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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m 50¢ Volume 90, Number 46 Ebro discusses Enterprise Zone expansion For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Water bath canning class CHIPLEY — A Water Bath Canning Class will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Sand Hills Baptist Church, 6758 Hwy. 77, in Chipley. Participants will learn the basics of safely preserving acid foods by using the water bath canner. Registration fee is $5 and includes class materials. Space is limited. Pre-regsistration is required by contacting the Washington County Extension Office, 6386265, or the Holmes County Extension Office, 547-1108. Extension programs are open to everyone. For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact 6386265 (TDD, via Florida Relay Service, 1-800955-8771) at least five working days prior to the class so that proper consideration may be given to the request. Vernon council to decide on its zone on Monday By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT EBRO — The Ebro Town Council discussed expanding its Enterprise Zone Thursday night during a public hearing, while Vernon City Council is set to take up the topic again on Monday. The Vernon City Council will decide whether or not to allow expansion of its existing Enterprise Zone down Moss Hill Road in an attempt to make the city more attractive to industry. An Enterprise Zone is a state-created area for industrial or commercial development that offers in- centives to businesses in order to create jobs. Those incentives include jobs creation tax credits, electrical energy tax credits, sales tax refunds for jobs creation and building materials, property tax credits for jobs creation and sales tax refunds for business equipment and machinery. Stuff the bus CHIPLEY — The Chipley Kiwanis Dinner Theater will be 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday. The theme is “A Night of Music,” which will be performed by local talent. Crossroads, New Life Fellowship Youth Band, and Chipley High School Jazz Band will be performing. Tickets are $20 each or two for $35. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Vickie See BRIEFS A2 INDEX RANDAL SEYLER | The News The United Way teamed with Wal-Mart to hold a “Stuff the Bus” back to school drive in Washington County for the first time this year, and on Tuesday the United Way Executive Team delivered over 80 bags of various school supplies to the Washington County School District’s administration office. On hand for the event were, from left, Darrin Wall, Waylon Fulford, Bill Lee, Superintendent Joe Taylor, Mike Park, Gail Riley, Pat Collins, Cheryl Allen and United Way Director of Resource Development Ron Sharpe. Scarecrow contest brings color to downtown Flooding recovery update given by United Way representative By RANDAL SEYLER Community Events .................A3 Faith .....................................A4 Classifieds .............................A5 Last year the state Legislature passed a new law allowing counties to expand their Enterprise Zones, and Washington County will be allowed to expand its areas by three miles, which Washington County Chamber of Commerce Executive See ENTERPRISE A3 Officials cleared in ethics complaints From Staff Reports Kiwanis Dinner Theater planned Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 Faith Events A4 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — The scarecrow invasion of downtown Chipley has begun, and the Washington County Historical Society and the Garden Club are looking for businesses and groups to contribute to the event. “It’s a good way to get the word out about your business or club and RANDAL SEYLER | The News it’s fun,” said Dorothy Odom, direcScarecrows greet traffic on Highway 77 downtown Chipley. The tor of the Washington County History Chipley Garden Club is hosting its annual Scarecrow Festival on Oct. Museum. Odom and Garden Club member 19 and some scarecrows are already on hand for the convention. There See SCARECROW A2 will be a “how-to” scarecrow building class held at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Farmers’ Market in Chipley. PANAMA CITY— A state ethics panel has cleared Gulf and Washington County officials of wrongdoing after ethics complaints were filed against them. The Florida Commission on Ethics acted on 38 complaints during a closed-door session at its Sept. 13 meeting, including the three that affected area officials, according to a news release Wednesday. Washington County commissioners Alan Bush and Patricia Gothard were exonerated in the meeting. The news release gave no details on the accusations against the two sitting commissioners, but said the complaints were dismissed due to a “lack of legal sufficiency.” Former Gulf County Commissioner Bill Williams was also cleared of two complaints. He was accused of selling “wellness services” to the county while he was a sitting commissioner, thus creating an inappropriate business relationship, the news release said. The state panel, however, found no probable cause that it was a “prohibited business relationship.” Williams also was accused of having an improper contract with the county while serving on the board, thereby creating a conflict of interest. The state panel found no probable cause for that complaint either. The nine-member ethics panel serves as the independent reviewer of possible conflicts of interest for state and local officials. It was established in 1974. If the board finds the officials in violation, it can suggest civil penalties, including removal from office or termination and fines up to $10,000 per violation, according to the news release. Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... We bring it home! @WCN_HCT 5017602 CHipleypaper.Com

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