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Shelia Mader

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Three Bulldog wrestlers go undefeated at Chiles Timberwolf Duals

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This past weekend, the Marianna Bulldog wrestling team traveled to Tallahassee to participate in the Chiles Timberwolf Duals. The Bulldogs finished second in Pool B, defeating Wewa, Leon and Choctaw.  The wrestlers fought hard against Chiles but came up just shy of a win.  John Maddox had a little redemption from losses this season winning a double overtime match with Chiles’ wrestler Kyle McGinnis. Marianna lost to a tough Pace team in a battle of the number twos Pool A and B.

John Maddox picked up his 100th win Saturday. Corey Davis, Jonah Mercer and Neal Smith all went undefeated in weekend action. 

District action is up next for the Bulldogs this weekend at Mosley in Panama City. Regionals has been moved from Wewahitchka to South Walton High School. 

Marianna Bullpups start season with a 6-2 win over Seminole County

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The Marianna Bullpups opened their season at home with a 6-2 win over Seminole County last Thursday evening.  The Bullpups host their home games at Optimist Park and despite catastrophic damage to the facility by Hurricane Michael, Marianna Parks and Recreation Department had the field in tip top shape for the home opener. The Bullpups got three solid innings of no-hit baseball from Trevor Medlin, with Griffin Tucker and Ty’keise Facion taking care of the final three innings 

Medlin got the starting nod on the hill for the Bullpups in their season opener and he didn’t disappoint. Medlin faced 10 batters in three innings, throwing 31 strikes to only 13 balls, allowed no runs, issued one walk with the batter not reaching past first base and fanned eight batters. Griffin Tucker came on in relief, went one-third of an inning, gave up two runs on one hit and two walks before giving way to Ty’keise Facion. Facion went two and two-thirds inning, allowed no runs on two hits, four walks and fanned five batters.  

Marianna picked up their first run in the bottom of the first inning when last year’s slugger Giovanni Scott singled, stole second and third before taking home on a stolen base. JD Taylor brought the power with a double and moved to third on a single by Trevor Medlin who showed he was a National League qualifying pitcher at the plate. A strikeout was followed by a walk to Gavin Byrd but a groundout ended the inning. 

The Bullpups added another run in the second inning when Ruben Mayes singled with one out and scored on a standup triple by Giovanni Scott. A flyout and a ground out ended the inning with one on base. The Bullpups went quietly in the third inning, three up, three down. 

The final four runs came in the fourth inning when Cameron Odom led off with a walk and moved to second with one out on a single by Giovanni Scott. JD Taylor picked up his first RBI of the season on a single that scored Odom. Trevor Medlin tripled to pick up a pair of RBIs and scored on a passed ball with Griffin Tucker at the plate. Tucker drew a walk but a strikeout ended the inning.  It was a one, two, three-inning for the Bullpups in the final fifth inning. 

Endeavor could be home to Partner for Pets

Vicki Fuqua, animal lover and owner of Great Oak Pet Resort addressed the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners Tuesday morning requesting assistance for Partners for Pets. Partners for Pets in Marianna is located on the former Dozier School for Boys property, now known as Endeavor and has been for more than 20 years. Fuqua was joined by a standing room only crowd in support of the county assisting with a new home for the no-kill animal facility. With the county being gifted the land by former Governor Rick Scott, the business is searching for an upgraded facility after Hurricane Michael caused severe damage to the shelter.

“We want a state-of-the-art facility and we’re not asking the county to pay for it,” said Vicki Fuqua, Partners for Pets board president. Fuqua told the commissioners and those present they are searching feverishly for grant possibilities to assist with funding, avoiding any costs to the county. Instead, the Partners for Pets board plans to ask for a partnership with the county as well as a bit of land to build a new facility, “We’re going to go to different towns where they have shelters and see what they’re doing in the way of fundraising and of the shelter. I want to get a good layout a good plan so that when we build, we’re doing it right this time,” said Fuqua.

