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Nadine Standland - Found her love in the library

Nadine Peacock Standland spent 26 years as an educator in public school.  She and her husband Robert Earl Standland raised three children Cynthia, David, and Kevin.  Standland graduated from Marianna High School in 1959 and was in the last graduating class of students who began first grade at Marianna and graduated from Marianna.  Robert Earl and Nadine Standland have just celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. 

Following graduation from MHS, Standland attended Chipola College before transferring to Florida State University where she majored in elementary education and junior high social studies, civics, and geography.  Following graduation from FSU in December 1963, she began her teaching career at Marianna High School as a substitute teacher.  Standland explains, “Graduating in December, it was the middle of the school year so I started substituting and in those days, if you were a substitute, the county office sent you out to substitute.  I was sent to Grand Ridge, Golson, and Marianna High.”  

The following year, she started teaching full time where she taught seventh grade math, science, geography and one class of study hall. In study hall, she said she had 150 kids at one time with class held in the auditorium.  Standland said, “Having 150 students in one class was hard.  I had some great teachers I worked with that were very helpful.”

Standland recalls having help another time when she teaching at MHS, “In my second year at Marianna High School, I was the junior high cheerleader sponsor.  Coach McCool was a huge help with that.  Other schools we played were beginning to be integrated and Coach McCool was a huge help, and I had a very supportive group of parents.  At that time, the cheerleaders didn’t go on a bus.  We went with parents or sponsors and he was all a tremendous help during all of that.”

Standland left teaching for a brief time and soon became involved and very active along with her husband in the Jackson Christian School.  “Our kids were enrolled there and initially they were using the Abeka curriculum.  They changed from that curriculum and the new one did not succeed and parents left the school and it faltered and closed.”  Standland substituted the next year before she started teaching at Marianna Middle School.  There she taught eighth grade history and seventh grade geography before taking the position as librarian at Marianna Middle.  She remained in the library for 26 years before retiring in 2003.  

When asked about her choice of classes she taught and if she preferred one over the other, Standland was very quick to say, “I knew when I interned that either reading or library science was what I liked. I loved teaching reading and of course that’s in with the library too.  I loved history and the library combined it all.  I was our church librarian for 22 years at First Baptist church.  Mrs. Hales started the library when I was in high school.  She is dear sweet lady and did so much.”  

Mrs. Standland has nothing but fond memories of her days as a student at Marianna, “Growing up and while I was in high school, I had a lot of good teachers and I had some good coaches who were good teachers.  Coach Howell was a good teacher and when I started teaching, he was later my principal. I had Mr. Amie, for Algebra I.  Mr. Amie was an older man and I can remember Coach Stringer talking about what a great math teacher he was and saying, ‘Mr. Amie has forgotten more math than most will ever know.’  Stringer respected him greatly as a teacher. I had Mr. Riley (George) for Algebra II and Mr. Stringer for study hall.  All of these teachers were coaches and you know coaches are not always the best teachers, but we had coaches who were great teachers.  Coach Stringer was a super teacher and when he coached, everyone played.  Mrs. Carter of course was another super teacher and it was nice that I had her as a teacher and then she was my colleague for four years.  I had planning the same time she did and that was great sharing with a former teacher and then a colleague.”   

On a personal note, Mrs. Standland shared a story about when she returned to teaching and her daughter Cynthia was four years old, “I took her to school with me every morning and my students all wanted to be the one to walk her across the street to Mrs. Dot West’s kindergarten.  I came up with a list so that everyone had a turn to walk her.  She was just four years old and Mrs. West usually did not take them that young but Cynthia had a friend who was going and Mrs. West agreed to let her go.  The students were happy and they all took turns walking her every day. 

The libraries of today have, as have many things, changed drastically.  They are moving into a digital world to keep up with the times.  They are now referred to as Media Centers rather than libraries and librarians are now referred to as Media Specialist.  Although the names and titles may change, the love of knowledge gained through reading books remains the same.

Jackson County Jail named after Lieutenant Morris Pope

Friends, officers, and dignitaries gathered Monday morning at the Jackson County Jail in Marianna for the official naming and dedication of the dining area at the facility.   The facility is now the Lieutenant Morris Ray Pope Dining Hall.

According to the overwhelming suggestions offered by staff at the jail, the choice was simple – Lieutenant Morris Ray Pope.  Pope was admired and respected by all who worked with him throughout his time at the facility.

