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NEWS Washington County w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Wednesday, JANUARY 1, 2014 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Caryville Baptist Blue Grass Jam CARYVILLE — Caryville Baptist Church will be holding a Blue Grass Jam at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan 3. Come and enjoy picking, singing, food and fellowship. Chili and soup will be served. The church is located at 4217 Old Bonifay Road in Caryville. County votes to settle lawsuit Former HR director to receive $150,000 settlement $150,000 settlement in a lawsettlement, the county will suit between the county and pay $150,000 to Broad and Heather Finch, the county’s Cassel Trust Account on or former Human Resources before Dec. 27. The county director. will also pay all mediation The board held a special costs and will accept a letmeeting and executive sester of resignation from sion on to discuss the litigaFinch and her status in the HEATHER tion, and met in closed sescounty’s computer system FINCH sion for about 40 minutes. will be changed from termiBy RANDAL SEYLER In the executive session nated to resigned. 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT were the county commissioners, The Washington County News County Attorney Jeff Goodman, obtained a copy of the settlement on CHIPLEY — The Washington Coun- plaintiff’s attorney John Dickinson Friday after submitting a request ty Board of County Commission- and a court reporter. for public documents under the ers voted 4-1 on Monday to pay a According to the terms of the state Sunshine Law. In February, Finch was fired from her position as county HR director for “grossly negligent” behavior, according to a letter written by then-county manager Steve Joyner. According to the letter, Finch publically discussed sensitive and privileged employment situations involving county staff and employees and abused her access to certain county information and files in providing that information for noncounty-related purposes. CHIPLEY — The North Bay Tribe will be holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the tribal grounds. All proceeds will go to the clan building fund. The tribal grounds are located at 1560 Lonnie Road, about five miles South of Chipley. By TOM McLAUGHLIN Halifax Media Group Prom and Bridal Expo See BRIEF A2 INDEX Opinion ................................A4 Society .................................A6 Faith ....................................A8 Obituaries ............................A7 Classifieds ..........................A10 Phone: 850-638-0212 Website: Fax: 850-638-4601 See LAWSUIT A2 Report: Plane out of gas before crash WAUSAU TOWN COUNCIL North Bay Tribe Fundraiser CHIPLEY — The Chipley Women’s Club will be sponsoring the Fifth Annual Prom and Bridal Expo from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Washington County Ag Center. Admission is free. Booths will be filled by vendors of all the services related to weddings and other social gatherings. There will be event planners, photographers, caterers, florists, linens and other decorating accents, limousines, hair stylists, make-up artists, nail technicians, jewelers, 50¢ Volume 90, Number 75 RANDAL SEYLER | The News Former Wausau city clerk Margaret Riley, right, discusses policy with the town council members on Thursday in Wausau. Council, former clerk discuss policy issues By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT WAUSAU — Former city clerk Margaret Riley addressed the Wausau Town Council on Thursday to respond to information Councilman Charles Park Sr. had presented during the Dec. 12 meeting. “I received a copy of what Mr. Park wanted to add to the agenda last month, and I want to address it,” Riley said. Park was under the impression that city clerk JoAnn Hayes claimed to have seven days of comp time accrued. Riley noted that the actual amount is 7.25 hours of comp time. “Anytime an employee works more than 40 hours, they get comp time at the overtime rate,” Riley said. “You have got to give them their comp time.” The town cannot afford to pay overtime to the employees, that is why they are allowed comp time, Riley said. She also noted that bereave- See WAUSAU A2 Chipola spring registration begins Jan. 3 Special to Halifax Media Group MARIANNA — Registration for spring classes at Chipola College begins Thursday for returning students. New and returning student registration is Jan. 6. Classes begin Jan. 7. There are several steps to completing the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application; call 718-2311 for assistance; (2) request a final high school transcript be sent to Chipola Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test; call 718- 2284 for assistance. Chipola offers the bachelor of science degree, the associate in arts degree, the associate in science Degree and Workforce Development programs. Bachelor’s degrees include Science Education Middle Grades (5-9); Biology Education Secondary Grades (6-12); Mathematics Education Middle Grades (5-9); Mathematics Education Secondary Grades (6-12); English Education, Exceptional Student Education and Elementary See CHIPOLA A2 SPECIAL TO HALIFAX MEDIA GROUP Registration for Spring classes at Chipola College begins Thursday, Jan. 3, for returning students. New and returning student registration is Jan. 6. Classes begin Jan. 7. Here, Chipola ACE tutor Alana Hearn of Vernon works with a student in the college ACE Lab. The schedule of classes is available online at For information, call 718-2211. CALLAWAY — Evidence from the scene of a fatal plane wreck last week indicates Destin business owner Larry Eli Caison ran out of gas shortly before he crashed in deep woods near the Sandy Creek Airpark. The Beechcraft Bonanza G36 Caison piloted for Okaloosa County-based Grey Aviation was about 60 miles from its destination at Destin Airport on Dec. 18 “when the pilot reported to air traffic control that he had lost all engine power,” according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB investigators found “less than three gallons” of fuel at the crash scene, the report said. “According to the airplane manufacturer, about three gallons of fuel are considered ‘unusable’ in each main fuel tank,” the report said. To David Gettelfinger, a flight instructor at Destin Jet, the report clearly indicates Caison ran out of gas. “That’s exactly what it says,” he said. Caison, 52, was flying from his home in Palm Beach Gardens to spend Christmas with family in Shalimar when his plane went down. He was memorialized Friday at Shalimar United Methodist Church. A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Caison was an experienced pilot and was flying a fairly new plane, business partner Kevin Camilli said on the day of the accident. He took off from North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport at 5:54 a.m. EST. The plane went See PLANE A2 Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... we bring it home! @WCN_HCT 5018786

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