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IN BRIEF School board calls special meeting CHIPLEY — The Washington County School Board will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. today in the boardroom of the Administration Building in Chipley. The board will hear presentations from the architectural firms of DAG Architects Inc., Paul A. Donofro & Associates Architects and Hatch Mott MacDonald. The architects will be discussing plans for the new Kate M. Smith Elementary School.

Choctawhatchee Catfish Round-Up CARYVILLE — The Choctawhatchee Catfish Round-Up will be held May 31 to June 1 at the Choctawhatchee River Landing on U.S. 90 in Caryville. The round-up starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and concludes at noon on Saturday, June 1. Entry fee is $50 and prizes include $750 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third-place winners. There will be a $100 prize for the largest flathead and a $100 prize for first place in the youth division. For more information, call Steve Herrington at 624-9504 or Bobby Taunton at 849-1621.


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Board OKs pay increase Board moves next meeting up one week to June 20

County Extension Director Julie Dillard presented Washington County’s new agricultural extension agent Mark Maudlin to the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Thursday.

ics for more than four hours. The board seemed to agree on very little, but they did vote unanimously to increase acting county administrator David Corbin’s pay by 15 percent, to be retroactive to his taking over as interim “point of contact” for the By RANDAL SEYLER county commissioners. 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT “I was just thinking what a good job David has done. He has moved a lot of things forward CHIPLEY — It was a mar- in just a short time,” Chairman athon Board of County Alan Bush said. “I would like to Commissioners meeting see us compensate him.” Thursday as the commissioners discussed a wide variety of topSee MEETING A2


Health director THE BRAVE NEVER DIE discusses mosquito risks By CECILIA SPEARS

547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — Washington County and Holmes County Health Department Director Rick Davis told Bonifay Kiwanis Club members about mosquitoes, mosquito-borne illnesses and the role the health department plays in education. “As you all know, Florida has a climate that is conducive to mosquitoes,” Davis said at the •May 21 Kiwanis meeting.



Americans observed Memorial Day on Monday, which is a day set aside to remember the nation’s fallen soldiers and sailors. Chipley Am Vets Post 7 held a ceremony Memorial Day morning, along with the Chipley High School JROTC cadets, placing flags on the graves of veterans in Glenwood Cemetery.

Kiwanis Club inducts new members Local man tells of upcoming trip to Kenya

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Special to The News CHIPLEY — The Chipley Kiwanis Club inducted two new members and heard about a local resident’s upcoming trip to Kenya when the club met on May 21. Club President Jan Page and MemberCALEB ship Chairman CHRISTMAS David Solger inducted two new members into the Kiwanis Club: Debra Moxley and Justin McGowen. McGowen works locally for a financial company while attending Chipola State College. Moxley lives in Mari-


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Debra Moxley and Justin McGowen are inducted into the Kiwanis Club by Jan Page and David Solger.




TIPS ON MOSQUITO REPELLENT USE • Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. • Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET are generally recommended. Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label. • Apply repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing. • For children, be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the CDC, mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months. • Avoid applying repellents to children’s hands. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing. • If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions. Source: Florida Department of Health


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meeting from page A1 Corbin was chosen by the board last month to fill in as county administrator until a replacement for former administrator Steve Joyner is hired. “This opens a can of worms,” Commissioner Todd Abbott said. “We have a lot of other employees in the county who have done and are doing the same thing, stepping up and filling in.” Bush agreed but pointed out the county administrator answers to the board, and

it is up to the board to take care of him. “Those other employees have supervisors, and I would hope their supervisors are doing them right,” Bush said. “But this job reports directly to us. We’re his supervisor and I think we should take care of him.” Bush made the motion they increase Corbin’s pay by 15 percent and Commissioner Charles Brock seconded the motion for discussion.

“We’re starting a precedent here,” Commissioner Joel Pate warned. “For the record, I have not asked for a pay increase,” Corbin said. “I am just happy to be able to do what I can for the employees.” County Attorney Jeff Goodman advised the board that in Holmes County, the policy states if an employee is working in a higher position than his own in a temporary capacity for more than 10 days, then the employee

gets paid at that higher rate of pay. “There’s nothing in our policies about that,” Commissioner Lynn Gothard said. “That’s something we really should fix,” Bush said. The commissioners then voted unanimously to grant Corbin the temporary pay increase. County Extension Director Julie Dillard presented Washington County’s new agricultural extension agent

Mark Maudlin to the commissioners on Thursday. The salaries of extension office personnel are split between the state and the county, so Dillard submitted Maudlin’s employment to the board for approval. “He’s an excellent candidate, and he already lives in Chipley,” Dillard said of Maudlin. “He used to be the Ag. teacher at Graceville.” Maudlin has a wealth of knowledge in animal science, agronomy, food and

resource economics and agricultural education. “Mr. Maudlin will make a great addition to the Washington County Extension Office,” Bush said. The board members also voted to change the June meeting date to June 20 due to a conflict with The Florida Association of Counties’ 2013 annual Conference and Educational Exposition in Tampa. The board’s next workshop will be held on June 19.

truly be wary of is West Nile virus because it is more commonly found in our area. “In humans, symptoms typically begin three to 14 days after being bitten and can cause serious illnesses in the elderly and those with compromised immune systems,” Davis said. “It should be taken seriously because it still has a 3 to 15 percent mortality rate.” He said there were 69 cases of West Nile virus last year, and it was concentrated in the panhandle area of Florida. An odd occurrence, Davis said, was the reappearance of the dengue virus in

2010 after being absent in the United States for some time. “The virus seemed to isolate itself in southern Florida,” he said. “There was one confirmed case in Okaloosa County, though they were able to confirm later that they contracted the virus from visiting somewhere else.” The health department’s objective, he said, is “minimizing the number of human illnesses and deaths due to mosquito-borne illnesses.” “Routine spraying is up to the local government body, and there are grants available to help fund these

endeavors,” Davis said. “We put out public notices when need be, which is usually after a natural disaster such as a flood or hurricane in which the mosquitoes become a strong issue. FEMA would not get involved until aerial spraying is required during a declared emergency.”