After working at Lehigh Furniture, Pope knew what he wanted to do with his life. So, Pope returned to college 12 years after graduation from Cottondale High School at what was ‘then’ Chipola Jr. College where he graduated from the Academy of Criminal Justice with an accredited 340 hours.  He began work for Sheriff John McDaniel in the 1980s and quickly moved to the rank of sergeant.  In September of 1986, Pope was moved to be under the direction of the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners.  He was moved to the new jail after construction was completed and earned the rank of lieutenant.  According to those who knew him, his passion for his career took him through many jail administrators.  Above all, he always remained an officer and a gentleman.  He earned the respect of staff and inmates as well, creating a legacy deeply rooted in the passion and love for his career. A close and professional relationship developed between he and Judge Woodrow Hatcher and the entire judicial system staff during that time.  He considered correctional officer Fred Torbett his third son.  They became very close and went beyond the relationship of supervisor and employee.  Many correctional officers and law enforcement made very special bonds that can be shared through their encounters with Lt. Pope.  

He served in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge.  Then he continued serving many years in the Florida National Guard with the 144th Transportation under the leadership of Sgt. Max Thomas.  He earned the rank of SP5 and was deployed in Operation Desert Storm.  During his military and correctional careers he earned many awards and recognitions of achievements, far too many to name.

Jackson County cast 6,435 votes for liquor by the drink

The crowd was smaller than what is seen at scheduled elections when the votes were being counted at the office of Supervisor of Elections Sylvia Stephens Tuesday night.  The smaller crowd made up for it in voice however when the announcement came from Stephens at 7:14 p.m. Tuesday night.  

There were 10,548 votes cast in the by-mail, reflecting a turnout of 37.12 percent of registered voters in the county.  Of those 10,548 votes, 6,243 were cast in favor of the liquor by the drink sales in Jackson County.  There were 4,110 votes cast against the liquor by the drink sales for Jackson County.  

Local business woman, Lindsy Milton was more than pleased with the results of Tuesday’s election, “Finally, Jackson County has joined 60 other counties in Florida that have been serving liquor by the drink and are no longer living in the past.  I have helped in trying to get this passed the last three times the locals have tried, taking petitions to parties when I was working for my brother and I am no so happy it has finally happened.”  

One of those in attendance for the announcement of the results was Bistro Palms owner, Mystie Richards was more than a little excited with the outcome of the election.  She immediately was on her feet and in a ‘happy dance’ mode.  

The results, as in any election, were not welcomed by everyone.  The TIMES had a visitor Tuesday evening following the election who was concerned about the state of Jackson County.  Marcus Duggan said, “I don’t see this being an economic boost for our county, other than for the court systems and divorce attorneys.  Alcohol never produced positive results at anything and I don’t see selling it at restaurants and bars making our economy better.  It is what it is and I will put it in God’s hands.”

Lady Pirates are going for number 5

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The Sneads Lady Pirates sealed their ticket to their fifth straight state championship game Saturday afternoon before a packed gym at Sneads High School.  Coach Sheila Roberts had earlier done her final walkthrough of the gym, knowing win or lose, that was her last game in the gym.  She will move on after this year and will announce her plans at a later date.  Saturday, it was all about the Lady Pirates and they proved to everyone they were in it to win it, taking three straight sets over Blountstown.  Sneads took the first two sets 25-9 before solidifying their trip to state with a 25-14 win over the Lady Tigers.

Leading Sneads in kills was Michaela Edenfield with nine, followed by Allie Ann McCord with eight.  Lacee Glover recorded seven kills, followed by Ariana Lee with five and Alyssa Stagner with four. 

Michaela Edenfield led with four blocks, followed by Allie Ann McCord with two and Ariana Lee with one.  Taylor Roberts and Lacee Glover led the team with three ace serves each, followed by Alyssa Stagner and Sierra McNeil with two each.  Chipping in one ace serve was Abby Perkins.  

It was FSU commit Taylor Roberts with 18 digs, followed by Lacee Glover with 12 and Alyssa Stagner with eight.  On board with seven digs was Allie Ann McCord, followed by Sierra McNeil with three, Kayla Edwards with two and Abby Perkins, Michaela Edenfield, and Kiara Garrett with one each.

Alyssa Stagner recorded 33 assists on the afternoon with Taylor Roberts adding two assists.  

The Lady Pirates will travel to Jacksonville Friday to take on Union County in search of their fifth straight title.  Tipoff is at 1 p.m.  Sneads will enter the game with a 25-4 overall record and 6-0 district record.  Union County has a 14-11 overall record and are 5-1 in district play.

Congratulations to the Lady Pirates and coaches on their awesome accomplishment.

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