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Shelia Mader

Shelia Mader

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Everybody gives some, some gave it all- 9-11 remembered

Tuesday night in Bascom, Woodmen Life held a flag raising ceremony while remembering those who gave it all on September 11, 2001.  The event was opened by Mr. Ed Ham when he recounted the lives lost and the impact the 9-11 event had on America.  

Mrs. Spring Southwell then led the crowd of nearly 100 present with the Star Spangled Banner.  

Ham then welcomed the guest speaker for the night, Mr. Ty Peel, vice president of Engineering and Operations for West Florida Electric. Pell is also a veteran USMC, USAF Reserves, retired. 

Peel spoke of being two-fold Tuesday night, as a veteran and as an employee with West Florida Electric. He asked that everyone think about the people in North Carolina as WFEC will be sending crews there to help with hurricane damage and they will need prayer. He expressed his gratitude when he was asked to speak at the 9-11- event. He recognized the veterans and thanked them for serving their country. He praised those present, “I have a right to say this because I am a veteran and I served my country. But it is reassuring to see everybody stand up and salute this flag and not take a knee.” That brought a round of applause from everyone there. He asked if everyone remembered where they were when they learned of 9-11.  He talked of John F. Kennedy’s statement that we (the United States) would put a man on the moon and that happened. He told of walking by the t.v. in his office and seeing the first airplane hit and then seeing the second one and said he knew immediately this was no accident.  He talked about the changes 9-11 brought about and the changes we live with today. He told everyone, “We need to be on our knees every day, thanking the Lord for what we have. Thank him for the water we have because some don’t have that.”  

Woodmen Life Recruiting Sales Manager Mike Hutto talked about the flag pole that was given by Woodmen Life. He presented the flag to the Bascom School Renovation Project Tuesday night.  The pole had been installed this past week and was ready for the new flag.  The pole was installed by Bascom town councilman Tony Pelham and Bascom Mayor Billy James.  The Civil Air Patrol Squadron raised the new flag and then lowered it to half mass in remembrance of 9-11.  Hutto quoted Ronald Reagan when he said, “We always remember, we always be proud, we always be prepared and we always be free”.  Hutto said that was some of the truest words ever spoken.  

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited with Mrs. Spring Southwell singing God Bless America.  Ed Ham gave his closing remarks before the American Legion Post 241 conducted the Rifle Salute and the playing of Taps. 

Chipley pulls away to take 30-24 win from Graceville

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In a Tiger versus Tiger matchup Friday night, the Graceville Tigers gave it their all in every quarter, leading the visiting Tigers much of the way.  In the end, it was Chipley on top 30-24.

Joe Claiborne had an MVP night for the Graceville Tigers with two touchdowns and a safety recorded.  Xavian Sorey had a stellar 72-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, lighting up the scoreboard and bringing the crowd to their feet.  

Claiborne finished the night with 16 carries for 79 yards.  

This was Graceville’s second year in a row to battle the Chipley Tigers through to the end.  Last year, in a disappointing season, the home field was switched and the visiting Graceville Tigers came up short just four points in a 28-24 final.  

The Tigers will have an open week next Friday night to give them a little extra time to get ready for a trip to Holmes County on September 14.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

MMS Cross County competes at Big Bend Invitational

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The MMS Cross Country team began their season last Saturday at the 2018 Big Bend Cross Country Invitational in Tallahassee.  

On the boys’ side of the meet, the highlight of the meet was Lacliffton Johnson placing fifth overall with a time of 12:50.60

Finishing in 47th was Ritchie Barnes with a time of 15:57.30, followed by Patrick Carrel in the 63rd spot with a time of 18:02.20.  Jayden Catrett was close behind in 65th with a time of 18:42,10 and what a difference a second makes, Cameron Allen in 66th in 18:43.10.  Lucas Walker took 72nd in 20:27.89. 

The top MMS finisher in the girls’ division was Alayna Sims who took 28th place in 16:13.60, with Maggie Rehberg finishing in 48th in 18:52.30. Coming in 57th was Jasmine Jones with a time of 20:42.50, while Zoe Saunders was 74th in 24:42.50 with Gracie Spears right on her heels in 25:02.10.  Taking 78th was Helen Sarah in 27:50.80.

