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Shelia Mader

Shelia Mader

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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 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. 

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.

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