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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, NOVEMBER 16, 2013 CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Economic Development Symposium Nov. 19 CHIPLEY — The third meeting in the Economic Development Symposium series will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Panhandle Area Education Consortium in Chipley. The symposium series is sponsored by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and the public is invited to attend. Reservations are required due to limited seating being available. RSVP by 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, by calling 638-4157. ‘Paint the Plug’ contest underway By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council heard an update on CRA projects during their Tuesday meeting, including the upcoming “Paint the Plugâ€? fire hydrant painting contest, being presented by the Washington County Arts Council. The council approved appointing Angela Grantham to the Chipley Community Redevelopment Agency board. Grantham will complete the term of Greg Baxley, which expires in January 2016. Washington County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ted Everett also updated the council on CRA activities. “We are planning a Chili Cook-off at the museum on the day of the Christmas parade,â€? Everett said. “We want to have four to six teams compete, and we invite you the council to come be judges.â€? Everett said the “Paint the Plugâ€? project should be completed by March, and the Arts Council has come up with guidelines for the project. “We are providing the paint and brushes, and the Arts Council is handling the art,â€? Everett said. “They are going to involve Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and various school organizations, and I think this is going to be an exciting project.â€? The topics of the fire plug paintings will be reviewed and approved by the Arts Council. In other towns, fire hydrants have been painted RANDAL SEYLER | The News as subjects such as video Teresa Sims, left, was named Employee of the Quarter game character Mario, Dalmatians wearing fire hel- on Tuesday at the Chipley City Council meeting, and See CONTEST A2 she was awarded a plaque for her achievement by City Council member Lee Dell Kennedy. Gambling foes turn out for hearing Farm-City Banquet set for Nov. 21 CHIPLEY — The UF/IFAS Extension Washington County will hold the 2013 Washington County Farm-City Week Banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21. The banquet will be held at the Washington County Agricultural Center, and outstanding agricultural leaders in the community, including the Farm Family of the Year, will be recognized See BRIEF A2 "" !         Get your free copy now INSIDE INDEX Faith .....................................A4 Classifieds .............................A6 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 50¢ Volume 90, Number 16 Majority of residents tell senators they don’t want gaming expanded By MATTHEW BEATON 522-5114 | @matthewbeaton RANDAL SEYLER | The News Vernon Middle School student Jamar Massaline receives his certificate of participation in the Take Stock In Children scholarship on Tuesday at Patillo’s Restaurant in Chipley. Nine students were added to the ongoing scholarship program this week. For more photos see Page 5A. ‘Take Stock’ awards scholarship contracts By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — The Take Stock In Children program for Washington County held its Mentor Appreciation Dinner Tuesday and nine young scholars were presented contracts, allowing them to take part in the scholarship program. The students, all eighth, ninth or tenth grade students from Vernon or Chipley schools, signed contracts promising to keep up their grades and attendance. If they meet the requirements, when Caryville mayor sworn in By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT CARYVILLE — Due to his absence during the last meeting, Mayor Henry Chambers was unable to be sworn in with returning council members — so city officials held his swearing in during the held Caryville Town Council on Tuesday. Paron Beeco, supervisor of Caryville Flea Market, reminded the council of the upcoming Winter Christmas Show that will be See MAYOR A2 they graduate high school they will have a full, 60-credit hour, two-year tuition scholarship to Chipola College in Marianna. “This isn’t about you just getting two years of college,â€? said Mary Helen Smith, Chipola’s TSIC coordinator. See SCHOLARSHIP A5 Henry Chambers, Mayor of Caryville, was sworn in during the meeting of the Caryville Town Council on Nov. 12. CECILIA SPEARS | The News Time for a Turkey Hunt! Y You ou don don’t ’t ha have ve tto o ha have ve a gun but yyou ou will ha have ve tto o hunt – and you could WIN a pRIzE!! Find out more in Nov. 20th’s newspaper! PENSACOLA — Panhandle residents voiced vehement opposition to expanded gambling in Florida, as lawmakers convened in Pensacola for a public hearing Thursday. Residents and law enforcement spoke of problems that have been linked to gambling, such as crime and bankruptcy, casting it as a societal scourge and begging the state Senate Gaming Committee not to expand it. One counselor who spoke said compulsive gambling is as addictive as crack cocaine. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said he represented the Florida Sheriffs Association, which is against any increase in gaming. He said gaming expansion increases tax revenue early on, but then problems set in. “At the five-year point, study after study proves that we flatline, and those economic costs to the community where again, for every dollar we get from gambling, we spend approximately $10 of the taxpayers’ money in solving those problems that are brought to our community by the gaming industry,â€? Morgan said. He said expanding gambling increases divorce, domestic violence and even police corruption. The sheriff’s comments drew applause, as did Frank Beall’s, a retired Presbyterian minister. Beall said gambling negatively See GAMING A3 B Be e a FRIEND and FOLLOW us on FOLLOW @WCN_HCT and MOBILE too! 5018954 For the latest breaking news, visit w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Faith Events A4

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