her high school years. Linda’s senior picture is captioned “As likeable as she is lookable.” The traditional and comical “Class Prophecy” tribute for seniors has a mysterious Martian

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Upcoming auditions at the Spanish Trail Playhouse


Special to Extra CHIPLEY — The Spanish Trail Playhouse will hold open auditions for the Lawrence Roman comedy, Alone Together on Monday, Jan. 13 and Tuesday, Jan. 14. The auditions will be held at 6 p.m. nightly at The Spanish Trail Playhouse (Historic Chipley High School) located at 680 Second Street in Chipley. Remember those wonderful Broadway comedies of the fifties and sixties? This play by the author of Under the Yum Yum Tree is firmly in that tradition. Alone Together delighted audiences on Broadway with Janis Paige and Kevin McCarthy playing a

middle aged couple whose children have finally left the nest. They are alone together, but not for long. All three sons come charging back home after experiencing some hard knocks in the real world, and Mom and Dad have quite a time pushing them out again. The action of the play takes place in the home of George and Helene Butler, located in Los Angeles, CA. Director Terrie Garrett will be casting 4 men and 2 women to fill the following roles, male (m) or female (f): George Butler (m): The Patriarch of the Butler family. George is in his 50’s. Helene Butler (f): The Matriarch of the Butler

family. Helene is in her 50’s. Keith Butler (m): The youngest son of George and Helene. Keith is in his late teens/early 20’s. Michael Butler (m): The eldest son of George and Helene. Michael is in his late 20’s/early 30’s Elliot Butler (m): The middle son of George and Helene. Elliot is in his mid 20’s/early 30’s Janie Johnson (f): She is a college friend of Keith. She is down on her luck and needs a place to stay. Janie is in her early 20’s. Alone Together, written by Lawrence Roman and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., will take the stage March 21-23, 2014 and will mark the first

production of Season 7. This production is not a musical; no prior acting experience is necessary. Audition packets for the production are available at the Washington County Public Library (1444 Jackson Ave-Chipley) or at www. spanishtrailplayhouse. com To inquire about a certain role or any other question pertaining to the production of Alone Together, please email Director Terrie Garrett at You may also contact the Spanish Trail Playhouse at spanishtrailplayhouse@ or visit www. spanishtrailplayhouse. com for more information.

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Robinson and Paulk to wed Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Terry Robinson of Newton, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Janell Robinson to Joseph Emory Paulk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Paulk of Bonifay. The Bride Elect is the Granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bassett of Cowarts, Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. Oneal Robinson of Black, Ala. Taylor is a 2009 graduate of Geneva High School. She is a 2012 graduate of Wallace Community College with an Associate of applied science in Radiologic Technology, and a 2013 graduate of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College with a degree in Sonography. She is currently employed at SAMC. Joseph is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Bellot of Bonifay and Mrs. Jeanette Paulk and the late Leonza Paulk of Bonifay. The Future groom is a 2005 graduate of Bethlehem High School. Joseph received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Chipola College in 2010. He currently farms with his family in Bonifay. The wedding is planned for Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at The Grand on Foster in Dothan, Ala., with a Reception to follow. All friends and relatives are invited at attend. The couple will reside in Bonifay.

Livingston is a 2 to 3 year old male mixed breed dog, about 45 pounds. He is a very handsome and unique looking boy with a coat of white with gray speckles and patches of gray and black merle. He is scared in the shelter and did not seem too familiar with the leash but he happily comes when called and enjoys snuggling close and getting as much love as he can. He has all the makings for a wonderful and devoted best friend who will envelop you in the unconditional love only a grateful rescued dog can give. Gloria is a beautiful female domestic short haired brown tabby with a super sweet personality.

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Bonifay recently visited Gastonia, N.C. While there, they visited the following stores: Mary Jo’s Cloth Store. which has been selling material since 1959 to customers all over the United States; Long Creek Thread Store, which sells machine embroidery thread, thread for longarm quilt machines and stabilizers of all kinds; and R&N Fabrics in Bessemer City, N.C., run by two sisters and both are in their mid-80s. “Needless to say, all of the ladies enjoyed this store,” said Holmes Valley Quilters Guild President Roberta Tinkler. While there, they enjoyed a full breakfast each morning at their motel, Comfort Suites. They also ate at RO’s Barbecue, which has been in business since the ’40s and still has curb service; Long Creek Fish Camp, which really give you your

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The Holmes Valley Quilters Guild took an adventurous trip to Gastonia, N.C., recently, which included Dianne Driver, Rose Desjardins, Pat Clemons, Donna Dixon, Pat Cellebero, Evelyn Fahie, Sue Cullifer, Rachel Kuhn, Gerry Steverson, Donna Rhodes and Roberta Tinkler. money’s worth; and Toni’s Ice Cream Parlor, which has in business for almost 60 years. “They make their own ice cream, and it is hand-dipped,” Tinkler

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Obituaries Lee R. Alred Lee R. Alred of Westville passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at his residence. He was 92. Lee was born Nov. 11, 1921 in Holmes County, to the late Clayton and Isabelle Grantham Alred. Lee was a lifelong farmer in Holmes County. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by four brothers, Carthel, Doodle, Otis, and Luke Alred and three sisters, Annabelle Alred, Lilly Mason, and Ruby Cody. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Maxine Green Alred; two sons, David (Teresa) Alred, and Roy Alred of Westville; one daughter, Sue Beasley (Jimmy Cassady) of Westville; one brother, Luther Alred of Westville; one sister, Evelyna Schmehl of

