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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Meet “Nell” Tate…A Cancer Survivor

September is the month for recognition of the second deadly cancer which specializes in attacking women….Ovarian Cancer
By Sid Riley

There are two deadly, dreaded cancers which prey on our mothers, sisters, and daughters. They are “Breast Cancer” and “Ovarian Cancer”. It is important that we understand and watch for the symptoms of both. We should also support programs which provide for needed research, treatment improvements, and patient care in these fields.

September has been designated as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, while October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We felt it appropriate to include at least one local case of Ovarian Cancer while we are engaged in our Breast Cancer Awareness Series. That is why we want to introduce a wonderful lady, Mrs. “Nell” Tate of Grand Ridge.

Nell was born and raised in Holmes County. Her husband Billy worked for the Corps of Engineers, so they ended up living in Jackson County, near Lake Seminole and the Apalachicola River. Nell worked for the Florida Division of Corrections. They raised two children, a daughter and a son, and now are enjoying three grandchildren.

The Tates had enjoyed a rich, full, loving life at their mini-farm just outside of Grand Ridge, until October of 2005. Nell was 74, but was still very energetic and fully engaged in her family and her church. That all began to change when she began to experience extreme fatigue (which was not her style of life), to experience gas and stomach distress, and finally began to feel a strange bulge in her lower right side. She complained to her doctor during routine check ups, but testing and examinations found nothing.

During a trip to the mountains with a friend in October, these problems became so acute she vowed to force her doctors to find the source of her growing symptoms. This time when the doctor examined Nell the bulge was obvious. A CAT scan followed by a biopsy disclosed a cancer was present. After further testing, it was determined to be one of the most dreaded of cancers….Ovarian Cancer!

She had surgery in Tallahassee on December 23, 2005, just two days before Christmas. “I wanted to get it over with before Christmas so that the family would have caring for me behind them and they could go ahead and enjoy the holidays”, Nell said in her usual caring manner.

Then came chemotherapy, loss of hair, and six months of trips to Tallahassee to ingest more and more chemical poisons designed to kill the remnant’ s of the disease. Finally, by June of 2006 it was all over, and she was in remission!

“The people of my church and other friends were amazing. They kept bringing food and bringing food until we had no place to keep it. All of the cards, letters, and demonstrations of really caring about me and my problem, made me feel tremendously grateful. We are truly fortunate to live in such a wonderful community,” Nell exclaimed.

Since then she and Billy have made the most out of life together, sharing their common love for each other, their children, and their grandchildren. “One good thing which resulted from this terrible problem is that it pulled our family closer together. Our children had become busy living their own lives, and we were all taking life for granted. Facing my cancer has strengthened our common love,” Nell said with a glowing smile.

Then Nell disclosed some threatening news…her last blood test disclosed that the count they used to measure the threat of cancer had suddenly increased! It had jumped from a normal in the 30’s to 108! She now fears the cancer may have returned.

“If it is back, I plan to fight it with all of my energy. I want to live and enjoy my family every moment…as long as I am not a burden to them in any way”, Nell stated firmly. “The reason I wanted to have this article printed on my story is the hope that someone will read it and it will help them detect this cancer earlier. If I can help just one person it will be wonderful!”

Nell goes for another CAT scan and more testing on November 4. She has promised to call as soon as she gets the results. Please say a prayer for Nell Tate.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer:

♦ Bloated feeling

♦ Pelvic discomfort

♦ Gas, nausea, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea

♦ Back pain and fatigue

♦ Frequent and urgent urination

♦ Menstrual Disorders

“Guilty – All Seven Counts!!”

Exclusive Interviews With Glenn Hess and Larry Basford

By Sid Riley

Glenn Hess (State Attorney for 14th Circuit):

State Prosecutor Glenn Hess is elated over performance of Prosecution team in Marianna Quad-murder trial.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of the team headed by Prosecutor Larry Basford in successfully convicting Wesley Williams for the quad-murders in Marianna”, were the comments of State Attorney Glenn Hess in our recent telephone interview. “The support staff which filled the needs of the prosecutors by providing research, materials, and other needs as they arose throughout the process, as well as outstanding courtroom performances demonstrated how the ‘team approach’ can lead to success.”

When asked about whether or not a death penalty would be sought in the conviction, Hess stated that it now appears sentencing before Judge Wright will occur in November. “We are currently in the process of deciding whether or not we will seek the death penalty,” he continued. “This case certainly qualifies for the death penalty, but there are several considerations which might impact our final decision. We want to first talk to the family of the victims about this issue, and if Williams decides to disclose who else was involved in the incident it might influence our decision. We still feel he did not act alone.”

Hess then discussed the difficulty of accomplishing an execution in the liberal climate which impacts the State and Federal Supreme Courts. “The last time an execution was realized from a death penalty generated within the 14th Circuit was in the 1970’s. Too often the case goes through appeal after appeal, with the criminal finally dying in prison.”

When asked if there was any particular part of the evidence and testimony which he felt significantly impacted the jury and led to their decision, Hess responded, “Personally, I feel the proof of his presence in Marianna around the time of the murders, and the multiple telephone calls between Williams and Danielle Baker just before the killings was very incriminating. Also, a long string of circumstantial evidence which all points to one conclusion is often as strong as direct evidence.”

Larry Basford (Chief Prosecutor in Williams Trial):

“I agree with Mr. Hess, the outcome of this trial was the result of a great team effort between the State Attorney’s Office, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the Marianna Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.”

“This conviction was based on a string of solid circumstantial evidence which all pointed to the fact that Mr. Williams was guilty,” stated Chief Prosecutor Larry Basford with a happy and satisfied tone in his voice. “I am thankful that the jury understood and appreciated the significance of the scientific information we presented to them.”

When one looks at the evidence which was gathered, analyzed, and pieced together to recreate the scene of the terrible murders of Danielle Baker and her three innocent children, and to place Wesley Williams at that scene, it resembles a plot from CSI Miami, the popular TV series. It demonstrates how modern investigation techniques work….even here in Jackson County.

Basford described the main forensic and investigative information factors which when taken in concert by the jury, resulted in the conviction of a heartless murderer.

First, there was the telephone data which clearly proved that Williams was in Marianna near the time of the murders, and that he was in contact with Danielle several times just before she was killed. Secondly, there was the Mitochondrial DNA evidence taken from a hair found on the duct tape used to bind one of the children. This DNA is carried by the mother’s genetic code, and indicated that the hair on the tape came from Williams. Thirdly, FDLE found a spent projectile in the yard of an apartment where Williams had fired his gun in 2004. The characteristics of this projectile were very similar to those of the projectiles taken from the fatal wound of Danielle Baker. And finally, the testimony of Bay County Sheriff McKeithan in an interview from 2008 in which Williams admitted to being at the scene of the murder while claiming someone else actually performed the murders was very convincing.

“When you look at all of this data objectively, it is difficult to not come up with the conclusion that Williams was directly involved in these murders,” stated Basford. “I am thankful the jury felt the same way.” The jury only deliberated for a little over two hours before delivering the guilty verdicts.

When asked about his opinion relating to the character of Williams, Basford was animate when he answered. “I was involved in his conviction for felony assault several years ago in Calhoun County. He was sentenced to five years as a result. I know he is capable of violent acts.”

Lou Roberts (Jackson County Sheriff):

“I am very proud that this case has been brought to a successful conclusion. It has been number one on the unsolved murder list for our county for several years,” Sheriff Lou Roberts said with a smile. “This department has devoted a tremendous amount of time and resources to this case, and it is great to see that work finally pay off.

I am especially appreciative of the assistance of the State Attorney’s Office for their focus on this case, as well as the continuing support of the Marianna Police Department and the FDLE. It was a “team” effort, and it paid off.”

During his campaign for Sheriff last year Roberts promised to make reducing the number of unsolved murder cases in Jackson County a high priority. This arrest and conviction is a big step towards keeping that promise. “We still have other cases which need attention. Now that this terrible multiple murder has been brought to a resolution, we will immediately begin working on other unsolved cases,” Roberts stated.

