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NEWS Washington County Wednesday, NOVEMBER 27, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Free Thanksgiving Dinner held VERNON — The city of Vernon will hold its fifth annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Vernon Community Center. Sponsored by Smok’n’Butts BBQ, associated businesses and friends, the free dinner is open to the public. The Golden Rose Band will be performing live in concert during the event. For more information or to make donations, call Smok’n’Butts BBQ at 388-6315, Lonnie Andrews at 815-2977 or Gene Jump at 892-8388. w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Area children school us on how to cook a turkey | B1-4 50¢ Volume 90, Number 65 Christmas comes to Chipley From Staff Reports CHIPLEY — It’s the day before Thanksgiving, but already it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Yuletide season hits full swing next weekend when Chipley’s Christmas Fest takes place at the Farmers Market Complex. This year will feature some new events, including a chili cook-off, as well as the annual Christmas parade and the ever-popular photos with Santa. The public is invited to attend all of the Christmas Fest events. Chamber of Commerce Board Member Amy Wiwi announced on Thursday the Chamber’s plans to hold its first annual Chili CookOff on Dec. 7 as part of the city’s Christmas Fest. “We’re limiting entry to 10 entries, and we already have six,” Wiwi said. “If you have one of the best chili recipes in Washington County, then be sure to sign up.” The cook-off will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Farmers Market Complex in downtown Chipley with chili judging beginning at 5:30 p.m. The annual Christmas Parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. with line-up beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the old Chipley High School track. Photos with Santa will be available from 2 to 3 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at See CHIPLEY A2 FARM CITY DAY Kiwanis Pancake Supper Dec. 3 CHIPLEY — The Chipley Kiwanis Club will hold a Pancake Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Kate M. Smith Elementary School cafeteria. Tickets are $5. They will be available at the door that evening or can be purchased in advance at Community South Credit Union and One South Bank. WAUSAU — The Town of Wausau will be holding a Workshop at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3. Anyone with any questions may contact JoAnn Hayes, Town See BRIEF A2 INDEX Opinion ................................A4 Sports ..................................A9 Extra....................................B1 Obituaries ............................B5 Classifieds ............................B6 PHOTO BY RANDAL SEYLER | The News The Dennis Gainer Family was named “Washington County’s Farm Family of the Year” at the 51st annual Washington County Farm-City Day Banquet on Thursday. For more photos, see Page 8A. Banquet honors agriculturalists From Staff Reports CHIPLEY — Hundreds of Washington County farmers, families and friends turned out for the 51st annual Washington County Farm-City Day Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 21. Held at the Washington Tree Farmer of the Year TY PEEL Ty and Nancy Peel have lived on the Peel Homestead, located at 1691 Peel Road in Chipley, Florida, for the past 31 years. The 160 acre farm was originally settled in 1901 by Ty’s great-grandfather, James Iverson Peel, and was recognized by the Florida Department of Agriculture as a Centennial Farm in 2009. This designation recognizes the farm for remaining in the Peel See FARM CITY A8 Empty Stocking Fund campaign underway From Staff Reports Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 County Agricultural Center, the evening featured food, music, fellowship, and a chance to honor the best and the brightest in agriculture. Five prestigious awards were handed out during the evening, and those awards were: CHIPLEY — For thousands of local residents, the success of the annual Empty Stocking Fund campaign determines if their stockings will be full, if fresh food will be on the table for Christmas Day and if toys will be under the tree for their children. The success of the Empty Stocking Fund, according to those who organize it, is determined by the people who make that decision to donate, who for four decades have dug deep through good times and bad to make sure those less fortunate have something else to be grateful for each Christmas. The Empty Stocking Fund, sponsored by The Washington County News, The Holmes County TimesAdvertiser, The Panama City News Herald, and Bill Cramer Chevrolet (formerly Tommy Thomas Chevrolet), is an annual fundraising event that raises awareness of the need for support of The Salva- tion Army’s programs and services. The Panama City chapter of the Salvation Army serves Washington, Holmes, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Jackson, Calhoun and Liberty Counties. The Empty Stocking Fund began more than 30 years ago, when Salvation Army board member Tom- my Thomas and The News Herald joined forces to bring holiday cheer to the area’s needy families. The first goal was $20,000. The fund’s target has grown since and the campaign has raised almost $3 million. Each year, when the goal is reached, Bill Cram- See STOCKING A2 5018908 Wausau sets workshop

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