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Lady Indians are conference champs

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The Grand Ridge Lady Indians had a vision and a goal at the start of the season – win conference.  That vision and goal became a reality last Thursday night as they headed into the championship game after a sound defeat of Chipley to take on the Lady Blue Devils of Bonifay.  

Coach Brooke Ferrell handed the ball to Aurlee Perkins with all the confidence in the world in her pitcher.  After a shaky first inning with three runs scoring for Bonifay, the hurler settled in to retire 11 of the next 15 batters she faced.  After a leadoff hit in the second inning, Perkins retired the next nine batters before allowing a pair of walks.  Two strikeouts erased it all as no more runs crossed the plate.  

In the first inning, Kiara Garrett led off with a single with Sister Arnold taking one for the team with two outs.  A groundout back to the circle left two runners on 


In the second inning, with two outs, Perkins helped herself out with a single and moved to second on a single by Katelyn Chumley.  Kaylee Grammer drew a walk to load the bases but a groundout ended the inning with the bags full.  

Grand Ridge got on the scoreboard in the third inning with two runs scoring on two outs.  Georgia Scott singled and moved to second when Taylor Lamphere drew a walk.  Singles by Chumley and Perkins scored a pair of runs with Grammer drawing walk.  A strikeout ended the frame with the bases loaded.  

The Lady Indians added the winning runs in the fourth inning. Taylor-Reese Howell and Najah Dudley had back-to-back singles.  Sister Arnold joined the hit parade to score one run, followed by a walk to Scott.   Lamphere drove in the final run of the inning on a single.

The defense did their job in the top of the fifth inning to preserve the win and the Lady Indians brought home the hardware. 

Their conference season is over but they had one more game scheduled for Tuesday when they were to travel to Marianna to take on the MMS Lady Bullpups.

Chipola Lady Indians are headed to Nationals

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The Chipola Lady Indians basketball team are headed to Nationals in Lubbock, Texas.  The Lady Indians advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament on an at large bid as runners up in the state tournament last week in Ocala.  Chipola fought hard but came up short in the 80-72 loss.  

Chipola took the first quarter, 21-18 before Gulf Coast edged them 16-15 in the second quarter.  At the half, it was a 36-34 Chipola lead.

In the second half, the Lady Commodores came out charged up and ready to make a statement. They won the third quarter 20-16 to take a 38-34 lead going into the final period of play.  The lead continued to slip away in the fourth quarter with Gulf Coast taking the win, 80-72.

Chipola was led in scoring by Sydnee McDonald with 15 points.  McDonald added six rebounds, one assist, and three steals on the day to her stats.  On board with 14 points, two rebounds, two steals, and two assists was Barbara Johnson.  Tiaera Phillips and Raven Baker-Northcross were both on board with 12 points each.  Nana Sule led the team in rebounds with seven and added two steals and two assists to her totals.  

Chipola will play the winner of the Walters State/Tyler game.  Chipola enters the tournament as the number three seed.  

Malone School celebrates breakfast week

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  So much so that our own Jackson County School District provides free breakfast every school day for all students attending school.  

Malone took the importance of the first meal of the day a step with Malone Mayor Gene Wright signing a proclamation stating the week of March 6-10, 2017 as National School Breakfast Week.  Mayor Wright kicked off the week as being a volunteer server in the lunchroom for breakfast on Monday.  School Board member Charlotte Gardner and staff from Jackson Correctional Institution were hands on help serving breakfast throughout the week.  

Cafeteria manager Tammy Blanchette praised the volunteers for their kindness to the students as they served them breakfast, “They were all so good to the students and the students really enjoyed it.  We had a lady out sick one of the days and the officers from Jackson CI came back and helped us at lunch.  They went above and beyond what was called for from them.  The kids loved the secret servers and looked forward to them every day.” Blanchette said one little girls put her hand on her forehead and said, “All these guys in the kitchen, I just can’t wait to taste it.”  

Gene Wright has been a faithful secret server for several years now, “I wouldn’t miss it. I love seeing the kids and hearing what they have to say each morning.  For some of these kids, that’s the best meal they’ll get.”

Principal Doug Powell is very appreciative of the community and the support they give Malone School, “We’re small but we are a family.  This community backs everything our school and kids do from sports to academics, to FFA, and something like this week.  We have volunteers calling us asking what they can do to help.  You can’t ask for better than that.” 

Dr. Sarah Clemmons is new Chipola College President

Dr. Sarah Clemmons was named president of Chipola College by the Chipola College Board of Trustees in Tuesday night’s board meeting.  Clemmons was unanimously selected by the board upon the recommendation of a sub-committee that reviewed internal candidates for the position.  

Clemmons previously served as senior vice president of instruction, before being appointed as interim president following the resignation of Dr. Jason Hurst in October of last year.  Dr. Clemmons follows Gene Prough as the second Chipola alumnus to serve as president.   

Clemmons has served as the chief academic officer for the college with responsibility over all academic and workforce instructional programs.  Dr. Clemmons has overseen Chipola’s accreditation, grants, assessment, and academic support groups.  

Clemmons came to Chipola in 1979 as an English instructor and went on to become chair of the Literature/Language Division, rising through the ranks to become the top academic officer of the college.  She helped to start the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). ACE is a free tutorial program offered at Chipola College that has won a Florida College System Chancellor’s Best Practice Award.  She was instrumental in establishing bachelor’s degree programs at Chipola College beginning in 2003.  

Clemmons is a native of Marianna, an alumnus of Marianna High School, Chipola College, University of West Florida, Troy State University, and Florida State University.   She serves on the board of trustees for Jackson Hospital and is active in the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  Clemmons was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber in 2015.  Clemmons is married to Tracy Clemmons who is an Operations Management Consultant with the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities.  Their son, Dr. Martin Clemmons, is an internal medicine physician at Archibald Medical Center in Thomasville, Georgia. Their daughter, Sarah Kathryn Dugan, is a prosecuting assistant state attorney in Tallahassee.  The family is active in First Baptist Church in Marianna.  

Following the board meeting, Clemmons said, “I love Chipola and I am honored to have been asked to serve as president.  Chipola has an excellent reputation for academic and student success.  I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and administration to build on the great traditions established at Chipola.”  

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