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Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Ashley (Matt) Tucker of Hartford, Dallie Alred of Geneva, and Candace (Ben) Thames of Samson; three greatgrandchildren, Parker Ellenburg, Carson Thames, and Alyssa Panchenko; several nieces and nephews; and one very special friend, Darlene Ellison. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at Mt. Olive Assembly of God Church Cemetery with the Rev. Wade Green officiating and Jimmy Bottoms of Bottoms Garden Chapel Funeral Home directing. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at Bottoms Garden Chapel Funeral Home in Geneva.

Michele R. Lawlor Michele “Mickey” Roberta Lawlor, 69, of Bonifay died, Jan. 2, 2014. Funeral services were held, Jan. 7, 2014 at

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Memorialization was by cremation with Sims Funeral Home directing.

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Lois Dykes, age 81, of Bonifay, went to sleep in death Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Lois was born on June 13, 1932 in Chichester Twp., Pa., but lived the past 40-some years in and around Bonifay. Lois was a loyal witness of her God, Jehovah, joyfully and eagerly sharing with those she met the GOOD NEWS of HIS KINGDOM. Lois was preceded in death by her loving husband and best friend, Clifford Dykes and adoring granddaughter, Leslie. She leaves fond memories to be cherished by her family her son, Donald Haselow and wife Phyllis of Salem, Ohio; her granddaughters, Vanessa and husband Brian, Shannon and husband Anthony, Danielle and husband Travis; her great-grandchildren, Alex, Sophia, Grace, Domenic, Addyson, Caisen and Colton; her daughter, Debrah Dykes and husband David of Chipley; her granddaughters, Kimberlee and husband Mike, Sherry and hus-

band Kevin, and Leslie; her great-grandchildren, Trevor, Julia, Hannah and Miranda; her daughter, Denise Thrower and husband Archie of Geneva, Ala.; her granddaughter, Leah and husband Paul; her grandsons, Andrew and wife Sarah, Michael and wife Sherry, Jerry and wife Heather; her greatgrandchildren, Aiden, Anna, Mila, Caroline, Owen, Zachery, McKenna, Keston, Landon, Haley and Malory; her son, Charles Haselow and wife Crystal of Vernon; her grandsons, David and wife Kara, Dalton; her granddaughter Dana and husband Robert; her great-grandchildren, McKaela and Korbin; her brothers, William and Johnny and her sister, Louise. Along with many, many friends, she too will be greatly missed by her furry and faithful companion, Itchy. A memorial service was held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at the Bonifay Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness.

Survivors include two Grady Keith Sr. daughters, Bettie Slay of Grady Keith, Sr. children; Kristi Bonifay and Margie Kelly of Madison, Tenn., Keith, Raelinda of Little Rock, AR.; one passed away on Keith, Kathy Keith, son, Brady Washington Dec. 29, 2013. He Trey Keith (Tara), and wife Gail of Chipley; 14 loved and was loved and Marvin Keith, grandchildren; nine great Jr.; great-grandchilgrandchildren and several by his family. He is preceded dren, Shante Johnnieces and nephews. in death by his son and Isabella Family received friends Grady brother, Junior Keith and nieces, for visitation from 6 to Keith Sr. Keith; mother, Vassie Jones and 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, Annie Butler; stepDonna Jones. 2014 at Brown Funeral father, Cleon Butler and his Visitation was held Home, Main Street Chapel. father, Thomas Keith. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, from Funeral services will be He is survived by his 2 to 6 p.m., at Phillips-Robheld at 2 p.m,. Wednesday, sister, Myrtle Jones; sons, inson Funeral Home, 2707 Jan. 8, 2014 at Brown Grady Keith, Jr. and Marvin Gallatin Rd. Nashville, TN Funeral Home, Main 37216. (615)262-3312. Still Street Chapel with the Rev. Keith, Sr. (Lynn); companion, Mildred Hurst; grandFamily Owned. John Taylor and the Rev. Randy Moss officiating. Interment will follow Inez Pelham at Glenwood Cemetery, Inez Pelham, 92 of Betty Toole, Chipley; four Chipley with Brown Graceville passed away grandsons, Brent Hale, Funeral Home directing. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at David Hale, Jason Pelham Family and friends may Jackson Hospital. and Banyon Pelham; two sign the online register at Inez was born in great grandchildren, Graceville on Feb. 11, 1921 gan Hale and Lillian Hale; to the late Walter Monfour half-sisters, Ann, Judy, Newman Owens roe and Charity Barner Rebecca ad Helen; two Ramsey. half-brothers, Robert and Newman Owens, 79, of Interment followed with She was a retired motel Kent and a host of nieces Chipley died Dec. 30, 2013. Military Honors in the laundress with Howard and nephews. Funeral services were Wausau Memorial GarJohnson and Ramada Inn. Service of Rememheld Jan. 3, 2014 at Wausau dens. Peel Funeral Home Ms. Inez was a member of brance was held at 11 a.m., Assembly of God Church. is directing. Harmony Baptist Mission Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at Church. Pleasant Hill (Collins Mill) Guidelines and Deadlines Preceded in death by Primitive Baptist Church her husband, J. D. Pelham; with the Rev. Raymond Obituary notices are written by funeral homes two sons, Mack Pelham O’Quinn officiating. and relatives of the decease. The Washington County and Dennis Pelham; two Family received friends News/Holmes County Times-Advertiser reserves brothers, Tom Ramsey at the church from 10 a.m., the right to edit for AP style and format. Families and J. Walter Ramsey and until time of service. submitting notices must type them in a typeface and three sisters Mary SchoIn lieu of flowers family font that can be scanned into a computer. Deadline field, Edna Allen and Pearl request memorials may be for obituaries is 12 Noon on Monday for the following Hayes. made to Collins Mill CemWednesday newspaper. There is a $25 charge for Survived by her beloved etery Fund c/o Claude Pelobituaries. Obituaries may be e-mailed to funerals@ children, Tony Pelham ham P.O. Box 173 or delivered to the Washington (Anne), Dothan, Ala., ille, FL 32440. County News at 1364 North Railroad Ave, Chipley or Doug Pelham, Panama Expressions of sympaHolmes County Times-Advertiser at 112 Eat Virginia City Beach, and Carol thy can be made at http:// Ave. in Bonifay. Hale, Hampton, Va.; sister, Vassie Lee Rustin, age 81, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at the Bonifay Nursing and Rehab Center surrounded by her loving family. Vassie was born on Aug. 10, 1932 to the late Jim and Minnie (Posey) Moss in Bonifay. She has been a resident of the Washington and Holmes County area since 1953 and is a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church of Bonifay. Mrs. Rustin worked for many years as a waitress for the Chipley Motel Restaurant and the Chuckwagon. Vassie is preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Ned Rustin; two brothers, Charlie and Buford Moss and four sisters, Bessie Spann, Ollie Sweat, Nettie Ruth Avery and Lillie Bell Champion.