Drain water from garbage cans, gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected. Discard old tires, drums,

bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used. Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water. Keep swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use. Wear shoes, socks and long sleeves, especially when working in areas where mosquitoes are present. Cover doors and windows with screens. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.

For rural families, reliance on agriculture and agricultural-related products is a major source of income. In the semi-arid regions of Western Kenya, lack of rainfall makes the cultivation of cash crops more difficult. For small villages with low infrastructure development, these challenges are greater. Investment in alternative sources of income, such as improved poultry production, can help alleviate household shocks and provide more income to invest in human capital (such

as education and healthcare) and household goods (such as food and housing). This is crucial in fighting poverty and securing the livelihoods. In Kenya, chicken production in small villages is common. Therefore, there is a role for organizations and government to play in improving chicken production using a combination of advanced knowledge and technology. Christmas will work with a group of widows who are trying to run a small poultry

operation. The name of the project is SPIReT, or Solving Poverty in Real-Time. SPIReT will teach the widows some business skills, link them with outside experts via a virtual business center that connects them with the outside world, and offer a small amount of financing at no interest rate. Christmas will also assist the widows’ operation with information to more effectively bargain and, if needed, with transportation of their produce. When successful, the group will share its best-

practices with other villages, and the widows can serve as mentors to other groups. SPIReT is linked back to experts in the United States through Valdosta State University in Georgia. The Kiwanis Club meets Tuesdays at Patillo’s restaurant in the middle of the WHTC campus at noon. For an invitation, contact any Kiwanian or David Solger, membership chairperson at 638-1276. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Chipley, visit

MOSQUITO from page A1 “They thrive in the warm, moist climate. There are more than 3,000 different species of mosquito and can be found almost any where in the world, including as far as Antarctica.” Davis said only female mosquitoes bite, and they do not need blood to survive. “Mosquitoes actually eat mostly nectar,” he said. “Females are the only ones that bite and draw blood. For some strange reason, they need the blood in order to reproduce.” Another little known fact, Davis said, is that they prefer the blood of birds and smaller animals to humans.

“We have flocks of chicken that we draw blood from to find out what’s going around in this area,” he said. “Last year, the state of Florida only had one case of Eastern equine encephalitis virus; it just so happened to be in Holmes County.” He said the EEE virus is rare to contract because it has to be transmitted directly from horse or exotic bird to human, not from human to human. “It also helps that mosquitoes don’t like to travel,” Davis said. “Mosquitoes will only travel up to 1 mile from the area they were born.” He said the one illness to

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nesses. Unfortunately, however, most Kenyans lack the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively operate a small business, and hence most business endeavors fail. These failures leave many rural Kenyans living on less than $1 a day. In Kenya, about 70 percent of people make their living from livestock and related activities, such as poultry farming. Most people who are involved in poultry production do so at a very small scale, usually less than 30 birds per household.


anna with her husband and has experience in many different types of businesses. The program was presented by Caleb Christmas. Christmas will soon depart for Kenya where he will work with a non-profit organization, the Southern Economic Development Organization, to improve the lives and standards of living of poor, rural Kenyans. About 75 percent of the all Kenyans work in the informal economic sector, where most of the poor try to earn a living through small busi-


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Panhandle Watermelon Festival Pageant nears Special to The News CHIPLEY — The 57th annual Panhandle Watermelon Pageant will be at the Washington County Ag. Center at 6:30 p.m. June 7 and June 8. The entry fee is $55 and there is an additional $10 fee for the photogenic competition, this is limited to one photo per contestant. All proceeds will go to

the Panhandle Watermelon Festival. This is an open pageant. Miss contestants must be a Florida resident. Applications are available in Graceville at Bush Paint and Supply, in Bonifay at Forget me Not Photography and in Chipley at the Washington County Ag-Extension office. Applications must be turned in by May 10 and can be mailed to Panhandle

Watermelon Pageant, C/O Bush Paint and Supply, 971 Sixth Ave, Graceville, FL 32440. The applications may also be dropped off at Bush Paint and Supply in Graceville. Winners will receive a large trophy, large crown and banner. Alternates and participants will receive trophies. Queens should be prepared to participate in the Watermelon Festival

activities to include the parade as well as other activities related to the festival. Door admission is $5 per adult and applies to all individuals with the exception of contestants. Admission is free for children 3 and younger. There will be a People’s Choice Award winner in each age division. This has no effect on the overall winners. Contestants from

each age division who collect the most money will win the People’s Choice Title for that age division and will receive a trophy at the pageant. Picture packages will be available by Forget Me Not Photography of Bonifay. For more information, call Teresa Bush daytime at 2634744 or evenings at 263-3072 or call Sherry Saunders evenings at 263-3554.

