“Labor is Honest and Pluck Wins”

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM.

The correspondents would have their own section for county updates along with a picture of them to go with it.

“This is something that was important to my grandfather,” she said. “He loved Holmes County. He wouldn’t call it Holmes County, he’d call it Good Ol’ Holmes.”

In 1981 Dianne and her husband decided to sell the paper to a family of newspaper owners, the Woodhams.

“It was so stressful to get the paper out and Orren got to wondering if anything should happen to him who would take care of the paper?” said Dianne. “The Woodhams seemed like a good family of newspaper owners and we wouldn’t have sold it to just any body.”

“Orren got a private practice then went one to work with the State’s Attorney Jim Appleman as a prosecutor and then decided he wanted to go to the opposite spectrum and become a public defender,” said Dianne. “He did that until we both retired in 2000. We then enjoyed traveling until his health declined and now he’s in the Bonifay Nursing Home.”

She said her memories keep going back to the time of the paper.

“The whole family, including the extended family, we all felt a sense of pride in the Holmes County Times for those years,” she said. “I remember when it was $1 for a subscription to the paper and if someone couldn’t pay but really wanted it we’d then accept payments of things like a mess of turnips, cane syrup, eggs and the like. There were shelves of stuff like that just waiting for granddaddy to pick up and take home.”



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