Sneads Historical Marker dedication held at Log Cabin

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Sneads Historical Marker dedication held at Log Cabin

Tuesday morning, approximately 30 people braved the rain to take part in the dedication of the Sneads Log Cabin making its place on the National Register of Historic Places.  

The event was hosted by the Sneads Carlisle Rose Garden Club and the Town of Sneads.  Council member Helen Grice opened the dedication by welcoming everyone and thanking them for coming. The Flag was presented by American Legion Post 241, followed by Helen Drummond leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Reverend Bill Pevy performed the invocation. Followed by Billy Lipford leading the crowd in the National Anthem. 

Helen Grice then introduced the new Sneads City Manager, Lynda Bell with Bell speaking briefly on her first month in her new position. Grice then welcomed Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore, Jackson County Tax Collector Mary Carol Murdock, Executive Director of the Jackson County Tourist Development Council, Christy Andreasen, Economic Board member Jason Johnson, and the Sneads Town Council members. 

Susan Tucker entertained the crowd with memories of the beginning until the final event today. She thanked James Earl Edwards for his undying love of the Sneads community and all of his support for many, many years. 

The placing of the Sneads Log Cabin on the National Register of Historic Places began many years ago with a dream. For many years, Helen Grice, Sneads Council Member, had a desire to see the Sneads Log Cabin placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mr. Ed Kilpatrick, prior Town Manager, managed to complete the first step which was to have the Log Cabin placed on the Florida Master Site File with the Florida Department of Interior.  This listing is an inventory of those properties in the State of Florida that are of historical value and meet certain criteria.

Ms. Connie Lea Butts, taking office as Town Manager subsequent to Mr. Kilpatrick, completed the process.  She filed paper work with the Florida Division of Historical Resources and the project was assigned to Andrew Weyman in that Department.  His task was to meet with Ms. Butts and visit the property to critique and take pictures.  He then was to expand on the documentation Ms. Butts provided and make a thorough analysis that he would later present to his Board for approval.  That Board’s responsibility was to review the documentation and determine whether or not to recommend to the National Register of Historic Places that the Sneads Log Cabin be placed on their listing.  The recommendation came and in July of 2017, the work had been completed and Ms. Helen Grice’s dream came true.

The town council knew that a sign documenting this awesome accomplishment was definitely needed. Ms. Grice asked our county commissioner Eric Hill if he could use his discretionary funds and he immediately responded with, “Absolutely.”  Hill brought this before the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners at the next meeting and the motion passed unanimously.  However, Ms. Christy Andreasen contacted Sneads town council and asked them to let the TDC pay for the sign.  The TDC Board unanimously approved the request so Ms. Andreasen, Ms. Butts and Ms. Grice came up with the wording and Marcus Mount at Southern Mobile Media did a wonderful job creating the sign that was unveiled Tuesday morning.

Sunland Center is NOT CLOSING

In recent weeks, the Times has received numerous calls in reference to the possible closing of Sunland Center.  The rumor was also circulating about the closing of DDDP in Chattahoochee.  In response to concerns about Sunland closing or substantial changes being considered by the administration in Tallahassee, regarding restructuring which would adversely affect future operations, the TIMES obtained a letter addressed to Sunland and DDDP employees. 

The letter was from Karen Hagan, Chief of Staff for Agency for Person with Disabilities.  Hagan said, “In recent weeks, false rumors about the future of Sunland have been in the newspaper and on social media. I want to reassure every one of you that there are no plans to close Sunland or DDDP.  APD values both Sunland and DDDP and the important work that you do to serve people with disabilities in the region.  Remember, people can post anything they want on their Facebook page, and that does not mean any of it is true. I am sorry that many of you have been distressed by these rumors, and understand that anything that would impact your livelihood is of concern.  Rest assured, your jobs are safe and there are no plans to shut down Sunland or DDDP. The work you do is both important and appreciated.”

