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Shelia Mader

Shelia Mader

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Pirates end regular season with a 67-6 trampling of Liberty County

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The Sneads Pirates football team had their regular season shortened due to Hurricane Michael but you would never had known they missed a beat last Friday night.  They traveled to Bristol to take on the Liberty County Bulldogs and handed the home team a 67-6 loss.  

Sneads took control of the game early, leading 33-0 midway through the second quarter. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game was out of reach for the Bulldogs. Sneads led 54-0. With a running clock, the Pirates coasted to a 67-6 win to end the regular season.

Colton Mercer made the best of his one completed pass for 20 yards when he found Jackson Milsapp for a touchdown. Leading the team in rushing yards was Courtavious Garrett who had seven carries for 120 yards and one offensive touchdown and two defensive ones, followed by Seth Scott with seven carries for 110 yards and three touchdowns.  On board with 60 yards on nine carries was Calvin Stringer, with Spencer Holden picking up 54 yards on one carry and a touchdown. Alonzo Hill had five carries for 27 yards and a touchdown. 

Defensively, Jaheim Garrett recorded 15 tackles, followed by Seth Scott with 11 tackles. On board with 10 tackles each were Ryder McDaniel and D’Angelo Manbeck.  Zach Thomas recorded five tackles, with Anthony Terry and Trent Johnson both recording four tackles each.  

Courtavious Garrett racked up 108 punt return yards, with Trent Smith on board with 36 yards. Trent Smith made good on three point after kicks for the Pirates. 

The Sneads Pirates move into the playoffs on a winning note.  They host Franklin County Friday night with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.  

Deeanna Golden – teaching from the heart

Deeanna Golden is a veteran teacher at Golson Elementary School. Each year, the list of parents requesting her to be their child’s teacher grows and grows.  Golson Principal Amy Allen sums up the reason for the requests in three short words, “She is awesome.” 

The love Golden has for her students and teaching is without a doubt visible to anyone when they enter her room. Kids’ thirst for knowledge increases daily throughout the school year.  Her gift to reach every child is witnessed year after year as her students excel in her room and beyond. 

Larry Moore said of Golden and the job she does, “We appreciate Mrs. Golden and we appreciate what she does for our children.”

Golden was the recipient of a national award recently exemplifying her knowledge and expertise in education.

Janie Nolen has taught with Golden for many years and has the highest of praise for her, “Deeanna is the best. She loves her kids and follows them as they move from school to school and into their careers.  She is creative and brings out the best in her students. Golson is so fortunate to have her and her kids are very fortunate.”

Amy Allen elaborated on Golden, “She is so good with her students. They just absorb everything she says and are eager for more. Golson is so blessed to have her. I can’t imagine how many teachers chose that profession because of her.”

 Golden found her calling is an understatement if there ever was one.  She began her teaching career August 14, 1990 at Grand Ridge School teaching fourth grade.  August 19, 1991, she moved to Golson Elementary School where she began as a kindergarten teacher. Twenty-seven years later, she can still be found in a kindergarten classroom at Golson Elementary. 

Golden is married to Alan Golden and they have three children, Blythe Golden, Steffin Golden and  Kaidd Golden.  

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office relocating due to damage

In a called meeting of the Jackson County Commissioners Monday, Sheriff Lou Roberts addressed the commission about a lease for the Sheriff’s Department to enter into for his department to occupy the south portion of the Dozier School property more commonly known as “JJOT”.  This would allow his department to begin capital improvements to the land and building.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s office is housed in temporarily in portable buildings due to damage from Hurricane Michael.

In an interview with Roberts following the meeting, he elaborated on his plans, “As everyone has seen, the sheriff’s office received quite extensive damage as did a lot of the structures in town and in the county.  As far as the sheriff’s office, we lost a good portion of the roof in a couple of different places which compromised the integrity of the inside of the building, it was wet.  We were able to get it stabilized by putting tarps and patches over it and got it dried out. With that said, part of it is inhabitable. Some of what we’ve had to move out is our communications room, our patrol division, our investigative section and some of the rooms are still okay, like the front.  But that is only the front portion of the building and a small area. I spoke with the governor and asked him if there was any possibility if we could have a building around on the back side known as the JJOT building.”

Roberts said the governor said after some calls that was a possibility. Roberts says, “So we are looking at moving from where we are to transitioning there and for how long we will be there, I do not know.” 

Roberts feels this is a good location, easy access to the jail and away from a high traffic road where they are presently located on Highway 90.

Voters turn out in record numbers to cast their ballots

Although Jackson County was left with just three polling places on election day, the voters came out in record numbers in spite of the rain to make their choices known.  Out of 27,996 voters in Jackson County, 16,107 cast their ballots today, giving the county a 57.53% turnout.  Rain was forecast throughout the day Tuesday and the prediction was right on the money but that did not detour 4,062 voters from braving the rain and the one-plus hour wait to make their vote count. The highest previous turnout in recent elections was 54% in the 2010 and 2014 elections. 

Locally, Jackson County had two county commission seats up for re-election and one school board race.

In the District 4 county commission race, incumbent Eric Hill retained his seat with 1,937 (51.54%) votes. Newcomer Terry Charles collected 1,360 (36.19%), while fellow newcomer John Bryan came in with 461 (12.27%) votes.  In addressing the crowd after the results were in, Hill said, “I would like to thank my county, my family, and my faith for all their support not only through this election but through my first term in office. With the challenges before this county we will return stronger and better. It has truly been a privilege to serve on the board of commissioners and not something I have taken lightly.  I will keep the lines of communication open and welcome any input anyone has to offer. I want to thank my opponents for running a very clean campaign.”

In the District 2 county commission race, the people also chose to return Clint Pate to office with 1,805 (51.54%) votes to challenger Edward E. Crutchfield’s 1,617 (47.25%) votes.  Pate is a man of few words and he kept to that following the results being announced in the office of the Supervisor of Elections, “I want to thank the citizens of District 2 for trusting me for four more years as we move Jackson County forward.  It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Jackson County the last 

four years.”

Incumbent school board member for District 1, Dr. Terry Nichols was defeated by newcomer and former Jackson County School administrator, Diane Long.  Long recorded 1,185 (50.75%) votes while Nichols received 1,150 (49.25%) votes.

In the state races, Jackson County was consistent with the voters of the state of Florida. 

Jackson County went red in the governor’s race, casting 10,761 votes for Ron DeSantis or 67.41% while democratic candidate Andrew Gillum picked up 5,004 votes or 31.35% of the vote.

Local voters went with the state in the United States Senate race, casting 10,774 (67.46%) votes for Governor Rick Scott to incumbent Bill Nelson’s 5,161 (32.31%) votes. 

United States Representative Neal Dunn was the favorite in Jackson County as he was with the state winning with 10,925 (69.14%) votes while Bob Rackleff picked up 4,877 (30.86%) votes. 

Ashley Moody was the local and state favorite for Attorney General with 10,733 (67.74%) votes to Sean Shaw’s 4,943 (31.20%) and Jeffrey Marc Siskind with 169 (1.07%) votes. 

Jimmy Patronis won the state race for Chief Financial Officer with 52% of the vote, while taking Jackson County with 70.01% of the votes to 4,748 or 4.748% for Jeremy Ring.  

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