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Shelia Mader

Shelia Mader

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Sneads picks up 39-8 win over Graceville after layoff

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Jackson County Football teams took the field Friday night after two weeks of no Friday Night Lights due to Hurricane Michael’s visit through the county. Sneads and Graceville opted for a rematch to get their players some much needed live game time with Sneads hosting the Tigers. It wasn’t the outcome the Tigers would have liked, but the home team Pirates and their fans were smiling big when they left the field with a 39-8 victory. 

The two teams were tightly matched in the first quarter with Sneads coming out a touchdown ahead 14-8 after one period of play.  

The second quarter was all Snead with the Pirates adding 13 points to make it a 27-8 half-time lead. 

The Pirates added their final 12 points in the third quarter with both teams posting goose eggs in the fourth and final quarter, giving Sneads a 38-8 win. 

Xavian Sorey scored the lone touchdown for the Tigers with Joe Claiborne adding the two-point conversion.  

Scoring for the Pirates was Calvin Stringer with two touchdowns on the ground, with Colton Mercer and Seth Scott adding a rushing touchdown each. Dylan Dawson and Courtavious Garrett both had a touchdown each. 

Mercer was 1-for-4 for 38 yards with Garrett going 1-for-1 for ten yards. Stringer led his team with 86 yards rushing on 16 carries, followed by Scott with 48 yards on seven carries. Mercer had six carries for 43 yards, with Garrett picking up 29 yards on four carries and Alonzo Hill carrying five times for 13 yards.

Mercer had one reception for 10 yards with Garrett pulling down one for 36 yards. 

Seth Scott led the team with 10 solo tackles and seven assists, while Jaheim Garrett had nine solo and six assists. J. Nathan Hayes recorded six solo and five assists, followed by Ryder McDaniel and D’Angelo Mandeck with four tackles each. Mandeck added four assists while McDaniel added one assist. 

Sneads Lady Pirates continue in search of # 6

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When Heather Brinkmeier took over for long-time and proven winning coach Sheila Roberts, she knew she had huge shoes to fill – comparable to the coach that replaced Joe Gibbs or Chuck Noll in the NFL. She has more than proven she was and is up to the challenge of having her team ready to vie for a sixth state championship. 

Last week, playoffs continued following a delay due to Hurricane Michael’s visit to the panhandle but you would not know they had missed a beat. They took the district championship and moved on to take a 3-0 match over Jay in Regional Semifinals.  Sneads won 25-9, 25-6 and topped off the match with a 25-8 win to move on to regional finals.

Leading the Lady Pirates in kills was Michaela Edenfield with 10, followed closely by Kiara Garrett with nine. On board with seven was Lacee Glover, followed by Kazia Gainer with five and Ariana Lee with four. 

Michaela Edenfield recorded three blocks, followed by Ariana Lee with two and Kazia Gainer with one.  Picking up three digs each were Lacee Glover, Kiara Garrett, Jordyn Riano, Abby Perkins, Ariana Lee, Kazia Gainer and Michaela Edenfield while Kilee Bowen and Leah Roland had one dig each.

Jordyn Riano recorded 22 assists with Kilee Brown making two and Abby Perkins had one.

Sneads was scheduled to take on Baker Tuesday night on their home court. Results of that game will be covered in next week’s edition of the TIMES.

Davie Police going above serving and protecting

Jackson County has truly been blessed with volunteers from all over the state and panhandle converging on our county to help in every way possible. None have been more present than the Davie Police Department. 

Last week, they were assisting the Marianna Police Department with an accident. While they were in the process of the investigation, they noticed a group of kids playing basketball with an old volleyball and a milk crate.  

The Davie Police officers pooled some money together and went out to get them a new hoop set and a true-to-life basketball, stressing it was important to have the right equipment in everything you do.  They built the set in the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office aviator hanger, they set it up for the kids. A few hours later, the kids and the community were outside playing ball and having fun without so much as a thought of Hurricane Michael. 

This is part of rebuilding the community that the Davie Police Department is proud to say they are a part of on a daily basis.

