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Shelia Mader

Shelia Mader

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Marianna Toyota rebuilding after 35 years

Monday morning was the ending of a 35-year era!  The equipment was in place, Marianna Toyota president Jorge Garcia was on sight with his hard hat and a few tears in his eyes.  City manager Jim Dean, employees, and the media were all present for the tear down to begin. Although plans were in the works to remodel the dealership prior to Hurricane Michael’s arrival, the process was put into action a little quicker following Michael’s departure.

Garcia said, “I am very emotional right now. The building has been here for a long time but it’s time to rebuild and move on, 850 Panhandle Strong.”  Garcia said he had been in that location since 1983.  When asked what the plans were, Garcia said, “We plan to rebuild but the sales and parts department are open, come see us.”  Garcia said the rebuilding process will take most likely until the end of the summer.  As far as changes, he says, “We are going to make it more friendly for the customer, easy to come in and out, and provide a better service and we will have business as usual.” 

City manager Jim Dean was asked what impact the rebuilding of Marianna Toyota would have on the City of Marianna, “I’ve had a personal conversation with every single one of my city commissioners about this facility. Every single one of them are so proud and so pleased that Jorge made the decision to stay on the west end of the Marianna and did not even consider abandoning the west end. We are really proud of Marianna Toyota and we are really proud of Jorge and we thank him so much for his commitment to the city of Marianna.”  

Jorge is iconic in Jackson County, “If you can’t come to us, we’ll drive it to you,” or “How many times did I say Marianna Toyota?”, and of course there is his passion to contribute to Backpack for Kids so no children go to bed hungry, along with many other worthy organizations..  Garcia came to America when he was 14 years old to live with his uncle Dr. Cabrera in New Jersey. It was shortly after that when Cabrera relocated to Marianna and Jorge made the move also, graduating from Marianna High School.

Garcia began his career at Marianna Toyota as a salesman in 1983.  By the late 1980s, then owner Quen Rahal knew he had something special in Jorge and partnered with him. Jorge eventually became the sole owner of Marianna Toyota. 

Garcia feels strongly that “this is home”.  He is a frequent speaker at the installation of U. S. citizens and openly and frequently says, “America is the land of opportunity.”  

Jorge is married to June Garcia and they have four children and five grandchildren that are most assuredly the apple of his eye.


Charles Hagler has changed locations – not by choice but three weeks into his new location thanks to “Michael” he says he’s enjoying the new view.  He is missing some of his regular customers and wants everyone to know where he’s located and welcome them to his new shop!  

Hagler has relocated to 4598 Lafayette Street.  He says don’t let the address fool you though – he’s not inside the river banks any longer.  Hagler is now located inside Mia’s Hair Salon right past the river and adjacent to Auto Zone on highway 90.  

Hagler says the view is nice and he invites all of his customers to come check out his new location, “I look out the window here and see cars doing by and just a few people walking by and it’s a nice change of scenery. I think all of my customers will approve.”

Hagler said when his previous location was a victim of Hurricane Michael, he thought about retirement. That was short-lived however with his wife and daughter agreeing that he wasn’t ready for retirement. It took him just a very short time to land on his feet at his new location.  Hagler’s hours are 7-4 Tuesday through Friday. 

Everyone who knows Hagler knows to find him, you just have to look for the big red truck!  And there it will be – parked right in front of Mia’s Hair Salon.  Stop by, visit and get a fresh cut to start the new year off right. 

The new location is just the third one Hagler has occupied in 55 years of cutting hair, having started with his dad February 8, 1963 before moving to the Carol Plaza location 21, 1967.  Hagler believes he will finish out his barber days at 4598 Lafayette Street. 

Graceville’s rally comes up short against Sneads

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The Graceville gym was rocking last Friday with three basketball games scheduled and a rescheduled crowning of the 2018-19 homecoming queen. The first of those games was the Lady Tigers hosting their cross-county rival Sneads. It was a contest through to the end with Graceville coming up short in the second quarter that proved to be the difference in the 52-45 loss to Sneads. 