Partners for pets has three paid employees. Any other money that comes in goes right back to the shelter and the pets. Fuqua told the standing-room only crowd at the Commissioner meeting Tuesday morning that the facility receives $500 from the City of Marianna and $1000 from Jackson County.” Fuqua added their only other income was from donations and fees charged for adoption of animals.

Fuqua said many volunteers have stepped in to help get the business get back up to par over the past few months.  With newly appointed board members in charge, they’re tracking down as many grants and donations as they can for the shelter. There was a round of applause when Fuqua concluded her request to the county. 

The Commission asked County Administrator Wilanne Daniels to look into the matter and report back as progress continued with the county and the property at Endeavor. 

Daniels said in an interview following Tuesday’s meeting, “I advised the board to allow us to continue to work with Partners for Pets as we continue our master planning for the Endeavor property. We are not to the point where it would be a good idea to commit to any long-term plan with any one individual or business until we have our master plan approved by the board. As we go through that process that we are working with Melvin Engineering on, as we go through that master planning process, I asked the board to authorize me to allow me to keep them in mind as we do that planning and find where the best location on that property would be if the board was inclined to do something like that.”

Daniels said she was confident the board sees the value in partnering with Partners for Pets because it was a great benefit to the community, “The fact is that we have an animal control department that would see an increase in animals we would have to accommodate if we didn’t have Partners for Pets in the community.”  Daniels said she was confident the board would be in favor of the nonprofit and to see them stay in the community.

The turnout of supporters of Partners for Pets at the meeting was a huge indicator of the feelings of the citizens of Jackson County. The TIMES office had in excess of 100 emails, calls, and texts in support of the county assisting with a new facility at Endeavor. 


The Chamber of Commerce took a different avenue with their 91st Annual Chamber Banquet recognizing the 2018 year. Director Tiffany Garling welcomed everyone and turned it over to Jackson County Administrator Wilanne Daniels to lead the invocation followed Arthur Obar leading those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

Accepting the award on behalf of the citizens of Jackson County was Trent Antley.  Antley accepted the award from incoming Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tyler Lipford. 

Garling recognized Darwin Gilmore for taking home the prestigious Jackson County Excellence in Leadership Award, created in 2008.  

The Chamber’s 2018 chairman, Martin Leon presented Georgeann Adkison with this year’s Arthur L. Kimbrough Board Member of the Year Award. 

 Nominations are normally taken for the Jackson County Citizen of the Year but this year, Chamber Executive Director Tiffany Garling opted for something different in light of Hurricane Michael’s appearance in October of 2018, “The board just didn’t feel right about ONE citizen of the year when so many people stepped up in Jackson County following Michael.”

Accepting the award on behalf of the citizens of Jackson County was Trent Antley, freshman at Marianna High School. Antley is an honor student, class vice-president and a member of the junior varsity and varsity football team.  He is the son of Dr. Rick and Mrs. Sara Brunner of Marianna, and Mr. Reese and Mrs. Ashley Antley of Port St. Joe. Antley accepted the award from incoming Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tyler Lipford.  Garling said calling on Trent Antley to accept the award on behalf of the citizens of Jackson County was one the entire board agreed on. She said Antley more than stepped up to the plate during the aftermath of Michael, “He was constantly at the EOC, helping in every way possible. I think he had as much time there as anyone. He helped man the EOC for days and days after Michael, checking in workers from state, military, EOC, anyone who needed guidance, Trent had an answer for them. We hope this will encourage other young people to commit to our community the way Trent has.”

Keynote speaker Gray Swoope was introduced by Richard Williams. 

Incoming Chamber Chairman Tyler Lipford accepted the gavel from outgoing Chairman Martin Leon and requested everyone present to help Re-Imagine Jackson to continuing to contribute in any way to our community. He said four months after Michael, our community is continuing to work though recovery efforts while putting in place plants for the long term of Jackson County. 

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