Shirley A. Paul Mrs. Shirley Kendra Brashear of Ann Pendergrass Hartford, Ala., BrePaul, age 79, a inne Clifton (Cliff) resident of Dothan, of Colorado and Ala., passed away Maranda (Blake) Monday, Dec. 30, Berry of Hartford, 2013 at her home Ala.; daughter, Pasurrounded by her mela Berry of DoShirley A. loving family. than, Ala., and her Paul Shirley was born children, Armista June 15, 1934 in SaColeman of Dothan, betha, Kan., the daughter of Ala., Griffin Berry of AshRoy and Eva Pendergrass. ford, Ala., Justin and Taylor She retired from the Coleman of Glen Rose, Nuclear Regulatory ComTexas; daughter, Cindy mission in 2001 where she Newsome of Enterprise, worked for 19 years, and Ala., and her children, was recognized as one of Melissa Newsome of Ft. their top secretaries during Walton, Joshua Newsome her 27 year career with the of Indiana, and Caleb Newgovernment. some of Enterprise, Ala.; Her hobbies included 20 great-grandchildren and singing, music and art, but one great-great-grandchild. ultimately she loved being Funeral Services were with her family. held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Shirley was preceded Jan. 4, 2014 in the Glover in death by her parents; Funeral Home Chapel with one sister, Armista Moyer Chaplain Eddie Biss officiand two brothers, Paul and ating and Kendall Glover Roy Edward (Bud) Pendof Glover Funeral Home ergrass. Directing. Survivors include her Burial followed at Mt. husband, Johnny Wayne Olive Cemetery in Bonifay. Paul; daughter, Lisa Dono- Glover Funeral Home of fro (Joe) of Dothan, Ala., Dothan was in charge of and her children Joseph the arrangements, (334) and Natalie; daughter, Kar- 699-3888. en Riley of Hartford, Ala., Please sign the guestand her children, Tamisha book on line at www.gloverBrashear of Jack, Ala.,

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Community calendar 8 — 9 a.m.: Tai Chi Class at the Washington County Public Library, Chipley Branch 8 — 10 a.m.: Church Fellowship Breakfasts at Around the Corner Grill. Breakfast provided. All denominations welcome. 10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides hot meals and socialization. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 6386217. Donations accepted. Noon: Chipley Kiwanis Club meeting. Noon: Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, New Life Assembly Fellowship Hall, Chipley. 5 p.m.: BINGO at St. Joseph Catholic Church games start at 6:25 p.m. Call Peg Russ at 638-451 6 p.m.: Holmes County Commission meets second Tuesdays. 7 p.m.: Narcotics

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WEDNESDAY 10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides hot meals and socialization. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Vernon Historical Society Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meetings are fourth Wednesdays at 2 p.m. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. 1 p.m.: Line dancing, Washington Council on Aging in Chipley. 5 p.m.: New Hope United Methodist Church Bible Study 7 p.m.: Depression and Bipolar Support Group meets at First Baptist Church educational annex building in Bonifay. Call 547-4397.

