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Shelia Mader

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Verna Dunaway Radford – mathematically correct 24/7

Mrs. Verna Dunaway Radford’s career in the math classroom span decades at Marianna High School. From Mrs. Dunaway until 1970 and then Mrs. Radford, the one constant was her love of math and teaching. Students are usually a good indicator of a teacher’s impact on them, from the knowledge impacted on students to the personal concern shown for students. 

With every teacher feature I write, I find out things about teachers that, although I know or knew a lot about them, I find out new things I didn’t know. Mrs. Dunaway-Radford was one of those teachers. She had to have been because of the number of requests The Jackson County Times had to feature her as our teacher feature.  

Gina Collins had the pleasure of being in Mrs. Dunaway’s class in the early 60’s and has fond memories of her class, “She was always on top of things. Nothing got past her but that was in a good way. She could look out at the class as she was teaching and tell who was not ‘getting it’. I don’t know that I ever had a teacher like that before or after her. We had a boy in our class, Robbie, and he struggled with math but would never ask for help. You know boys back then had to be the stronger gender and he just sat in the back of the class and said nothing. One day Mrs. Dunaway called on him to come to the board, it was a chalkboard then and he told her quickly that there was nothing to erase. She assured him in a way only Mrs. Dunaway could that she was aware of that and he very sheepishly walked to the board. Then Mrs. Dunaway did the most out of character thing. She called on Dick who was the brains in the class and said, ‘Dick, I hear the kids think you’re the brains of this class so I want you to tell Robbie how to work this problem and he’s going to write exactly what you say on the board so the rest of the class who’s struggling can get it. See if you can help them out.’ Well, Dick didn’t have a clue either so Mrs. Dunaway worked through it with Robbie writing what she told him. And I left class that day believing Mrs. Dunaway had super powers and by year’s end, I was sure I was right.”

Roger Williams, long time resident of Marianna visits the Times office often and he remembers many of his teachers with Mrs. Dunaway being one of those, “Mrs. Dunaway was a sharp cookie and you better know she knew what was what. The little jitterbugs in the class didn’t last long with her, they’d be in the office requesting to move to an ‘easier’ class. Often, the office knew they’d be better off in another class rather than disrupting Mrs. Dunaway’s class because if you weren’t there to learn, you had no business in there. She was always a very kind lady, had a gift to teach math in a way that everyone understood it. Math is one of those subjects that you can’t always grasp but if you’d listen to her and ask questions when you didn’t understand, she’d give you every opportunity to be a math whiz. I had her for algebra I and then she moved midway my next year to the algebra II class so I actually had her for a year and a half, not because I failed but because I had told her one day, she was promoted. I remember she smiled about that.”  

I remember I had Mrs. Edna Elrod in seventh grade for math, Mr. Belon Pierce in eighth grade and Mrs. Radford in the ninth grade.  It was a given from my first six weeks in Mrs. Elrod’s class that I would have Mrs. Radford because Mrs. Elrod had already made that very clear, “You do well in my class and then you’ll have Mr. Pierce next year. When you get to ninth grade, you will have Mrs. Radford and you listen to her and you’ll be ready for trig and advanced math when you get to your senior year.”  Truer words were never spoken. Mrs. Radford was an awesome teacher. She sometimes appeared thin on patience but if you looked around, you would see the reason why. As you’ve read, Mrs. Radford didn’t mess around in class, she was all business. She didn’t allow ‘yawning’ in class which was never an issue until she talked about it and then you would see many hands go in front of mouths to avoid her seeing the yawn. Her concept behind that was that if you were yawning, you were bored and her class was nothing close to boring. 

A teacher who has the respect of her peers is one to admire but for one to have the respect and admiration of her peers and her students is one to cherish.  

Who wants to be your county administrator?

Jackson County is searching for a new county administrator with 27 candidates seeking to be considered for the top job.  Of those 27 applicants, seven are from Jackson County with one from Blountstown and one from Chipley.  There are six from out of state with the rest of the candidates living in Florida. 

