Sandra Warren

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Pumpkins In The Park

Pumpkins In The Park and Fire Safety Fun Day at Madison Park Marianna Florida October 5, 2013


5,000 turn out for Pumpkins in the Park/Fire Safety Fun Day event

By Bo McMullian |

What do you get when you combine two popular festive fall events on a Saturday morning at Marianna's Madison Park, with its large pavilion and water spray picnic area? "We estimated between 5,000 and 6,000 people total," Farmers' Market Manager Sharon Arnett said Monday. "Parking quickly became an issue—we filled up the Winn Dixie parking lot. But nobody complained about the lack of parking because the kids were having too much fun. We may have to look at another venue next year—like citizens Lodge. But that's a good thing. We gave away about 1,000 pumpkins." Pumpkins were free to kids age 12 and under.

See exciting video/photo compilation of 2013 Pumpkins/Fun Day Event, go to: 

The great turnout was for the first ever combination of the Marianna Fire rescue Department's annual "Fun day" for the promotion of fire safety and prevention, and the Jackson County Growers' Association Farmers' Market annual Pumpkins in the Park annual giveaway, in celebration of the harvest season. The Farmers' Market takes place at the pavilion each season. Both groups wanted the two-year-old Madison Park as its venue.

The result was perhaps downtown Marianna's largest festival in recent memory, with face-painting, pumpkin-painting, arts and crafts by vendors, musical entertainment and a whole lot of fire safety education that included demonstrations by fire and rescue personnel. FPU provided free hot dog lunches.

"We've never had as many children and parents attend our fire safety Fun Day before," said fire-rescue Chief Nicky Lovett. The department has been having Fun Day for the past five years. The name of the department's new costumed fire dog mascot was released; the naming was the result of a contest at Golson elementary. The new mascot's name is "Rescue." Rescue beat out other suggestions by students such as Charlie, Backdraft, King, Flash, Blaze, Sparticus, Spot, Spike, Rascal, Jack, Squeaky, Rex, Roscoe and Clifford. (All the entries, with their crayon-colored drawings, are on display at city hall with the names of the students and their teachers—they are quite amusing.)

Anthony Anderson appointed Interim Liberty County School Superintendent

Tallahassee –  Anothony Anderson was appointed as Interim Liberty County Superintendent of Schools.

Anderson, 60 years old is a retired educator from Bristol Florida.  He has nearly 30 years of experience including 30 years as a teacher and superintendent in Liberty County from 2000 - 2004.  He was employed at the Panhandle Area Education Consortium from 2004 - 2011

Anderson holds a bachelors degree from the University of Florida and a master's degree from Florida A&M

This interim position temporarily replaces the suspended Superintendent with the term beginning October 3, 2013

Gov Scott Appointments Holmes County Hospital Corp

Tallahassee – Governor Rick Scott announced 2 appointments and 3 reappointments to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation.

Larry F. Cook - 51 years old of Bonifay Florida

  • He is the owner of Sons Tire Inc.
  • Also serves as the deputy chief of the Bonifay Fire Department.
  • He succeeds Seaborn L. Howell
  • Appointed for a term beginning October 1, 2013, and ending August 22, 2016.

Michael S. McCormick, 58 years old, of Bonifay Florida

  • He is a paramedic supervisor with Holmes County EMS.
  • He fills a vacant seat
  • Appointed for a term beginning October 1, 2013, and ending August 10, 2014.

Oscar E. Cullifer, 85 years old, of Westville Florida

  • He is retired
  • He has been a member of the corporation since 2003.
  • He is reappointed for a term beginning October 1, 2013, and ending August 10, 2016.

Felecia D. Fisanick, 46 years old, of Bonifay Florida

  • She is a co-owner of Woodham Plumbing and Utilities Contractors.
  • She is reappointed for a term beginning October 1, 2013, and ending August 15, 2015.

Joseph W. Sowell, 71 years old, of Bonifay Florida,

  • He is a retired district supervisor with GTE Electric.
  • He is reappointed for a term beginning October 1, 2013, and ending August 10, 2017.
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