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Shelia Mader

Shelia Mader

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Doris Irwin headed for the century mark

Doris Irwin has seen a lot in her lifetime and has lived a very comfortable and successful life. Come January 26, Doris will celebrate her 100th birthday.  She began the celebration last Thursday as the Marianna Women’s Club honored her as the oldest member of the club. 

When interviewing Doris Irwin while she waited for the meeting to begin, she gave us her secret to her successful living, “I exercise every morning before I get out of bed. I pull my legs up towards my chin, just like riding the bicycle.” 

When asked how long she worked before retirement, Irwin brought a smile to those around her, “I feel like I’ve been working all my life. We had Riverside Grocery and Market.  You know it was three blocks from the courthouse.”

Doris Irwin remains active and helps out with the Women’s Club anyway she can and doesn’t have any intentions of slowing down, whether she’s 100 or 101.  

She has three children, Mary Jane Seymore and Norma Dillon who both live in Panama City and her son James (Jim) Carrell Irwin who lives in Tallahassee. 

The staff and publisher of the Jackson County Times wishes the very best birthday ever to Doris Irwin! 

Hancock Whitney Bank gives $25,000 for Hurricane Michael relief

The City of Marianna has dealt with issues after issues with the damage left in Marianna following Hurricane Michael. Budgets have had to be adjusted and commissioners and City Manager Jim Dean have been tasked with finding ways to deal with the catastrophic losses incurred by the city.  At last week’s commission meeting, Georgeann Smith of Hancock Whitney Bank brought some welcomed smiles to the city.  

City manager Jim Dean welcomed Smith and enlightened the commissioners and those attending, “Mayor Roberts, not very long after the storm, Hancock made a phone call to us and saw that we were struggling with different things and stuff.  Right out of the chute, just came to us and said, ‘We want to donate $25,000 to the City of Marianna to be determined by the city commission on how to use those funds to help out with the results of the disaster. Georgeann has done a great job being involved with the city of Marianna and I won’t go into all the things she has done. As you know, Hancock Whitney Bank was awarded for us to invest our funds with them. They came up with additional ways to invest our dollars off of our investment. We have just been very happy with what they’ve done for us and this right here is just icing on the cake. They’ve done an excellent job for us.” 

Mayor John Roberts expressed his thanks on behalf of the city commission, “Georgeann, on behalf of the city commission and the city of Marianna, we thank you for all of your hard work and all that you do for Marianna.”  

Public tours Endeavor for first time since its closure as Dozier

Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, formerly known as The Florida School for Boys was a reform school operated by the State of Florida from 1900 to 2011. The facility has been closed since 2011 but has remained guarded at the front entrance through state funds. Last month, the state gave Jackson County an early Christmas present when they handed over the entire 1,278 acres of the old Dozier School for Boys property. That property will now be known as Endeavor. 

Prior to the tour, David Melvin presented the deeds to the property from the state to Board of County Commissioners with Board chairman Clint Pate accepting the parcel.  Due to the state having insurance on the property at the time of Hurricane Michael, the passing of the deeds was ceremonial only and will not formerly change hands until all repairs relative to insurance claims have been paid. 

The county said they have big plans for the property, but first they will have to get rid of roughly 70 buildings. District 5 county commissioner Jim Peacock said, “I’m hoping we can take those buildings and grind them up and use the material as road base for some of our dilapidated dirt roads that are continually washing out.  We will be utilizing probably 25 to 30 of the buildings for office space for county offices,” said Jim Peacock, Dist. 5 County Commissioner.

One of the buildings on the north campus is currently being used by the Jackson County School Board as Jackson Alternative School. Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore said the earliest that the building would be May of 2021 before that building is available but hopes are high with the county for the possibilities those buildings hold. 

“Eventually that property will be turned over to the board of county commissioners,” Peacock said. “Once we do that, I don’t know what we’ll use that building for but it has a lot of potential, it’s a good building.”

Tuesday, was the first time that members of the public were allowed to participate in a tour of the property. The board of commissioners wanted the public to have an idea of the many possibilities the property brings to Jackson County.

“I think everybody today, you know they were impressed with the gym. It’s got a lot of potential for the county there,” said County Commissioner District 2 Clint Pate. “Don’t know exactly what but it could be, maybe a conference center or a big meeting room.”

About the name change, Peacock said, “We chose that name because we’re endeavoring to make this a great place and a great economic asset for Jackson County.” 

Officials said, eventually the large fence surrounding the property will come down and the property will take on an entirely different look and goals are that many doors for economic growth will be opened for Jackson County.

Graceville varsity takes win from Sneads in overtime

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Last Friday night, the Graceville Tigers made the trip across the county to take on their rival, the Sneads Pirates. After four quarters, the teams were knotted at 34, forcing overtime play.  Both teams battled hard in the fifth period but it was the Tigers picking up five points to Sneads’ three points and taking the 39-37 win.

Sneads took the first period by an ever so slim 7-6. Joell Green led Graceville with four points. Xavian Sorey had a basket of his own. For the Pirates, Trevor Garrett had a shot from downtown. Chris McCollough and Jackson Milsapp had a bucket each. 

In the second quarter, Sneads outscored the Tigers 11-7 to give Sneads an 18-13 lead at the half. For Graceville, Cyprian James had a bucket and went one-for-two from the line. Joell Green and Xavian Sorey had a basket each. Sneads’ Chase Harrell had a shot from three-point range. Trent Smith, Chris McCollough, Trevor Garrett, and Xavier White had two points each. 

Graceville posted 10 third-period points and held the Pirates to just two, flip flopping the lead in their favor. Leading the Tigers with five points was Cyprian James. Curtis Miley and Deshon Pollock each had a basket. Scoring the only basket for Sneads was Chase Harrell. After three quarters of play, Graceville had a 23-20 lead. 

Sneads battled back and won the fourth quarter 14-11 forcing an overtime period. Joell Green led the Tigers with four points. Cyprian James had three, including a basket. Andre Brown and Deshon Pollock each had a bucket. For Sneads, Trent Smith led his team with five points. Chris McCollough had four points including going two-for-two from the charity stripe. Xavier White had a shot from downtown. River Clark was on board with a basket. 

Graceville took the overtime period 5-3. For the Tigers, Joell Green and Cyprian James each scored a basket. Chris McCollough nailed a three for Sneads. 

Leading Graceville on the night with 13 points on the night was Cyprian James. Right behind him with 12 points was Joell Green. On board with four points each were Andre Brown, Xavian Sorey and Deshon Pollock.

For Sneads, Chris McCollough led his team with 11 points on the night. Trent Smith added seven points to his stats. Checking in with five points each were Chase Harrell, Trevor Garrett and Xavier White. 

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