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I was sitting on the back away, I can always claim porch sipping an ice-cold that there is “something tea with a splash of lemon wrong with my cell phone when I received a text from and my texting isn’t working a relative up north. I was right today.” Then I can get enjoying a pleasant back to that relative afternoon basking whenever it suits in the winter sun of me. Or, as the case Florida. with some relatives, I am not sure and you know who I what God was mean, I can ignore it. thinking of when If you are a He created the relative of mine and north with all that have not heard from DR. JAMES bad weather and me or had any of L. SNYDER snow and such, but your text answered Out to Pastor I know what He the simple answer was thinking of when He is, I am not really ignoring created the South especially you (ha ha ha) my cell phone Florida. He was thinking is not working correctly. in particular of me and my This relative that text insatiable love of the sun. me was complaining about Basking in the Florida how cold it was up north sun is the great reward of and even had the courtesy being smart and moving to to send me a picture of their Florida. backyard just chock-full I have some friends who of some white substance were born in Florida and known as snow. think they are a little bit The text read, “I bet you better than me. I remind wish you were here to enjoy them that they had no this?” choice of being born in I think that relative would Florida but I, on the other have lost that bet for sure. hand, moved to Florida on I love those snow scenes my own volition. I think I on postcards or in text have the upper hand on that messages like this one, but one. as to be personally involved I may be old but I with all of the frigid snow, do certainly do delight in the not bet on me! modern technology. It used Years ago, Cold and to be that when you got a I experienced a deep call from a relative you had disagreement and we have to answer the telephone and been separated ever since. talk to the person on the As far as I am concerned, other end for as long as they the separation is final! I hung on. Today, thanks to really do not want anything modern gadgetry; when a more to do with Cold. We are relative wants to contact me, not even on speaking terms. they usually do it by text. I Cold, after all, is a love it. relative thing especially Getting a text is a when the relatives are up strange thing, or it can be. north in the winter. If I do not respond right Up north, they complain

when the temperature falls below 30. Here in Florida I complain when the temperature falls below 70. Whenever the temperature dips below that magical 70, I have to break out one of my sweaters. What an inconvenience for me to have to put on a sweater because it is just a little bit cool on the outside. Then my relative sent me a picture of her standing in the snow looking like the abominable snowman. She had more clothes on than I actually own and have in my closet. I wonder how she walks around wearing all those clothes? How in the world does she ever sit down wearing all those clothes? And what about that thing wrapped around her head? We have hats here in Florida but not quite like the one she was wearing. It looked like she was wearing some igloo. At this point in my life, I could not afford, for a variety of reasons, to move back north. I do not think my relatives up north could put up with me at this point. They offer me a friendly invitation to come and spend some time with them during the winter season. I really could not handle it. As soon as the temperature dropped below 70, I would be complaining, grouching and working on everybody’s nerves. I would be such a nuisance that they would have to get together and buy me a plane ticket back to


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sunny Florida. My relatives should thank me for not moving up north to “enjoy the snow” with them. See how much I am saving my relatives? Do they appreciate it? No relationship is quite like that relationship that spans several hundred miles. You know the old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” So, if you add distance to that absence you have the epitome of a wonderfully fond heart. Many things separate us from one another. Sometimes that separation is voluntary and sometimes it isn’t. The apostle Paul understood that nothing could separate him from God. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). It does not matter how cold it is outside as long as inside there is a warm relationship with God bordering on fiery expectation. Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att. net. His web site is www. jamessnyderministries. com.


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Community Events Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Players will learn to practice like a champion, play-like a champion MARIANNA — The and live like a champion. Chipola Artist Series Jennie Finch and other presents harpist Anna Maria Mendieta, at 7 p.m., Softball Greats will lead a full day of personal Jan. 16, in the Center for instruction covering all the Arts. Leading the audience through the right aspects of softball. The Camp will continue turns, dips and smoky cafes of Argentina, harpist Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Skills camp coaches Anna Maria Mendieta’s will include Jennie Finch, Tango del Cielo (Tango Kat Dodson, Ivy Renfroe, from Heaven) is a fresh Lauren Gibson and Raven innovative presentation Chavanne. of the passionate and Campers will receive sensuous music of the instruction from Tango and Spanish professional coaches and Flamenco. Complete with players, lunch on Saturday, Latin instruments and Camp T-shirt, personalized Flamenco dancers, the theatrical music and dance softball and certificate of participation program is a must see. For information, call Tickets are available online at Kelly Brookins at 850-718Tickets will be available in 2468, Belinda Hendrix at the Center for the Arts Box 850-718-2358 or Jimmy Hendrix at 850-573-1508. Office.

Jennie Finch coming to Chipola for softball camp MARIANNA — Area softball players will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with softball superstar Jennie Finch and four other professional players at the Chipola College Softball field, Jan. 25 and 26. The two-day Chipola camp will include instruction each day with lunch on Saturday. Registration deadline is Jan. 21. Registration fee is $250. No on-site registration will be available. The Skills Camp is

Spring into Vegetable Gardening BONIFAY — The Holmes County Extension Office will be holding an interactive video series for novice gardeners from 67:30 p.m. on every Tuesday from Jan. 14 to Feb. 4, 2014 in the Extension Office Conference Room in Bonifay. Cost will be $30 per person or $45 per couple. Anyone interested can contact the Holmes County Extension Office at 547-1108.

