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Shelia Mader

Shelia Mader

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Sneads and Cottondale split games in volleyball

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The Cottondale Lady Hornets volleyball team traveled across Jackson County to take on the always tough, five-straight state champion Sneads Lady Pirates last week. Cottondale knew going into the match they would have their hands full but they never folded.  In the end, both teams were victors with the junior varsity Lady Hornets taking the win over Sneads and the Lady Pirates taking the win in the varsity match.

In junior varsity action, Cottondale won 25-18 and 25-20.  Cottondale coach Kevin Potts said after the game, “Jersie McGinty and Hailey Chambliss both had a great game service the ball for us.  The entire team played smart volleyball. We tried to not beat ourselves and we did a fair job at that. We really wanted this game.  Seven of our JV players were a part of our middle school ‘A’ team that lost three close games to Grand Ridge. That was all the motivation the team needed.  Really proud of them going into Sneads and just playing our style of volleyball.  Sneads and Grand Ridge are tough places to win.”

Varsity match went to Sneads in three sets, 25-7, 25-7 and 25-8.  

Leading Sneads in blocks were Lacee Glover and Michaela Edenfield with eight blocks each, followed by Ariana Lee with seven. On board with six blocks was Kiara Garrett with Jordyn Riano, Allura Sheheane, and Kazia Gainer with one block each. 

Jordyn Riano led with eight serves, followed by Lacee Glover with five. On board with two was Ariana Lee, with Kiara Garrett, Abby Perkins and Allura Sheheane on board with one each.

Kazia Gainer recorded eight blocks, while Lacee Glover, Kiara Garrett, Jordyn Riano and Allura Sheheane all had one each. Jordyn Riano posted 32 assists on the evening. 

Stats were not available for Cottondale. Coach Kevin Potts said after the game, “We just never got anything going at all. Sneads is a superior offensive team but we definitely did not play with any effort. The varsity game will be one that we need to put behind us and work even harder. Sneads is where they are because they are going to try to win every single point, no matter the opponent or the score. Something we as a young team are still building on.”

Hornets sting the Liberty County Bulldogs for 20-16 win

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The Cottondale Hornets were hungry for a win Friday night and they didn’t stop until that mission was accomplished.  They handed the visiting Liberty County Bulldogs a 20-16 loss before die-hard Hornet fans cheering from the bleachers. 

It was a dramatic come from behind win in the final three minutes when Caleb Nix threw a strike to Eriq Hendricks for a 96-yard touchdown pass on a fourth and an 11-play to move to a 20-16 win. 

The first half was a defensive battle with a field goal for Liberty County the only score in the half. 

Cottondale came out of the locker room after the half fired up and ready to take control.  Isaac Brincefield found the endzone with Nix making the conversion. It was Hornets 8-3 over the Bulldogs. 

The Bulldogs quickly had an answer to make it a 10-8 game, and added another touchdown pulling away to a 16-8 lead. Jalen Redding pulled the Hornets closer when he found the endzone, make it a 16-14 game.  

A Liberty County punt pinned Cottondale deep into their territory but Nix and Hendricks had an answer with a 96-yard pass play.  

Following the game, an elated first-year head coach Chris Obert was all smiles, “I’m just proud of the kids. They hung in there and kept fighting and found a way to pull it out. We had a couple of people step up and make some big plays and I was proud of them. They dug down and found a way to win and that was great.” 

Cottondale’s road doesn’t get any easier as they travel to Lighthouse Christian (Pensacola) Friday night. Lighthouse Christian defeated St. John Paul II 53-8 last Friday night but came into that game with an 0-2 record. They opened the season with a 46-20 loss to Northview before falling 24-0 to Wewahitchka. 

Jackson County Health Department bringing health to you

The Jackson County Health Department wants to get the word out about healthy living and the services provided at the Jackson County Health Department.

They also want to keep everyone up to date on the latest in medical care, prevention, and their Smiles on Wheels program as well as WIC, SWAT, and other departments.

