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Shelia Mader

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Cottondale wins on homecoming night

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Cottondale has found a way to win, win, win this year, improving to 6-1 last Friday night after a solid 32-8 win over the Wewa Gators.  The win was even sweeter because it was the Hornets homecoming week and what better way to cap off homecoming week than with a win!  

Cottondale scored first to make it an 8-0 game with Wewa coming back to tie it up at eight.  Cottondale hunkered down defensively and shut out the Gators for the remaining three quarters of the game, while their offense continued to mount a lead.  The Hornets added another touchdown in the first quarter, going up 16-8.  Neither team managed to cross into the promised land in the second quarter.

Coach Tyler Addison must have had some words of wisdom and motivation for the players at the half because they came out with a gleam in their eyes that let everyone know they were in it to win it.  The gleam was justified in the end as Cottondale added a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters to make it a 32-8 homecoming win.  

Cameron Brooks was one of four passing for ten yards, but excelled on the ground.  Brooks led the team with 216 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.  Dominique Pittman rushed for 123 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.  Dalvin Barnes carried the ball once for 15 yards, with Amari Banks picking up three yards on one carry.  Brady Hill had one reception for 10 yards.  

Senior Will Price led the Hornets with 11 tackles, followed by sophomore Jimmy Price with eight tackles.  Senior Austin Livingston recorded seven tackles, followed by junior Eriq Hendricks with six tackles. Khalil Shackelford recorded five tackles, while Levi Davis had three, Cameron Brooks, Xavier Brown, Tyrus Dudley, Amari Banks, BJ Gray and Dominique Pittman all pulled down two tackles each.  On board with one tackle was Payton Melvin.  

Cottondale will travel to Franklin County Friday night to take on the Seahawks who are 4-3 on the season and 3-1 in district play.  They are coming off a 55-32 win over Lighthouse Christian, and will be looking for their fifth win in a row after starting the season 0-3.  Cottondale will be in line for their third win in a row and moving to 7-1 on the season. 

MHS Golf setting records - 6-peat district championship is in the books

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The Marianna High School golf team are district champions after defeating Chipley, Holmes County, North Bay Haven, and Walton high schools solidly Monday at Sunny Hills Golf Course.  No big deal you say – This year’s district championship makes it six in a row for the Bulldogs, a feat unmatched by any team previously.  

Coach Tyler Wilson is in his fifth year at Marianna High School, having competed there prior to his graduation in 2008.  Wilson knows what it’s like to compete in golf, advancing to regionals and state when he was a player there.  

The Bulldogs shot a 327, with Holmes County being the next closest team coming in at 390.  North Bay Haven took the third spot with a 402.  Marianna shot 63 points under the closest team behind them.  

Ethan Sapp was the man of the hour Monday for Marianna, shooting a 73, followed by Will Saunders who came in with an 81.  Nick Walker shot an 86, with Hunter Mitchell on board with an 87.  Sapp bogied the last hole to shoot the 73. 

Following the match, Wilson was a happy camper, “They did well.  Ethan had a great day on the course.  I think we can do better though and in order to get past regionals, we will have to dig a little deeper.  The guys are excited and I am proud for them.”

Principal Hunter Nolen says to his knowledge this is a first for MHS, “I don’t know that any team has won six straight district championships.  We are very proud of Coach Wilson and the golf team.  They have done great this year and for five years before this.  We are anxiously awaiting next week’s regional tournament.”  

The team will travel to Seminole Golf Course Monday for a practice round before returning for regional competition Tuesday.  Tee off times were not set at press time.  

Lillie Virginia Nichols is 100 years young

Ms. Lillie Virginia Nichols will turn 100 years young Friday, October 27 but her family and friends celebrated her 100th birthday last Saturday at her favorite restaurant, The Oaks.  Ms. Nichols was the center of attention among 76 guests who came to celebrate her special day.  