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2014 Relay For Life CHIPLEY — The 2014 Holmes/Washington County Relay For Life will be 6 p.m. May 16 to 6 a.m. May 17, at the Pals Park soccer field. For more information, call Connie

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In this photo taken on Dec. 17, Joe Manning sits in his office in De Funiak Springs. Manning is an outreach worker trained to sign people in rural Florida to participate in the Affordable Care Act.

Providing health care complicated in rural areas FREEPORT (AP) — In this rural part of the Panhandle, Christopher Mitchell finds few takers when he delivers his message about the importance of exploring insurance options under the federal health overhaul. People in the conservative-leaning area tend to have a bad impression of President Obama’s signature law because of negative messages they hear on talk radio or from friends, said Mitchell, marketing director for a network of nonprofit health clinics. Even for those with insurance, a doctor’s visit may require a long drive because there are few providers in the area — and some are selective about the coverage they accept. Around the country, advocates spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act in rural areas face similar difficulties. Coupled with the well-publicized glitches for the online insurance marketplaces, their stories illustrate the broader challenges in meeting President Barack Obama’s goal of reducing the number of uninsured in places with some of the highest percentages of uninsured residents. “I tell people that I am not here to advocate for the law, I am here to support the law and empower people to be able to use and understand the law,” said Mitchell, whose employer, PanCare of Florida, received a federal grant for outreach efforts. “But when people are hearing over and over and over that is bankrupting America, it is hard to break through.” On a recent afternoon, Mitchell made his pitch to half a dozen patients in the waiting room of a low-slung brick clinic surrounded by pine trees on the two-lane state road that serves as Freeport’s main street. In areas like this — where one-story houses and mobile homes sit far apart on lots of tan, sandy soil and pine needles — many poor residents could benefit from federally subsidized health insurance but aren’t open to it. Among those unconvinced by Mitchell’s pitch was Laressa Bowness, who brought her father to the clinic for dental care. “I get frustrated because I hear so much stuff. The politicians who put the system into place have lost their sense of reality. They don’t understand what people who work face,” said Bowness, who added that most people she knows don’t have health insurance because they simply cannot afford it.


In this Dec. 20 photo, Fire Chief Darrel Fournier speaks to a reporter in Freeport, Maine. Fire chiefs and lawmakers are working to protect the system of volunteer firefighting that has served rural America for more than a century but is threatened by an ambiguity in President Barack Obama’s health care law. The volunteers are considered employees for tax purposes, leaving open the question of whether they fall under the health care law’s requirement that employers with more than 50 workers provide insurance for them. In a sparsely populated area of Michigan, retired nurse Sue Cook crisscrosses the 960-square mile Sanilac County to help people sign up for insurance through the online exchange. The spreadout county has only 42,000 residents. “There are many challenges we’re facing right now,” said Cook, who leads an all-volunteer team of health care professionals at Caring Hearts Clinic in Marlette, 65 miles north of Detroit. “You’ve got somebody in the northeast part of the county that has no transportation to get here to even sign up. “We’re finding that even if I go to the far end of the county, there’s the issue of not having Wi-Fi to hook up to,” she said. “Those are huge hurdles for us to try to conquer in a large county like this.” Kathy Bannister recently signed up with Cook’s help after many failed attempts. The self-employed beautician secured a plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan with a monthly payment of $215 after subsidies. She now pays $500 for a comparable plan from the same insurer. “The whole idea was to make it easier for people,” said Bannister, 51, who had

a heart-valve replacement 13 years ago. “I’d been calling and calling and calling, and a lot of people would have given up. It’s discouraging.” To the north, Nick Derusha is director of the health department for four Upper Peninsula counties with a high rate of uninsured residents: Mackinac, Luce, Alger and Schoolcraft. The region covers a vast expanse but only consists of about 35,000 people. Barriers faced by people in the area include a shortage of health workers, a lack of transportation and Internet and cable connectivity. “There are many barriers to care, as well as health care coverage alone,” Derusha said. Rudey Ballard, an insurance broker in Rexburg, Idaho — population 25,000 — has been selling health care policies for two decades. In addition to his brokerage downtown, his six-person office staffs a small kiosk at the local Wal-Mart, just down the hill from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple that dominates the rural skyline. Rexburg is Republican country — all local lawmakers are GOP, and residents voted overwhelmingly for presidential candidate

Mitt Romney in 2012. Ballard sometimes finds himself the target of criticism when he’s manning the Wal-Mart booth. “I’ve actually had people come up to me and boo me,” he said. “They come up to me and go ‘Boo, hiss. Boo, hiss. I will never sign up that.’” Back in Florida, Mitchell had no takers during his afternoon of trying to get people to sign up. Some in the small waiting room told him that even with federal subsidies they would face a choice between utilities, food, gas or monthly health insurance. One woman asked Mitchell about the fine for not having health insurance. She laughed and said the $95 is much more affordable than a monthly health insurance bill. Walton County, with about 58,000 residents, stretches from the Gulf of Mexico in the south to the Alabama border in the north. While there are wealthy neighborhoods along the coast, most of the county looks more like Freeport. For the ZIP code surrounding the town, census data shows that the median household income is around $43,000 and the poverty rate is around 12 percent. Because Florida opt-