Miss Firecracker Pageant set for June 29 Special to The News VERNON — The annual Miss Firecracker Pageant will be at 1 p.m. June 29 at the Vernon Community Center. Sign in will begin at 11 a.m. Attire for this pageant is formal (no Heirloom). The following titles will be awarded: • Baby Miss: birth to walking (must be held) • Toddler Miss: walking up to 24 months • Tiny Tot: ages 2-3 • Future Little Miss: ages 4-5 • Little Miss: ages 6-7 • Young Miss: ages 8-9 • Pre-Teen: ages 10-12 • Teen Miss: ages 13-14

• Junior Miss: ages 15-16 • Miss Firecracker: ages 17-21 (never married and no children) • Ms. Firecracker: any age (single, divorced, married with or without children) • Little Miss Independence: birth through age 9 • Miss Independence: ages 10 and older. All winners will receive a sash, crown and trophy except for Baby Miss, which will receive a bib, crown, and trophy. All contestants ages 10 and younger will receive a crown. There will be a trophy for 1st and 2nd runnerups in all categories. If you

child holds a current title, they are welcome to compete in the next category this year. None of the judges for this pageant are local. To compete in the photogenic category, the application and photo must be turned in no later than 24 hours before the pageant. No photos will be accepted the day of the pageant. Photos must be at least a 4-by-6 but no larger than an 8-by-10. Winners will receive a trophy. There will be no shifting of age groups on the day of the pageant. For more information, call the Vernon City Hall at 5352444 or Laura Brewer at 326-8738.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County Planning Commission will hold a workshop at on June 4, immediately following the regular Planning Commission Meeting at 5 p.m., in the County Government Annex Meeting Room, 1331 South Blvd., Chipley. The subject of the workshop is to review the Future Land Use Maps. The Planning Commission will accommodate handicapped and disabled persons who wish to attend this meeting. Contact the Planning Department at 415-5093 at least 48 hours before the meeting date to make arrangements.

McFatter, Owens reunion set CHIPLEY — McFatter, Owens cousin reunion will be June 8 at the Bonnett Pond Fellowship Hall, next to the Bonnett Pond Church. Everyone come and see all the pictures we collected last year and an update on your family tree. Bring your best dishes and deserts.

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HB 269: The right direction for Florida forests As a Florida sustainable building code landowner and forester, instead of endorsing a I appreciate that state single sustainable rating lawmakers value the system in Florida Statute. importance of the timber Agencies may determine industry in our state. which system best aligns Claiming 48 percent of with their construction Florida’s land needs on a mass, generating project-by-project approximately $5 basis, ensuring a billion of our gross level playing field domestic product for green building (GDP) and $581 systems. Having million in local, the freedom to state and federal choose the best TED tax revenue, sustainable EVERETT our forests building code Guest columnist are a critical is important as contributor to the more than 2.4 state’s economy. million acres of Florida During Florida’s 2013 timber is certified Legislative Session, Rep. through credible, wellHalsey Beshears and respected programs Sen. Greg Evers worked like Sustainable to preserve the forest Forestry Initiative (SFI) industry by passing and American Tree sensible legislation to Farm System (ATFS). help our economy and Certification standards environment. House Bill have been used for more 269 requires that state than two decades by local and local government foresters and landowners agencies use Florida to protect forests from wood products when destructive practices and building new schools, ensure wood products are community parks, and environmentally friendly. renovating government I have worked in the buildings – as long as the field of forestry for many wood is equal in price years, and my family and quality. In short, if has been in the forest you can find it in Florida, industry all my life. you buy it in Florida. Additionally, I obtained Encouraging agencies my baccalaureate degree to use Florida timber for in forestry with a focus construction projects on forest management. will benefit foresters, As a faithful steward of the timber and logging our woodlands, I am well industries, and domestic aware of the burdens markets. caused by some “green” HB 269 also allows building systems, such as state governments and LEED, which refuse to local municipalities recognize more than 99 to choose from a percent of Florida-grown myriad of options when implementing a See FORESTS A5

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Remembering Memorial Day Memorial Day has just passed, and it is always encouraging to see local veteran’s organizations pay due respect to this important celebration. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is the day when our nation honors all American Servicemen who gave their lives for their country. Although it began to honor those PERRY’S who died in the Civil PRATTLE War, it now includes Perry Wells all those who died in all the wars. Since the end of World War I, Memorial Day has also been known as Poppy Day. Ex-service men sell small, red artificial poppies to help disabled veterans. The custom has grown to include many families who individually decorate the graves of their veteran loved ones on Memorial Day with flowers and miniature United States Flags. Longtime reader James Vernon Lewis, a Chipley native now residing in Virginia, sent a packet of information to the Prattler a year ago regarding the history and custom of the Poppy, including pictures of Arlington National Cemetery adorned with the symbolic patriotic flower.

