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WEEKEND Washington County News w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Saturday, OCOTBER 5, 2013 Faith Events A2 50¢ Volume 89, Number 50 Police chief chosen Crime Stoppers president For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM County prepares for Karen From Staff Reports CHIPLEY — Washington County officials were preparing for Tropical Storm Karen on Friday. “We’ve already drafted a local State of Emergency declaration, and I will be signing that shortly so we don’t have to call the Board of County Commissioners in on the weekend,â€? Public Safety Director Lynne Abel said. “We’re just doing that as a precaution.â€? Abel said the county is on call with the National Weather Service. “The biggest impact we are expecting is rain, but there is always the potential for a tornado to spin up,â€? she said. “It looks like this is going to be a weekend event, and we aren’t seeing that we will need to close schools on Monday, but you never can tell.â€? On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott called FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to request all needed federal resources would be available for Tropical Storm Karen. The storm poses a threat to the Florida Panhandle and could strengthen into a Category 1 Hurricane. A hurricane watch has already been issued for Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Bay, and Gulf counties. Special to The News productive in fighting crime in Chipley and Washington CHIPLEY — Police County. Chief Kevin Crews “Drugs, violence has been appointed and crime aren’t president of the just law enforceCrime Stoppers of ment problems; Washington County, KEVIN they are community according to an Oct. CREWS problems as well,â€? 1 news release. Crews said. “It’s goCrews is well known in Washington ing to take a close working County and the surround- relationship between local ing area as being extremely law enforcement and our     fective in giving the citizens a partnership in fighting crime in their own communities,â€? the police chief said. Crews recognized past President Marty Hinson for his many years of dedication to the Crime Stoppers of Washington County and for serving as president for the past five years. Crews also recognized Vice President Howard Tiller, Treasurer and Secretary Tommy Sasser and Board Member Don Brown. “All have served tirelessly and have been committed to fighting crime in Washington County,â€? Crews said. “I am excited that the former officers will remain active within the board and the new officers are ready and anxious to take on these new projects.â€? See CRIME A4 Gaming draft report released WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD By MATTHEW BEATON 522-5114 | @matthewbeaton “They can’t wait in the cafeteria at that time, so if it is raining or cold, I don’t know what we are going to do with them,â€? Whitaker added. Whitaker said the bus dismissal schedule had been changed in hopes of giving teachers more after school time to work, but that is not the case. “With the late dismissal of students, we don’t PANAMA CITY — What’s all the fuss about? That could be the summation of the state Legislature’s draft report on the social and economic impacts of expanding gambling in Florida — and it could serve as a douse of cold water for both advocates and opponents. The report, however, will be revised and some of the final numbers could be “way different,â€? a state official said Tuesday. The study, conducted by Spectrum Gaming Group, will surely disappoint some who tout gambling’s expansion as a panacea for Florida’s jobs and economy. “Overall, Spectrum believes that the expansion of casino gambling, whether on a small scale or very large scale, would have, at best, a moderately positive impact on the state economy,â€? the study said. The report agreed that gaming’s expansion would likely increase the state’s tax revenue — provided it attracted tourists and kept casino tax rates above sales tax levels — but the sheer size of Florida’s economy would blunt any large-scale effect on jobs and personal income. “There are likely to be only mild positive impacts on local and statewide employment and wages, however,â€? the study said. See BUS A4 See GAMING A4 RANDAL SEYLER | The News Teacher Marla Whitaker discusses the bus dismissal schedule at Kate Smith Elementary School with the Washington County School Board on Monday in Chipley. Teacher concerned about bus schedule By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Kate Smith Elementary School Teacher Marla Whitaker expressed her concerns about the bus dismissal schedule to the Washington County School Board on Monday during a special meeting. “We’re dismissing children and they are sitting there 30-40 "" ! neighbors to effectively address the criminal activity in our community.â€? The local Crime Stoppers program has been very effective in helping solve crimes like, burglaries, busting drug dealers and the apprehension of many wanted individuals, Crews said. “I am looking forward to working together with the citizens of Washington County and pledges to be ef- minutes waiting on a bus,â€? Whitaker said. “I have concerns about the safety of having the children sitting there waiting that long.â€? “Students are being dismissed at 2:30 p.m., and the late buses arrive at 3:15 p.m.,â€? Whitaker said. The number of students waiting to ride on one of the five late-arriving buses is about 200, she said, and there are only three or four teachers on hand to watch over the waiting children.     Study: ‘decoupling’ could close Ebro track Get your free copy now INSIDE By MATTHEW BEATON 522-5114 | @matthewbeaton INDEX Faith .....................................A2 Classifieds .............................A4 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 EBRO — A new study on gaming in Florida predicts six dog tracks, including Ebro Greyhound Park, will end live racing if the state eliminates a law requiring tracks run a minimum number of races to operate a poker room. The study, which is only a draft report by the Spectrum Gaming Group, was released Tuesday and is the second part of a review of gambling in Florida. The state Legislature commis- sioned the $388,845 report earlier this year. Dog tracks and animal advocates alike have pushed for “decouplingâ€? — removing ties between live parimutuel races and the right to operate a card room — for some time. The study concludes that if the Legislature passed decoupling legislation, Ebro would end live races within three years. But the track disagrees. Mark Hess, associate manager, said as long as greyhound racing is profitable, Ebro will continue to See STUDY A4 HEATHER LEIPHART | Halifax Media Group Greyhounds race around the track in the pouring rain at the Ebro Greyhound Park. 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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