Jackson County Mayors have answers for ‘Michael’

Storms come and go, especially hurricanes in Florida however Jackson County is blessed with mayors with longevity who waste no time getting things done for their towns. Michael wreaked havoc on our county but Malone Mayor Gene Wright, Marianna Mayor John Roberts and Grand Ridge Mayor Wayne Edenfield had an answer for Michael.


Counties come to the aid of Malone

Mayor Gene Wright is well known throughout the panhandle and most of the state of Florida as one who gets things done. Wright’s reputation of always helping others paid off big time in the aftermath of the storm.  Just three days after the storm left Jackson County, Wright, along with the Malone Volunteer Fire Department were at the Marianna Airport.  There they were met with the mayor of Freeport Mayor Russ Barley and two planes loaded with supplies including food, hygiene and baby items for the residents of Malone. The planes were courtesy of Florida Volunteer Pilots with the supplies put together by Carolyn Kleinpeter, a former resident of Malone, Jennifer Leatherman, Toby Booth of Vero Beach, and Alton Brock of Bainbridge. A convoy of 14 vehicles arrived moments later loaded with chain saws, generators, gas and tools of every description, along with volunteers to put all of those tools to use. 

Wright said offers came in groves from Pensacola city commissioners, Mayor Kurvin Qualls of Jay, Mayor Bob Campbell of DeFuniak Springs, Leon County Commissioner Kirsten Dozier and Tallahassee Commissioner Gil Ziffer have made contact with Wright expressing their interest in helping his town and community. 

Crestview, Cottonwood, Morgan, Alabama, Samson, Alabama, Milton, and Century have all sent supplies and well wishes to help out the citizens of Malone.  

Wright, who is seldom without a smile or humor of some kind, was almost tearful and at a loss for words, “I can’t tell you what it meant to me when Mayor Barley called and said he was sending not one but two planes to help us out in Malone. My people in Malone are the best anywhere and they deserve so much more than what they have right now. They’re strong and they’re the best though and we will all come through this. It is unbelievable the outpouring of support we have had and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”  

Within minutes the planes were unloaded onto trucks and trailers and headed to Malone with the convoy of trucks heralding equipment and workers. Once they hit Malone, the sound of chain saws filled the air while volunteers at town hall were busy unpacking and filling ‘survivor’ bags for pickup or delivery to those unable to pick up.  Wright had volunteers willing and ready to go the extra mile for residents caught in the eye of Hurricane Michael and in immediate need for basic necessities.

Throughout the next two weeks, food was served as available from Town Hall to those who needed a meal, with meals being offer in other areas as available. Supplies were and still are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Malone Town Hall. 


Edenfield went from moving mobile homes to trees

Mayor Wayne Edenfield is no stranger to hard work and that showed big time when crews hit the streets to clean up after Michael departed.  Front and center on a bulldozer was Edenfield, clearing paths on roads for citizens to be able to get to fresh water and supplies.  Edenfield took no credit, as is the norm for him, working dawn to dusk to get done what needed to be done. He had a host of volunteers working right along side of him and others volunteering in other parts of Grand Ridge. The town’s landscape has changed for sure, but the community has bonded and become stronger in the wake of tragedy. Hats off to the Town of Grand Ridge for their hard work and perseverance in returning their town to civilization.  


John Roberts tours with Governor Scott

Governor Rick Scott made a trip to Marianna last week to tour the Marianna Health and Rehabilitation and left feeling proud of the facility. Roberts made the tour of the facility with Scott and it was evident from the smiles that everything he saw met with his approval. Scott made time to stop and visit with the residents of the facility and listened to their praises and any concerns they had. I had the opportunity to meet with Governor Scott while he was there. He praised the efforts of the staff and the facility as a whole, “I found this facility in great shape, the residents were happy and very well taken care of, with the staff extremely helpful and well organized.” When asked about Sunland Center, Scott said, “It is a very special place that has overcome many obstacles, very caring staff there.”  Roberts stayed in close contact with all city and county managers and commissioners throughout the storm.

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