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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, JUNE 5, 2013 CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF HCE Club honors literacy program VERNON — The Generations HCE Club will hold a reception honoring the Washington County Adult Literacy Program at 11:30 a.m. today, June 5, at the city of Vernon Council Chambers. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. Vernon considers yard sale ordinance Law would only apply to cityowned property vendors off city property when they met Monday in a workshop at city hall. Councilman Joey Brock City Clerk Dian Hendrix what could be done about the constant yard sales on city property. “I’ve been checking into yard By RANDAL SEYLER sale ordinances, and some cities 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT charge up to $75 for a permit to hold a yard sale,” Hendrix said. She VERNON — The Vernon City noted that in Dotha, Ala., residents Council members discussed creat- are required to get permits for yard ing a yard sale ordinance to keep sales and are allowed three yard sales a year at no charge. “After the fourth yard sale, though, you have to pay,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to do anything to infringe upon people’s private property,” Councilman Tray Hawkins said. “Goodness knows the government already does that enough.” Mayor Michelle Cook agreed. “We only want to keep people from setting up on city property.” The council members agreed to look into having an ordinance drawn up prohibiting yard sales on city property. Once the ordinance is in effect, the city can contact the Washington County Sheriff ’s Office for help in enforcing it, Hendrix said. “Sheriff (Bobby) Haddock has been really good to us,” Hawkins said. “When we passed our curfew, we took a copy of the ordinance to him and he made sure there was a copy in all the cars.” Restaurant owner Moses Area seniors graduate Six VHS students will attend SEEK City Council meetings set CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council will hold its June workshop at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 at City Hall. The June regular meeting will be held Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers. CHIPLEY — McFatter, Owens cousin reunion will be held Saturday, June 8, at the Bonnett Pond Fellowship Hall, located next to the Bonnett Pond Church. Everyone come and see all the pictures we collected last year and an update on you family tree. Bring you best dishes and deserts. ABOVE PHOTO BY CATHRINE LAMB Chipley High School held its graduation ceremony Friday at Philip Rountree Memorial Field, graduating 105 seniors in the Class of 2013. For more graduation photos see Page A5. Worley Family Reunion PHOTO LEFT BY RANDAL SEYLER GRACEVILLE — The Vernon High School Class of 2013 gathered one last time at Yellow Jacket Stadium for their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday. Seniors received their diplomas from Superintendent Joseph Taylor, then received hugs from their senior class sponsors. For more graduation photos, see Page A8. The children and grandchildren of Perry and Canzada Worley would like to invite all See BRIEFS A3 INDEX Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 See VERNON A3 Special to the News McFatter, Owens reunion set Arrests ..................................A2 Opinion .................................A4 Sports ................................A7-8 Extra.....................................B1 Obituaries ..........................B5-6 Classifieds ..........................B7-8 50¢ Volume 90, Number 15 VERNON — With the assistance of Mrs. Sabrina Woods, Biology teacher at Vernon High School, the Vernon Garden Club held a contest in the Honors Biology class for students to earn trips to the SEEK (Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge) conference this summer. SEEK is an annual environmental conference for high school students sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Each summer, 70 students from across the state attend the outstanding 4day conference. Students entering grades 10, 11, or 12 are eligible to attend. The SEEK Conference focuses on today’s critical environmental issues such as climate change, energy conservation, alternative energy and sustainability; water quality and quantity (water pollution and water conservation); loss of wildlife habitat due to deforestation and development. The conference also promotes student initiative and leadership. See SEEK A2 Watermelon Festival Pageant this weekend Special to the News CHIPLEY — The 57th Annual Panhandle Watermelon Pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Washington County Agricultural Center. The pageant will also be held Saturday night beginning at 6:30 at the Ag Center. All proceeds will go to the Panhandle Watermelon Festival. The pageant is the precursor to the annual Watermelon Festival, which will be held on June 28 Nominate your favorite businesses, people, restaurants, and other categories for the 2013 Reader’s Choice “Best of Tri-County” and June 29 and feature musicians Joe Diffee, Andy Griggs, Grammy Award winning bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent and the gospel group Crossroads. Pageant winners will receive a large trophy, large crown, and banner, alternates and participants will receive trophies. Door admission is $5 per adult and applies to all individuals with the exception of contestants. Admission is free for children three and under. There will be a People’s Choice Award winner in each age division. This has no effect on the overall winners. The contestants from each age division that collects the most money will win the People’s Choice Title for that age division and will receive a trophy at the pageant. Picture packages will be available by Forget Me Not Photography of Bonifay. For more information call Teresa Bush daytime at 263-4744 or evenings at 263-3072 or call Sherry Saunders evenings at 263-3554. SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Miss Watermelon 2012 Olivia Guettler will give up her crown this weekend as a new Miss Watermelon Pageant winner is chosen Saturday at the Washington County Agricultural Center. 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 Chipley scholars honored | B1

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