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Jim and Jesse McReynolds, flanked by Perry and Hester Wells, showing the gigantic decorated cake and the hand crafted clock prepared by Ken Ruth for this special event. The writer spent much of his life other methods of camping for the promoting bluegrass festivals on weekend in the Northwest Florida Memorial Day weekends. Many of our Campground. Some veterans visitors were veterans, who brought See PRATTLER A5 Motor Homes, Travel Trailers and

Where did Pepper Town get its name? A former student of and the Brooks family who mine, Pam Long, asked lived just north of Pepper me at the beauty shop Town can recall when these last week if I could tell her establishments lined the where Pepper Town got its east side of Highway 79, name. Some of us so as they walked old timers still use to school each day that name to refer from their home, to North Bonifay, which is still our where Highway home, they always 173 north and walked on the Highway 177 west west side of the intersect Highway road. Even in the 79 north. I am not HAPPY CORNER morning, there sure when that Hazel Wells Tison might still be name came into revelers hanging use, but it was before I out the doors of the saloons. can remember. I have In fact, when his two older always understood that it sisters, Ruth and Etha was referred to as Pepper Tison, reached their teen Town since it was a “hot” years, their dad, Ed Tison, place. When prohibition went before the school was enacted because of board to request that his the political pressure from children be picked up by the rural protestants and the bus because of the cat calls Anti-saloon League in and inappropriate language 1920, the inability to buy to these girls as they walked legal whiskey brought by morning and afternoon. about moonshining and Can you picture your bootleg whiskey sales.(It children walking the two also led to more organized miles to school today? crime and racketeering.) My dear friend, the late I am sure, however, that Betty Jo Helms Brooks, moonshine was frequently grew up in Pepper Town. made because of economic She was not allowed into conditions in rural areas, the bars, but she said that such as Holmes and she would often talk to Washington counties as it the “ladies” as they hung was in the mountains of around outside the doors, north Georgia, Kentucky and they were always and Tennessee even before sweet to her. She recalled Prohibition. overhearing the adults’ From what I have whispers when one of them heard from the previous would have to go away to a generation, Pepper Town clinic in Crestview, where used to be a lively place it was known that illegal with several “juke” joints, abortions were performed. bootleg whiskey and “ladies No one would have dared of the night.” My husband to talk about such things in

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polite company. In 1933, when the 21st amendment repealed the 18th amendment which had outlawed the production, transportation and sale of alcohol, Pepper Town changed little for several years. When we moved to Bonifay in 1951, however, most of the jukes were gone. The beer joint on the northeast corner of the intersection was still in business. Mrs. Lou Brown ran it and her husband ran the wash-a-teria next door. That beer hall was later run by Mrs. Forehand. My family took the weekly wash to the Brown’s wash-a-teria. He had several stations set up with a wringer washing machine and three tubs arranged in a square. The first tub was for pre-rinsing. Then, the white clothes were fed into the washer with hot water. As they finished and were fed into the first rinse, another load of light coloreds was ready. This progressed until the darkest, dirtiest clothes were done. Then they were taken home and hung on the clothes line to dry. I met my friend Betty Jo Helms Brooks, whose parents lived next door, while doing my laundry and keeping track of my oldest child. He made friends with the Brooks’ son, Rusty, through the fence. Across the street, Ed Durant’s front room served as a sort of help-yourself

pub. Customers just reached in the cooler, got a cool one and opened it and sat with the family and drank it. Though we were not customers, we often visited with the Durant family. Mr. Malcolm Pate Sr. had a barber shop in the building next door. Durant was married to his daughter, Virginia, and his son, Malcolm, was one of Jack Tison’s best friends. North of them was a small establishment owned by the Urquhart family. About the time we moved to town, Mr. Beall built a large brick building north of the Urquhart’s for a hardware store. That building was used for several businesses before being demolished, leaving a large vacant lot. Where the Chinese restaurant is now located was the site of the Hasty’s joint before John Manuel built a grocery store on the site. Later, Wallace Donaldson ran a service station there for Manuel for several years. The Manual home was built next door. Across the street in the twostory building was Butler’s Supermarket. Pepper Town today is a respectable part of our little town. The Quick Way and the Piggly Wiggly still provide liquid refreshment to locals and to our visitors passing through on the way to the beach. Many have their own recollections of this part of Bonifay and Holmes County.

Letters to the EDITOR Changing eating habits can help environment Dear Editor, A review of 12,000 papers on climate change in the May 15 issue of “Environmental Research Letters” found that 97 percent of scientists attribute climate change to human activities. Although we’re unlikely to reverse climate change, we can mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, energy use and meat consumption. Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009

article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested it may be closer to 50 percent. Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is generated by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively. Each of us has the power to reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of soy-based lunch

meats, hotdogs, veggie burgers and soy and nutbased dairy products, as well as an ample selection of vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes and transition tips are at Sincerely,

the citizens of Washington County for their generous donations of food during the past two weeks. The final numbers are in with a total of 9,002 pounds of donated food! This amount includes what was donated to the Chipley, Vernon and Wausau Post Harper Camden Offices. I am proud to call myself Bonifay a member of a community that cares so much for its Thanks for the food fellow citizens. If you would like to make additional donations donations, please feel free to contact me and I Dear Editor, will make the necessary On behalf of the Chipley arrangements. Post Office, the Care and Thank you Washington Share Food Pantry and County! the Sheppard’s Gate Food Pantry, I would like to take Jennifer Lowery this opportunity to thank Chipley


