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Marianna Bulldog wrestlers take 3rd at North Bay Haven Bash

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The Marianna Bulldogs spent their last weekend before returning to the classroom after the holiday break competing on the mat at the North Bay Haven Bash.  The results made the trip more than worth it as the Bulldogs took third place in the NBH Bash.

Saturday’s results were Marianna 40, Arnold 42, Marianna 30 Gulf Breeze 39, Marianna 37 FWB 34, Marianna 63 Bozeman 6, and Marianna 48 Choctaw 23.

Marianna went 5-0 on the first day (Friday) of the NBH Bash. Friday’s results were Marianna 43 Niceville 30, Marianna 46 Wewa 23, Marianna 60 Rutherford 12, Marianna 51 Tate 21, and Marianna 42 Parker 30 

Marianna’s only losses were to undefeated first place Arnold and also second place Gulf Breeze. 

Jonah Mercer finished 9-0 on the weekend while John Maddox is following right behind brother Cole Maddox with a 7-0 finish. 

Key notes from the Bash included Jayson Kyle in the 120 division, Trett Phillips in the 126 division, Cody Lewis in the 145 division all recorded their first high school pin.  

County starts 2019 with full agenda

The Jackson County Commissioners will start 2019 off with a bang at their first meeting January 8 with an earlier start and later finish than is the norm for them.  The start time was moved from the normal 9:00 a.m. to an 8:00 a.m. start.  

The earlier start will accommodate two agenda items.  Changes are being considered for road and bridge as well as the upcoming contract for right-of-way mowing that the country contracts out for each year.  The commissioners will be discussing proposed re-organization of the road and bridge department, including varied days.  Five-day work weeks are being considered in hopes of alleviating overtime for emergency situations that result in help being called in on Fridays.  The Road and Bridge Department currently works four 10-hour days Monday through Thursday.  

The other item scheduled for the special meeting at 8:00 a.m. will address the contract for mowing the right-of-ways for Jackson County that are currently being contracted out. After terminating the contract with Goodwill Industries two years ago, the county is continuing to receive reports, calls and texts that certain areas were not being mowed on time. 

Following the regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m., the Jackson County Commissioners, along with media outlets and representatives from Melvin Engineering will tour the Endeavor property. Endeavor is the name given to the old Dozier School for Boys property that Governor Scott recently bequeathed to Jackson County.  There are commercial possibilities on the horizon for the development of this property. Melvin Engineering has been instrumental in obtaining funds from the state for cleanup of the grounds as well as to structures located on the property.  All buildings will be inspected thoroughly following Hurricane Michael with the state acknowledging responsibility for Michael damage. 

Marianna uses holiday break for a 69-52 win

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The Marianna High Bulldogs basketball team traveled to Lee County last week to take on the Trojans and the ride home on the yellow dog was a happier one with a 69-52 victory.  Marianna had a monster third quarter, posting 30 points to secure their victory.

Marianna took the first quarter 18-12 behind seven points from Tavis Grooms and five from Ahmaad Johnson.  Both players nailed a three to boost their stats. The second quarter was a little less offense for the Bulldogs with Lee County outscoring Marianna 12-9.  James Davis led Marianna with four points, followed by JJ Jackson with three points.  At the half, it was Marianna with a 27-24 lead.  

Marianna turned it up in the third quarter, posting 30 points while their defense held the Trojans to 15 points, making it a 57-39 lead with one quarter to go. Marianna was propelled by Ahmaad Johnson with nine points, followed by Keegan Jones with eight points.  Stefon McMillian was on board with five points with McMillian and Johnson landing a three while Jones made a pair from downtown. Lee County’s attempt at a rally fell short in the final quarter, with Marianna taking the win.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Ahmaad Johnson with 15 points, followed ever so closely by James Davis with 14 points.  On board in double digits was Tavis Grooms with 13 points and Stefon McMillian with 10 points.  Kegan Jones put up eight points on the night. 

After a pair of games last weekend in the Ocheesee Shootout hosted at Marianna High School (due to damage to the gym at Grand Ridge), they were scheduled to return to the court on the road at Taylor County last Friday before hosting county rival Graceville Tuesday night. They will be home tomorrow night when they host Taylor County.  Game times are 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

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