Editor’s Note: Hess has good reason to be proud of the work of his organization. The Jackson County Times says “Congratulations and good work!”

Concerned Americans Patriots of Jackson County Florida, Inc.

will hold their monthly meeting on October 19, 2009 at

6:00 P.M. CDT, at the Agricultural Center on HWY. 90 WEST

(next to the National Guard Armory). We welcome any

American interested in preserving the U. S. Constitution, its Amendments, and the Rights Given to us by our Creator.

Concerned Americans Patriots of Jackson County Florida, Inc.

will hold their monthly meeting on October 19, 2009 at

6:00 P.M. CDT, at the Agricultural Center on HWY. 90 WEST

(next to the National Guard Armory). We welcome any

American interested in preserving the U. S. Constitution, its Amendments, and the Rights Given to us by our Creator.

First “Power Lunch” for Chamber is Success

By Sid Riley

Chamber President Jamie Streetman struggled for a theme for the Community Appreciation

Power Lunch programs which are being launched as a means to reach out to outlying towns in the county. He finally decided on “Unite for Success”. His purpose for these meetings is to bring community leaders and citizens together to discuss and learn what makes our towns a great place to live, work, and play.

The first meeting in this series was held at the Bascom City Hall, and was held in recognition of Bascom, Greenwood, and Malone. The luncheon event was sponsored by Government Services Group, a Tallahassee based consulting organization which helps communities with sewer and water system development programs.

Streetman began by recognizing Ann Bryan, Mayor of Bascom, and Charles Sanders, Mayor of Greenwood. The Mayor of Malone was not present because of a conflict. Also, Streetman recognized several past and present educators who were present, a representative from Brad Drake’s office, and Ted Lakey, Jackson County Manager. The featured speaker was the well known News Director and Senior Anchor for Channel 7 WJHG TV in Panama City, Tom Lewis.

Sipping from a huge FSU drinking cup to soothe a throat suffering from laryngitis, Lewis described how he had begun a career in TV at Channel 7 after leaving college, then after several years he left the industry and moved to Miami to work in Medical Sales. “I soon realized big city life was not for me. Two hour commutes to cover eighteen miles, and living in constant fear of criminal activity for our family, soon became something I wanted to get out of,” Lewis explained. “So I returned home. Panama City had grown and changed, but it was still home….and I was much happier. I found that some things were more important than money and living in the fast track. I worked my way up through the organization, and finally became News Director.”

Lewis then described the importance of communities working together to create jobs and an offering for outside industries which will enable their children and grand children to live and survive where they were raised. “Each community is unique, and has its own special features which can be used to promote locating there. For example, how many communities in North Florida can boast being the home town of an academy award winning actress? Well, Bascom can,” he exclaimed. “You have natural resources, open space, farm products, and a ready labor force. All of these are assets which can be utilized to create a healthy environment for your future.”

The next community meeting will be held in Sneads on October 15 at the West Florida Electric Facility, It will honor the communities of Sneads and Grand Ridge. Then the October the third Power Lunch will be held at the “Gathering Place” in Graceville, honoring Graceville, Jacob, and Campbellton.

Miss National Peanut Festival

The Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant was held this past weekend on October 2 & 3 with the finals being held on Saturday night. Miss Jackson County, Kyndall Covington, was named first runner up. She also placed in the top six in the Evening Gown competition and won the category; placed in the top five in the Verbal Communication competition and placed in the top five in the Interview Competition. Kyndall is a sophomore at Chipola College majoring in theater and is a member of the Chipola Show Choir. She is the daughter of Craig and Gina Smith and the granddaughter of Carolyn Richardson of Marianna.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

“I’ll Fly Away”

A Memorial to Kathleen Wycoff
Born July 16, 1949- Died August 22, 2009

By Suzanne Payne

Last October we did a yard sale for Kathy Wycoff. There was an article in the Jackson County Times asking for financial help because Kathy had been diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer on Sept. 22, 2008. This type of breast cancer is very aggressive and fast spreading. At that time her cancer had spread to her cranium, sternum, spine and ribs. When we first heard about her cancer, Kathy and Brad had moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas.

During the last 2-3 years that Kathy and Brad had lived in Marianna we had become fast friends. It was at her home that the first organizational meeting of The Artist Guild of Northwest Florida met. Kathy was a founding member of The Artist Guild. Along with her gift of art, Kathy had a gift for hospitality and teaching and many of us studied the Bible at her home. When I came through her front door for the first time I was greeted with a genuine beaming smile. She was such an out-going, encouraging person. First and foremost was her dedication to God and her pastor husband of Christ Alliance, Brad. Second, was her family and friends and then art.

In March, 2006, while living in Marianna, my artist friend, Kathy Wycoff, decided to title her bench that she was painting for the 1st Annual Covenant Hospice Garden Gala Auction: “I’ll Fly Away.” I had gotten some “cast aside” house paint that was mixed wrong for very little expense, and we were sharing this new experience of painting on furniture and enjoying the subtle effect of ragging on gold paint to add texture. I had picked as my subject water lilies and Kathy had decided to do a fairy cut from plywood propped up on her bench. Kathy enjoyed doing people. Her art specialty was doing soft pastel portraits. She did a wonderful portrait of my grandson, Cole. Kathy was one of 5 girls and she had 2 brothers, one of which died of leukemia. Kathy did not want to take chemo, but later had to be treated with it. Her mother, Mary Emma Grosse, used to paint on the window panes when the girls were little, Kathy told me. So, maybe her mother passed down to Kathy and her sisters some artistic genes.

Why did she choose the title, “I’ll Fly Away?” Could it have been a premonition of what was to come? Or was it because she just wanted people to know about her hope of heaven. I believe it was because Kathy knew that she was going to heaven and wanted others to know of the eternal life with Jesus that they all could have. I don’t believe she knew she was going to die in a few short years. Her birthday and mine are only 2 days different. She was 60 on July 16, 2009. The song or hymn, “I’ll Fly Away,” was written by Albert E. Brumley in 1929. Some of the lyrics are: “Some glad morning when this life is over, To a home on God’s celestial shore, When the shadows of this life have gone. like a bird from prison bars has flown, Just a few more weary days and then, To a land where joy shall never end, a-a-a-I’ll fly away.”

All 5 of her children and their families spent Christmas 2008 at Magnolia Gardens Inn in Arkansas. It was a present to Kathy from all of them. Kathy was doing much better on her 60th birthday and even hosted a party for herself. Kathy’s time in Arkansas was a whirlwind literally. A tornado ripped through Mena destroying her mother’s and sister’s houses and didn’t even touch her mother or sister and child. It was really a miracle. Her Mom, whom Kathy came to help take care for in her last days, died shortly before Kathy did on August 15th. On August 15th, Kathy took a very sudden downturn. After draining 2 liters of fluid from her abdomen and running multiple tests, the doctors determined her liver was overrun with the cancer and there was cancerous activity all throughout her abdomen. Even then, Kathy asked the doctor, “You mean I’m not improving?” She was such a positive person and just exuded love.

It would be just one more week and Kathy would pass away to a “home on God’s celestial shore.” Her stomach then began bleeding and she was only able to stay alive with blood transfusions. Kathy passed away just eleven months after being diagnosed, at 1:30 a.m. on August 22, 2009, at Peachtree Hospice at Sparks Hospital. She was able to return home from Sparks Hospital on the 21st to be with her family for a little while, but had to return to the hospital for special care, and passed away soon after her arrival. Brad says that the family is relieved that, unlike many hospice patients, Kathy did not linger long, and the Lord brought her home quickly.

Tina Van Fleet, another friend and Artist Guild member wrote:

“This morning Kathy woke up in Paradise, sanctified and healed of her mortal illness forever.

I do not know the details, but she was home and prepared to pass through the valley of the shadow of death...it is only a shadow because she has now entered the glorious light of our Lord.

I grieve with you and reflect with you as we all know her so well in our hearts and minds...Kathy, a true minister of Hope was a gift to us for a short time…but time enough to believe even stronger in the holiness and dignity of living a life glorifying to God.

