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NEWS Washington County Wednesday, AUGUST 21, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Martial Arts in Chipley will hold a free “Focus Class for Better Grades” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. The class will be held at the karate school, which is located at 1370 N. Railroad Ave. For more information, call 326-1815. Christmas in August set DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — DeFuniak Springs will be the location of Christmas in August from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. The event is a fundraiser for Relay for Life, and is being held at the DeFuniak Community Center, Highway 83 North, in DeFuniak Springs. For more information, call Janet Hurst at 585-0030. Council looks to improve technical education Workforce improvement seen as key to attracting industry WEB WATCH By RANDAL SEYLER Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council For more information, visit 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — What if you wanted to open a facility making parts for airplane engines, but couldn’t find any employees locally with the skills to work the machines needed to machine the parts? Increasingly, manufacturers are having trouble finding employees capable of doing the jobs that need to be done. But now, there is a new council forming that hopes RANDAL SEYLER | The News to lay the groundwork for a healthy Terry Ellis, left, and Allan Bense discuss the new Northwest Florida workforce in Northwest Florida by bringing the various factions of Manufacturers Council at West Point Home in Chipley on Monday. education together with manufacThe council seeks to attract manufacturers to the region and turing leaders to develop a skilled improve the skill level of the area workforce. workforce. The newly formed Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council wants to bring educators and manufacturers together to work on building this workforce, making Northwest Florida more attractive to industries that might want to locate here. Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council Vice Chairman Allan Bense and Board Member Terry Ellis were in Chipley Monday discussing the new council. ‘Extremely dangerous situation’ Vernon Labor Day Celebration CHIPLEY — All branches of Washington County Public Library will be closed the week of See BRIEFS A8 INDEX Opinion .................................A4 Outdoors ...............................A6 Sports ...................................A7 Extra.....................................B1 Faith .....................................B4 Obituaries .............................B5 Classifieds .............................B6 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 See EDUCATION A2 Attorney calls debt claimer’s bluff By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT VERNON — The Vernon Labor Day Celebration will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 and will include food, fireworks, entertainment and fun for all ages. The event was rescheduled from July 4 due to rain. Fall Cleanup at library 50¢ Volume 90, Number 37 ‘Focus Class’ set for Friday CHIPLEY — Trinity Holmes Valley Quilters’ Club: A patchwork of friends, family and community | B1 and into her outbuildings. “I would like to have someone come out and look at this ditch and see if anything can be done,” Moore said. “I can’t continue to strip out skirting and bleach everything down every time it rains 10 inches.” “In 50-plus years, I have never seen flooding like this,” said Council Member Gwen March. CARYVILLE — When it comes to paying a contractor’s bill for $16,510, Town Attorney Lyndia Spears told the Caryville Town Council that “calling their bluff” would be the best course of action. The council, which met on Aug. 13, approved Spears sending a letter of dispute and request of proof of documentation in reply to a contractor who sent the bill. The bill was first discussed during the council’s June 11 meeting. Spears explained that the town received two grants of $20,000 to build Hodges and Sellers Park in Caryville in 2010. “This was before my time, but as I understand it one of the parks went over budget,” said Spears. “However the town had paid off the over amount, which was quite a bit over $20,000. This bill says that the town owes a principle amount of $16,510 but fails to provide documentation, which is why I strongly advise the town dispute the bill.” Spears said that the contractor has yet to provide documentation and at this time there is nothing else the town can do in the matter. Supervisor of the Caryville Flea Market See VERNON A8 See DEBT A2 RANDAL SEYLER | The News County Coordinator David Corbin tests the water at Blue Lake Community Center on Monday. He and County Commissioner Joel Pate were out examining the flood damage following a weekend that brought several inches of rain to the Panhandle. Local State of Emergency declared after flooding By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency Monday as flooding once again visited the Panhandle. Chipley received between 5 and 15 inches of rain over the weekend, ac- cording to local weather reports, and Vernon once again was inundated, as was the Blue Pond Community Center in Chipley. Blue Lake overflowed its banks and covered Highway 77 as well, closing the highway to traffic Sunday night and Monday morning. Washington County residents were See EMERGENCY A2 Vernon hears from flooding victims, volunteers City fire trucks damaged in accident heard a report from Hammers and Hearts, a Christian volunteer group helping Vernon residents rebuild. “Everybody has seen the flooding that is every where,” said resident Martha Moore, “but my property has By RANDAL SEYLER flooded three times since July 3.” 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT Moore said the problem is with her drainage culvert, which is half full of VERNON — City Council members dirt. Moore resides at 2883 Dawkins heard a plea for help from one resi- Street in Vernon, and she said the wadent struggling with flood water and ter was backing up under her home Connect with us 24/7 @WCN_HCT 5017201 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more...

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