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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, DECEMBER 28, 2013 w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF North Bay Tribe Fundraiser 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. See BRIEF A3 Caryville lawyer clarifies town position Markers, not bodies, can be moved from cemetery By CECILIA SPEARS 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT Prom and Bridal Expo 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, videographers, DJ’s, musicians and much more. Prom dresses, mother-of-the-bride apparel and all the 50¢ Volume 90, Number 74 Spreading the Word For the latest breaking news, visit Faith Events A2 RANDAL SEYLER | The News Mormon missionaries currently serving Washington County include, from left, Elder Hill, Elder Wilcox, Sister Christopherson and Sister Krebs. The Washington County missionaries will be giving a talk at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Mormon church, located at 3080 Northride Lane in Bonifay. The service will be followed by a baptismal service at 2 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. LDS missionaries donate time, money in calling far from home By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Everyone is familiar with the sight of clean-cut young men in dress clothes, bicycling through the community. But not everyone is used to seeing young women in dresses on bicycles. “The hardest part was learning how to ride a bicycle in a dress,â€? says Sister Christopherson, 19, a Wyoming native who has been called to Washington County to serve part of her time as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Of course I rode a bike when I was younger, just not in a dress,â€? she adds, laughing. Christopherson is one of four young people presently living in Chipley as part of their missionary service to the Mormon church. The Mormon church is based on the revelations of Joseph Smith, who said the heavenly mes- See MISSIONARIES A3 OUT AND ABOUT The Washington County missionaries will be giving a talk at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Mormon church, located at 3080 Northride Lane in Bonifay. The service will be followed by a baptismal service at 2 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. ON THE WEB To learn more about the Mormon church visit: CARYVILLE — Caryville Town Attorney Lyndia Spears said the town council may remove grave markers, not bodies, if the city were not paid for burial plots. At the Dec. 10 LYNDIA Caryville SPEARS Town Council meeting where the town was advised to inform those who bury bodies in the Caryville Cemetery without authority would be requested to have the bodies removed by the Town of Caryville. “I was advising that they would send a letter that states that they should pay the bill or move the bodies,â€? said Spears. “The only thing that the town would be physically removing would be the unpaid markers.â€? One case the town council members discussed involved a murder-suicide. The couple buried after the tragic incident last year brought up by Council member Jim Taylor is an See CARYVILLE A3 Courthouse employees settling into annex "" !     Official says return to courthouse won’t be soon     Get your free copy now By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT INSIDE INDEX Community Events .................A2 Faith .....................................A2 Classifieds .............................A4 Phone: 850-638-0212 Website: Fax: 850-638-4601 CHIPLEY — Washington County employees are getting settled into their new offices in the County Annex building, and it looks like they will be at the annex for the foreseeable future. “I don’t think we will be going back for at least a year,â€? said Chief Deputy Clerk Lora Bell. The courthouse closed its doors on Thursday, Dec. 19, and the county employees spent the rest of that week moving to the annex and setting up shop. On Dec. 12 during the Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board approved of County Coordinator David Corbin shutting down the courthouse and relocating the Clerk of Court’s office in the case that mold clean-up in the RANDAL SEYLER | The News Signs in the Washington County Annex direct visitors to the newly relocated county officials housed in the annex. The offices were moved last Thursday and Friday from the court house due to mold and other issues with the structure. courthouse takes longer than a couple of days. County Attorney Jeff Goodman explained on Dec. 12 that during the process to repair damage to the Washington County Court- house, mold was found in the basement, in the third floor and in air duct feeding to several rooms. “The courthouse has already elected not to use the court rooms and the judges have already moved to the courthouse annex,â€? said Goodman. “We’re doing this to see if we can get things resolved over the Christmas holiday, however I recommend that if it takes more than a few days that David have the authority to shut down and relocate the Clerk of Court and give a status report in January.â€? The county offices were open at their new location on Monday, but there was still a lot of unpacking and moving to do. The County Courthouse was shut down due to issues with mold, but the building was already having issues with flooding and pieces falling off. “We were already having flooding issues, but the floods in July and August really escalated the problems,â€? Bell said. The records, which were stored in the basement of the courthouse, will have to be professionally cleaned before employees or the public can have access to them. “They are off limits until they are cleaned,â€? she said. Circuit Court Judge Christopher See COURTHOUSE A3 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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