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NEWS Washington County w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Wednesday, MAY 22, 2013 CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Magic Art Show CHIPLEY — The Washington County Arts Council annual Summertime Magic Art Show and Sale will be June 29 at the Panhandle Watermelon Festival. The top prize for Best of Show is $250. For information, email Suzan Gage at suzangage@yahoo. com or call 693-0808. Vernon city attorney position discussed By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT VERNON — City Council members discussed the resignation of former City Attorney Kerry Adkison at Monday’s Vernon City Council workshop. Adkison said his resignation was accepted by the council on a 3-2 vote on May 13, and came after some council members questioned Adkison’s responsiveness to the city’s needs. “I told them I didn’t see the need for me going to a meeting and billing them $300 to $500 when a 10 minute phone call would suffice,” Adkison said Tuesday morning. The council was considering firing a city employee May 3 at a special workshop, and Adkison said he advised against the action based on a lack of documentation. The council members tried to call Adkison, but his office is closed on Fridays. “This all started with the water department, and people complain- ing that the city wasn’t responsive to calls,” Adkison said. “When they couldn’t get me on the phone, they said I wasn’t responsive.” Councilman Shawn Sanders suggested that the city might have to advertise the city attorney position, and Adkison told them he would resign. “I never have billed them the way I should,” Adkison said. “I told Tray Hawkins that if they expected me to be always available, then I would have to start billing them for every little thing.” Children’s Pow Wow CHIPLEY — The North Bay Lower Muscogee Clan Inc. will hold a free Children’s Pow Wow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Northwest Florida Muscogee Grounds, off State 77, on Lonnie Road, south of Chipley. Donations will be accepted. INDEX Opinion .................................A4 Outdoors ...............................A6 Sports ...................................A7 Extra.....................................B1 Faith .....................................B4 Obituaries .............................B3 Classifieds .............................B6 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 Adkison said he took the city attorney position mainly because he is from Vernon and he wanted to help the city out. “I’m not mad at anyone or anything,” he said. “I think very highly of all of the council members. Mostly, I am just relieved.” Vernon resident Bill Dobbins asked the council members at Monday’s workshop why they had accepted Adkison’s resignation. “I would like to ask the city council to reconsider their vote,” See ATTORNEY A8 Chipley Garden Club named Club of the Year STAR CHIPLEY ATHLETES New Hope School Reunion NEW HOPE — The 21st Annual New Hope School Reunion will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the New Hope Crossroads at the intersection of Highway 2 and 179A. All former students, relatives, teachers and friends are invited. Bring a covered dish. Chicken and drinks will be supplied. Bring pictures, memories and memorabilia to share. For more information, call Cecil Motley at 956-2507 or Carolyn Gauss at 956-2366. 50¢ Volume 90, Number 6 Special to the News PHOTOS BY RANDAL SEYLER Chipley High School basketball head coach Joel Orlando, right, hands out awards to athletes Trent Forrest, from left, Tyrone Sharpe and Kobe McCrary, during the annual Sports Banquet, held on May 13 at the high school. At right, the Chipley High School Athletes of the Year were senior Sara Kaye Compton, left, and junior Kobe McCrary. For more photos see Page B1 and visit 4 arrested in narcotics investigation From Staff Reports CHIPLEY — Three Caryville residents and a Ponce de Leon woman were arrested May 15 by the Washington County Drug Task Force in connection with a narcotics investigation, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff ’s Office. Arrested were: Thomas Ray Stricklen, 20, of Caryville, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and child neglect; Tracy Nichole Bruner, 20, of Caryville, on charges of child neglect, violation of probation, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled Nominate your favorite businesses, people, restaurants, and other categories for the 2013 Reader’s Choice “Best of Tri-County” substance without prescription; Christopher John Price, 26, of Caryville, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of firearm in the commission of a felony, child neglect, possession drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without prescription; and Zabbrina Gail Cook, 30, of Ponce de Leon, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of firearm in the commission of a felony, child neglect, possession drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance without prescription. The Task Force consists of the Chipley Police Department and the See 4 ARRESTED A2 THOMAS RAY STRICKLEN TRACY NICHOLE BRUNER CHRISTOPHER JOHN PRICE ZABBRINA GAIL COOK CHIPLEY — The Chipley Garden Club was named 2013 Garden Club of the Year on May 16 at Florida Federation of Garden Club’s District II Spring Meeting in Port St. Joe. Past District II Director Jane Brewer announced Chipley Garden Club was named Club of the Year at the 2013 FFGC Spring Convention at Fort Myers. “This is the No. 1 award given by FFGC. I congratulate Chipley Garden Club on winning this prestigious annual statewide award,” Brewer said. “The award recognizes the Florida garden club that best excels in all of the following categories: membership increase; service to membership; club programs and projects; members attending club, district, state meetings; and/or sponsored programs. Chipley Garden Club truly shares the joys of gardening with their community and each other. This is an awesome accomplishment, not only for Chipley, but for District II.” Chipley GC President Karen Roland remarked: “This is such an honor for our club. All our club members are doers and have a desire and the willingness to experiment with new projects and activities. We work hard and have a great time. With over 1,000 years of gardening experience all together, we are dedicated to passing our knowledge on to the next generations. We plant trees we will never sit beneath because we believe in the future, our club and in FFGC’s mission.” Chipley Garden Club also claimed the 2013 Nell Coe (GROW) Award for the Spring Gardens & English Tea event which focused on membership recruitment and National Garden Club/Deep South Region’s 3rd Place Youth Horticulture Award for horticulture projects with Kate Smith Elementary and Washington County Christian School students See GARDEN CLUB A2 Nominations – May 18-27 2013 of TRI-COUNT Y WASHINGTON I HOLMES I JACKSON GO TO CHIPLEYPAPER.COM votiNg begiNs May 28 - juNe 6 toP tHRee WiNNeRs WiLL be CHoseN 5016835 For the latest breaking news, visit Dobbs signs with Wallace Community College, A7

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