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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, NOVEMBER 30, 2013 w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m 50¢ Volume 89, Number 66 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS For the latest breaking news, visit Health care premiums will not change CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF By RANDAL SEYLER Kiwanis Pancake Supper Dec. 3 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — The Chipley Kiwanis Club will have a Pancake Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Kate M. Smith Elementary School cafeteria. Tickets are $5. They will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance at Community South Credit Union and One South Bank. CHIPLEY — Washington County employees will not see an increase in their health insurance premium in the coming year, thanks to the Board of County Commissioners’ decision on Tuesday morning. J. Scott Olson, investment advisor with Olson Insurance & Financial Services of Tallahassee, presented the costs of the county’s Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plan to the board during a special meeting. “As you instructed at the last meeting, I calculated the expenses covering the employee-only cost,â€? Olson said. “We recalculated it, and covering the employee-only costs increased the total cost by $10,000.â€? The county can expect to pay about $864,757.92 to provide insurance to the county’s 106 enrolled employees, an increase of $172,790 over last year’s expense, according to information Olson provided to the board. “You basically have three plans; I call them ‘gold, bronze and silver,’â€? Olson said. In the highest level of benefits, 53 employees are enrolled, and the mid-tier benefits have 37 employees participating. Only 16 county employees are enrolled in the lowest level of health insurance coverage. “Obviously our plan is fairly economical if the bulk of our em- ployees are in the highest level of coverage shows that our program is pretty affordable,â€? Chairman Alan Bush said. Commissioner Todd Abbott objected to the presentation. “We’re not going to let our agent dictate what coverage our employees receive,â€? he said. Abbott asked what it would cost for the county to absorb all the proposed health care premium See PREMIUMS A2 Graceville police investigate Thanksgiving double homicide HAPPY THANKSGIVING Wausau sets workshop WAUSAU — The town of Wausau will have a workshop at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Anyone with any questions may contact Town Clerk JoAnn Hayes at 638-1781. All workshops are open to the public and are at Wausau Town Hall, 1607 Second Ave. From Staff Reports GRACEVILLE — A man is under arrest in connection with a Thanksgiving Day double homicide, according to a news release from the Graceville Police Department. The identities of the two gunshot victims have not been released, pending the notification of next of kin. Joseph Gilley, 31, of Graceville, was arrested in connection with the shooting after a five-hour manhunt after he was identified as a possible suspect. Gilley was arrested at a rel- TDC calls special meeting CHIPLEY — The Washington County Tourist Development Council will have a special meeting at 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce building. See BRIEF A2 "" !     See HOMICIDE A2 Dozens of Vernon residents gathered Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving at the town’s Community Center, where the city offered a free community dinner. The event was sponsored by Smok’n’Butts BBQ, associated businesses and friends. School Board discusses construction managers 5 ‘solidly qualified’ candidates to give presentations Monday PHOTOS BY RANDAL SEYLER | The News     Get your free copy now Swimming hole to be improved INSIDE INDEX By MATTHEW BEATON Faith .....................................A4 Classifieds .............................A5 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 NSDAR’s Chipola chapter celebrates 55 years, A4 522-5114 | @matthewbeaton SUNNY HILLS — Improvements and restoration efforts began Monday on a popular swimming spot just north of Bay County. The goal is to curtail erosion at Devil’s Hole by stacking sandbags along the shore and planting trees and shrubs to secure the bank, according to the Northwest Florida Water Management District, which is overseeing the work. Devil’s Hole sits north of Walsingham Bridge in Washington County. The project also includes a swimming platform and boardwalk, with steps that enter the water. Use of such an entrance limits shoreline erosion, according to the district. Devil’s Hole currently has none of these features. River oats, ferns, swamp chestnut oaks, wax myrtles, hollies and azaleas are among the native species that will be planted along the shoreline, stabilizing it and stopping it from wash- prevent erosion at Devil’s Hole, ing away. benefiting water quality and pro“We’re excited to begin this tecting (the) native habitat,â€? said project, which will allow us to See SWIMMING A2 restore the stream bank and By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — The Washington County School Board had a brief special meeting Monday to discuss applicants for the construction manager position the district recently advertised. “We had five packets submitted, and they are all solidly qualified,â€? Superintendent Joe Taylor said. “I suggest we just interview all five of them next Monday instead of taking time to rank them today.â€? The board agreed to have all five applicants for the construction manager position make presentations at the board meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. See SCHOOL A2 Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... We bring it home! @WCN_HCT 5018964 CHipleypaper.Com

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