The standard has been set high by her life ..I pray we can honor her with a growing desire to grow closer to Jesus day by day.”

The pain of losing our dear Kathy is almost too much to bear. She was a special friend, one of my best friends, while here in Marianna. I will continue to cherish the prayers we had together and sitting at her feet in Bible study. I will also remember the times we did art together. She will really be missed but if she had to go, I’m glad she “flew away” to heaven. She will always hold a very special place in our hearts. How blessed the Wycoff family is to have had such a REMARKABLE woman, wife, grandmother and sister. WE WERE SO BLESSED TO HAVE HER AS A FRIEND AND ARTIST!

Her daughter, Kate, wrote just before her passing:

Today she is feeling joyful and that was such a joy to all of our hearts. She now seems emotionally ready to face this formidable enemy, death. I say enemy because Scripture says that “the last enemy to be swallowed up is death.” It is comforting to hear our Heavenly Father and Precious Jesus call death an enemy, don’t you think? He did not intend things to be this way! When I have said, “I just wish things could be different,” Bret has reminded me, “they will be!” Our hope is truly in Eternity...seated with Christ up above, in our Heavenly home. “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:54

Jeff and Ruthanne Allen of Marianna wrote:

As we read the care page last night telling of Kathy’s final hours and her arrival in Heaven, we were deeply saddened but yet joyful that she is home and free at last. We received a beautiful message when the scripture was read in our Sunday School class this morning that we will pass on to you. We believed these words of comfort were to be shared with all of you and not kept for ourselves alone. And here it is: Psalm 84 – “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God, Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young -a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God, Blessed are those who dwell in your house, they are ever praising you.” We hope that this scripture will bring comfort and assurance to you. We send our love and prayers.

Editor’s Note: This is a tragic story of a talented, brave woman who was struck with this terrible disease. She was a fighter, but she was not a survivor in this dreaded battle. She is an example of why it is so important that we all work to support in improving diagnosis, treatment and overcoming breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Month

The Jackson County Times will feature a breast cancer story each week during October.

By Sid Riley

Just hearing the words “Breast Cancer” spoken is enough to send a chill down a person’s spine. There are many stories out there, too many, of beautiful, productive women who have been suddenly stricken with this dreaded malady. Some stories end in happiness as the treatment is successful. They defeat the cancer and become survivors, other stories have tragic endings.

Each year the Jackson County Times runs a month long feature emphasizing the importance of continuing self examination and regular imaging in order to catch any developing problem as early as possible. We take pride in knowing we have been partially responsible for some detecting a cancer at its beginning phase, and thus helping the stricken woman beat the disease.

We encourage all of our readers to become active in this fight. If you are a woman, stay informed, engage in a proactive detection program, encourage other women you care about to do the same. If you are a man, donate to worthwhile charities and programs which are helping women fight this disease, and if possible, give of your time and talents to this effort.

It is our hope that some of the stories we will present this month will positively impact many of our readers.

“Willie Earl Goes to Washington”

As part of an ongoing program designed to honor the service of the living veterans who served in WW II, periodically a national program titled the “Honor Flight Network” coordinates sending planeloads of WWII veterans to Washington for special service recognition. Last Saturday, local businessman and civic leader, Willie Earl Paramore flew to Washington D.C. as part of this worthwhile program, in a “Wiregrass Honor Flight” of area WWII veterans.

A few days prior to his departure, Paramore stopped by the Jackson County Times offices to discuss the upcoming trip. He was excited about going, and was wearing a special Tee shirt and cap he had assembled for his trip to the capital. He proudly pointed to a service medal embroidered onto his cap, and with his usual dry humor he quipped, “This is for my Purple Heart which I earned in Germany when I cut my finger while opening a beer can.”

Saturday, September 26 was a whirlwind day for Willie Earl. After spending the night in Dothan, he was at the Dothan airport for a 7:30 departure of the charter flight. There were 272 aging, proud veterans from our area in the group. A special departure ceremony, complete with bands, military officials, honor guards, and many civilian supporters, was conducted as the group prepared to load the aircraft.

A couple of hours later, the plane landed in Baltimore, Maryland. As they disembarked from the aircraft another large group was waiting to greet these heroes. Water canons sprayed into the sky in their honor, several bands were playing, a huge crowd of military officials, honor guards, and almost everyone who was in the Baltimore airport greeted and applauded them as they made their way to waiting buses. “It couldn’t help but make you feel good to see people honoring you that way,” Paramore said humbly.

Then they arrived in Washington to participate in a special ceremony at the World War II memorial. There they were joined with other arriving honorees from four other “Honor Flights” from other areas of the nation. A lunch was served, and another greeting ceremony was conducted by military officials, politicians, and others. They were presented a special honors wreath with the notation “For the Courage and Valor of the Greatest Generation”.

Next, the vets were transported to Arlington Cemetery where another ceremony waited. Here, top ranking military officials presented each veteran with a special lapel medal, and a certificate recognizing their contributions to our nation. The certificate was signed by General Casey the Chief of Staff, and Pete Green, the Secretary of the Army.

Then the trip back to Dothan began. When the plane landed in Dothan, they were surprised to see another huge crowd of over 1000 waiting to greet them. A large military honor group from Fort Rucker as well as many civilians gave the returning patriots a meaningful return tribute. The event was filmed by WTVY, Dothan television, and was aired several times.

When asked how all of this special attention made him feel, in his usual humble manner Willie Earl said, “It made me feel very honored and proud, but heck, I wasn’t a hero, the war ended just as they were ready to send me to the Pacific for the invasion of Japan. Instead, I went to Germany and helped with the post war occupation work, but I wasn’t in combat. I’m not a hero”.

I assured Willie Earl that he WAS a hero. He was ready to serve his nation and to sacrifice his life if necessary at that time. That aspect of his service certainly qualifies him as a hero. Those of us who are from generations to follow feel deep gratitude and respect for those among us who are from “The Greatest Generation”.

Editor’s Note: In a coming issue we will present another story about Willie Earl Paramore, and his time in post war Germany and Austria….especially when he was at Hitler’s “Eagles Nest”.

Darn It!...We Lost Again!!

Historical Battle of Marianna Is Reenacted On The Streets Of Marianna, Where It Happened 145 Years Ago By Sid Riley

The “Marianna Day Fall Festival” which was held this past weekend was a resounding success, with an estimated 2000 attendees, an educational program which involved over 700 local students, and a menu of historical and cultural events which denoted our heritage and history, and two days filled with great music, food, and shopping. Event organizers were pleased with the overall participation over the two day event.

“We started the planning process for the event a little late, so we did not have time to do everything we would have done, but when you look at the total schedule of activities, we had great success”, stated Lionel Young, Organizing Committee Chairman. “Next year we will have more time to get parade participation lined up, and will have more time to get the word out to more communities over a larger drawing area.”

The event began on Friday with bus load after bus load delivering over 700 students to the educational exhibits and seminars conducted by the re-enactors as a “living history” exhibit of how every day needs were accomplished back in the 1850’s. These covered everything from a field hospital, to cooking, keeping clean, brushing teeth, wearing apparel, weapons, and how to load a cannon. Students came from as far away as Washington County. This very worthwhile element of the festival agenda was headed by Paige Creel.

Friday afternoon and evening, the vendors were busy while local musicians entertained the crowd.

Then things really began popping on Saturday morning. At nine o’clock the United Daughters of the Confederacy conducted a stirring memorial ceremony at Confederate Park in downtown Marianna, at the site of the Confederate Memorial Monument. This monument recognizes the valor and heroism of those who fought in defense of Marianna in 1864, and the fourteen who lost their lives in that effort. Nadine Standland was the Committee representative for this part of the festival activities.

At Saturday’s memorial service, as each of the ten names was called by Dr. Theopilus West, portrayed by Homer Hirt, a re-enactor portrayer stepped forward and told who he was, how he was killed during the battle, and where he is buried. It was stirring to hear the young teenager, Woody Nickels age 16, tell of his death, as well as Frank Allen, the 76 year old Greenwood deacon.

