State awards grant funding to help facilitate speedier internet in Esto, Holmes County
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State awards grant funding to help facilitate speedier internet in Esto, Holmes County

The Town of Esto and unincorporated areas of Holmes County are receiving millions in grant funding to add fiber optic cable to facilitate internet download and upload speeds, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office announced Friday, Feb. 2. The funds will specifically go to local internet provider Tritech Wireless, LLC dba Tritech Fiber, who have previously received…

Bonifay officials look to pursue grant funding for downtown redevelopment
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Bonifay officials look to pursue grant funding for downtown redevelopment

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Currently, some privately owned buildings in Downtown Bonifay are vacant. However, officials and staff with the City of Bonifay are looking into pursuing grant money and using that funding to purchase the buildings and revitalize the area. The Bonifay City Council unanimously approved going after grant money that would go towards purchasing downtown buildings…

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County Commissioner Brandon Newsom calls for start to Project Gateway land clearing

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Holmes County Commissioner Brandon Newsom is looking for a request for price quotes (RFQ) to go out so lumber at the Project Gateway site starts getting cleared to make way for the coming new Busy Bee location, among other features. Newsom mentioned wanting to get the ball rolling on Project Gateway during a Board…

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County Commission rescinds Fire Department fees for vehicle crash responses

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Holmes County Emergency Medical Services Director Steve Connell initially proposed the Holmes County Fire Department be reimbursed for costs associated with responding to vehicle crashes–a proposal the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) initially approved on Nov. 28. However, that will no longer be so. The BOCC rescinded implementing the fees–which would be…

Fire department sets vehicle crash response fees
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Fire department sets vehicle crash response fees

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Update, Friday, Dec. 1: From Holmes County EMS Director Steve Connell: “After further research concerning the matter of Fire Department fees, it has been determined that Holmes County will not move forward concerning this matter. I will be presenting my findings to the BOCC on the December 5th meeting with a recommendation to retract…

Esto gears up for return of Two-Toed Tom Festival
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Esto gears up for return of Two-Toed Tom Festival

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz With the next year on the horizon, the small town of Esto is preparing to hold the Two-Toed Tom Festival again. The event recognizing Esto’s legendary folklore alligator and celebrating the area in general will occur September 14, 2024, at John Clark Park. The festival started in 1987 but has been dormant for several…

Sheriff’s Office celebrates new headquarters with open house, ribbon cutting
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Sheriff’s Office celebrates new headquarters with open house, ribbon cutting

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Officials and people within the Holmes County and Florida Panhandle community were at the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office headquarters on Monday, Nov. 20, to celebrate the new HCSO building on Highway 90. The occasion was commemorated with an open house and ribbon cutting. Sheriff John Tate welcomed supporters and thanked people who made the…

Ponce de Leon Fire Chief raises concerns over funding shortfall 
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Ponce de Leon Fire Chief raises concerns over funding shortfall 

  cbreaux@kentsmith.biz There are fire departments in Holmes County ‘running double the calls’ of other departments with comparatively less funding, Ponce de Leon Fire Chief Doug Remmel said during a Holmes County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Remmel asked commissioners to figure out how to dole out more funding. ‘Last year,…

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Holmes District Schools looks to help students through grant funds

  cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Holmes District Schools anticipates receiving $303,200 from the state for a grant geared towards helping students and schools with resiliency. The grant was expected to be officially approved during a Holmes District School Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24.  The funds are a one-time grant good for about a year, though district officials…

Community officials request funding during Holmes County Delegation meeting
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Community officials request funding during Holmes County Delegation meeting

  NAN THOMPSONnthompson@kentsmith.biz With the new legislative session on the horizon, State Sen. Jay Trumbull and State Rep. Shane Abbott listened to several funding requests from various local officials during the Holmes County Legislative Delegation meeting on Oct. 3.  Holmes County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Earl Stafford requested funding to complete the expansion of…