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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, MAY 25, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Muscogee Clan to Hold Children’s Pow Wow CHIPLEY — The North Bay Lower Muscogee Clan Inc., will hold a Children’s Pow Wow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., today, May 25, at the Northwest Florida Muscogee Grounds, off State Road 77, on Lonnie Road, south of Chipley. There will be dancing and drum demonstrations with some hands on in the morning and knapping demonstrators in the afternoon along with games and practice with bow and arrow. There also will be storytelling, free hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks. The public is welcome. There is no charge but donations will be accepted. w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m ‘Can do’ attitude goes farther than ‘Can’t do’ A4 50¢ Volume 90, Number 12 Fire department hot topic with BOCC By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Tempers flared as the Washington County Board of Commissioners discussed the county fire department’s spending during Thursday’s BOCC meeting in Chipley. Resident and newly appointed county planning commissioner Nan Thompson came before the board with questions about fire department expenditures that she had discovered through a search of public records. “I’ve discovered some discrepancies with the Washington County Fire Department in Sunny Hills,â€? Thompson said, “and they concern me. I feel like this is important to me as a taxpayer.â€? Thompson said the Sunny Hills Fire Department operated as a 501(c)3 non-profit from 2009 to 2010, even as the department remained under the administration of the Washington County government. “For a couple of years, according to the minutes, the fire department was operating as both a 501(c)3 and as a county department,â€? she said. In 2010, the fire department also purchased $910 worth of personalized jackets for department members which were distributed as Christmas presents, Thompson said. “I can understand spending tax money on equipment that stays with the department, but if you give someone a gift, then it no longer belongs to the county.â€? She added that personalizing clothing would make it unlikely to be reused by other department members. “Someone else is not going to want to wear a T-shirt with my name on it,â€? Thompson said. She also said the department had given out $587 worth of flashlights as gifts to department members. “I have no problem with purchasing flashlights for use by the department, but giving them away?â€? Thompson said she thought the county should seek See BOCC A2 END OF AN ERA Chipley Red Hatters to Meet CARYVILLE — The Chipley Red Hatters will meet at 10:45 a.m., May 28 at Frenchies Restaurant in Caryville. "" !     Photo by RANDAL SEYLER Workers with Isler Demolition Inc. were in Chipley Tuesday night to tear down the historic Chipley water tower, which was determined in March to be a safety hazard. The tower sits at the corner of Highway 77 and Highway 90, and the intersection was closed to traffic while the demolition was performed, and the water tower was gone by Wednesday morning. The cost of the project was $24,200, and the city plans to build a park on the lot once the water tower is removed. For more photos, see Page 5A or visit     INSIDE INDEX Faith .....................................A4 Classifieds ......................... A6-8 Washington County Relay For Life holds wrap-up party By CATHRINE LAMB Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 638-0212| @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — The Washington County Relay for Life held the annual Wrap-up Party at Pattillo’s on the WHTC campus on May 13. We did fall short of our $60,000 goal, but the teams and volunteers raised $37,000. But the goal still can be met. Donations can be made to the 2013 Relay season until August by contacting any team member or by calling the American Cancer Society See RELAY A2 Photo by CATHRINE LAMB Jimmy Schweinsberg receiving his NASCAR jacket signed by the 2013 Committee members. Have a fun Memorial Day Weekend! Honor those we’ve loved and lost From the Associates of Store 2114 Chipley • 638-2243 5017118 Get your free copy now

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