The memorial was followed by the parade. This event had around twenty five entries, highlighted by the Marianna Marching Band, and the local detachment of the Buffalo Soldiers, mounted as cavalry. Many of the local beauty queens rode atop beautiful automobiles and waved at the crowd as they passed. Among these was Alicia Hatcher, Miss National Peanut Festival.

Immediately after the parade, the historical re-enactment of the Battle of Marianna began, with over 120 uniformed and period dressed re-enactors participating. As the detachment of Union Soldiers rounded the bend in formation at Ely’s corner near the Russ House, one could not help but sense what the residents of Marianna mush have felt as they first viewed the oncoming invaders under the command of General Alexander Asboth.

The defenders waited behind a wagon and a hastily made barricade as the Yankees marched toward them on Lafayette Street. When the margin between the forces became reasonable, Colonel Alexander Montgomery gave the order to fire, and a blistering volley of rifle balls peppered the invaders. This initiated the battle.

As the Union force continued to advance, Montgomery ordered his defenders to fall back and reload. After each reload was completed, another order to fire sent a deadly volley down Lafayette. The Union forces continued their regimented return fire and advance. As the retreating defenders were in the street before the Episcopal Church, a second force of Union soldiers appeared in the street behind the retreating Home Guard force. Now they were caught between forces, receiving gunfire from both directions. This simulated the situation the actual defenders found themselves in when they retreated into the cemetery area behind the church on that terrible September morning in 1865. This was where most of the fatalities occurred.

In Saturday’s re-enactment, realizing the futility of continued opposition, Montgomery surrendered his sword in defeat to Asboth, and the captured Home Guard fighters were led as prisoners down Lafayette towards the court house.

As the prisoners and captors neared the center of town, they were attacked by another small contingent from the home guard, but after a brief skirmish at the court house, they too were defeated. (In the actual battle, the remaining portion of the local force managed to pull up the planking from the Chipola River Bridge while the local cavalry unit delayed the invaders. They managed to reach the East bank of the River and escape capture.)

After lunch, the blue grass festival cranked up out at Citizens Lodge Park. There were five different professional “Blue Grass Bands” which entertained until nine o’clock Saturday evening. The vendors were all selling food and wares, including several “sutler” venders who sold hand made items from the Civil War era. Meanwhile, inside the Citizens Lodge the Artist Guild of Northwest Florida had local art work on display.

At four o’clock the re-enactors took center stage again, this time in the fields of the park where they again staged a mock battle between a southern detachment, and a union detachment, accompanied by a cavalry support. Both sides also had an artillery force which repeatedly shot cannons at each other, with each shot landing and exploding in a very realistic pyrotechnic display. For over an hour the cannons, rifles, and pistols of the South fought against those of the North. No one is sure who actually won in this battle.

With the cannons repeatedly exchanging fire, and the foot soldiers marching and staging repeated encounters, while the cavalry unit charged into the foot soldiers with pistols blazing, it gave the observers a real feeling of being on a Civil War battlefield and facing combat. It was not a place you would have wanted to be.

Many of those who attended the events of the festival stated that they left with an enriched knowledge of what our ancestors accomplished, what their lives were really like, and a deepened appreciation for the horror of that terrible era in American History. It is estimated that approximately 2000 attended the two day event, not including the 700 area students who had a great field trip which increased their knowledge of the Civil War period.

The formation of a Fall Festival had been a goal of several local leaders, including Chuck Hatcher, Director Of Parks and Recreation for the County, and Charlotte Bruner, Director of Main Street Marianna. Similarly, others who are involved with the history of our area including Robert Daffin, Ashley Pollette, Stan Peacock, Larry Clere, and Sid Riley had wished to organize a reenactment of the Battle of Marianna. Chuck Hatcher then realized that if the two groups were combined, a meaningful fall festival event could be created.

Organizers were very pleased with the event. “We want to especially thank the TDC, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, Marianna City Commissioners, Main Street Marianna, and Jackson County Parks and Recreation for their great support,” stated Lionel Young. “We look forward to making the event even bigger and better next year.”

Driveway Beating in Cottondale Turns Into Murder

76 Year old Alfred Delk dies from horrific beating

By Sid Riley

The friends and relatives of Cottondale resident Alfred Delk are shocked and saddened by the series of events which led to his death last week. Delk was apparently attacked at his home by at least three assailants in what appears to be a robbery attempt. The severely battered Delk was somehow able to stumble to his automobile and after repeatedly honking his horn, summoned aid.

He was rushed to Southeast General in Dothan for emergency treatment. It is reported that he was severely beaten about the head, with repeated blows and kicks. He suffered severe concussions which led to his death on Thursday.

Cottondale Police Chief William Watford says the results of an autopsy are pending.

Three suspects have been arrested and are housed in the Jackson County jail. They are Joshua Pullum, Willie Lloyd, and Kendrick Brown, all of Marianna.

Delk was a widower, and retired from a 20 year military career in the Marines. He has two sons and two daughters and seven grand children, many of whom live in the area.

Folsom’s Celebrate 70TH Wedding Anniversary

Editor’s Note: After this story was submitted to the Jackson County Times and scheduled for publication, Mrs. Folsom passed away. Her obituary is presented in this issue. We decided to go ahead and present this story of happiness as the family recognized Ray and Mildred for their wonderful marriage. We are glad the family had the opportunity to celebrate their life together before her unfortunate death this Monday.

Ray Melvin Folsom and Annie Mildred Cloud were married on September 15, 1939 at the Calhoun County Courthouse, Blountstown Florida. During their wonderful blessed 70 years of marriage they have lived most all their life in Jackson County. Ray is the son of late Remer Ellis Folsom and Mamie Mercer Daniels. Mildred is the daughter of the late James “Jim” and Annie Vester Cloud. Shortly after marriage the Folsom’s built their lifelong home, raised their family of three and were faithful members of the community. Ray and Mildred are lifetime members of Dellwood Baptist Church, Dellwood Fl. and each are retirees from Florida State Hospital, Chattahoochee, FL.

Ray and Mildred’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren surprised them with a covered dish luncheon on Sunday, September 13, to honor and celebrate their wedding anniversary, reminiscing about the earlier years, and about the good and bad times. The family had a special time of expressing their love and gratitude to them for setting such wonderful examples of what life and love is supposed to be.

The Folsom’s have three children two sons Jerry and Jimmy and a daughter Jan. The Folsom’s have been blessed with six grandchildren, twelve great- grandchildren, and one great- great grandchild.

“Max” Basford Won’t Let Dawn Crews Outdo Him!

Jackson County citizen makes “Pennies for Pencils” donation from pocket change jug….”Just like Dawn Crews did”

This week Max Basford came into the offices of the Jackson County Times with a jug full of pocket change. “I couldn’t stand it when my ole buddy Dawn Crews came in and gave you his jug of coins……I had to at least match him!”, he stated as he poured his coins into the collection canister.

The needy children of our county, and the Jackson County Times thanks them both.


Those will be frequent sounds in Marianna this weekend as the Re-enactment of the Battle Of Marianna begins!

By Sid Riley

It begins Friday morning with “Living History” demonstrations for area school children at the Civil War encampment at Citizens Lodge Park. These are open to the public Friday afternoon. At 4:00 the soldiers will put on a drill demonstration followed by a cannonade. Musical entertainment will be on the stage Friday evening, and vendors will be there selling a wide variety of products and food.

The real action starts Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. with a special ceremony with historical characters as the Confederate Monument Memorial Ceremony is conducted. Then strike up the bands and watch the Marianna Day Parade. Immediately behind the parade the war starts!

Beginning at the point of first conflict between the valiant “Home Guard” and the invading Yankee forces coming from the West, at Ely Corner in front of the Russ House, the battle will progress down Lafayette to the Episcopal Church where the major battle occurred, ending with the burning of the church. Finally, in a holding action, another conflict occurred on the lawn of the old court house, in order to give the fleeing ruminants of the Home Guard time to escape across the Chipola River Bridge.

