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NEWS Washington County For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM News BRIEF Horse rescuer charged with animal cruelty From Staff Reports CHIPLEY — The owner of Eternal Freedom Youth Ranch and Horse Rescue in Washington County has been charged with six felonies after law enforcement investigated complaints made about the ranch. Stephanie Lynn faces four felony counts of animal cruelty and two felony counts of falsifying immunization records, according to Chief Assistant State Attorney Greg Wilson. The State Attorney’s Office, Washington County Animal Control and the Department of Agriculture conducted the investigation that led to the charges against Lynn, Wilson said. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible, Wilson said. w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Members set attendance policy workshop Rick Everitt, PAEC program director for technology enhancement, told the board about a new purchasing program. “It’s hard for a small district to purchase supplies at the same price as the bigger districts,” Everitt said. “Through this new program, we are purchasing in By RANDAL SEYLER combination with 25 other states, 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT and (it) allows us to get the same prices as big districts such as BroCHIPLEY — The Washington Coun- ward and Dade.” The PAEC Cooperative State ty School Board heard a presentaprogram works tion on the Panhandle Area Educa- Purchasing through the Association of Edutional Consortium on Monday. cational Purchasing Agencies, a nationwide group of educational organizations working together to save districts time and money. The AEPA has more than $300 million in annual protected purchases, Everitt said. “I’m proud to come to Washington County; this is our home county,” Everitt said. The PAEC began in 1967, and its mission is to provide leadership and support services to its member school districts, as well as maximize the use of resources, link the schools and facilitate communication BATTLE OF THE BANDS within the organization. “We bring services to school districts that the districts could not afford individually,” Everitt said. “We’re especially proud of our STEM program.” The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills program involves more than 600 ninth- and tenth-graders at 52 high schools, and during the school year, students explored STEM career paths at numerous Scholars Regional Forums held See SCHOOL A2 CHIPLEY CITY COUNCIL Dothan band RTFO wins competition TT Special to the News he WHTC SkillsUSA Chapter and Lowes sponsored the Battle of the Bands on Saturday. Nine bands from Dothan, Ala., Panama City, Crestview, Marianna, Chipley and Vernon spent the day at the Spanish Trail Playhouse performing all genres of music from rock to Christian contemporary to a mixture of country-folk-reggae originals. “It was really an awesome show, and all the bands were so supportive of each other,” said Martha Compton, WHTC director. Homecoming at Pleasant Grove Church Pleasant Grove Church will hold a Homecoming at 6 p.m. Saturday. The church is on Shakey Joe Road at Hinson’s Crossing. There will be a spaghetti supper and an open microphone singing. Sunday morning service will be at 11 a.m. with a lunch after See BATTLE OF THE BANDS A3 SPECIAL TO THE NEWS SPECIAL TO THE NEWS A rendering depicts work the Community Redevelopment Agency planned to complete on a Chipley alleyway. CRA: Alley project might not happen City unable to contact property owner See BRIEF A2 INDEX Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 50¢ Volume 90, Number 9 School Board hears PAEC report IN BRIEF Arrests ..................................A5 Opinion .................................A4 Outdoors ...............................A6 Sports ...................................A7 Extra.....................................B1 Faith .....................................B4 Obituaries .............................B4 Classifieds .............................B7 A4 RANDAL SEYLER | The News At top, the guitarist with Bon Yard plays in Saturday’s Battle of the Bands at the Spanish Trail Playhouse in Chipley. The event featured nine bands competing for the chance to win a professionally recorded session in the technical center’s new digital studio. Above, Dothan’s RTFO was the winning band. in August, at City Hall. If necessary, a run-off election will be Aug. 20. If a candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for all candidates for the respective ward, or if the candidate has no opposition, he or she is elected at the Aug. 6 election. If no one has a majority of the votes, a run-off election is held, CHIPLEY — The Community Redevelopment Agency project to revamp an alleyway in downtown Chipley might be permanently stalled, City Council members learned Thursday at the council workshop. “The city’s attorney has been unable to contact one property owner, and without their permission, we are severely limited in what we can do in the alley,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ted Everett. City Attorney Michelle Taggart said she was certain she had the right address for the property owner, but they were not responding to the city’s attempts to communicate. “If we can’t get the alleyway deeded to the city, then we can’t touch the dirt,” Everett said. The project dates back a few years, See ELECTIONS A2 See ALLEY A2 City Council elections to be Aug. 6 Water tower demolition set for May 22 By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — The Ward 2 and 3 seats on the Chipley City Council, currently held by Kevin Russell and Lee Dell Kennedy, will be up for election on Aug. 6. The council was to approve a resolution setting the city election at Tuesday’s city council meeting. The meeting occurred after press time on Tuesday, but the resolution was discussed at Thursday’s council workshop. “It’s that time of year again,” Mayor Linda Cain said. “Seems like it was just here.” This year, the election will be held Aug 6, the first Tuesday By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT 5016817 Wednesday, MAY 15, 2013 Photo brings back 1940s memories

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