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Shelia Mader

Shelia Mader

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K-8 School adds the dining hall as progress continues

Jackson County School Board Director of Facilities and Construction, Stuart Wiggins is pleased with the progress being made on the construction of the K-8 school located on Caverns Road. 

He was pleased that the dining hall is now beginning to take shape with the foundation poured and rafters and beams going up. The dining hall is adjacent to the kitchen and will double as a multi-purpose room. Wiggins said, “We will be able to feed several classes of children in there and when we take the tables out and just put chairs, we will be able to seat the entire school to watch anything that would be on the stage. It’s going to be pretty big.”

Stuart outlined the complexity of the cafeteria/dining hall, “With this school being a K-8, there will actually be two separate dining areas with a moveable wall.  The larger dining hall will be elementary which will be K-5 and then the six through eight will be on the smaller side.”

Progress on the middle school gym is also continuing with work on the overall K-8 school remarkably two weeks ahead of schedule. The middle school gymnasium will be on the north end of the middle school wing. Once the gymnasium is built, they will start building the classrooms which will run down the west side of the campus. There will be three separate hallways that will tie together to a main hallway that will encompass the entire middle school wing. The middle school wing on the south end will terminate at the administration media center wing.

The elementary (K-5) will not have a gym per se but rather a physical education facility. They will begin work on that following the completion of the middle school gym.  The elementary classrooms will be four separate hallways that will be tied together down to the administration media center wing.

About the completion date, Wiggins said, “We still have May 14, 2020 as our completion date and even though we are two weeks ahead of schedule, we are sticking with that date. This gives us plenty of time to move the three schools into this building prior to school starting in August of 2020.  We are about 14-15 months away from being finished.” 

Superintendent Larry Moore is pleased with the progress of the K-8 school and more so that it is two weeks ahead of schedule, “We are very excited with the progress of the construction of the K-8 school. The job managers are very confident that the school will be completed on time.  It is exciting.” 

Moore maintains optimistic about the K-8 school About the consolidation of the three schools into one K-8 school, Moore said, “It is a much-needed move and a cost saving measure. It will be well over $1 million a year that we will be able to realize in actual savings. It will be a major boost to the Jackson County School system just from an operational standpoint.”  

Marianna Lady Bulldogs are DISTRICT CHAMPIONS

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The Marianna High School Lady Bulldogs capped off their district play Thursday night in grand fashion – with a 20-0 win over Godby to claim the DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP!  Marianna finished with a perfect 6-0 district record, 23-1-1 overall. Their only loss came on a close battle on the road with 8A class Chiles. The tie came on a rain-called game with Holmes County with the Lady Dawgs avenging that tie later in the season with a 5-4 win. 

Marianna’s Ace Chloe Temples was in the circle and it took just three innings with her defense putting up 20 runs behind her to claim the victory. Temples was one walk and one hit batter shy of a perfect game, throwing a no-hitter with no errors behind her. No runner was allowed to make it past first base.

For the Lady Dawgs, they racked up 15 hits, took advantage of two walks, seven Godby errors to round out their 20 runs on the board. 

Senior Deana Holland made her night memorable with two hits, three runs scored and three RBIs, followed closely by Temples who had three hits, two RBIs and one run scored. Lexie Spooner had a banner night with three RBIs, two hits and one run scored, followed by Annie Beebe with two hits, two RBIs and one run scored. Lauren Brock had two hits, one walk and three runs scored, with Gabby Bess and Angel Curry picking up one hit, two runs scored and one RBI each. On board with one hit and two runs scored was Cheyann Blackmon, with Jade Hendrix and Amari Brown scoring a pair of runs each. Lauryn Tucker came through with a hit and an RBI, with Brayden Williams picking up a run scored and an RBI while Jayden Sorey drew a walk. 

Marianna was scheduled to host Bay High School last night (Wednesday) for a chance to move on in the playoffs.  

Chipola softball is World Series bound to Utah

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The Chipola Lady Indians are headed to Utah to compete in the Junior College Softball World Series! They claimed their spot in the World Series after a nine-inning battle against Florida Southwestern State College with a 2-1 win. To get to this pivotal game, Chipola was in win or go home situation after losing a hard-fought 6-5 battle against College of Central Florida on May 3. 

The Lady Indians did just that, battled to a 12-2 win over Seminole State College of Florida and a 12-1 win over Indian River State College before taking it to extra innings for the bid to the World Series.

For this game, coaches Belinda and Jimmy Hendrix sent Amy Woodham to the circle. Woodham went the distance and picked up the win. Woodham threw seven innings on Sunday before the game was called due to weather and picked up where she left off Monday morning. She allowed just one run on two hits, two walks and struck out five batters. Florida Southwestern countered with a trio of pitchers in defeat. 

Chipola collected just six hits with Mikayla Lewin garnishing two of those hits and scoring one of Chipola’s two runs. The HERO of the day goes to Lauren Finch when she launched a shot over the centerfield fence in the top of the ninth inning to give Chipola the lead, a lead that would hold and give them a bid for the World Series. Finch ended the game with one hit, one RBI and one run scored all on one swing of the bat. Ally Clegg had one hit and one RBI, followed by Sydney Mclain and Taylor Scala with one hit each. Thais Uyema drew two walks with Candela Figueroa, Taylor Scala and Haley Sandridge all drawing one walk each. 

The Indians will head to Utah with a 47-5 record for a chance at another World Series championship. The tournament is scheduled for May 22-25 in St. George, Utah. 

Marianna Wrestling has year-end banquet

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The Marianna Wrestling team honored its wrestlers and their season Sunday night at First Baptist Church in Marianna. Wrestlers, parents, school administration and supporters were there to end the season with praise and recognition.

The Bulldog Award went to Christian Cosson with the Grinder Award going to Corey Davis.

Rookie of the Year went to freshman William Carrel while the Most Improved Wrestler Award went to senior Jonah Mercer. 

The Most Valuable Player Award went to John Maddox, making brother Cole Maddox very proud of his younger brother. 

Corey Davis received the Most Takedowns with Christian Cosson taking the Most Escapes.  Most Pins went to John Maddox.

They gave awards to the three State Qualifiers, Corey Davis, John Maddox and Jonah Mercer with Mercer taking Sixth Place at State. 

I was given an award for the Jackson County Times coverage and support of the MHS Wrestling Program throughout the year. 

The publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times congratulates the entire wrestling team, coaches and parents on a fantastic season.

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