In order to make this information readily accessible, this week they took their show on the road. The City of Marianna Health Fair provided an excellent opportunity for them to do so.  Wednesday morning, they were at Marianna Health and Rehab before convening at Marianna City Hall in the afternoon. 

Also, in attendance at the City of Marianna Health Fair were Blue Cross/Blue Shield, WIC, SWAT and breast and cervical cancer programs from the Jackson County Health Department.

The programs were well attended by city employees while on their breaks.

BUD BAGGETT- LOVING LIFE ON THE FARM

Bud Baggett is what many refer to as a ‘good ole boy’.  Contrary to what that term means in some contexts, it means Bud is there for anyone anytime of the day or night. He’s a friend to all and an enemy to none. 

Baggett grew up farming with his grandad Ellis Baggett and his father Larry Baggett. Unlike some young men, he never shied away from work, never was one to look to get off this farm for city life. Bud learned early the joy of working for himself.    Bud is one of the most highly visible young farmers in the Marianna/Jackson County area.  You might say that he showed an interest in farming early on; in fact, he practically grew up walking behind or riding the tractor with his grandfather and his dad on the same land where he still lives and farms.  At age 39, Bud tells us that this year is his 20th crop year.  He says that farming is and always has been the life for him.  Baggett reports that he currently farms cotton, peanuts, oats and raises cattle.  With over 2200 acres of cotton and 1200 acres of peanuts, he is quick to say that farming is not for everyone.  The physical and mental demands of farming keep him and his employees more than busy.  Six full time and 21 part time employees help to do all farm work, equipment upkeep, and stay involved in contract grazing for over 1100 head of cattle.  The group also farms 600 acres of oats.  

Bud gives much credit for his ability to farm to his grandfather, Ellis Baggett, and his dad, Larry Baggett.  During the past years, the three men have done a lot work together; however, Bud and his dad now farm under separate entities.  The young farmer has many compliments to give about his family, “I learned so much from them; especially, I learned to love and respect nature and the joy of being able to work outside, be my own boss.    Sure, it can be hard work with more work than hours in a day.  Still, I know it is the career for me because there is just something about the process of planning, preparing the soil, planting, caring for the crops, and harvesting.”  He says the managerial parts of farming can get next to you when there is so much you don’t feel you can control; finances are challenging because you want to spend wisely and always be calculating toward making a profit.  

As with many other segments of life, farming is very different than it was when Bud was a youngster.  Technology has a huge influence upon the operation of the equipment and upon recordkeeping as well. Regulations and restrictions give any farmer a lot to think about as he “makes his farm plan.”  GPS and auto steer has helped the farmer become more efficient with the money and time he spends, the elimination of waste can increase margin of profit.  Baggett is quickly to say farming has come a long way from the time he spent helping his dad and grandad.

A graduate of Marianna High School, Bud was a very good student and a student athlete.  Certainly, he could have chosen any career but he contends that “farming chose him.”  Bud is married to Desiree Trejo Baggett, and father to sons Connor (7), Sam (11) and daughter Grace (19). Bud spends time with his family and he fully supports their activities from the fields at Optimist Park to the sidelines at Mariana High School.  The family can often be seen all together at school or sports events or even at the salon (A Wild Hair) that Desiree owns or Bud’s newest venture, Crosshairs. Bud has always had an interest in guns and weapons so it is fitting that he would own and operate a gun shop.  

Despite the challenges that he faces with so much depending on circumstances like the weather that are beyond his control, Bud says that “The Lord has been good to us; it’s been a good life. I enjoy what I do. It helps a ton that my family fully supports me in it and knows there are times when their time with me is limited because of the long hours during planting and harvesting.”  He has high praise for his hard- working dad saying he couldn’t have done it without him, “Dad has been my teacher and we work well together.”   “I have read that if a person chooses to do something he really likes, he never has to work a day.”  Farming is all that I ever have wanted to do.  That and my family is the perfect life for me.”

The publisher and staff at the TIMES salutes Bud Baggett for putting food on the table and clothes on the backs of so many. 

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