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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Faith Events A4 Board hears RESTORE Act update For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Commissioners discuss starting MSBU website to give the Sunny Hills MSBU its own website during Thursday’s meeting in Chipley. The board had discussed the possibility of creating a website which would keep Sunny Hills residents apprised of the financial standing of the MSBU’s funds, By RANDAL SEYLER Board Chairman Alan Bush said. 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT The proposed website would cost about $90 a year to host — although CHIPLEY — The Washington the county no longer has an IT perCounty Board of County Commis- son to keep up the website. sioners considered whether or not “At first I thought it was a good Shelley Family performs The Shelley Family’s Singing Ministry will be performing Southern Gospel music using live bands and soundtracks at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, at the First Presbyterian Church in Chipley. The public is invited to attend. idea,” Commissioner Joel Pate said. “But I don’t think we can really be paying anyone to be making a website.” The board voted earlier this summer, after several months’ discussion, to do away with the MSBU as soon as possible, and to put all available funds toward paying off Sunny Hills’ loan debt. The Municipal Service Benefit Unit, or MSBU, is an ordinancecreated tax district. Within that area, funds are raised to provide services to the residents in that designated region. However, the MSBU is not an entity unto itself. The MSBU is a mechanism by which a county can fund a particular service or facility that provides a special benefit to property from a levy of special assessments. Currently, the county collects $31.25 a year from residents and property owners within the MSBU, and that money is used to provide BAND AND FFA SHINES AT KIWANIS DINNER THEATER Long Term Recovery Group seeks support PHOTOS BY RANDAL SEYLER CHIPLEY — The relentless rains received in July caused considerable damage to approximately 100 homes in Washington County. Community leaders formed the Washington County Long Term Recovery Organization to organize response efforts locally. Based on early damage estimates, only a small portion of the money needed for materials has been received. The LTRO is in need of financial support and volunteers to invest back into our community. Please consider being a part of the rebuilding process while touching the lives of your neighbors in need. To donate to the Washington County LTRO please make checks payable to: United Way of Northwest Florida In Care of the Washington Co. LTRO PO Box# 182 Vernon, FL 32462 Groups or individuals interested in donating labor are asked to contact Ben Tarpley (478-258-7585) orJosh Hipp (330-473-5644). To report home damage please call 638-6203, before Oct. 1. Chipley High School Band Director Richard Davenport, left, receives a $500 check for the band program from Kiwanian Dell Corbin during the Chipley Kiwanis Club’s annual Dinner Theater on Tuesday at the Washington County Agricultural Center. Community Events .................A5 Faith .....................................A4 Classifieds .............................A5 By RANDAL SEYLER lins said. Club President Karen Roland began both classes by providing information on constructing forms and supports, and then went on to materials for stuffing, heads and hair, clothing and accessories. As Roland instructed, several garden club members demonstrated ways of at- CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council approved the 2013-14 budget and also found the means to give city employees a 2 percent raise. The council adopted the city’s budget and set the 2013-14 millage rate at 6.000 mills during a special meeting on Tuesday. “We took a little bit out of everywhere to come up with it,” City Administrator Dan Miner said. “It took some work, but we didn’t have to put off any purchases we had planned.” Miner said the budget committee took out some things, but “all the major things stayed in, and a few big items that didn’t make the first cut are in there.” “You and (assistant city administrator) Patty (Yates) did a good job,” said Mayor Linda Cain. She asked if any planned vehicle purchases were being cut from the budget, and Miner said there were not. The total of the 2013-14 budget is $11,873,152, according to the resolution the council adopted. The council also approved a maintenance memorandum of agreement with the state Department of Transportation in which the DOT extended the agreement until Sept. 30, 2014 at the rate of $46,663.72. The DOT intends to reduce the funding, Miner said, and he suggested the city consider alternatives for the highway right-ofways that were involved to See GARDEN A2 See PAY A2 Scarecrow classes held by Garden Club CHIPLEY — As Fall arrived in Chipley on Sept. 22, so did Chipley Garden Club members Debbie Mitchell and Lyndal Pleas. Sunday afternoon found them downtown decorating lampposts with dried cornstalks and tying on sunflower bows as another of the club’s 3rd Annual Scarecrow Festival activities. City employees to see 2 percent raise 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT Left, FFA Advisor Michelle Curts receives a check from the service organization for $300 to go toward the high school’s FFA program. Below, musical entertainment for the evening was provided by the New Life Fellowship Youth Band, as well as other local youth groups, including the Chipley High School Jazz Band, Crossroads. Special to the News See RESTORE A2 Council approves 2013-14 budget INDEX Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 50¢ Volume 90, Number 48 The club also hosted two free “Scarecrow Building 101” public workshops at Washington County’s History Museum under the Farmers Market pavilion on Sept. 24. “Building a scarecrow is easy and a wonderful family activity. It’s not rocket science and we are looking forward to seeing lots of entries in the Scarecrow Contest in October,” Festival Chairperson Gweneth Col- 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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