After the downtown events have ended, the crowd will move out to Citizens Lodge Park for the Marianna Day Bluegrass Festival. Locally produced arts and crafts will be on display and for sale in the Lodge, vendors will be selling a wide variety of unusual bargains and food vendors will be making the entire valley smell like a delicious kitchen. The soldiers will be doing their routines at their encampment, and five well known Blue Grass Bands have been escorted into town to entertain the crowd from noon until late that evening.

It will be a great weekend, filled with history, local culture, great music, great food, excitement, and fun! Be There! Friday’s events are free. Saturday there is a $3.00 per person charge. Off site parking and shuttle service will be used when the main lot fills.

Meet Daisy Morgan Hadley, An American Patriot

By Sid Riley

Last weekend Daisy Morgan Hadley came home to Jackson County to spend a night with her family.  She and a lifelong friend Joyce Ward were on their way to Mobile for a huge reunion of the crews of the USS Lexington, which is one of the most decorated vessels in the history of  the U.S. Navy.  Daisy and Joyce  met when they were shipmates on this great aircraft carrier.  In fact, they were both among the first women to serve on the ship. 

They boarded the ship in 1981 with a contingent of only 300 women among the crew of 1500. Daisy has been nationally recognized and entered into historical records as being the first black Petty Officer to serve on  the ship. The Lexington was retired in 1992. During WWII the Lexington played a key role in the battles against Japan throughout the Pacific. The Lexington CV2 was luckily out of harbor on assignment when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor. During the following months the ship was actively engaged in several battles before it was sunk by a Japanese Kamikaze at the Battle of Coral Sea in 1942. The navy commissioned a new aircraft carrier nearing completion, a CV 16 class, as the new Lexington in February of 1943. Known as the “Blue Ghost” the Lexington was reported in error as sunk on five occasions by the Japanese military. That was the ship Daisy served on. The ship was retired to a historical berth at Corpus Christi, Texas in 1991.

Daisy is part of the renowned Jackson County, Morgan family which has been revered as an example of  what a properly guided family environment can accomplish.  Daisy’s parents, Annie and Walter Morgan, Sr., reared eighteen children here in Jackson County.  All eighteen received a high school diploma, and most of them attended college.  Everyone who has attended Marianna High School during the  past   three decades had a Morgan as a schoolmate.  The Morgan’s are a hard working, Christian family group, contributing  significantly to our area and to our nation.

After leaving Marianna High School Daisy entered the Job Corps and worked and studied in Keystone Pennsylvania. She then enlisted in the Navy in Houston in 1971. She endured basic training in Bainbridge, Maryland and then she really began to “see the world”, true to their recruitment advertising. She served at numerous duty stations including Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Germany, London England, Balston Spa, N.Y., and ship duty on the USS Lexington, She is now retired from the navy, but she works as a NROTC instructor at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland.

While she was stationed in Germany she met an army man from Chicago, Frank Hadley. After a proper courtship, he finally proposed to Daisy one day in the chow hall. Daisy accepted, but scolded him, saying, “You are supposed to take me out to dinner and then ask me…..not do it in a chow hall!” But the marriage has worked, and they have two sons who are currently enrolled in college....appropriately at “Morgan State University”.

When Daisy and Joyce arrived at the Morgan family home on Thursday afternoon, they were excited about some retired military men they had met in the Atlanta airport while on their way south. These men were returning from their own military reunion when they began to talk with Daisy and Joyce. It seems these men were part of the crew of Jimmy Doolittle whose brave flyers flew huge B-25’s from the deck of the USS Hornet in a daring raid on Tokyo as our first retribution for Pearl Harbor.

Daisy and Joyce enjoyed a great meal and evening with the Morgan family, and left the next morning for Mobile, and their reunion with old shipmates from the historic aircraft carrier on which they served our nation. We can be assured the Morgan family is very proud of Daisy, and all of us here in Jackson County should also be very proud that this American Patriot was reared in our community.

Florida Public Utilities Announces Intent To Raise Electric Rates….Again!

FPU rates to increase another 13.8% in January.
By Sid Riley
Do you think your electric bills have risen to an unbelievable level during the past eighteen months? Then you may be surprised when you see it take another huge jump this January. Many households and local businesses are already struggling desperately with the existing high costs, and this latest increase will only worsen their dilemmas.

Mr. Buddy Shelley, General Manager of this district for FPU has announced that their company has filed a “purchased power cost adjustment” with the Florida Public Service Commission for the increase. The stated reason for the need for this increase is the fact that the company which sells produced power to FPU, Southern Company’s Gulf Power, has increased the cost it sells power to FPU, and this cost must be passed on to the consumer.

Southern Company states that it was forced to install new “scrubbers” at their production plants as part of the “green” movement, EPA emission requirements. These devices cost millions of dollars, and Southern Company is passing that cost on to the companies which purchase power from them. These companies then pass that cost on to the consumer…..so we will be paying for EPA, federally required scrubbers in our new, higher power bills. Also, FPU claims that during 2009 it actually undercharged its customers approximately $1.7 million dollars for purchased power.

FPU states that under the new, higher rates a house using 1000 KWH per month will see the monthly basic power cost go from $132 per month to $150 per month, not including the associated state and local fees and taxes. So, if you take your existing monthly bill and multiply it by 1.15% you will approximate what your bill will become when this new rate increase is imposed.

Mr. Shelley urges customers to utilize services which FPU has available to assist families in conservation practices to hold usage to a minimum. Additionally, several payment programs are available to qualified customers.

Local Businessman Starts Petition To Change Marianna Sign Ordinance

Thomas Bower leads effort to change existing rules
By Sid Riley

A petition is being circulated among existing businesses in Marianna in an effort to force changes to the existing sign ordinances which restrict the free choice of businesses regarding how they present their establishments to the public. Local citizen and businessman, Thomas Bower is leading
this effort.

The City Commission “tweaked” the sign ordinance last year in an effort to satisfy criticism of what many feel are overly restrictive, anti-business regulations which were imposed many years ago. Many feel this “tweaking” did not go far enough, and did not resolve the problems faced by many businesses in Marianna.

The petition calls upon the City of Marianna to modify the existing sign ordinances for the following reasons:

1. As it is written, the current sign ordinance restrains the normal operation of a business, making it difficult / impossible to operate.

2. The current law discourages updating or replacing obsolete or time-worn signs since any modification would fall under the new law. Modern electronic or even lighted signs are discouraged.

3. The sign regulations are modeled after cities unlike Marianna and do not serve or reflect the business needs of a small, rural town. Signs of conventional size and design for any other area are not allowed.

4. The current law does not make allowance for promotions or ‘sales’ except with the express permission from the city.

5. The current sign ordinance discourages new businesses and sends a message to any prospective business that Marianna offers an anti-business atmosphere.

6. Heavy-handed enforcement tactics convey the distinct impression that the City is against fostering any efforts of a business to prosper.

7. The sign regulations are among the reasons an increasing number of businesses find need to relocate outside the City’s restrictive atmosphere.

8. Input from business owners was never sought nor encouraged. The new regulations should allow input from persons currently operating businesses within Marianna.

At this time, we do not know how many local businesses have joined this effort by signing this petition. For more information, contact Thomas Bower at 526-1084.

Monthly Marianna Tea Party Meeting Another Huge Success

Guest Speaker, Rebecca O’Dell Townsend, gives an impressive address to over 200 attendees. By Sid Riley

The ‘Concerned American Patriots’ , the local element of the national Tea Party movement had their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening. The guest speaker for this event was Rebecca O’Dell Townsend, a St. Petersburg appellate attorney who practices before the U.S. Supreme Court. She delivered a very informative and stirring address on the history of the U.S. Constitution, how it evolved, what the founder’s intentions were, and how it has been distorted and abused by our government bodies since the nation began. This subject was very appropriate, since this was ‘U.S. Constitution’ week.