ed not to take additional funding from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage, many people who would qualify for Medicaid under the federal guidelines do not qualify under the state’s guidelines. People can appeal their Medicaid eligibility and seek help in reducing insurance premiums, but that doesn’t always work. Florida Blue, the state’s Blue Cross Blue Shield network, is the only insurer providing coverage in all of the state’s 76 counties. Kevin Riley, the company’s vice president, said serving rural Florida can be a challenge. “It is tough in part because of the distances people have to drive in those large, rural counties to reach providers,” Riley said. The company has held town-hall style meetings throughout the state and has sent representatives to Wal-Marts in rural areas to discuss coverage with customers. “There are two or three counties that only have one hospital and is a difficult piece,” he said. Walton County residents have 13 plans to choose from under the Affordable Care Act with monthly premiums ranging from $232 to $402 and deductibles

from $850 to $12,700 for a 40-year-old male, according to information from Florida Blue. The county has seven to 12 physicians for every 10,000 residents, but the vast majority of doctors is in the southern part of the county, according to a study by the Florida Department of Health. The leaves residents of rural areas north of Interstate 10 with a long drive to reach providers. Florida as a whole averages 22 physicians for every 10,000 residents, according to the 2012 study. Part of PanCare’s strategy is employing people like Joe Manning, a lifelong resident of the Panhandle who knows many people in the small towns in Walton County. Manning said the key to finding coverage in rural Florida seems to be patience and a willingness to fill out all of the forms that might help someone get a reduction in premiums. But a mistrust of both government and technology can complicate things. “You have to be willing to go through the whole process,” he said. “Some people walk away as soon as you start asking them to put their personal information in the computer. They do not trust the government with that information.”

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1-3499 NOTICE TO BIDDERS Perry-McCall Construction, Inc. (Construction Manager) is soliciting bid proposals from General Trade, Roofing, Glass & Glazing, Metal Framing and Gypsum Assemblies, Acoustical Ceiling, Flooring, Casework, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical and Sitework subcontractors for the following project: Vernon Elementary School - Building 6 Replacement Plans, specifications, and instructions to bidders, including complete scopes of work, can be obtained by visiting the following link: m/vernon. There will be an on-site pre-bid meeting Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:00PM, CST. Attendance is NOT mandatory, however it is

strongly encouraged. If you plan to attend, please notify Kellie Bryant, Estimator at All visitors must check-in at the front office and be issued credentials. The address of the job site is 3665 Roche Avenue, Vernon, Florida 32462. Sealed bid proposals will be received at the offices of the Washington County School District, located at 652 Third Street, Chipley, Florida 32428. Bid proposals are due no later than 2:00PM, CST on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. All bid related questions should be directed to Kellie Bryant (via e-mail). Please do not contact the architect or School District personnel with questions related to this project. As published in the Washington County News on January 4, 2014, January 8, 2014, January 11, 2014 and January 15, 2014. 1-3500 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA, CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 12000260CA BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff vs. ANTONIO B. DAVIS, et al.

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DISH02637GA A&B. at public sale, to the highest bidder, for cash, at 201 West Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428 at 11:00 AM, on the 29 day of January, 2014. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated: December 26, 2013. By: K. McDaniel Washington County Clerk of Court CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Copies and Invoice Furnished to: FLORIDA FORECLOSURE ATTORNEYS, PLLC 4855 Technology Way, Suite 500 Boca Raton, FL 33431 Telephone: (727) 446-4826 Email: As published in the Washington County News on January 8, 2014 and January 15, 2014. 1-3502 Public Auction The following vehicles will be sold at Public Auction at Nichols Auto Repair and Towing at 1146 Jackson Ave. Chipley, FL. 32428 at 8 a.m. on the following dates: 94 Olds 1G3HN52L1R4812745 8AM Jan 28th As published in the Washington County News on January 8, 2014. 1-3498 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 67-10-CA-013 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS, INC. ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-14, Plaintiff, vs. BARBARA K. RICHARDSON-COCHRAN A/K/A BARBARA K. LEWIS A/K/A BARBARA K. COCHRAN, JEROME COCHRAN U N K N O W N TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION #1 and #2, and ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES,, Defendant(s). RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 31, 2013 and an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated September 10, 2013, entered in Civil Case No.: 67-10-CA-013 of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Washington County, Florida, wherein THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE C E R T I F I CATEHOLDERS CWABS, INC. ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-14, Plaintiff, and BARBARA K. RICHARDSON-COCHRAN A/K/A BARBARA K. LEWIS A/K/A BARBARA K. COCHRAN, JEROME COCHRAN, are Defendants. I will sell to the highest bidder for cash, at the Front Steps of the Washington County Courthouse, 1293 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428 at 11:00 AM, on the 15th day of January, 2014, the following described real property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to wit: SEE ATTACHED EXHIBIT “A.” BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE SOUTH SIDE ON NORTH BOULEVARD 382.8 FOOT WEST OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 13 WEST FOR POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES 00’ WEST ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF

NORTH BOULEVARD 54 FEET, THENCE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 12’ WEST 150 FEET, THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 00’ EAST 54 FEET, THENCE NORTH 00DEGREES 12’ EAST 150 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. SAID PARCEL OF LAND BEING IN THE NE 1/4 OF THE NE 1/4 OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 13 WEST, W A S H I N G T O N COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A: 1203 OLD BONIFAY ROAD, CHIPLEY, FL 32428. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the clerk no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. After 60 days, only the owner of record as of the date of the lis pendens may claim the surplus. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on L I N D A HAYES COOK CLERK OF THE COURT By: K. McDaniel Deputy Clerk As published in the Washington County News on January 4, 2014 and January 8, 2014.

