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Bannerman Surveyors closes after 50 years

Robert A. “Buddy” and Sharon Bannerman’s names are synonymous with surveying in Jackson and surrounding counties. Last week, their time in the surveying world came to an end after over 50 years of service in the Panhandle.  The building and records have been sold. 

Bannerman Surveyors opened in Tallahassee in 1945 under Buddy’s father, Robert C. Bannerman with Buddy beginning his career in surveying under his tutelage. Buddy opened his office in Marianna in 1970.  In 1988, Sharon and Buddy Bannerman became incorporated as Bannerman Surveyors, Inc. in Marianna.  At the peak of the business, they had as many as four crews running with four on each crew. Their son, Scott worked for them during his training years until his certification as well as their son-in-law Gary (Tew).  

Buddy Bannerman told of how he came to open an office in Marianna, “The reason we wound up in Marianna was his grandfather Henry Anderson Bowles was a prominent politician in Jackson County. He served as clerk of the court, the tax collector and the sheriff. My mother was from here. My father, according to my mother was a principal surveyor and engineer.”  Sharon Bannerman downplayed her role in the company but Buddy Bannerman was quick to say, “You were half of me and half of the business.” Bannerman is also very proud to have served in the Green Berets for 18 years, serving directly under General McMillian. 

Their service in Marianna has not been strictly business and career oriented. Both Buddy and Sharon Bannerman have been faithful members of the First Presbyterian Church for 45 years, with both having served as elders. Buddy Bannerman was President of the Florida Society of Professional Land Surveyors, and was also registered in Colorado for many years. He was a member of the Lions Club for 60-plus years and was president twice.  Bannerman was bestowed as a fellow in the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). Sharon Bannerman has been a very active member of the Marianna Women’s Club and served a term as president, was a 25-year volunteer at Jackson Hospital as a Pink Lady, and a member of the Red Hat Society. 

Bannerman said many changes have occurred since he started out as a surveyor, “Everything is done by GPS now, interlocks and satellites have come a long way.”

Sharon Bannerman said, “With legal descriptions, when we started back in 1974 when Buddy and I got married, if we made a mistake in the legal, we had to type it all over again.  Now, it’s a breeze.”

Sharon and Buddy Bannerman have six children among them and are blessed to have them all living in Jackson County.  Susan (Rance) Massengill, Laurie (Greg) Massengill, Deborah Matthewuse, Kathy McCrary (Rodney Carpenter), Nancy Tew (Gary) and Scott Bannerman (Mendy).  They have eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren with one on the way. 

Sneads Lady Pirates bounce back for 2-1 win over Paxton

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The Lady Pirates were eager to hit the diamond Friday night after a one-day delay due to weather. They wanted to erase the bitter taste in their mouth left by the loss to Holmes County. For this pivotal game, Sneads coach Shawn Graham sent his ace, Marissa Baxter to the circle. Baxter went the distance, giving up no earned runs on four scattered hits, three walks and struck out three batters.

Sneads drew first blood in the top of the first inning when Abby Perkins led off with a double, followed by Michaela Edenfield drawing an intentional walk with one out. Kiara Garrett singled to load the bases for Taylor Lanphere’s fielder’s choice that scored Perkins but got Edenfield going to third. A groundout ended the inning with Sneads leading 1-0. A hit and a walk went for nil in the bottom of the inning for Paxton. 

Sneads was kept off the scoreboard in the second inning with a leadoff single by Hannah Stephens the only offense. Paxton was three up, three down.  Sneads threatened in the third inning with a leadoff single by Marissa Baxter, followed by Michaela Edenfield reaching on an error. Kiara Garrett hit into a fielder’s choice with no runs crossing home plate. A two-out walk was no harm, no foul for the Lady Pirates as a zero went on the board for Paxton. 

In the fourth inning, Lacee Glover singled to get things going but was out on an attempted steal of second. A ground out and a fly out kept the game at 1-0 with Paxton coming up empty in the bottom half. Taylor Reese Howell led off for Sneads in the fifth with a double but an oops play had her out when she slipped past second and a quick tag got her. The Lady Pirates Sneads picked up their second and game-winning run in the top of the fifth inning in grand fashion. Marissa Baxter went yard on an 0-2 pitch over the right field fence.  A walk and an error was all of Paxton’s offense in the bottom of the frame. 

Sneads went down in order in the top of the sixth with a walk, hit batter and single coming up with one run in the bottom of the frame to narrow the lead to 2-1.

Sneads went quietly in the seventh inning with a goose egg for Paxton cementing the Lady Pirates a win and a chance to move on to semi regionals. 

Grand Ridge Volleyball 20-0 for 2019 season

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The Grand Ridge volleyball team concluded their regular season Tuesday night before family, fans and tons of supporters with recognition of their ‘seniors’ prior to the start of the ‘A’ game. Both teams completed the season with perfect 10-0 records.  Team spirit between the two squads was alive and visible to all who attended Monday night’s game. ‘B’ team players not only cheered for their older team, Ella Ann Childs sent Sister Arnold off in fashion with a sign that said it all about Sister Arnold!.