Both teams were on equal ground in the first quarter with Graceville taking the 10-9 lead. Nay Nay Baker led with a three-pointer for Sneads while it was Niyaa Martin with six points for Graceville.  The second quarter was a tough quarter with Graceville posting just four points, while Sneads added a point to their first-quarter efforts to make it a 19-14 game at the half. Lacee Glover led Snead with five points in the second while Jazmine Bellamy and Maya Olds both put up two points each for the Lady Tigers.

In the third quarter, Graceville’s offense found their rhythm again and put up 11 points but the Lady Pirates continued to mount a lead, posting 12 points and taking a 31-25 lead into the final quarter of play.  Aliyah Wilburn tied the game in the fourth quarter on back-to-back downtown shots and tallied 10 fourth-quarter points. Niyaa Martin and Jazmine Bellamy both added five points each in the fourth. Aleecea Hudson was the points leader for Sneads in the fourth with seven, followed by Kazia Gainer and Nay Nay Baker with six points each. 

Leading Graceville in scoring on the night was Jazmine Bellamy with 17 points, followed by Niyaa Martin with 12 and Aliyah Wilburn with 11 points.  Sneads was led by Aleecea Hudson having a WNBA kind of night 22 points on the board, followed by Kazia Gainer and Nay Nay Baker in double digits with 11 and 10 points respectively. On board with nine points was Lacee Glover.

County battle goes to Marianna

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What better way to start the 2018-19 basketball regular season than with an in-county rival?  Cottondale is obviously the smaller school size wise between Marianna and Cottondale but never shies away from competition.  They opened their season with a road trip to Marianna and gave Marianna all they wanted and then some. The Hornets fell 70-60 despite a 22-point third-quarter surge that pulled the Hornets to within two. It was Marianna who poured on the offense with 25 points in the fourth quarter to guarantee the win. 

Marianna took the early 17-10 lead in the first quarter, despite seven points from De’Shaun Hudson for Cottondale.  Marianna spread their scoring around with five from Stefon McMillan and four from JJ Jackson and Tavis Grooms.   The Bulldogs added to their lead in the second quarter with 14 points going on the board to Cottondale’s 10 points. Tavis Grooms and JJ Jackson both posted four points each. It was Dalvin Barnes for four points and Q. Henderson with three leading the Hornets. At the half, Marianna led 31-21. 

Cottondale came out of the locker room fired up in the third quarter and the results were on the board as the Hornets put up 22 points while holding Marianna to 14, narrowing the Bulldog lead to 45-43.  JJ Jackson and Ahmad Johnson both put up three points each in the third.  For Cottondale, it was a banner quarter for Logan Pumphrey with nine points, with Dalvin Barnes putting up seven in the quarter. The final quarter went to Marianna with 25 points to Cottondale’s 17.  Stefon McMillan put up some D1 numbers in the fourth, posting 12 points, while Cottondale’s Logan Pumphrey had another banner quarter with eight points.

Leading the Hornets on the night was Logan Pumphrey with 17 points, followed by Dalvin Barnes with 15 points. On board with 12 points was De’Shaun Hudson, with Ty’kece Bryant putting up nine on the night. Marianna was led by reliable Stefon McMillan with 23 points, followed by Tavis Grooms with 14 points. JJ Jackson was in double digits with 11 points.

Cottondale traveled to Chipley Friday night and picked up a win. That game is covered in another article in this week’s TIMES.  The Hornets were scheduled to travel to Malone Monday before hosting yet another in-county team, the Graceville Tigers on Friday.  Tipoff for Friday’s games are 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.  Marianna took a win from Holmes County Friday night and travels to Florida High Thursday (tonight) before traveling to Malone Friday night to take on the Tigers.  Tipoffs are at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

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