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prattler from page A4 participated in the local celebrations of Memorial Day tributes. The holiday event in our town became a tradition of long standing. The Wells family continued participating in the longestablished Memorial Day Blue Grass Festivals, even after Norman and Mildred Brown purchased the park and continued the popular musical extravaganza. On May 24, 1997, the Chipley Festival paid tribute to the well known bluegrass brother’s duo, who established themselves in the music world as Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys, then celebrating 50 years since their debut on radio at a Virginia radio station in 1947. Their names are Jim and Jesse McReynolds, and they hail from the small town of Coeburn, Va. Fans of this group will recall their music really took off in popularity in the early 1950s when they were based first in Live Oak, Fla., and later, Valdosta, Ga., and Prattville, Ala. They appeared on WTVY-TV in Dothan, sponsored by John and Gerald Gause, the brother’s team who owned a mobile home sales business in Marianna and Dothan. John and Gerald Gause subscribed to a front-page display advertising in the souvenir program prepared for the May 1997 event in Chipley. John made an appearance at the festival and gave a honoring tribute to this brother’s team, Jim and Jesse, whom he described as “honorable and trustworthy gentlemen as well as talented musicians.” Many local officials, including Sheriff Fred Peel, Superintendent of Schools, Jerry Tyre

and Circuit Judge Allen Register, gave glowing testimonials in the program booklet, concluding that this brother’s team “have thrilled the hearts of millions with their music and songs.” One of the brothers made the statement while in Chipley that the attention and honor received here excelled the honor bestowed upon them at the recent White House appearance in the Nation’s Capitol where a National Award for musical achievement was presented. Sadness invaded the ranks of the Jim and Jesse team when Jesse’s wife, Darlene, passed away. A few years later, Jesse’s son, Keith, who played in band, succumbed to a serious illness. Later, after Jim McReynolds had been diagnosed with cancer, his wife, Arretta, died from a sudden heart attack. She was the sister of Darlene McReynolds. Cancer brought death to Jim a few months later. Jesse is carrying on the music as Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys As chairman of the Panhandle Watermelon Festival for 30 years, the bluegrass festival on Memorial Day weekend in our town was used a springboard to advertise the Watermelon Festival to be held usually just one month away. Care was taken to have the festival flyers printed in time to get in the hands of our visitors on who came for this mammoth May event. Something must have worked, as the Watermelon Festival seems to have grown by leaps and bounds during those years. Tribute must be paid to its growth by others interested in seeing wholesome, family

entertainment presented at the Watermelon Festival as well as the bluegrass shows. Some of these include Lamar Townsend, Dalton Carter, W.T. Miller, Jr. Jimmy Miller, Shelton Carroll and Roger Jones (a.k.a. Don Rogers of WBGC radio fame). The crowning touch of my reign as chairman of the watermelon event came with the appearance of Del McCoury Band in 2005. Attendance soared to new heights for the entertaining concert rendered by this highly acclaimed bluegrass band. The present chairman, Judge Colby Peel, who agreed to take leadership seven years ago, has taken the festival to a new level and with prospects of even better things to come. The entertainment for the June 28-29 Watermelon Festival has already been announced by Chairman Peel. Heading the Friday Night event at Pals Park will be country music legend, Joe Diffie. There will be other entertainment. On Saturday in the airconditioned auditorium at the Agriculture Center, Dailey and Vincent, one of the hottest bluegrass groups in the country, will be the featured artist. A local gospel quartet, consisting of Terry Ellis, Chris Ellis, Johnny Lane, Ronnie Davis and daughter Kim Davis Miller will also perform on this portion of the program. A recent email sent to the Prattler regarding Memorial Day included this reminder: “Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the ‘things’ we have. Memorial Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to the people who fought and died for those ‘things’ we have.” See you all next week.

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School Board discusses holding monthly workshops By CECILIA SPEARS

547-9414 | @WCN_HCT BONIFAY — During the May 21 Holmes County School Board meeting, all school board members took into consideration board member Shirley Owens’ proposal to hold a workshop once a month. “We’ve got to look into possible workshops,” Owens said. “Our meetings have been concluding far too quickly lately with most of them lasting only around 10-15 minutes. One meeting a month turned into a workshop would serve well to eliminate these short meetings.” Chairman Rusty Williams agreed most school boards hold a workshop during the first of the month and their regular meetings at the end of the month. “We can look into turning our morning meetings at the beginning of the month into workshops and then our evening meetings can be the regular meeting,” Williams said. “This is a very common practice that seems to do well in other counties. It’s something to look into.” The board approved of the revision of school board policies, 2012-2015 Master Contract, invoices, warrant list, pay outs over $3,000, budget amendments, project application for District Evaluation

Systems Monitoring and the cooperative agreement for 2013 Summer Volunteer Pre-Kindergarten with Littlest Angels. The board also approved of an overnight/out-of-state trip for Bethlehem High School’s FFA members to travel to Orlando and attend the FFA State Convention from June 10-14. Superintendent Eddie Dixon congratulated the Holmes County High School’s baseball team for making it to the final four on May 15. “We’ve got a lot of good schools,” board member Sid Johnson said. “We’re proud of our athletics, our academics and our teachers and staff. We definitely stand out in the state of Florida.” Owens added Holmes County also had strong arts programs, which included drama and chorus. “There has been a lot of wonderful and successful programs that have been performed throughout our county such as dramas and productions,” Owens said. “They are something for us all to be very proud of.” Williams said it was “a good end to a good year.” “We need to praise our faculty and staff on a wonderful year,” Williams said. “It takes a lot of staff to make a year as big a success as it has been this year, and we are proud of our staff.”

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A dolphin surfaces Friday as tourists watch from a distance on personal watercraft in the Gulf of Mexico off Panama City Beach.