Over 200 patriotic and concerned local citizens assembled at the agricultural center on Highway 90 to demonstrate their willing involvement in protecting our rights and limiting the powers and continuing intrusion into their lives by governments. They signed political issue petitions, socialized, and listened to the inspiring speech delivered by the speaker.

“Every politician and appointee takes an oath of office”, she rigorously stated. “Within these oaths there is always a clause which includes the words, ‘I promise to defend and uphold the constitution of the United States’. In accepting this requirement they pledge to uphold the precepts of the Constitution even if legislated laws and Court rulings create actions which are in violation of the ideals specified in the Constitution. This is where our officials fail to meet the promises they made as they took those oaths”.

She stated that the promise to provide health care, housing, food, or even education does not exist in the Constitution. These are all man-made, legislated social programs with no constitutional foundation.

Rebecca reviewed how the Constitution had evolved from Anglo-Saxon laws and the experiences of our founders with the tyranny of the governments of England and Europe which were monarchies and dictatorships. She explained where the term “inalienable rights’ originated in the Magna Carta. After describing in detail the noble intentions of our founding fathers, their fear of the new nation evolving into a nation with an overpowering, oppressive federal government, and how they had attempted to severely limit the growth and power of the federal government, she detailed how they had ultimately failed in that attempt.

She challenged the audience to first become completely informed about the U.S. Constitution and the rights and limitations it represents. Then she encouraged them to inform others. Then she encouraged only voting for candidates who pledge to adhere to the Constitution as written. She also strongly encouraged the reading of “The 5000 Year Leap” by Cleon Skousen.

The meeting adjourned on schedule at 8:00 PM, but the crowd left better informed, and even more inspired to restore our nation to the kind of nation our forefathers wanted it to become. Once again, no locally elected officials attended the meeting.

Remembering the Battle of Marianna

By Dale Cox

Sunday will mark the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Marianna and while the weekend’s activities will likely generate a festive atmosphere, it is also important to remember that the original battle was a tragic affair. In fact, September 27, 1864, was the deadliest day in the history of Jackson County.

Union troops attacked the city at the end of a raid that was the deepest penetration of Florida by the U.S. Army during the entire Civil War. The raid began at Pensacola on September 18, 1864, and followed a longer route than Sherman’s March to the Sea. By the time the Federal soldiers returned to their base, they had inflicted more damage on the economies of Jackson, Washington, Walton and Holmes Counties than was sustained by any other counties in Florida. In just one day, Marianna saw 25% of its men and boys killed, wounded or taken as prisoners of war. The fighting that took place at Marianna in the fall of 1864 was deadly and serious.

The first shots of the battle were fired about three miles northwest of town along the banks of a small swampy stream then known as Hopkins Branch. Three companies of Confederate cavalry, commanded in person by Colonel Alexander B. Montgomery, tried to hold back the advancing Union troops. The Union commander, Brigadier General Alexander Asboth, ordered his men to charge. Montgomery and his Southern horsemen were slowly driven back towards Marianna, fighting as they went.

As the two forces approached town, the Confederate cavalry broke off the fight and withdrew to Ely Corner (today’s intersection of Lafayette and Russ Streets), then the western edge of Marianna. There they formed into a line of battle to once again resist the approaching Union column.

Behind them, along both sides of the street, local men and boys took up positions behind fences, trees and in buildings with shotguns, old muskets and a few modern rifles. They put a barricade of wagons across Lafayette Street to slow down any attempt by Asboth’s soldiers to charge down the road and quietly waited in ambush.

The fighting resumed when Major Nathan Cutler’s battalion of the 2nd Maine Cavalry approached Ely Corner from the west while another part of Asboth’s command flanked the defenders by riding around the northern edge of town.

Colonel Montgomery and his mounted men drove back the first Union attack, but before they could reload their muzzle-loading weapons, General Asboth ordered more of his men to charge. They thundered around the corner, driving the Confederate cavalry down the street and past the barricade. As the Federal troops followed, they were suddenly ambushed by the local men and boys hidden along the sides of the street.

Over the next 30 minutes, fighting spread from Ely Corner all the way to the Chipola River. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and two nearby homes were burned to the ground. The Confederate forces were defeated after a deadly fight that men of both sides described as one of the most severe of the war for its size.

Ten Confederates and 8 Federals were killed or mortally wounded. Another 16 Southern and 19 Union soldiers were wounded. Four dozen local men and boys and ten Northern soldiers were taken prisoner. Both forces suffered heavily.

The town was severely looted during the evening before the Union column turned back to Pensacola the next morning, its objectives achieved.

Editor’s Note: To learn more about the real Battle of Marianna please visit www.battleofmarianna.com or pick up a copy of Dale Cox’s book, The Battle of Marianna, Florida. His books are available locally at Chipola River Book and Tea in downtown Marianna or online at www.amazon.com.

FCI Warden To Be Transferred

Ike Eichenlaub Promoted to Regional Director By Sid Riley
In breaking news at press time, the Jackson County Times has learned that the existing warden at Marianna FCI, Ike Eichenlaub, will be transferred during November to fill the position of Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region. His replacement has not been named.

“Woodmen of the World”, Putting Patriotism on Display In Jackson County

Local organization is making a mark in Jackson County. By Sid Riley

The local “Woodmen of the World” organization is unique in its format, purpose, and operation. First, it is a nonprofit organization formed to offer its membership a variety of insurance options. The costs are very competitive to the participants since it is a nonprofit organization owned by its members.

Secondly, it is an organization which engages in numerous civic activities such as special fund drives for worthwhile causes, scholarships, sponsorships, and other local and national needs. Thirdly, it is a nonpartisan patriotic organization.

A very worthwhile mission of the group is to encourage the display and observance of the American Flag. Since that terrible attack on our nation on 9/11/01, they have used that date as the keystone of their patriotic programs. Here in Jackson County, since 9/11/01 they have sponsored the following on September 11:

♦ 2002 - Donated and dedicated new flag pole and flag for Sneads Police Station

♦ 2005 - Donated $500 and new flag to every Volunteer Fire Department in Jackson Co.

♦ 2006 - Donated and dedicated new flag pole and flag for the City of Cottondale and the Fire Department.

♦ 2007 - Donated and dedicated new flag pole and flag for Fire and Rescue Station #1.

♦ 2008 - Donated and dedicated new flag pole and flag for Malone Volunteer Fire Department.

♦ 2009 - Donated and dedicated new flag pole and flag for new Emergency Operations Center in Marianna.

The latest dedication occurred two weeks ago in a stirring ceremony entitled “Honor and Remembrance – Woodmen of the World Salutes America’s Heroes”, at the new EOC facility. All local officials were present along with State Representatives Marti Coley and Brad Drake. We should all be very thankful for the contributions to our national spirit as well as our local communities the “Woodmen of the World” has provided.

Woodmen of the World is a fraternal benefit organization which was founded in 1890. It offers its membership insurance protection, financial security, and fraternal benefits. Nearly 800,000 Woodmen of the World members across the nation share a commitment to family, community, and family.

If you would like to learn more about this organization call JoAnn at (850) 272-0815 or jctruette@woodmen.org.

6TH Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium

Educational Opportunity on the 2nd Leading Cause of Cancer Death in Women

It will be an elegant, pink confectioned evening, focused on women who want to learn more about preventing Breast Cancer. The program speakers will be world renowned and supper this year will be served to you. This and more is what you’ll find at the 6th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium, Thursday, October 22, 2009. This resource-rich program begins at 5:30pm in the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center located at 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna.

In its 6th year, the Symposium is the only event of its kind designed to raise awareness about Breast Cancer. The event is brought to the community, free-of-charge, by Jackson Hospital, North Florida Cancer Care, Jackson County Health Department, Luana Granger Ramsey, WTVY, and Oglesby Plants International Inc.

Leading the emphasis for the annual symposium is Marianna’s own Mrs. Lanet James. Jackson Hospital, for the sixth year, is a key sponsor of this program providing education to the community about the second leading cause of cancer death in women: breast cancer. The guest speakers for the symposium will be Dr. Kirby Bland; Fay Fletcher Kerner Professor and Chairman Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine; Emily Burke, MS Certified Genetic Counselor, Genomic Science Liaison, Genomic Health, Inc.; and Lucille Lathem, Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund Educator.

