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NEWS Washington County Wednesday, APRIL 24, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF FUMC Youth to have yard sale CHIPLEY — The Youth Fellowship of First United Methodist Church of Chipley is having a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Come and find that treasure that you have been searching for all these years. All proceeds go to the Youth Scholarship Fund to assist in funding their summer mission trip to North Carolina. The church is at 1285 Jackson Ave., Chipley, next to the courthouse. For more information, contact Luke Schofield, youth minister, 849-9411. w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m VERNON CITY COUNCIL Resident’s trash pick-up fee discussed By RANDAL SEYLER any legal reason the city had to charge for trash pick-up. “I will do some research and see what we can do,” Adkison said. “Please don’t turn on the electricity at the property,” he said to Mathis. “If you do, we’ll assume someone is living in the home.” Mathis said he had the water turned off by the city when he discovered a leak in the bathroom, and he had not had repaired the leak yet. He asked if he could pay his water bill to the council. “We can’t take your payment,” Hawkins said, “but you can use the drop AUTISM AWARENESS Possum Festival receives grant 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT VERNON — A resident asked the Vernon City Council on Monday to exempt his grandmother’s property from the trash collection fee portion of monthly water bill. Reginald Mathis told the council no one resides in his grandmother’s house, but he has a garden on the property and needs water to irrigate the garden. Since no trash service is needed at the property, he asked if he could be exempt from the monthly trash collection fee of $12. “I was just wondering why I have to pay for trash pick-up when nobody lives in the home, and there is no trash to pick up,” Mathis said. “I don’t see a problem with removing the charge,” Councilman Tray Hawkins said. He asked City Attorney Kerry Adkison if there was By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT Chipley Red Hatters to meet PHOTOS RANDAL SEYLER | The News Despite of rain and chilly temperatures, more than 100 people turned out Friday for the Autism Awareness and Benefit Walk at Shivers Park in Chipley. The event featured food, games and raffles, and beauty queens were on hand. For more photos, visit Right: Miss Teen Choctawhatchee 2013 Scarlett Rogers, left, reads a poem she wrote as event organizer Kristina Hodges looks on during the opening ceremony on Friday. INDEX Arrests ..................................A3 Opinion .................................A4 Outdoors ...............................A6 Sports ...................................A7 Extra.....................................B1 Faith .....................................B4 Obituaries .............................B3 Classifieds .............................B5 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 See VERNON A2 Committee: funding method likely to change CHIPLEY — Any member of the Chipley High School Class of 1993 seeking information on the 20th year reunion can call Paula Watkins at 5563303 or email her at paula_watkins_2000@ See BRIEF A3 50¢ Volume 90, Number 3 Chipley High School Class of 1993 VERNON — The Chipley Red Hatters, females 50 years old and older, will meet at Holmes Creek Pizza in Vernon at 12:30 p.m. April 30. There will be friends, food and fellowship. FWC to waive license requirement for some invasive species, A6 CHIPLEY — The Wausau Possum Festival will receive a $1,000 grant from the Washington County Tourism Development Council this year, but most likely cash grants for advertising will be as much a thing of the past as donkey softball. Wausau Town Clerk Margaret Riley was on hand to request the funding for the 44th annual Possum Festival, which will take place July 27, Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 at the Possum Palace. “This is the 44th year, so who doesn’t know what the Possum Festival is?” Riley said, joking with the council members. “It’s also the hottest day of the year.” See POSSUM A2 Local man gets truck through Dream Foundation By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Ernest Wayne Dupree was told he only had six months to live, and his wish of reviving his pickup truck to its former glory was realized through the efforts of Emerald Coast Hospice’s Dream Foundation, Washington-Holmes Technical Center and countless donations from across the community. The restored pickup truck was presented to him in a heartwarming ceremony on Wednesday, April 17, at WHTC. “This means a lot to me,” Dupree said. “It’s very overwhelming just to see what I was driving before and what I get now. A year ago today, I was given six months to live, and now I’m thanking God that I’m standing here today.” Misty Brown, medical social worker with Emerald Coast Hospice, explained the Dream Foundation. See DREAM A2 CECILIA SPEARS | The News Ernest Wayne Dupree and his fiancé, Vanessa Hawkins, stand with an image of his truck along with the staff of Emerald Coast Hospice and WashingtonHolmes Technical Center. Simple and reliable has always been a good way to go. © 2012 Regions Bank. 5016823 Rhonda Sapp | 850.849.3476 |

Washington County News 4-27-13

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