FWC advises against illegal dolphin contact By VALERIE GARMAN

747-5076 | @valeriegarman PANAMA CITY BEACH — The area just east of St. Andrew Pass is known as the “dolphin hole” for a reason. “They’re a beautiful creature,” Maj. Bruce Cooper said from an idling boat Friday as he watched dozens of bottlenose dolphins skim the surface of the shallow water. “Think about it; where else can you go to be around a beautiful animal like that in such a beautiful environment?” But Cooper, who oversees law enforcement for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the region, said the species

has become humanized as more visitors flock to the area to catch a glimpse of the marine mammals in their natural habitat. “If you stick your hand out, they’ll come right up to the boat,” Cooper said. “They expect when they come up to a boat they’re going to get food.” Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act it is illegal to feed, touch or pursue wild dolphins, he said. With more than 50 dolphin tour operators in Bay County, the FWC is working alongside the vendors to change the area’s label as a notorious “hot spot” for illegal dolphin feeding and interaction. While the vendors know better than to feed the dolphins and are working

to improve their tour tactics, Cooper said area visitors often don’t know any better. If things don’t improve, Cooper said the area could be looking at stricter rules when it comes to swimming with dolphins in the wild. For example, it is illegal to swim within 300 feet of a right whale. The FWC held an information session for vendors last month to educate them on the ramifications of illegal dolphin interaction, and Cooper said the outcome of the class has been good so far. “I think what’s exciting is that the vendors here in Panama City recognize what they have,” Cooper said. “They have a phenomenal resource. … They’re doing everything they

can to protect that tourism industry.” The FWC has set aside $10,000 this year to plant undercover officers on tour boats this summer to see whether operators are following the rules. The agency also patrols the water in marked and unmarked boats. While noncompliance can result in a $1,500-plus fine for vendors, when it comes to visitors, Cooper said the FWC tries to focus more on education. “Don’t put your hand out and try to touch them; just be a part of the environment and look at them,” Cooper said. “It’s a beautiful sight. The dolphin is a beautiful animal, but we need to break that tendency where they come up to a boat and expect to get food.”

Dive flags Another problem FWC officers have seen on the water recently is boaters not paying attention to dive flags. While out on the water, especially over the holiday weekend, Cooper said boaters should be on the lookout for dive flags and maintain an idle speed within 300 feet of the flag. “We can maintain and enhance the tourism industry here, but we have to do it by respecting and protecting not only the dolphin, but the people that swim and dive around them,” Cooper said. “We’re getting there. It’s going to be a long ways, but we’re getting there.”

St. George Island No. 3 on best beaches list Staff and Wire Reports


An aerial view of the eastern end of the state park on St. George Island shows how uncrowded the beach is. The park was selected as the third best beach in the nation by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman.

ST. GEORGE ISLAND — For the third year, the state park on St. George Island has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Beaches in the U.S. The 2013 list by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, lists Julian G. Bruce State Park in Franklin County at No. 3, up one notch from the 2012 list. This is the third year the nine-mile beach park at the eastern end of St. George Island has made Dr. Beach’s list. Topping the list this year is Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y. “The Florida Panhandle beaches are known for their powdery, super white sands,” Leatherman said in a news release Friday. “The sand here is squeaky clean. (Just rub your feet on the sand and hear it squeak.)” St. George is the only Panhandle beach that made the list, and is one of three in Florida. Josh Hodson, St. George Island state park manager, said in a news release the designation has done wonders for the park’s visitation in the past few years. “This ranking

has resulted in publicity on a national scale for the state park and our area,” he said. According to Hodson, visitation to the state park has increased steadily since first making the list in 2011. Last year, the park had 210,000 visitors, up from 185,000 in 2011. Because the St. George Island State Park is home to some threatened and endangered species, Hodson said visitors to this beach park are asked to be respectful of the wildlife, including the endangered loggerhead sea turtles, which arrive annually at this time of year to nest on the beach. “We’ve already received our first few loggerheads, so please do not disturb any marked areas,” Hodson said. Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University in Miami, has visited beaches around the world and uses criteria like water and sand quality, as well as safety and environmental management, to compile his annual list. Once a beach reaches the pinnacle of No. 1, it is retired from future consideration, he said.

TOP 10  No. 1: Main Beach, East Hampton, N.Y.  No. 2: Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii  No. 3: St. George Island State Park, Franklin County  No. 4: Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii  No. 5: Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii  No. 6: Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs  No. 7: Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne  No. 8: Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of North Carolina  No. 9: Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass.  No. 10: Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, S.C.

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Florida Nuggets win AAU State Title Athletic Association donates SAT/ACT software

With over 100 teams participating in this weekend tournament in Tavaras the Panhandle based Florida Nuggets captured the Florida AAU 12th grade Division State Title. The Nuggets lost the first game of the tournament but won four straight to win the championship. This makes their third straight championship title of the summer. The Nuggets beat the Duval Jaguars from Jacksonville in the semi-final game 52-26 and beat the Citrus Wildcats from Orlando in the state final by 55/41. Hannah Howell from Ponce de Leon High School led the team with 15 points followed by Jayiah Daniels from Mosley High School with 13 points and JoJo Booker from Arnold High School with 9 points. “Our record after thee tournaments stands at 14 wins and one loss. We are real pleased with the way these girls are playing now and how well they work as a team,” Coach Booker adds. The Nuggets will host a Super-Regional at Arnold High School beginning May 31.