Ms. Nichols was one of seven children, including a twin sister, Linnie Louise.  They both had nicknames with Linnie being called Linnie Lou and Lillie always being Lillie V.  She has two children Roger Nichols and Barbara Peacock, seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  

Ms. Nichols has had a very fulfilling life, working until she retired at 90 years old 10 years ago from Carr Elementary School where she began her first job.  She began working in the lunchroom at Carr when her children were in school and then went to work at Christo’s Five & Dime in Marianna.  From there she went to Stanfill’s Five and Dime before going next door to work at Bailey’s Variety Store, both of those located in Blountstown.  Not ready to call it quits in the working world, Ms. Lillie Nichols returned to where it all started, working part time, four hours a day at Carr School.  Ms. Nichols retired from Carr School 10 years ago at 90 years of age.  

Ms. Nichols now lives with her daughter, Barbara Peacock in Marianna and conveniently very close to her favorite restaurant.  She told the TIMES Saturday, “The fried chicken is really good and at night the catfish are good.”  

Her daughter Barbara told the TIMES, “She still does her own makeup and is very particular about that and her hair.  She’s not missed a beauty shop appointment in more years than I can remember.  She used to go to Mrs. Beth in Blountstown but when she moved in with us almost six years ago, we changed her to Audrey at the WalMart Shop.  Now she goes to Marcia White at Hair Clinic.  She’s been to three hairdressers and she pretty much doesn’t change hairdressers.  And she has always bought her clothes in the junior petite section, she likes younger clothes, not the old people’s clothes.”

The family is very close, taking vacations every year in the fall, near her birthday.  They can’t always be on her day but they are close to it. She now attends the Morman church in Marianna with Barbara and her family although she maintains contact at Poplar Head Baptist Church in Clarksville.  Barbara says they take her to Poplar Head occasionally on Sunday nights when they are having a special program.  

Another area where Ms. Nichols was very particular was her lawn when she lived in Clarksville.  According to her daughter, they basically had to disable her lawnmower because she Katherine Lindsey who lived next door were adamant about their yards being manicured, “After we disabled her lawnmower, my brother and I would take turns going down there to mow her yards.  She and Mrs. Katherine Lindsey were not going to have their grass growing too high.  I would go one week, take her to the store, put up her groceries and see about what needed to be done and the next week my brother would do the same thing.”  

Barbara says there is a lot of longevity in Clarksville.  One of Ms. Lillie’s classmates, Ms. Irma Walden was at the celebration last Saturday.  Another relative makes baskets still today out of white oak and is in his 80s.  

One of the highlights of Saturday’s celebration was the singing and playing of the guitar by Ms. Lillie’s grandson, Jeffery.  He played by request, the hymn How Great Thou Are and a favorite song of hers, I’m Walking the Floor Over You.

Ms. Nichols, for the most part, enjoys good health.  She does have some medicines she takes but no life-threatening illnesses at this time.  Barbara says she enjoys life every day, wants to look pretty every day and enjoys seeing all of her family and friends.

Golson Elementary recognizes Jackson County Heroes

Golson Elementary had every intention of having a 911 program ready to roll on Monday, September 11 but the threat of Hurricane Irma brought those plans to a screeching halt.  With school out Friday the 8th, Monday and Tuesday, the 11th and 12th, the program had to be canceled.  Not to be outdone by a small delay, principal Amy Allen alerted her teachers and staff that the recognition would still happen, but would be delayed to a later date.  Last Friday was the day for Golson to show all Jackson County first responders how much they are appreciated.

The entire faculty, staff, and student body turned out for Friday’s event.  It was nothing short of awe-inspiring. Representatives from the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Public Utilities, the Jackson County Fire & Rescue, the Jackson County Sheriff’s office, the Marianna Fire Department, and the Marianna Police Department were present and called out for their work and dedication to keeping Jackson County safe and with electricity.

Florida Public Utilities brought two of their trucks and proudly displayed the United States of America flag between the two.  Everyone stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem played by the Marianna Middle School band.  Everyone was blessed with the voice of Anthony Severson singing Gold Bless the USA. 

Pastor Lavon Pettis from Evangel Worship Center addressed the students, told them what a great land we live in, how awesome our first responders were, and addressed each and every department represented with a round of applause and the raising of their flags by the Golson student body.  

Following the event, Allen was close to speechless, “This is just fantastic.  I don’t know when I have been so moved by such an awesome event. This was a 9-11 remembrance day and it was my desire to help the students understand who our true heroes are, those who serve others and put others’ needs before themselves.  I am truly blessed with the best staff and best students ever.”  

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