Marianna Middle School cross country teams (both boys and girls) placed eighth overall in their respective meets.

Jackson County Adult Ed coming to a location near you

Education is proving to be more crucial everyday and none more so than a basic high school education.  For those young and old, without a diploma or a G.E.D., they are left handicapped from applying for many of today’s jobs. With this in mind, Director of Adult Education Phyllis Daniels and the Jackson County School Board are working to make obtaining a high school education more attainable. 

When asked about night classes, Daniels advised, “We have night classes, but at the main campus only on Guyton.”

Full time classes at Adult Education are from 8:00 am until 1:45 pm. Night classes here are from 4:30 pm until 8:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Daniels concern is the number of over 18-year old individuals who do not have a high school diploma, stating the statistics were alarming, “I’m like, if there’s that many people in need of a high school diploma, and they’re not coming to the main campus to get it, is there another reason? Maybe it’s because of our geography and so when Mr. Wiley Barnes retired, that kind of freed us up a position to reevaluate the best way to serve our community and our county. With the number of daytime enrollees, two fulltime staff were very capable of serving the number of fulltime enrollees we had in the daytime. Through the course of the year, it may go up and down, but at no time last year did we have more than 40 people who came at any given time during our daytime classes. We had a student graduate in September last year. They enroll, and as soon as their skill level meets the G.E.D. objectives and they test out, they’re done. How long a person stays enrolled is 100 percent dependent upon their skill level when they entered. We do the TABE test and their TABE score indicates where their strengths are and where they need additional help. There are four areas on the G.E.D., so their TABE score give us a starting point for instructing those students. When they have moved through the ABE (Adult Basic Education) program and the GED prep program and have passed the four subtests of the G.E.D., they are graduates. It could take a month or it could take a year and a half or two it 100 percent depends on that student and where they are. As we’re getting more in, some are going out. With our numbers remaining constant last year, really what we’ve done is repurposed those dollars that went toward Mr. Barnes’ salary to add nighttime instruction in the outlying areas.”

The nighttime instruction will be at the Grand Ridge School library on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 – 7:30 with Debbie Doleman instructing. Instruction in Malone will also be on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 – 7:30 with Kim Barber instructing.  The third teacher will be Janet Baxley and she currently teaches at Sunland but has prior adult ed teaching experience. She was the education director over the GED program at GEO in Graceville. Baxley will be at the Cottondale and Graceville branches.  It will be two nights at Graceville and Cottondale, “If all of our clientele is from Graceville, it will be two nights as Graceville but if it’s from Cottondale, it will be at Cottondale. And it if it’s about 50/50 it will be one night at each place, still in the library at all schools,” says Daniels.  Daniels also says that once they are enrolled, they may attend any campus.  Linda Monroy and Beverly Granberry are the fulltime teachers at adult ed. Monroy has 27 years of experience at adult ed.  Monroy will also facilitate the night time classes at the main campus.  Cindy Ham is the full time guidance counselor at the main campus of adult ed. 

Students have to be 18 or old to attend night classes. For daytime classes, you may be 16 or 17 with special permission but at night you have to be 18. Daniels says, “There is any number of reasons a person may have had to exit school before they earned their high school happens.  Life happens but it doesn’t matter what reason. Any individual who desires to earn their high school diploma, we are here to help. We want our community to know that our school board, superintendent all place a high value on our community’s education and our place as a community leader. We take it seriously and we want to make earning a high school diploma as accessible as it can possibly be.”

Daniels stressed that a high school diploma opens a door that would otherwise stay closed.  Daniels said she learned recently that adult ed in Jackson County at one time provided GED instruction to inmates at the Jackson County Jail but says they will be doing that again, “A large number of the people incarcerated at the Jackson County Correctional facility are going to be released and be right back here in our community. And so, the goal is to help as many of them earn their high school diploma while they are serving their time to help them. And even if they don’t master it while they are there, they can then come here or one of the other facilities in the community.  They can continue their education.”  John Wynn will facilitate the GED classes at the Correctional facility. 

Daniels says there is a fee for enrollment, $30 per time and there are potentially three times in a year.  Term one is August until December and then from January through May is term two. The third term is June and July.  Registration is open now for all interested students. For more information call the Adult Education Center at 482-9617 Monday through Friday.

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