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Members of the Florida Nuggets include, front row from left: Coach Terry Booker; Amanda Pascal, Chipley High School; Brittany Chapman, Ponce de Leon High School; Jayiah Daniels, Mosley High School; and Parisha Massaline, Chipley High School. Back row, from left: Hennessey Smith, Mosley High School; Hannah Howell, Ponce de Leon High School; Casey Perot, South Walton High School; JoJo Booker, Arnold High School; and Coach Mike Howell. Team players not pictured: Makenzie Perot, South Walton High School, and Natasha Beach, North Bay Haven Academy

Coleman signs with Chattahoochee Valley From Staff Reports CHIPLEY — Lady Tigers basketball center Aaliyah Coleman signed a letter of intent with Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Ala., on May 20 at Chipley High School. “It’s been a blessing to work with Aaliyah,” coach Heather Hingson said. “She made a big difference for our team, especially from on the paint.” Hingson said she knew Coleman wanted to play college ball, so when Chattahooche Valley came calling, the coach encouraged her to go for RANDAL SEYLER | The News it. “When you have the opportunity for a scholarAaliyah Coleman was joined by family and friends on May ship, and the blessings and talents to play, then 20 at Chipley High School when she signed her letter of you should take the chance,” Hingson said. intent to play basketball at Chattahoochee Valley Community “She is going to be a huge impact on the colCollege in Phenix City, Ala. lege program,” the coach said.

The Florida High School Athletic Association, the National Federation of High Schools, MaxPreps and eKnowledge donated SAT and ACT PowerPrep Programs to high school students in the state of Florida. The FHSAA has been accepted into the National SAT/ACT Donation Project through its association with the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and eKnowledge. Because of the association, students and families in Florida can now receive free $200 SAT or ACT prep programs. In 2005, eKnowledge formed the SAT/ACT Donation Project with support and partnerships with caring athletes from the NFL and MLB, as well as more than 100 corporations, foundations and notfor-profit organizations. To date, the project has provided over 200,000 SAT/ACT Prep Programs valued

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ects — the scarecrow contest, downtown pots, English Tea and more. When one wins, we all win and we want to share our accomplishment with your department. We could not have won this award without you,” Roland said. Chester Campbell, Public Works Director, accepted the award on behalf of the Public Works Department. “We appreciate the garden club recognizing our efforts and look forward to working with them in the future,” Campbell said. Mayor Linda Cain was also in attendance. “Working together we can accomplish so much for the City of Chipley,” Cain said.

CHIPLEY — Chipley Garden Club President Karen Roland and Recording Secretary Gweneth Collins visited the City of Chipley’s Public Works Department on May 23 for a special presentation during its Memorial Day Fish Fry. Club President Karen Roland was delighted to present the group with a copy of the garden club’s 2013 FFGC Garden Club of the Year Award, which had been signed by all the members of the garden club. “Chipley looks beautiful all year because of your efforts. We thank you and appreciate your assistance with our proj-



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BONIFAY — Bonifay Elementary School is inviting family and siblings of students attending Bonifay Elementary School to a free spaghetti supper at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. There will be a short presentation of suggested ideas for parents and children activities over summer break, and there will be a gift for every child in attendance.

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CHIPLEY — There will be an art show at the Washington County Public Library until Friday. There will be 20 middle and elementary school students exhibiting their work. These 20 students are art students of Mrs. Winona VanLandingham.

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Results for FCAT 2.0 Writing are reported on a scale of 1.0 (lowest) to 6.0 (highest). Two trained scorers independently score each student response; the score reported is the average of both scores. There is no passing score for FCAT 2.0 Writing. The percentage of students scoring 3.5 and above will be used for the writing component in calculating the 2013 school grades. Last year, the percentage of students scoring 3.0 and higher was used. In 2013, students had 60 minutes to respond to the writing prompt, an increase of 15 minutes. Based on recommendations from Florida educators, the time was increased to allow students more time to satisfy higher scoring requirements. Scoring includes more attention to the correct use of English conventions such as grammar and punctuation and the quality of details that support the written response. Since 2011, the Buros Center for Testing at the University of Nebraska has conducted a comprehensive review of the FCAT Writing hand-scoring process. This includes a review of the hand-scoring specifications, a site visit for monitoring the scanning and preparation process for scoring, the training of scoring candidates and actual hand-scoring activities. The 2011 and 2012 reports are available at fcat.fldoe. org/fcatpub5.asp. The 2013 report will be available later this summer.

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“Our students, parents and teachers have worked very hard this year, and I’m pleased to see more students achieving at higher levels,” Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett said. “Our teachers do a fantastic job every day to prepare students for college and careers. We will celebrate our gains and use these results to continue to work every day to improve.”

SUNNY HILLS — The Chipley Lions Club will host The Lamar Townsend Golf Tournament at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. There will be a Captain’s Choice Scramble (threeman team). The team sponsorship is $250, three-man team $150, hole sponsorship $100, individual registrations $50 (includes green fees, cart rental and prizes). Lunch will be provided by the Lions Club. For more information, contact Curtis Carter at 326-7040.

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GRACEVILLE — The children and grandchildren of Perry and Canzada Worley would Benefit Yard Sale like to invite all family and friends to the annual Worley CHIPLEY — There will Family Reunion from 11 be a Benefit Yard Sale on Friday and Saturday to help a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8. The new location for this Chipley High School student Sabrina Goodman go to the year will be at Graceville Community Church, which National Youth Leadership is at 1005 Prim Ave. Plan to Forum in Washington, D.C. meet there with a well-filled The sale will be on South Rail Road Avenue, just basket of your favorite foods south of the old Chipley and enjoy the fellowship and Motel. fun of being with friends and loved ones. Any old photographs North Bay Clan or items of remembrance Fundraiser would also be welcomed as we share our heritage CHIPLEY — The North of memories together. For Bay Clan of the Lower more information, call Muscogee Creek Tribe Debbie Taylor at 263-4110 or will have a yard sale from Ellen Faircloth at 547-4093. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Tribe Grounds, five miles south Baseball camps set of Chipley on Lonnie Road. at Chipola Donations are welcome. MARIANNA — Chipola Benefit for baby Baseball Coach Jeff Campbell Jones Johnson will be offering three different baseball GENEVA, Ala. — A benefit camps. A pitching camp for for baby Campbell Jones, ages 7-18 will meet June son of Tara and Doyle 10-11. Jones, will be from 11 a.m. Cost for this camp is to 1 p.m. on Saturday at City $100. A hitting camp for Auto Parts is Geneva, Ala. ages 7-18 will meet June There will be Boston butts 12-13. Cost for this camp is and ribs for sale. There will $100. A skills camp for ages also be cakes that can be