A CHILDLESS, young, successful woman seeks to adopt. Will be HANDS-ON Mom! Financial security. Expenses paid. Visit:, call Jodi 1-800718-5516 or text 609770-1255. Adam Sklar #0150789

UNPLANNED PREGNANCY? Adoption-A brave & selfless choice. Medical, living & counseling expenses paid. Choose the loving & financially secure family. Compassionate Atty. Lauren Feingold 24/7 8 6 6 - 6 3 3 - 0 3 9 7 #0958107

Experienced Private Caregiver for elderly and light housekeeping 850-547-4993

Lost Car Keys to Nissan with fob, and Silver heart. Lost on 12/31 in Chipley. Linda Pigott 850-638-4512

AUCTION Roofing Company Liquidation, Online Auction Only, Bid Dec. 27 thru Jan. 14, Items Located in Maryland & Florida. Motley’s Auction & Realty Group, 804- 2323300, www.motleys. com, VAAL #16

AIRLINE CAREERS begin here - Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Technician training. Housing and Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call AIM 866-314-3769

Healthcare/Medical Medical office currently looking for an ARNP/PA to join our medical team. Our office specializes in Cardiology, Internal Medicine & Family Practice in Bonifay. Please fax resume & references to 850-547-5415, attn Kim Sasser.

DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Learn to drive for US Xpress! Earn $700 per week! No experience needed! Local CDL Traning. Job ready in 15 days! (888)368-1964 EXPERIENCED OTR Flatbed Drivers earn 50 up to 55 cpm loaded. $1000 sign on to Qualified drivers. Home most weekends. Call: 843-266-3731 / www. EOE

Logistics/Transportation The Washington County Board of County Commissioners is currently accepting applications for a Two (2) TEMPORARY HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR I positions in the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT. Graduation from an accredited high school or general education degree (GED) is required. Applicants must have one (1) year verifiable experience in the operation and routine maintenance of heavy equipment or six (6) months on the job training with the County in the operation of minor heavy equipment and have achieved departmental standards for operating equipment or successful completion of a six (6) month heavy equipment operator program from an accredited school. The starting hourly rate is $10.16. A valid Florida Class B CDL driver’s license with no restrictions and an acceptable driving record is required. Applications and job descriptions may be obtained at the Washington County Board of County Commissioners’ office located at 1331 South Boulevard, Chipley, FL 32428. Applications may also be obtained at All interested applicants MUST submit an Employment Application. ALL applications must be submitted to the Administrative Office in the Washington County Board of County Commissioners’ office by 4:00 PM on January 16, 2014. All questions regarding this position or other vacancies should be directed to the Human Resources Department, 850-415-5151. Veterans’ Preference is accepted in accordance with FS 295.08. Equal Opportunity/ Drug-Free Workplace Web Id 34276714 Admin/Clerical Job Opportunity:

City Clerk, City of Vernon, FL The City of Vernon will be accepting applications for City Clerk; this is a highly responsible administrative and supervisory position. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, acting as the custodian of the City’s records and seal; Notary, Clerk to the City Council. Work involves preparing City Council meeting agendas, minutes of City meetings, managing City contracts, receiving legal documents on the City’s behalf, and supporting the Mayor, Council Members and other personnel directly involved in the City’s management. Employee is also responsible for billing, collections, depositing, and reporting for the water department, Employee is responsible for preparing monthly financial reports to the Council, preparing payroll, filing quarterly tax reports, monthly tax reports and deposits, end of year payroll tax reports and processing W-2 and 1099 tax forms. Employee will be required to work evenings for Council Meetings and other City Board meetings. Employee must maintain effective working relationships, exercise independent judgment, confidentiality, discretion and initiative in carrying out the daily operations of the City. The City Clerk is an appointed official. Work is performed under limited supervision under the direction of the Mayor and City Council. Minimum Qualifications aKnowledge of effective budget processes, administrative principles, practices, procedures and methods. a Working knowledge of legal advertising requirements, intergovernmental relations, election laws and procedures, and procurement laws and procedures. aConsiderable knowledge of the practice and methods, and state regulations for public records management, retention, and disposition. aAbility to effectively organize, supervise, train, and direct employees. aProficient in computer applications, including Microsoft Office & Quick Books Pro aAbility to communicate effectively orally and in writing. aKnowledge of accounts receivable and payable

HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator Training! Bulldozers, Backhoes, Excavators. 3 Weeks Hands On Program. Local Job Placement Assistance. National Certifications. GI Bill Benefits Eligible. 1-866362-6497.


