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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, JULY 20, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF ‘Footloose’ staged tonight CHIPLEY — Spanish Trail Playhouse is proud to present “Footloose: The Musicalâ€? at 7 p.m. tonight, July 20, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors (65 & up) and Military (with ID) and $10 for students aged 12-17 years. T.J. Roulhac High School Reunion CHIPLEY — The Lions will roar again at the Roulhac High School reunion this weekend. The reunion began Friday, and will continue today and tomorrow. This is the perfect time to reconnect with class mates and friends. A slate of fun activities is planned for alumni and the Washington County Community. Our theme is “An Ode to a Lifetime of Memories.â€? The opening program will be at 7 p.m. on July 19 in the Roulhac Auditorium. Classes will march in by ordered years. Helping celebrate will be our See BRIEFS A2 "" !         Get your free copy now INSIDE INDEX Community Calendar .............A2 Faithfully Yours .....................A4 Classifieds .............................A5 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Trinity Martial Arts honored, A3 50¢ Volume 90, Number 28 City to seek grant on utilities project Council OKs resolution to apply for funds By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — City Council members met in a five-minute session Thursday to approve a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a rural infrastructure feasibility grant. The grant is the first in a series of grants the city will seek as it strives to extend water service to south of Interstate 10 and works to update the town’s aging waterlines. Tom Bryant, representing the consultant firm Doug Bruce & Associates of Tallahassee, was on hand, but the council had no questions for him. “This resolution is really just us showing support for this grant process,â€? City Administrator Dan Miner said, adding that the council has voiced its opinion that the city should concentrate on extending the water service to south of the interstate. The council voted in February to take the first step in seeking grant funding for repairing the city’s aging waterlines and to expand the city’s water system to south of Interstate 10 when it put out a request for qualifications for a consulting firm. Doug Bruce & Associates was ultimately chosen to serve the city in that capacity. Miner said currently the city utilities including water, sewer and gas end at the Super 8 Motel property. Resident and real estate broker Hyperbaric oxygen therapy Gary Hartman told the council in February that extending water service south of I-10 could mean economic growth for the city’s interstate corridor. “If the water is there, the businesses will come,â€? Hartman said, noting that while a hotel could not be built without city sewer services, restaurants could function on city water and a septic tank. “Restaurants definitely need city water, if they operate on a well, then they have to have their water tested every month,â€? Hartman said. See UTILITIES A2 Matt Gaetz has big quarter for contributions By MATTHEW BEATON Halifax Media PHOTOS BY RANDAL SEYLER Hospital staff and administration unveil the certification from the Unersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society for NFCH’s Wound Healing Institute’s hyperbaric program. NFCH is the only critical access hospital in the country to have an accredited hyperbaric program, and is one of only nine accredited programs in the state of Florida. NWF Community Hospital celebrates new accreditation for Wound Healing Institute By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Northwest Florida Community Hospital administration, staff and community leaders gathered Tuesday to celebrate the hospital’s Wound Healing Institute accreditation for Hyperbaric Services. “Any time a hospital gets accredited, it is a big deal,â€? said Pat Schlenker, CEO of Northwest Florida Community Hospital. “Especially a small, rural hospital such as ours.â€? The Wound Healing Institute at NFCH is one of nine accredited facilities in the state of Florida, and the only Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society accredited facility between Lakeland and Pensacola. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses a special chamber, sometimes called a pressure chamber, to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood. The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about two and a half times greater than the normal pres- PANAMA CITY— State Rep. Matt Gaetz has amassed more than $252,360 for an election that’s more than three years away, according to second quarREP. MATT ter campaign finance records GAETZ released this week. His impressive haul overshadowed the relatively modest sums brought in by other Panhandle lawmakers preparing for their own races. Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, is running for the state Senate District 1 seat and had to gain ground quickly. His primary competition in the race, state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, threw his hat in the ring in December and had built a war chest of more than $90,000 during first quarter fundraising. Patronis has since bowed out, saying he wants to spend more time with his family. But Gaetz needed only about six weeks to catch and overtake him, as he readies himself for the 2016 election. The majority of Gaetz’s funds, however, came from outside the Senate district, which consists of Bay, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington and part of Okaloosa counties. See GAETZ A2 Westville Woman killed in crash From Staff Reports Catherine Todorovich, CEO of Innovative Healing Systems of Tampa, at left, speaks on Tuesday at Northwest Florida Community Hospital while hospital CEO Pat Schlenker looks on. The hospital celebrated the accreditation of the hospital’s hyperbaric services. Hospital celebrates accreditation for hyperbaric services. sure in the atmosphere. This helps your blood carry more oxygen to organs and tissues in your body, according to the National Institute for Health website, Hyperbaric therapy can help wounds, especially infected wounds, heal more quickly. The hospital received its accreditation on June 24 from UHMS, which is the governing body for the Hyperbaric community and follows the same rigorous standards for accreditation as the Joint Commission and the National See HYPERBARIC A2 CHIPLEY — A 28-year-old pregnant woman was killed Monday morning after the pickup truck she riding in crashed on Interstate 10 in Washington County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Misty Nicole Hanson of Westville was the passenger in an eastbound 1995 Chevrolet pickup that veered into the median on I-10 near mile marker 119. The truck then crossed back through both lanes off traffic and entered the south shoulder and overturned. The driver of the pickup is unknown, and the investigation is ongoing, according to the FHP. Hanson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. She was taken to Bay Medical Center for treatment where she and her unborn child succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead. Another passenger, 54-year-old David Collier of Ponce De Leon, was taken to Northwest Florida Community Hospital with noncritical injuries. Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... @WCN_HCT

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