Vince Akhimie is from Lakeland and is presently employed by the City of Daytona Beach as a management consultant.  His ending salary with that position was $121,200.  He has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering from the University of Washington. 

Lynda Gayle Rizzo Bell of Tallahassee has been self-employed since 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in supervision and management from Miami Dade College School of Business.

Wilianne Daniels is currently the acting Jackson County Administrator, moving from her position as Community Development Director, where she took that position in November of 2014.  Daniels graduated from Cottondale High School, Chipola College, Florida State University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and from Liberty University with a M.A. degree in Professional Counseling. 

Timothy James Day of Cape Coral, Florida, graduated from Bishop Hendrickson High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, Roger Williams University with an A.S. degree and Rhode Island College with a B.A. degree. He lists Director of Southwest Florida Public Service Academy from 2002-2012 as his last employment. 

Christopher Todd Edwards of Tallahassee graduated from the University of Central Florida and The Real Estate School, Inc., in Tallahassee. He lists his last employment with the City of Tallahassee that ended in July 2016. 

Michael Ray Eiland from Ashford, Alabama graduated from Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas and from Texas A & M University with a B.A. degree in journalism, an MBA in Public Administration from Ashford University, and a PhD from Walden University in Public Policy and Administration. Eiland has been employed as the Director of Business Operations at Wallace Community College since January 2013.

Debra L. Gibson hails from Troy, Alabama and has been the Chief Financial Officer for Pike County Commission since September 1999.  Gibson has a Master Degree in accounting from Troy State, a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Troy State and graduated from Sneads High School. 

Chester Nathan Goodman, Jr. is from Blountstown and graduated from Sneads High School and Troy State University. He has been employed with the Department of Corrections in Blountstown since September of 2012 as a supervisor of education at Calhoun Correctional Institution. 

Jennifer Ann James-Mesloh is from Newberry, Michigan and graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. degree, an M.P.A. from Florida Gulf Coast and a Ph.D from University of Central Florida. Her last employment was with Northern Michigan University as the Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor. 

Patricia Jean-Simon from Riviera Beach, Florida graduated from National School of Technology in Fort Lauderdale. She lists her last employment with Franchise Development Group as a shift manager from October 2015 to January 2017.

Kenneth Daniel Kirk is from Bascom, graduated from Crisp County High School in Cordele, Georgia, the American University in Washington, the American Military University, and from the Police Academy at Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton. He has been retired from the U. S. Army since 2013. 

Steven Geral Lachnicht is from Gainesville and graduated from Florida International University and Florida State University. He lists as his last employment Alachua County – Growth Management Department from May 2000 until April 2018.

Laura Byrd McLeod is from Tallahassee and graduated from Pensacola Jr. College, and Barry University, Miami Shores, Fl. Her last employment was listed as Legislative Assistant II to Senator Lauren Book from September 2017 to April 2018. 

Lawrence Wade McNaul is from West Liberty, Iowa and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines in 2017. He has been employed by the City of West Liberty as the city manager from 2013 to present. 

Martin D. Murphy from New Port Richey graduated from State University of New York at Brockport, NY. His last employment was as City Manager for the City of Oneonta, New York from October 2014 to July 2015. 

Ron Harold Rabun from Griffin, Georgia graduated from the University of Georgia and lists his last employment as governance advisor (Afghanistan and Philippines) for International City Management Association from October 2017 to February 2018. 

Robert Wilson Smith from Sneads graduated from Florida Sate University and Southern Methodist University. He worked as Director of Operations for Steel Consulting, LLC from July 2007 to June 2017.

Karyn Solis Tidwell from Greenwood graduated from Grand Ridge High School and Chipola College. She lists her current job as budget office oversight, planning and development for Agency for Health Care Admin from August 2012 until present. 