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Sales The News Herald is seeking an innovative and experienced

Sales Manager Who will be responsible for leading and creating integrated multi-media sales strategies to drive revenue across multiple platforms. We are seeking a passionate, highly organized team player who will effectively train and motivate the sales team, using sales planners, the 5-step sales process and consistent accountability to drive their success. The Sales Manager will be creative, yet analytical. Responsibilities: z Meets or exceeds sales and revenue goals. z Advocates the methodical & standardized 5-step sales approach to buyers. This approach includes planning & preparing for the call, needs analyses, building a compelling solution, developing and closing an effective sales presentation, and following up to ensure client satisfaction. z Communicates and advocates the company’s vision for a world class sales team, excelling at building active accounts with solutions from a diverse product and services portfolio. Develops and consistently supports staff development by providing clear expectations, tools and training, sales goals, accountability and frequent feedback. z Collaborates with other managers to generate new sales ideas and stays abreast of product and platformchanges. z Develops sales team, striving for world class execution and results. This includes training/coaching, use of data in sales presentations, creating a vision and integrated sales campaigns for the client, producing sales presentations, and using analytics to measure the solution’s ROI for the client. Requirements: z Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience. z Proven record of successful leadership in a goal-oriented, highly accountable environment. z Successful record of team building and leadership. z Excellent organizational and analytical skills. The ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities is essential. z Digital sales experience. Proven digital sales management experiences. z A deep and broad understanding of the market and competition z Strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills. z Proficient PC skills including Microsoft applications Excel and Word. In addition, must be well versed in digital sales tools, including job boards, search, email, social marketing and analytics. z Demonstrated innovation, leadership, communication, and staff development skills. Possesses ability to coach and be coached. z Strong ethical standards and integrity are a must. z Understanding of research tools is a huge plus. z Ensures that the business unit meets and/or exceeds revenue expectations z Proven sales management experience All full-time employees are eligible for health & dental insurance, Life/ AD&D/Long-term disability Insurance, 401k plan, and paid time off. In addition, we offer: Performance/Incentive Based Pay Scale Friendly Team Environment Supportive & Motivating Staff to help you succeed Positive, Professional, and Upbeat work environment We promote from within! Please submit resume and cover letter to EOE, Drug-free workplace Web ID#: 34266362 Text FL66340 to 56654

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Electric Scooter Very Good condition $200. call 850-703-0746.

Wanted to Rent; Farm land or pasture in Chipley & suroundding areas for the year 2014. 850-718-1859. ✳

Special Requirements aNotary Public of the State of Florida, or obtain license within three (3) months of employment. aValid Florida Driver’s License. aAbility to be bonded The City of Vernon is a drug-free workplace. A pre-employment drug screen, criminal history background investigation and a driver’s license verification will be conducted. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Application Deadline: January 13, 2014. Rate of pay for this position: Depending on Qualifications Web Id 34276208

C&C Bookkeeping and Tax Service. Open 5 days a week. 8:00am-5:00pm. Call (850)638-1483

For Rent First in Chipley, Mini Warehouses. If you don’t have the room, “We Do” Lamar T o w n s e n d (850)638-4539, north of Townsend’s.

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2BR/2BA Mobile Homes W/G included. $400 plus Deposit. 5 4 7 - 4 2 3 2 , 850-527-4911.

Executive Office Space for rent downtown Chipley. (850)638-1918 Office space for rent in Bonifay. 206 Harvey Ethridge St. Phone: (850)548-5045 or (850)307-3654. 1701A Waukesha St. (850)579-5113 or (850)305-6202. Retail Store Space available.Main Street. Downtown Chipley. 850-638-1918

FOR RENT 1B/R apartment, convenient location in Chipley. No pets. 850-638-4640

For Rent 2BR/1BA trailer, $250/month. 36 foot Coachman camper fully furnished, clean, $250/month. Ponce De Leon area. (850)226-4656. FOR RENT Nice mobile home excellent location in Chipley. No Pets. 850-638-4640 For Rent: 2BR/1BA Mobile Home Bonifay area. $300/month plus $300/deposit No pets. Call 850-547-2043 Leave message.

HUNTING LAND for rent or lease, 1 year or 5 years, 160 acres or 300 acres. For more information call (850)638-1911 or (850)326-0044.

Mandi Lea Apartments in Vernon, 2/BR. Financial Assistance available if qualified. 638-4640.

Mobile Homes For Rent 2 and 3 Bedrooms in Cottondale, Central Heat and Air. $400 - $500 a month. 850-258-1594.

Nice Upstairs 1BR Apartment. Kitchen, livingroom & large walk-in closet. Rent, $350.00/mth. Call 547-5244.

Mobile Homes For Rent 2 and 3 Bedrooms in Cottondale, Central Heat and Air. $400 - $500 a month. 850-258-1594.


Singlewide and Doublewide for rent Bonifay and Chipley water and sewage included. 638-2999.

One Bedroom Apartment $475

Everything NEW Stove/Refrigerator. Free W/S/G No Pets Convenient location Downtown Chipley 638-3306.


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2BR cabin 1BA, no pets. $400 month, 1st, and last month. Deposit required. 229-400-5645. 8 miles South Bonifay 3BR/1BA for rent. No pets. Deposit, & references required. HUD accepted. $595/mth Chipley. (850)638-1918 ✳

Older 2BR/1BA Mobile Home $4,000 and Construction Office $2,000. Call 850-638-8804.


850-638-0212 • 850-547-9414 3 Bdrm/2 bath Brick House for rent. Located at 1357 Old Bonifay Rd., Chipley. $600/mo, $300/depo. (850)527-5623.

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