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NEWS Washington County Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Vernon celebrates 4th of July in September, B1 New director no stranger to library For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF By RANDAL SEYLER MARSHA HARRISON BENEFIT BETHLEHEM — A benefit for Marsha Harrison will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Bethlehem High School, beginning with a De-Feet Cancer 5K Run/Walk. Entry for the 5K is $30, and registration will be at 7 a.m. with the 5K starting at 8 a.m., with awards to follow. Fried fish and chicken plates will be $7. There will also be a silent auction at 10 a.m. with the winning bids being announced at 1 p.m., and there will also be inflatables for the kids. Harrison is undergoing treatments for breast cancer in Birmingham, Ala. An account also is set up at the First federal Bank in Bonifay as “Benefit Account for Marsha Harrison.” For more information, call Emmy Mosser at 547-3468 or Wanda Pope at 956-4459. 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Even though the Washington County Library is closed this week, the staff is still hard at work. “We’re closed for work days,” library director Renae Rountree said. “We are getting ready for a new computer system that will be installed in February.” The new system is going to save the library $15,000, and in these days of tight governmental budgets, that is a plus. “They’ve not told me of any cuts,” Rountree said of the coming budget year. One plus for the library budget is the financial aid libraries receive from the state of Florida. “For each dollar budgeted by the county, we get 50 cents from the state,” she said. “That means nearly a third of our budget comes from RANDAL SEYLER | The News Washington County Library Director Renae Rountree discusses library programs at the Chipley branch of the library on Thursday. Rountree became the library director in July when she was hired by the Board of County Commissioners. revenue outside of the county.” Rountree, who was named the However, the library aid from new library director on July 25 by the state has been controversial in the Board of County Commissionthe past, Rountree said. ers, has been employed by the li- brary system since 2010 and has a master’s degree in library science from Florida State University. “I grew up in Cottondale, but my grandparents lived in Chipley, right next to the old library. I used to walk to the library by myself, which was a big thing when I was little,” she said. The Jackson County Library also used to run a Bookmobile to the IGA in Cottondale, and Rountree said she used to enjoying visiting the bus to check out books as well. She got her bachelor’s degree from FSU-Panama City and went on to complete her master’s degree online. Having the education qualified her for the role of library director, and when the job came open earlier this year, she applied. “They interviewed me, and I was chosen,” she said, “I was really excited.” FOOTBALL FEVER HOSPICE PLANS VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON CHIPLEY — Emerald Coast Hospice will have a volunteer luncheon at noon Tuesday, Sept. 10. Those interested in being a community volunteer are invited to attend the luncheon. Volunteer services include patient care services, clerical and administrative, events and bereavement. To RSVP or for more information, call Margo Lamb, manager of Volunteer Services. INDEX Public hearings set on gambling By MATTHEW BEATON RANDAL SEYLER | The News Opinion .................................A4 Sports ................................A6-7 Extra.....................................B1 Faith .....................................B4 Obituaries .............................B5 Classifieds .............................B7 See LIBRARY A2 522-5114 | @matthewbeaton See BRIEF A2 Vernon High School students Selena Holley, C.J. Priest and Michaela Weeks painted themselves orange and blue to support the Yellow Jackets in their season opener Friday in Vernon. For the full story of Friday’s game, see Page A6. Woman’s Club of Chipley to meet Sept. 11 Special to the News Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 50¢ Volume 90, Number 41 CHIPLEY — The Woman’s Club of Chipley will begin its new year Sept. 11 with a luncheon meeting at their clubhouse on South Fifth Street. The program for this meeting will be “Websites and other Social Media Technology.” The new president, Elaine Chadwell, and other officers were installed in May by District Director Jan Gainer, from Panama City. Four new members also were presented and welcomed into the club. Special events planned for this year are fundraisers and fun nights at the clubhouse for members and others in the community. A pulled pork plate lunch will be sold Sept. 26, a Ladies Game Night is scheduled in October, the Kirby Holiday Showcase is in November, the Christmas Tour of Homes in De- cember and the Bridal Expo is in January. Other activities are scheduled in the spring to help fund the scholarship that is given to a CHS student and donations to many other local organizations. Throughout the year, items are donated to Love-in-Action and the community Food Pantry. If you are interested in the club or any of the upcoming events, call Carolyn Heath at 773-3100. PANAMA CITY— Florida residents will get four public hearings to sound off on gambling’s future in the state, as lawmakers prepare to craft comprehensive legislation for the industry that will be addressed in next year’s session. The sole Panhandle hearing will be in Pensacola in November. Meetings also are scheduled for Fort Lauderdale and Lakeland in October and Jacksonville in November. The exact dates of the meetings have not been set. Right now, the Spectrum Gaming Group is working on the second part of a $388,845 study, reviewing the economic impact of gaming on communities. Part one of the study was released July 1, and the final piece will be out by Oct. 1, giving residents time to review it before the meetings. “I believe the hearings will provide the opportunity for people of varying opinions to react to the empirical analysis that the Senate and the House commissioned, and also to provide insights from a community prospective,” said Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, who hopes to attend the Pensacola meeting. Gaetz would like to hear from law enforcement, local See GAMBLING A2 Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... We bring it home! @WCN_HCT 5017219 CHipleypaper.Com

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