Advance registration is requested as seating is limited. For reservations, call the Breast Cancer Symposium Line at (850)718-2884, to leave the names and phone numbers of those attending in your party. We regret that we will be unable to return individual registration calls due to the high volume of participants.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for nursing professionals.

Jackson Hospital received the 2006 Patient Champion Award from the American Cancer Society in recognition of outstanding staff and volunteer commitment for serving cancer patients. This award recognizes the pursuit of the Hospital’s mission: provide the highest quality healthcare to those it serves, enhancing life in a compassionate environment. The hospital counts Jackson County and neighboring counties as its service area. 

Jackson Hospital, a top 100 Hospital in the nation according to Thomson Healthcare, is the only Florida hospital in its size category to be a two-consecutive year Performance Improvement Leaders award winner.  The Hospital provides a wide variety of medical, surgical, and emergency care services from its main location in Marianna at 4250 Hospital Drive.  For details about Jackson Hospital’s capabilities, visit www.jacksonhosp.com.

If you would like more information about this topic, schedule an interview with Lanet James, or take a tour of the Breast Cancer Closet at Jackson Hospital, please call Rosie at 850/718-2696 or email her at rsmith@jackhosp.org.

9-11 Memorial Conducted by "Concerned American Patriots"

"Tea Party" group holds memorial service on Court House steps
By Sid Riley
Approximately 100 local citizens took time on a busy Saturday morning to stand in a sprinkling rain to say prayers of memory for those thousands of innocent men, women, and children, who lost their lives during that dastardly attack by Muslim extremists on our homeland eight years ago. They vowed to dedicate their energies to restoring America to what it has been in decades past, and to support the protection of our citizens and defense of our nation.
After an opening prayer delivered by Reverend "Cap" Pooser, the group recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and sang the national anthem. A speaker phone conversation with Elaine Thompson, who was in Washington at the national tea party march on Washington, updated the group on the huge crowds which were assembling there.
A patriotic and inspirational address was presented by Rev. Gary Cook of the Shady Grove Pentecostal Church. He spoke on how complacency, created out of affluence, had created the environment which allowed the 9-11 attack to be successful. He reminded the crowd of the fact that "We do not work for the Government, the Government should be working for us!" He stated that our jobs nationally and locally have been allowed to go to China. He reminded of the good jobs which once existed here from Russell Corp., Lehigh Furniture, West Point Pepperell, and other companies. " All we have left are jobs in Correctional Facilities, and not everyone wants to work in a prison", he stated. "Government jobs are about all that is left, and if we all work for the government, we have communism."
He reminded attendees that the most powerful weapons we have left are the rights to free speech, the right to assembly, the right to bear arms, and our VOTE! He urged getting rid of all representatives who do not really represent the wishes of the people they represent.
He was followed by Rev. Eddie Eaton, of Bonifay’s West Pittman Baptist Church. Eaton gave an interesting update on the situation at Pace High, where the ACLU has filed criminal contempt charges against two educators who dared say a blessing at a banquet being held as part of a fund raising effort. He told how the ACLU had initially coerced the Department of Education in Tallahassee, along with their legal staff, to accept and promote a set of rules of religious conduct for educators to follow. These rules were adopted by most school boards in the state….so the school officials "rolled over" for the ACLU.
According to Rev. Eaton, these rules prohibit an educator from lowering his head in a silent prayer before a meal or any other occasion, on school property, even if he is sitting alone.
Additionally, the educator can not pause out of respect if they pass a student with their head bowed in personal prayer. Of course, prayers are banned before or during any athletic, social, or formal school event.
Eaton related how the first test case at Pace was a teacher who had her husband say a blessing at a banquet being held in recognition of school support staff. A trial ensued with eleven ACLU lawyers presenting arguments, while the teacher only had one lawyer. After ten hours of testimony, the judge ruled in favor of the teacher.
Next came the ACLU case against the two Pace coaches, each with over 30 years of service to the school system. They have been told by the State DOE they will lose their pensions if they lose this case. The case will begin proceedings on Thursday, the day this paper is distributed. A "Right To Pray Defense Fund" has been created. Here in Jackson County, we have already raised over $1700 to help them.
Eaton urged the crowd to action. "It is time we reclaimed our rights, and return reason to our school system," he exclaimed. He urged the crowd to look up the Northwest Ordinance of 1789 which was passed unanimously by the same group of legislators who created the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This legislation instructs new school systems being created in new states to (1) Teach religion, (2) Teach morality, and (3) Teach knowledge. "The courts have ignored this philosophy as they rendered the liberal doctrines which have helped ruin our culture and schools today", Eaton stated.
At the end of the meeting, numerous local Pastors who were in attendance were recognized. Someone in the crowd asked, "How many of our local elected officials are here?" When there was no response, he stated, "Point Made!" as the crowd responded.
The "Concerned American Patriots" will hold their next regular meeting at the Agicultrual Center at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 21.

Democratic Party "Parties" in Jackson County Annual "Blues and Boots" fund raising bash is big success.


By Sid Riley
Last Thursday evening, September 10, the Democratic Party came to Jackson County in a big way. The occasion was their annual "Blues and Boots" fund raising bash which was held at the Agricultural Center in Marianna. The speakers list was full of state and federal political stars in the Democratic Party line up.
Most of the local elected officials who are part of the Democratic Party, and a bevy of Democratic candidates. The candidates included David Pleat who is running for the District 7 seat in the State House of Representatives, (which is now occupied by Marti Coley); Curtis Richardson and Loranne Ausley, candidates for State Senate, District 6; Randy Hatch and Rick Minton, candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture, and Attorney General candidates Dave Aronberg and Dan Gelber.
Our local Democratic Chairperson Judy Mount who has assumed the role of the 2nd Congressional District 2 and the 2nd Vice Chairperson for the entire State of Florida served as Master of Ceremonies for the introduction of honored guests and speakers. Judy began with an overview of the upcoming campaigns, and then allowed each candidate the opportunity to present their platforms and philosophies to the audience.
The program began with a prayer delivered by Pastor Debra Wooten, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and then the song, "America the Beautiful" was sung by Pastor Katie Brown. Next, Judy Mount welcomed the crowd and recognized dignitaries and elected officials in the audience.
The blessing of the meal was provided by Rev. Isiah Morgan, and then the multitude enjoyed a meal of delicious bar-b-que pork, provided by Twyla Sims at Trinity Service Group, with sides contributed by Cornerstone Restaurant.
After the meal, the program resumed, with each candidate speaking an allotted time. The music for the evening was provided by the Royce Reagan Orchestra, locally known as "The Original Artist".
Most importantly, a sizable treasure chest of donated funds was garnered during the evening. These will be used to further the ‘Democratic Cause’ in the battles to come.