In a telephone interview with the Melanie Etters, we asked if there were any truth to the rumors surrounding the closing of Sunland. Etters said, “Nothing is going on.” Nothing substantial will be changing in reference to Sunland or DDDP.” Etters added, “Here in Tallahassee there is some reporting shifting but nobody’s jobs are in danger. The word they are using here is they are ‘reorganizing’ but sometimes when you use that word people think their jobs are in danger and that is not the case.  What we have is a lot of people who used to report to the Deputy Director of Programs will not report to the Deputy Director of Operations. Some of those who used to report to the Deputy Director of Operations will now report to the Deputy Director of Programs, once it is approved. It has not been approved yet. The centers and that includes Sunland will go to reporting to the Deputy Director of Operations to reporting to the Deputy Director of Programs. But that will have nothing to do with who lives at Sunland. None of that is changing. The only change will be is they will report from one man to reporting to the other man. Nothing is changing in the big picture of the operation of Sunland.”

The Times has spoken with Senator George Gainer and he continues to reiterate he will do everything in his power to insure Sunland and DDDP remain open. 

Sneads Pirates overpower the Bozeman Bucks

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The Sneads Pirates gave new meaning to home-field advantage last Friday night. After a less-than-friendly away game two weeks ago, the Sneads Pirates were more than happy to take Citizens Field last Friday night. They gave the fans their money’s worth with a 27-7 win over the Bozeman Bucks. 

After a scoreless first quarter, Sneads removed the goose egg with a touchdown and an extra point off the foot of Trent Smith.  That score held till halftime. 

The Bucks wasted little time in tying the game at seven in the third quarter but the Pirates had an answer for them – three answers in fact. They scored in the third quarter to move ahead 14-7 and never looked back. 

A pair of touchdowns and an extra point in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach and a W in the right column for the Sneads Pirates. 

The Pirates picked up 303 yards on the ground on 56 carries.  Colton Mercer had two punts totaling 57 yards. 

Leading the team in rushing was Calvin Stringer with 161 yards on 18 carries, followed by Courtavious Garrett with 56 yards on 10 carries. Alonzo Hill had five carries for 30 yards, while Trent Smith had five carries for 25 yards. On board with 26 yards on nine carries was Colton Mercer with 26 yards on nine carries. Trent Smith had five carries for 25 yards.

Courtavious Garrett was one-for-one passing for eight yards. 

Stringer was definitely the workhorse finding the endzone three times with Garrett accounting for the other touchdown.  Trent Smith was three-for-four in point after attempts. 

The Pirates will be back at it Friday night when they make the long haul to Franklin County. Game time is at 7 p.m.  Franklin County is 1-3 on the season, having started the season with a 20-13 loss to Florida A & M High School. They beat North Bay Haven Academy 13-0 before dropping a game to Bell 20-13 and last Friday’s 6-0 loss to Liberty County.  Sneads enters the game with a 2-1 regular season record. 

Graceville Tigers win BIG 42-21 over Holmes County

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Tiger fans knew and were prepared for a rebuilding year this year but they saw something last week in the Tigers’ game against the visiting Chipley Tigers that gave them hope that something good was close to happening.  Friday night, that hope made its way to the scoreboard in a 42-21 win over an always tough Holmes County Blue Devils team. 

The outcome never appeared to be in question for the Tigers from the time they stepped on the field. 

They went up 8-7 before falling behind 15-8 in the second quarter. Another touchdown made it 21-8 but the Tigers went into the locker room at the half and returned with a determination that didn’t let up until the final buzzer sounded.  A quick touchdown made it a 21-14 game and the Tigers had new life. A pair of touchdowns and the Tigers were cruising 34-21.  In the end it was all Graceville with a 42-21 win.

Joe Claiborne had two touchdowns on the night with Xavian Sorey racking up 114 yards through the air and a touchdown in the air.  Sorey also added a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown, a 72-yard kickoff return and two sacks. Combine all of that for a 42-21 solid first win of the season. 

The Tigers will use that momentum to carry over into Friday night’s game when they return to the friendly confines of their home field to take on Freeport.  Freeport is 1-2 on the season and coming off a 27-6 win over Walton.  The lost 27-6 to Walton and 26-18 to Holmes County.  Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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