Robert Francis VanVolkenburg from Melbourne graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, A Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oregon, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and an MBA (MSIA) from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business. From 2016 to present he has been the Finance Manager for Brevard County in Viera, Florida.

Patricia Kay Vidal from Greenwood graduated from Belmont High School in Decator, Indiana and Flagler College in Tallahassee.  She has been with AHCA (Agency for Healthcare Administration) as the administrator over the office of Data Dissemination and Communication since 2007.

Darrin Michael Wall from Chipley graduate from Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery and FSU-Panama City. He retired from Gulf Power Company in Chipley in November 2017 after 27 years ending as the office manager. 

William Brian Watkins from Pace, Florida and graduate from Clemson University. He was last employed by the City of Milton from October 2008 to April 2018 when the new city council opted for new management. 

Ryan C. Welty is from Decatur, Alabama and graduate from Auburn University with a B.A. and Jackson State University with an MPA. He lists 20 years of experience in state and local government and 11 years as an emergency management communication district director. 

Gene Wright graduated from Williamson High in Mobile and has been Mayor of Malone since 2000.He has 22 years background in local government, administration, economic development, grants and political affairs. 

Enjoli Wynn from Campbellton graduated from Yokota High School, Wayland Baptist University and is a Florida Certified Contract Manager.  He was employed by the University of South Florida from August 2017 until January 2018 as a statistical data analyst. 

Glenn Anderson Irby is from Umatilla, Florida and graduated from Troy State University and Lake Vo-Tech in Eustis Florida. He has been employed with the City of Apopka from January 2015 to present as the City Administrator. 

Danny O. Lucas is from DeFuniak Springs and attended Georgia Tech and the University of Alabama. He graduated from Carl Vinson Institute of Government. He was employed with the City of DeFuniak Springs from October 2017 until April 2018 as the City Manager.

Graceville AA All-Star team is state bound

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After a first-game loss in the district games, Graceville bounced back to win their way to the state tournament.  They finished the district at runners up and will be state bound, striving to bring home a state championship to Graceville.  The final two games synopsis were furnished to the TIMES and are below. 

Graceville VS. Chipley – played Wednesday, June 6

Graceville moved one game closer to clinching their seat at state with the victory over Chipley Wednesday, June 6.  Da’Quarious Ward scored early in the first for Graceville by Landen Gammons’ hard hit to right centerfield. The game remained one to zero until the fourth inning when Chipley found their rhythm and scored five runs that inning bringing the score one to five with Chipley on top. Graceville never gave up and came into the fifth inning and gave it their all scoring five runs of their own. Going into the top of the sixth and final inning with Chipley at bat, it was their last shot. Chipley gave Graceville a tough battle. Chipley scored two runs leaving Graceville no choice but to score runs of their own. Landen Gammons had a base hit to first. Marques Smith had a hit to advance Landen Gammons to second. Ernest Dixon’s hit loaded the bases. Troy Sumner came up to the plate with bases loaded and got a base hit of his own. Landen Gammons scored on Troy Sumner’s hit. With the bases still loaded and momentum in Graceville’s favor, Davion Cade smacked the ball to right field advancing Marques Smith home for the victory over Chipley, 8 to 7, eliminating Chipley in the district tournament.

Player stats: Kaleb Bush 0/3, Da’Quarious Ward 1/3, Landen Gammons 2/3 and one RBI, Marques Smith 1/3, Ernest Dixon 2/3, Troy Sumner 1/3 and one RBI, Davion Cade 2/3 and two RBIs, John Barnes 2/2 and one RBI, Jeremiah Dixon 2/2, Hunter Jones 1/2, David Baber 0/2 and Skyler Deon 1/2 and one RBI.

Graceville VS. Washington County (Vernon) – played Thursday, June 7

Thursday night, Graceville faced off with Washington County (Vernon). Both teams had one loss each. The winner earned the right to advance to the finals in district and an automatic seat at state. The loser would go home with a third-place finish in the 2018 District Tournament.