"Meet Millie" Millie Saylor, Recognizing a Lifetime of Service

By Sid Riley
"What can I get for you?"
If you have lived very long in the Marianna area, the probabilities are very high that Millie Saylor has said that to you at least on one occasion, and more probably she has said it to you numerous times.
Millie McMillan was raised in Sneads and attended Sneads High School. She is the daughter of Pete and Ruby McMillan. Millie has one daughter, two grand children, and three great grand children.
Millie began working as a waitress in Marianna at the tender age of 16, in 1958. Since then she states she has worked in every major restaurant in town, except for Tony’s and The Caravan.
That first job when she was just a teenager was at Padgetts Café. She then went to work for Joe Pittman at his restaurant in the old Marianna Greyhound Bus Station. He initially was hesitant to hire her because she looked "too young".
Next, Millie moved to Hightower’s Drug Store, and then The Plantation House where she worked for several years for Dallas and Margaret Malloy, as their hostess. Then she began working as hostess at the Holiday Inn on Highway 90 West. She was lured away from that job when Ruby Gelzer, who was manager of the newly opened Jim’s Steak House, offered her a position as assistant manager. She worked for Jim Harkins at the Steak House from 1974 until 1982.
That changed when one day an out of town customer began flirting with her one Saturday morning, while she was at work in the restaurant. After a proper courtship, that man, Gene Saylor, finally made a proposal Millie could not refuse, and they were soon married and on their way to a life in Texas. Millie lived in Texas for eight years.
Millie and her daughter Pam returned to Marianna in 1990, and she went to work in the Sunland Food Service Department. From that she moved to the newly opened Sports Bar and Grill, and then to the Waffle Iron as manager, working for Foster Jennings. Then Alan Harkins who had just taken over management of Jim’s Steak House from his father, Jim Harkins, called and asked Millie to come and work for him. Millie was still working there when the restaurant was sold to Tarek Gad and Maria Andromidas, who changed the name to Jim’s Buffet and Grill.
Today, Millie is very happy working for Maria, a relationship still strong after five years of involvement.
Looking back over a varied and long life in the food service industry in Marianna, Millie is proud of the relationships she has developed with many business leaders in the area. "There are not many people in town who do not know Millie", states her former employer, Jim Harkins. "Millie is dependable, honest, and is one of those rare people who always seems to be in a happy mood. She has always been an outstanding employee."
Her current employer, Maria Andromidas, states that Millie is a key ingredient of their existing team. "Millie always does her very, very best to please her customers. She is devoted to the success of the restaurant, and making the experience of dining as pleasant as possible for the customer".
Millie says she has always enjoyed her work, and would not have wanted to do anything else. Her biggest tip ever was a $100 bill, which gave her a thrill when she received it.
So today, Millie is still going strong. If you stop in at Jim’s Buffet and Grill the chances are good Millie will greet you while you are there. If so, you will be privileged to having been served by one of the best and most experienced waitresses in Marianna.
P.S. In case you didn’t know, "Meet Millie" was a Radio and TV series from the early 1950’s.

"Business Spotlight" Cottondale Has New Realty Company

Mundy’s Realty Now Open and Doing Business.
By Sid Riley
The real estate market may be in a recessed condition at this time, but that fact has not diminished the enthusiasm Dennis Mundy has for becoming a realtor in Jackson County. He has just opened "MUNDY’S REALTY " at 3185 Main Street in Cottondale.
Mundy moved to Jackson County three years ago after having lived in Spring Hill, Florida area for several years. He was part owner of a real estate business there but for years he has desired to relocate to this area.
So, after over 25 years of experience in real estate, he finally decided to make the move to the Panhandle. Initially Dennis worked with K.B. Conner Realty prior to opening his own firm two months ago. His desire is to focus on the local market.
Dennis has had a varied and interesting background. He is a Viet Nam Veteran having served in the Army. He has been very involved in community activities where he lived: serving two terms as the Chamber of Commerce President, Chairman of local zoning board, two-time President of the local Lions Club, a former member of the Kiwanis, Fl. Sertoma Club, Past President of the Police Benevolent Association, a volunteer fireman for 17 years , as well as being an active realtor. Dennis plans to now devote himself to community work in Cottondale and Jackson & surrounding Counties.
Dennis says his wife, Dorothy, is a retired Registered Nurse who now devotes her skills and time to raising AKC Poodles ["Dream Catcher Poodles"] and rescuing anything from baby birds to turtles.
So, if you own or would like to own property in the Cottondale area or anywhere local, Dennis is waiting for your call at: MUNDY’S REALTY.
His number is: 352-2300 [office], 850-867-4148 [cell] or contact him at: dmundy1@earthlink.net or dennisrm@embarqmail.com

Name of Marianna Police Officer Who Shot and Killed Suspect is Released

Marianna Chief of Police Hayes Baggett released this addendum to the press release given by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement regarding the Officer involved shooting that occurred within the city limits of Marianna on Friday, September 04, 2009. The Officer involved was K-9 Officer Bliss Moreau. Officer Moreau is currently on paid administrative leave and once he is medically cleared he will return to duty.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting the investigation into the Officer-involved shooting. After a short chase and alleged attempt to ram the police cruiser, Officer Moreau fired his weapon into the vehicle fatally striking the driver, Marianna resident Mark Daniels. Daniels was unarmed. The results of the investigation will be submitted to the 14th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office for review.

Cottondale Man Severely Beaten in Driveway

He remains in "Serious" condition at Southeast General Hospital
By Sid Riley
On Monday evening or early Tuesday morning a Cottondale resident was badly beaten while sitting in his automobile in the driveway of his home. Residents in the area contacted the Cottondale Police around 1:00 AM Tuesday morning, complaining about the noise being created from a repeatedly honking horn.
When the police responded they found Al Delk, age 77 sitting alone in his car in a badly beaten state and barely conscious. He had managed to honk his horn in an effort to summon help, but the officers are not sure how long he had been in the vehicle. Delk was immediately taken to Southeast General Hospital in Dothan, where he remains in serious condition. He was unable to communicate with the police at the scene, but it is hoped he will soon be able to assist in identification of his assailant.
Delk served a full career in the military, and is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. His wife died earlier this year.
Last week another elderly man was similarly beaten and robbed on a road east of Graceville.
At the present time there is no certainty of a connection between these two similar incidents.

New Flag Display Dedicated At EOC Building


New flag pole is appropriately dedicated on 9-11

By Sid Riley
The first day the flag flew at the new EOC building on the new flag pole located just north of the entrance…it flew at half mast. It seemed appropriate to dedicate the flag on the occasion of the eighth anniversary of that terrible day when our nation was attacked by Islamic extremist and thousands of innocent men, women, and children died.
The flag was momentarily hoisted to full staff by the honor guard, then slowly lowered to the half staff position. The assembled crowd of approximately one hundred dignitaries, citizens, and media stood somberly at attention, observing this act of tribute to those who lost their lives.
EOC Director, Rodney Andreasen began by introducing the many dignitaries in the audience, which included State Representatives Marti Coley and Brad Drake, and most of the County Officers and Department Heads. Sheriff Lou Roberts gave the dedication address, speaking on the meaning of the flag and its importance to our nation for what it represents.
The flag was then officially dedicated with the playing of the National Anthem and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was a patriotic, well presented ceremony.

Marianna Day Parade, Festival and Battle Re-Enactment is "Shaping Up"


By Sid Riley
The "Marianna Day" fall festival is taking shape as organizations, bands, politicians, and businesses plan for their entries in the Parade, and vendors are signing up daily for booths to sell their foods and wares.
A four person contingent from Jackson County is busy promoting the September 25-26 "Marianna day" Fall Festival by making numerous television appearances in the Florida Panhandle area. Charlotte Bruner, Director of Main Street Marianna, Chuck Hatcher, Director of Jackson County Parks and Recreation, and Re-enactors Lionel and Sheila Young form a four person presentation encouraging people to come to Marianna for the unique event.
They are appearing on CCTV Chipola Channel 4, The Morning Show on WJHG Channel 7 in Panama City, St. George Island Television, The Ann Varnum Show on WTVY Channel 4 in Dothan, and In The Spotlight on WCTV in Tallahassee. The festival is also being promoted in radio spots in community bulletins throughout the tri-state area.
Over 120 Civil War Re-enactors will be here to replay that horrible day in 1864 when Marianna’s valiant Home Guard was conquered by an invading Yankee force from Pensacola. This downtown reenactment will be preceded by a Memorial Ceremony at the Confederate Memorial in Downtown Marianna, and a Marianna Day Parade. At Citizen Lodge Park a great festival will be held with five foot stomping Bluegrass Music bands, more re-enactment activity, a "living history" encampment, arts and crafts display, and many food and crafts vendors.
If you are not a participant in parades or vendor, then you need to be sure and schedule yourself and your family to be in the area on the weekend of September 25-26, so that you can experience this historical event. Things will be booming all day Friday and Saturday as the cannons fire at the "living history" campground out at Citizens Lodge Park.
The Marianna Day Festival will offer a unique blend of excitement, festival atmosphere, and learning about our history. Plan to come.