The Jackson County Times is proud to announce that Sports Editor Shelia Mader was awarded second place in the Sports Column category by the Florida Press Association.
The award-winning article penned by Mader titled “Coach Hud” A Legend Then…A Legend Now was featured on the Sports section front page in the October 23, 2014 edition of the TIMES.
Mader has covered Jackson County sporting events for 15 years and has been the tireless Sports Editor at the TIMES for about a year. “I have a true love of sports, and to be able to write about something you love makes your job truly a dream job. The excitement of those who work hard, practice hard and play hard when they see their name in the paper is one of the greatest feelings ever,” says Mader. “It was an honor to say the least, to be recognized by the Florida Press Association for my work.”
Weekly newspapers from all over the state of Florida were considered in the Better Weekly Newspaper Contest with more than 1600 entrants. The contest was organized into three circulation divisions for published works during the 2014 calendar year and judged by out-of-state industry executives.
This prestigious award was presented to Mader during the ceremony and luncheon at the Florida Press Annual Convention held in Lake Mary, Florida July 24.
Read the full article here: “Coach Hud” A Legend Then…A Legend Now
The Florida Highway Patrol reports a single car fatality June 29, 2015 in Sneads at 9:43 AM.
A 1997 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Erica Nicole Jackson, 21, of Marianna was traveling east on Hill Farm Road. The driver failed to negotiate a curve about 1/2 mile east of SR-286. The Blazer left the road and entered the property at 7951 Hill Farm Road and continued in motion before colliding with a barn support beam and farm equipment.
Erica Jackson was pronounced deceased by the medical examiner. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
The Sheriff's Department reports:
"On June 29, 2015 at approximately 9:40am a deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was parked near the Marathon Gas Station on Highway 69 and I-10 in Grand Ridge. The store clerk informed the officer of a suspicious incident where a female driving a small sport utility vehicle had attempted to sell collector type coins. The clerk declined and the driver of the vehicle left the store headed east on a dirt road. The deputy having knowledge of the vehicle description followed in the same direction that the driver of the vehicle had taken. Near the intersection of Blueberry and Shady Grove Road, the deputy observed a vehicle matching the description given traveling east in a reckless manner. From a distance the deputy saw the vehicle accelerate and run the stop sign at the intersection of Blueberry and Shady Grove Road. Once the vehicle crossed the intersection traveling onto Hill farm Road the deputy lost sight of the vehicle. The deputy stopped and safely cleared the intersection and followed the vehicles direction around a curve. The deputy came upon the vehicle which had crashed into a large open barn striking several farm implements and equipment. E.M.S. and F.H.P. were notified and it was determined the driver was deceased from injuries sustained from the crash. The investigation was then turned over to Florida Highway Patrol."
The Florida Highway Patrol reports a single car fatality on SR 71 south of Rocky Creek Road June 13, 2015 at 1 AM.
A 2014 Nissan Altima driven by Hector Gonzales Hernandez, 31, of Altha was traveling south when the vehicle left the road onto the west shoulder. The vehicle became airborne as it crossed the north driveway of 1907 SR 71 then struck a grass culvert and began to overturn before striking a tree prior to coming to a final rest.
Hector Gonzales Hernandez received fatal injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt. No charges are pending.
The Jackson County Republican Executive Committee offered a scholarship in honor of Mr. Richard Hand who served in the Jackson County Republican Party for many years. He was a well-respected man of the community who was very civic minded and involved in many organizations. The outstanding recipient receives $500 per fall and spring semester at Chipola College for the 2015/2016 school year.
We would like to congratulate Kaulder Kressman, the first recipient of the Richard A. Hand Scholarship. Kressman, a 2015 graduate of Marianna High School, exemplified academic excellence through his GPA and college readiness assessment scores. Kaulder is the son of Karl and Julie Kressman of Bascom. He has been actively involved in FFA for four years and is currently employed at Panhandle Excavating as well as the family cattle business.
The criteria for this scholarship included an essay, which he read to the Committee in April 2015. His topic of choice was “Why are you a proud American?” and is shown below in its entirety:
I’m blessed to be a proud American, and it’s easy for me due to my heritage. My great grandmother Kressman (on my father’s side) was a Gridley. That was a family with a long-standing heritage in this country. She received 17 gold and diamond oakleaf cluster broach pins, one for every famous American in her family tree. I possess an ancestor, Edward Doty who sailed with the pilgrims on the Mayflower. He was the first person tried and acquitted in a court of law in the New World. He was found not guilty of murder of another passenger while in route to Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, so the process of “innocent till proven guilty” is in my heritage. Many other famous American are in my bloodline whom include George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and many others who settled in the area of Northern Virginia. Under the present governmental condition that our country is under and its economic strains that the government has produced, it may at sometimes make being a “Proud American” somewhat difficult. This era of extreme fuel costs, high taxation and overall governmental imbalance is the only way of life that I have ever known, (or at least in the last few years as I have matured enough to understand our present situation). I’ve listened to older Americans of the past two generations who have explained to me how they felt that life was so much easier to get by on so much less. Most feel that the beginning of our recession was due to high fuel costs and too much government.
We are still able to choose how and where we worship, although our country seems to be steering from the Christian religious freedom it was founded on. Citizens are still able to have “ free speech” to some extent, and at present we still have our second amendment, the “right to bear arms”, but most importantly to vote. We as Americans are at least fortunate enough not to have our every activity and way of life monitored and reported on by some power of government above us.
In closing I pray through God’s will that the freedom we possess in the right to vote can make immediate change in our present leadership in our national government. I also believe that individual states, counties, and municipalities will be given more right to govern themselves with much less federal control. By saying this, I intend to register to vote as a Republican on my 18th birthday on may 3rd. I would like to thank you for considering me for this scholarship and can promise that any funds obtained will be wisely used. So if you ask me anytime if I’m proud to be an American? My answer would be without a doubt…… Yes!!!