Exceeding all dreams and expectations without a single set loss throughout the season was the ‘A’ team. Coach Pat Jones was all smiles following Monday’s games, “A team did not lose a single set all year. I’m not sure the last time that was done.”  The ‘A’ team players are: Sister Arnold, Gabby Bellamy, Morgan Dykes, Morgan Edwards, Lily Glover, McKenzie Henson, Kaliah Jones, Keirstyn Jones, Chloe King, Ella Sprouse and Kylie Stephens. 

The Grand Ridge ‘B’ team kept the court just as exciting this year and gave the fans a taste of what’s to come, another undefeated season. Rest assured, they took note of the ‘A’ team’s unbeaten status in a single set throughout the season and they will be striving to repeat that next season. Making up the ‘B’ team is: Emily Brown, Ella Ann Childs, Hanna Dean, Addyson Duboise, Serenity Fernandez, Megan Harrison, Jayla Lewis, Gracie O’Neal, Jadyn Riano and Reagan Watkins. 

The win gives ‘A’ team the number one seed going into conference championships Thursday. The conference games start at 2 p.m. when the number four seed versus the number five seed.  At 3 p.m. the winner of the 2 p.m. game will play Grand Ridge as they are the number one seed. At 4 p.m., the number two and three seeds with the winners of those two games playing for the championship game at 5 p.m.  

Congratulations to both the Grand Ridge A and B teams and their coaches on an awesome season.

Commission opts to close Blue Springs for 2019 season

Jackson County Parks and Recreation Director Rett Daniels addressed the Board Tuesday in reference to Blue Springs and the upcoming season. 

Daniels said they had advertised for lifeguards and they received five eligible applicants. Daniels said, “Typically, we hire 10-12. The biggest issue we had was there wasn’t a local training for new people to get certified so all we could rely on were the people we had last year that were certified and have another year.  With that being said, there is no law, but by Red Cross guidelines, they suggest one guard per 50 people. So, what we typically do is we will have a minimum staffing of four people on the water at all times and I will reserve that fifth person as an on-duty but they put in a rotation for every two hours. I can’t work them nine hours straight on the water. That is one of my concerns being limited on eligible, life-saving personnel. We typically run six to eight hundred people on the weekend and we were only going to be open on Thursday through Sunday because that’s our highest amount of people and personally, I don’t feel like we have an adequate amount of staffing to operate the facility this year.”

Commissioner Chuck Lockey said, “I’ve talked with FACT and there issue is a safety issue and there are a lot of things out there that need to be attended to. The safety issue is what I have for the children and the adults out there overrides a lot. We can’t be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day but if we can make some things happen we could possibly have a shorter season or maybe delay the opening but I just don’t think right now is the time.”

Daniels said aside from the debris, he would not have more than five guards period. Lockey said, “And that’s the concern.”  Daniels told the Board that the guards were high school kids and they’ve got vacation, summer plans, some are still in school, and if I’ve got one call in, I got three on the water and I’ve either got to stop them at the gate when I get 100 people in there. 

Commissioner Jim Peacock asked if there was anywhere around that would have life guards that we could reach out to that could help us.  

Chairman Clint Pate said that he had heard on a news channel that the county had elected not to open but it wasn’t us.”  Daniels said that was right but that it wasn’t anyone’s fault but more of a lack of communication. 

The Times contacted Chipola College about the life guard classes offered in the past and about the possibility of a lifeguard class for potential guards for Blue Springs at a later date this season. Bryan Craven said, “There are two types of lifeguard courses: a full course for new lifeguards and a recertification course for currently certified lifeguards. Lifeguards serving at Blue Springs also need a waterfront module in addition to the regular certification course required for pool guards. Chipola facilities were affected by the Hurricane, resulting in a later opening date. Chipola needed to focus on training their own lifeguards to ensure a safe environment at the Chipola Pool.  Chipola is offering a re-certification lifeguard course which was open to any currently certified lifeguard. The full certification course for new lifeguards is not being offered due to the fact that Chipola already had employed the number of lifeguards needed to operate their facility. At the time of this decision, Jackson County had not decided whether to open Blue Springs. 

Craven went on to say that a recertification course is being offered. The recertification course is 15 hours with the full certification course for new guards with the waterfront module required for Blue Springs guards is 37 hours. The TIMES asked if it was a possibility to offer the class at this late date or what was the latest date one could be offered. Craven said, “Chipola could not offer another lifeguard course as it would conflict with Chipola swimming lessons and Marianna Swim Team practice. There are other third-party contract trainers that could provide a course for Blue Springs.”

A motion by Commissioner Lockey was made to follow the staff recommendations to not open Blue Springs, to post signs and notify the media to announce its closing. Jim Peacock seconded the motion and it passed 4-0 with Commissioner Willie Spires not present to vote. 

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