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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, AUGUST 3, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Florida Sales Tax Holiday The Florida Sales Tax Holiday for back-toschool supplies begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and ends at midnight Sunday, Aug. 4. For complete list of tax-exempt items, see last week’s special Back To School section or visit chipleypaper. com. Christian Haven Gospel Jam CHIPLEY — Christian Haven Church will be holding a Gospel Jam on today, Aug. 3. Refreshment will be served at 6 p.m. and singing will begin shortly thereafter. For more information call 638-0836 or 773-2602. w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m WAUSAU —The 44th annual Possum Festival concludes today in Wausau with the annual Fun Day. The festival weekend began Friday with the Possum King and Queen Contest, and today’s Fun Day features food, music, and fun all day long. The annual Possum Festival is sponsored by the Wausau Volunteer Fire Department. All the events are held at or around the Possum Palace. The Saturday events are free to the public. There will be food and craft vendors set up, so bring See FESTIVAL A2 44TH ANNUAL POSSUM FESTIVAL FUN DAY Events free to public 6 a.m. — Pancake breakfast at the lodge 7:30 a.m. — Possum trot 9:30 a.m. — Billy Lipford 10 a.m. — Parade 10:30 a.m. — Shelly Smith Trio (gospel music) 11 a.m. — Corn Pone 11:30 a.m. — Highcotton (bluegrass) Noon — Flag raising 12:10 p.m. —Possum and Quilt auction 1 p.m. — Greasy Pole CHRISTMAS in July See BRIEFS A2 "" !     Commissioners keep millage rate same as last year By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT Funny Bone Soup CHIPLEY — The Spanish Trail Playhouse will be presenting Funny Bone Soup: A Night of Comedy at 7 p.m. today, Aug. 3. The play is written by Emory Wells. Tickets may be purchased from the Washington County Public Library or the Spanish Trail Playhouse Business 50¢ Volume 90, Number 32 Wausau Possum Festival continues today From Staff Reports Faith events A4 PHOTOS BY RANDAL SEYLER Above, Roy and Darlene Ray, better known as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, visited Northwest Florida Community Hospital on Wednesday when the Skilled Nursing Unit held its annual “Christmas in Julyâ€? event at the hospital. The event provides residents of the Skilled Nursing Unit an opportunity to continue to be contributing members of society. This year the residents sponsored Anchorage Children’s Society, and family members, staff and friends made contributions of toys, books, clothing and toiletries. These items will provide assistance to age groups 0-18 and expecting mothers up to age 21. Below, the quartet, the Magic Makers, perform at “Christmas in Julyâ€? on Wednesday at Northwest Florida Community Hospital.     Get your free copy now CHIPLEY — the Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to keep the county millage rate at 8.9195 Wednesday morning in a special meeting. The Commissioners had been presented with a millage rate of 9.21 on Thursday but the board decided to discuss the matter further at a special workshop held on Monday then decided the matter on Wednesday with no discussion. Commissioner Todd Abbott also presented the board with a budget that he had balanced. “We took a look at the budget, and I had conversations with Dallas Carter, David Corbin, the sheriff, the property assessor and the tax collector,â€? he said. “We were able to balance the budget without raising the millage rate.â€? See MILLAGE A2 City Planning Commission OKs church plans By RANDAL SEYLER INSIDE 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT INDEX CHIPLEY — The Chipley Planning & Zoning Commission approved a “certificate of appropriatenessâ€? for the First Baptist Church to demolish structures at 781 3rd Street and 791 3rd Street. The houses are in the city’s Historic District and are to be demolished to make room for a new parking lot as part of the church’s planned expansion. The city held a public hearing Wednesday afternoon and the Council Chambers at City Hall, and about 60 church members came out in support of the expansion plans. Events ...................................A2 Faith .....................................A4 Classifieds .............................A6 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 See CHURCH A2 Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... @WCN_HCT

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