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NEWS Washington County For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Finch Family Reunion SUNNY HILLS — The William Dallas Finch Decedents Association would like to announce the Finch Family Reunion for the descendants and friends of the late William Dallas Finch. The reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Sunny Hills Community Center. Please arrive at approximately 11 a.m. this will allow for fellowship prior to the meal being served at noon. Bring a well filled basket to share with others. If you have photos or other related items that you would be willing to share, please bring them along. After lunch please stay so that we may take more photos for future events. For more information call Kenneth Finch at 638-5307. w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Labor Day celebration to be held Saturday Postponed July 4 fireworks, music, food planned By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT VERNON — The city of Vernon will celebrate Labor Day this Saturday with food, music, fireworks and fun, in spite of recent flooding, said Mayor Michelle Cook. In fact, the flooding, which began on July 2, was the reason the Fourth of July celebration was postponed until Labor Day. Now, just a few days before the official end of summer and the beginning of September, Vernon and Washington County are still dealing with flooded roads, businesses and homes. “The activities will begin at 5 p.m., and the fireworks will be at 9 p.m.,” Cook told the Vernon City Council on Monday night. “Gilley’s is providing the entertainment, and there will be bounce houses and games for the kids.” The city will also be providing the food Guardian ad Litem See BRIEFS A2 INDEX Opinion .................................A4 Sports ...................................A6 Extra.....................................B1 Faith .....................................B4 Obituaries .............................B3 Classifieds .............................B6 See VERNON A3 BOCC approves restaurant request By RANDAL SEYLER RANDAL SEYLER | The News Volunteers Connie Walker, Rhonda Dickinson and Rhonda Kent listen to Circuit Director Fred Hapner describe the role of the Guardian ad Litem volunteer during a training session on Aug. 12 in Chipley. Volunteers serve as advocates, mentors for children By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Serving as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer advocate takes not only training — it also takes an open heart and common sense, said Fred Hapner, circuit director for the 14th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. The 14th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, which includes Washington and Holmes Counties, started its regular training program on Aug. 12 in Chipley with a ON THE WEB Guardian ad Litem Visit the website handful volunteers enrolled. The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a network of professional staff and community advocates, partnering to provide a voice in court for the children and to create positive change on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. The GAL program uses adult volunteers who are concerned for the well being of children and have a continuing commitment to advocate for a child until a safe and permanent home is obtained. There are 21 local Guardian ad Litem programs in 20 judicial circuits in Florida. Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. See AD LITEM A2 CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the request for variance by Somsri’s Restaurant in Vernon on Thursday, clearing the way for construction on the new facility to begin. “Widening Highway 79 will take out part of their building and all their front parking,” said Michael DeRuntz, senior planner for the county. The request for a setback variance for the restaurant went before the county Planning Commission on Aug. 6, and the commissioners recommended approval of the request. The widening of Highway 79 by the Department of Transportation took a large portion of the restaurant’s frontage, and the new construction will bring the restaurant back up to where it was pre-construction. “The Planning Commission reviewed this request, and they recommend it be approved,” DeRuntz told the board. “This is a unique hardship for this particular application.” “The owners want to stay where they are, but they need some relief,” said Panama City attorney Martha “Sister” Blackmon Mil- See BOCC A2 Cottondale man arrested after Holmes County man shot in foot From Staff Reports Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 for the event, she said. The only thing that is missing from the July 4 celebration will be the parade. Volunteers will be in Vernon helping families repair their flood-damaged homes, the mayor said. Ben Tarpley of Live 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT 2013 Soccer Registration CHIPLEY — The City of Chipley will registration for the 2013 soccer is currently being held. And child between the ages of four and 14 as of Oct. 1 will be eligible to participate. If registered from 3 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 26 – 30 or Sept 3 – 6 the cost is $42 per player. If registered after Sept. 6 the cost is then $47 50¢ Volume 90, Number 39 arm from a vehicle. The arrests stemmed from an Aug. 17 report of a CHIPLEY — A Cottondale shooting at a residence on man was arrested after a Gilbert’s Mill Road. Holmes County man was in The shooting occurred the foot, according to a rein the early morning hours port from the Washington of Aug. 17 after Mabry County Sheriff ’s Office. DAVID ELLIS received a call from his David Ellis Mabry, MABRY brother, who was attending 43, of Cottondale was ara party at the Gilbert’s Mill rested in connection with charges of aggravated battery Road residence. Mabry went to the residence with a firearm and shooting a fire- COLLEGE PICK-EM Win $25 weekly just by picking the most winning games! where the party was being held. When Mabry arrived at the residence, he observed two male subjects approaching his vehicle then fired several shots into the air as well as at the ground from the driver’s side of his vehicle, according to the report. Mabry then left in his vehicle, stopping a short distance down the road. Mabry said he was followed by a vehicle, so Mabry exited his vehi- cle and fired approximately seven rounds with a SKS assault rifle into the vehicle. Cody Alan Corbin, who was driving the vehicle Mabry fired his weapon into, was struck in the foot. EMS arrived at the scene and Corbin refused to be taken to the hospital. Mabry was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail. Scoreboard for Aug. 31 games inside! Contest starts today and runs through November. Look for upcoming Saturday games in print or online at and 5017217 Wednesday, AUGUST 28, 2013 Chipley High Marching Band B1

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