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NEWS Washington County For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Wrestling benefit planned VERNON — There will be an AWF/NHW professional wrestling event on Saturday at the old high school gym in Vernon. The event is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and will feature professional wrestlers Waylon Barley, Dandy Jack, Lane Smart, Mark Justice, Shane Gibson, Nelson Izee, Chris Tighe, Cali Kid and a special apperance by Chic Donovan. The card is subject to change. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and bell time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $6, and children 5 and younger get in free. For more information, call Dora at 3268004 or Garry at 904-235-7244. w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Corbin appointed ‘point of contact’ By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — After only an hour’s debate, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners appointed Public Services Director David Corbin to serve as a point of contact in lieu of ap- pointing an interim county administrator. However, Corbin wasn’t the commissioners’ first nomination of the morning when the board met in special session Tuesday to discuss seeking a replacement for County Administrator Steve Joyner, who resigned his position with the county on Thursday. Commissioner Todd Abbott proposed former commissioner Hulan Carter to serve as an interim county administrator, but his motion was defeated 3-2 with Commissioners Lynn Gothard, Alan Bush and Charles Brock voting against appointing Carter. Abbott also suggested the county’s interim Human Resources Director Albert Davis as a possible choice, but that suggestion had been voted down on Thursday after Joyner’s announcement and did not come to a vote again on Tuesday. Brock said he questioned whether or not the county LENDING A HAND INDEX Arrests ..................................A5 Opinion .................................A4 Outdoors ...............................A6 Sports ...................................A7 Extra.....................................B1 Faith .....................................B4 Obituaries .............................B5 Classifieds .............................B6 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 needed a county administrator and suggested appointing Corbin as a point of contact person to whom county department heads could turn if they had problems. Corbin also would be given signature authority for day-to-day expenditures See BOCC A2 Bill aims to help rural communities By VALERIE GARMAN 747-5076| @valeriegarman County Council on Aging, a United Way agency. “Our goal is to provide for the founders of Washington County, to meet their needs and to keep them in their homes for as long as possible.” Smith said the Council on Aging has suffered a 15 percent budget decrease in the last two years, and because of budget constraints, the Meals on Wheels program is PANAMA CITY — The city of Blountstown, located in Northeast Calhoun County, operates on a $3 million per year budget and is struggling to keep up with infrastructure needs. “It’s no cheaper to fix things here than it is in a big city,” said City Manager Emory Pierce. “But in big cities with multi-million dollar budgets, a couple of thousand dollars to fix something is nothing.” The story is similar for rural communities across the Panhandle region, and U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, is hoping a new bill might help those areas he said “form the backbone of North and Northwest Florida.” Southerland recently introduced the Building Rural Communities Act, a bill aimed at giving rural government officials the necessary tools to plan large-scale improvement projects in a more cost-effective manner. Co-sponsored by Rep. Mike McIntyre, D- N.C., the legislation would channel between 3 and 5 percent of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Essential Communities Facilities loan and grant program toward technical assistance and financial planning for rural communities. See TRAWICK A2 See RURAL A2 ‘Heart of the USA Pageant’ Sunday CHIPLEY — The 2013 North Florida’s Miss Heart of the USA State Pageant Preliminary to benefit The Washington County Council on Aging is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Panhandle Shrine Club, 1425 Brickyard Road in Chipley. Queens will advance to the 2013 North Florida State Pageant in September, and winners of the preliminary will be riding the official Miss Heart of the USA float in the Bonifay rodeo parade in October. For more information, visit missheartoftheusa. com/washingtoncounty. 50¢ Volume 90, Number 5 RANDAL SEYLER | The News Trawick Construction presented United Way of Northwest Florida a check for $5,868 on Friday at the Trawick office in Chipley. The company held a golf tournament to raise the money for United Way, and representatives from United Way and the Washington County Council on Aging were on hand to accept the gift. Trawick Construction donates $5,868 to United Way By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Trawick Construction of Chipley presented United Way of Northwest Florida a check for $5,868 on Friday. The donation was raised during the company’s fifth annual Bring Your Old Buddy golf tournament at Dogwood Lakes in Bonifay. “We are thrilled to present this check to the United Way of Northwest Florida,” said Phillip Metcalf of Trawick Construction. “They make such a huge impact in our community and we are proud of our partnership with them.” Trawick Construction is a leading provider of outside plant services to telecom and long line companies throughout the U.S. “I can’t thank you guys enough for holding the golf tournament,” said Mary Smith of the Washington Commissioner’s email request questioned Gothard sought public safety director job description By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — A Washington County resident questioned a county commissioner’s request for a job description during Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting in Chipley. Skyla Carter of Chipley told the commissioners she had concerns about county interviewing policies that were raised when she re- quested emails of county officials through the Florida Sunshine Law. In the emails, Commissioner Lynn Gothard asked Heather Finch, former human resources director for the county, to send her a copy of the public safety director job description to a different email account. The county does not have a public safety director since the retirement of Roger Hagan in December. “I was concerned about the email being sent to a different address,” Carter said. “I had made a request for all emails about the public safety director position, and I was wondering if there were any emails I didn’t receive. Gothard said she knew what Carter was talking about. “I sent Heather an email asking her to send a copy of FILE PHOTO | Washington County News the job description to me,” County Commissioner Lynn Gothard, left, takes Gothard said. 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