With victory on their minds, Graceville came out swinging and didn’t stop. Graceville scored six runs in the first and six more in the second and made it a 12-0 ballgame. Neither team scored in the third inning, but Graceville came into the top of the fourth and added five more runs to their total. Washington County (Vernon) failed to score any in the bottom of fourth and the ballgame was called. Graceville shut out Washington County (Vernon) 17 to 0 and eliminated them in the district tournament. With Graceville’s victory over Washington County (Vernon), they were guaranteed to advance to the state tournament to be held in Bristol Florida starting Saturday, June 30th.  By Graceville fighting their way out of the loser’s bracket, they immediately faced the undefeated Holmes County (Bonifay) Thursday night.

Graceville takes second with loss to Holmes County 

After an intense battle against Holmes County (Bonifay) with amazing hits and spectacular defensive plays by Graceville, the Tigers fell short of victory, 9-25. Holmes County (Bonifay) swept the 2018 AA Machine Pitch District Tournament. With Graceville as the runner up, both teams advance to the State Tournament held in Bristol Florida this year.

Graceville AA takes home Sportsmanship Award

Graceville was also awarded the 2018 AA Machine Pitch Sportsmanship Award at the district tournament. This award was determined by the officials calling the games throughout the event. Coach Adam Gammons stated, “This [trophy] means the most of all the trophies given tonight. It makes me proud. It means, you [team] are learning to show good sportsmanship and well on your way of becoming model citizens. That’s what it’s all about.”

Coach Gammons said he often referred to Proverbs 22:6 when working with children, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Brendan Foley named head coach for Chipola men’s basketball

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Chipola College held a news conference Wednesday afternoon concerning their men’s basketball program. Three-year head coach Bret Campbell resigned as coach to pursue another avenue, leaving the position vacant.  Athletic Director Jeff Johnson took the podium and thanked the media for being there, “I’d like to thank the media, Shelia Mader with the Jackson County Times, Shelley Campbell with channel 7 Sports, and Patrick Brickman with Channel 13 news.  Today is a bittersweet day for me.  We are closing one chapter of Chipola history and opening another chapter. I want to introduce a fine coach who’s been with us for three years, coach Bret Campbell who amassed a record of 61-29 in three years. He finished as region eight runner-up this past season.”

A very emotional Campbell told the crowd that Chipola was home to him, and he thanked everyone for their calls and texts and assured everyone he was fine. Campbell said he was moving into the public sector after spending many years coaching.  He thanked everyone at Chipola for all their support, the community for opening up their hearts to him during the three years he was at Chipola. Campbell praised Brendan Foley for the job he had done for three years as his assistant. 

President of Chipola College, Dr. Sarah Clemmons took the podium, “I am proud to announce Brendan Foley as Chipola’s men’s basketball coach.  We are so pleased to have coach Foley and his wife, Natalie as our assistant A.D. here at Chipola.”

Johnson talked about the number of applications received when Campbell was hired three years ago and said this time around, it was a very easy decision, having Foley in the house and with six years of experience at Chipola, “I’d like to bring coach Foley up here and let him share some things with you.”

An obviously excited and emotional Brendan Foley brought his iconic smile to the podium, “This has been a pretty special week at Chipola starting when the Chipola baseball team arrived and we had a special ceremony. Dr. Craven said it best, ‘Chipola College is a great college.’”  Foley thanked everyone at the college for the warm reception he received, his wife, parents, in-laws, and the people of the Chipola nation for their support for the last six years. He summed it up nicely, “When I arrived at Chipola six years ago, it didn’t take me long to realize this is a special place. It gave me a goal and a vision to help make this day a reality. I’m very thankful for that. Today is a dream come true, and Chipola College is best junior college in the country, and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else in the world. My goals are simple - win more Panhandle Championships, hang more State Championship banners, and win National Championships.”

The publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times congratulates Brendan Foley on his new position and wishes coach Bret Campbell the very best in his new endeavor. 

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