7-18 will meet June 17-18. Cost for this camp is $100. A Grand Slam Special rate for attending all three camps will be $250. All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Assistant Coach Chris Hutcheson at 718-2243.

Swimming lessons MARIANNA — Swimming lessons will be offered for all ages at Chipola College. The lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. Children’s swimming lessons for ages 4 and older are scheduled on the following dates: Session 1: June 3-13 with a registration deadline of May 30; Session 2: June 17-27 with a registration deadline of June 13. Classes are available at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions include eight 45-minute classes that meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Cost of regular swimming lessons is $55. Pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. For more information, call 718-2473 or visit www. July and August sessions will be announced at a later date.

The Silver Door summer art camps BONIFAY — The Silver Door Hands on arts and crafts center on Marvin Moss Road in Bonifay will be holding summer art camps through the months of June, July and August. The center will provide all the materials, drinks and fun. All camps are five-day camps and are $100 per child; individual days are $23 per child per day. Sibling discounts are available. Camp 1 will be held on June 11, 12, 13, 18 and 20. Camp 2 will be held on June 25, 26, 27 and July 2. Camp 3 will be held on July 9, 10, 11, 16 and 18. Camp 4 will be held on July 23, 24, 25, 30 and Aug. 1. To reserve your spot call 547-3321.

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“Trivia Fun” with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country and is a weekly feature in The Washington County News and The Holmes County Times-Advertiser. 1) The main difference between a cafe latte and a cappuccino deals with the amount of? Skim milk, Sugar, Foam, Espresso 2) The pressure in a bottle of champagne is about how many times the pressure in an automobile tire? 2, 3, 4, 5 3) What’s the average number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine? 300, 600, 900, 1,200 4) Which women’s sport banned the crow-hop? Softball, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball 5) What gaming activity may begin with a corking? Pool, Horseshoes, Marbles, Darts 6) To prove a point in 1903 whose company electrocuted an elephant at Coney Island? Ford, Edison, Morse, Houdini 7) What sports bureau does Major League Baseball rely upon for its official records? Lazarus, Birdhouse, Elias, Bear 8) What’s the name of Willie Nelson’s main acoustic guitar? Hank, Lassie, Johnny, Trigger


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Ponce de Leon celebrates 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival to Florida By CECILIA SPEARS

547-9414 | @WCN_HCT PONCE de LEON — Ponce de Leon Elementary School students enjoyed a day of nature, entertainment and education as the Holmes County Public Library and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection celebrated the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on the land he named “La Florida” in 1513 at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park on May 17. Children enjoyed a day of Perdido Bay tribe drums and dance, the Bear Mobile Museum, the history of Juan Ponce de Leon, a Florida Park Service Prescribed Fire program demonstration, a Live Snake program and guided nature walks. “We wanted to bring history alive for our children,” Assistant Director of Holmes County Public Library, Ann Leavins said. “Education and learning should be an adventure that children can participate and grow with. We’re hoping to make this an annual event and Students went on a Guided Nature walk and was shown the valve control for the expand to more then just students from Ponce de springs. Leon Elementary School.”

9) Who is Jerry’s cousin of cartoon’s “Tom & Jerry”? Tiny, Muscles, Thorny, Bubbles 10) Of these, which is not on the Gulf of Mexico? Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana 11) When “The Flintstones” aired on prime-time TV, what was its cigarette sponsor? Winston, Camel, Marlboro, Lucky Strike 12) What’s traditionally given as a 30th wedding anniversary gift? Silver, Crystal, Pearls, Paper

Park Specialist with Falling Waters State Park Scott Sweeney shows children a variety of snakes along with fun facts and antidotes.

Assistant Director of Holmes County Public Library, Ann Leavins told students the exciting history of Juan Ponce de Leon’s journey to discovering La Florida.

13) “Tweety Pie” who’s continually chased by Sylvester the cat is what type of bird? Parakeet, Cockatiel, Robin, Canary 14) What’s the main shape of the “Star Africa” diamond? Pear, Star, Rectangular, Marquise ANSWERS 1) Foam. 2) 3. 3) 600. 4) Softball. 5) Darts. 6) Edison. 7) Elias. 8) Trigger. 9) Muscles. 10) Georgia. 11) Winston. 12) Pearls. 13) Canary. 14) Pear.

Left: Staff members from the Holmes County Public Library, the Bear Mobile Museum, Florida Park Services, Ponce de Leon Springs

State Park, Falling Waters State Park and the Perdido Bay tribe all worked hard to put on this year’s Viva 500 event for the students of Ponce de Leon Elementary School.Right: Children got up close and personal with snakes with a Live Snake Program provided by Park Specialist with Falling Waters State Park Scott Sweeney.


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Doss and Head to wed Wayne and Melanie Doss of Chipley are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Nicole Doss, to Christopher Michael Head of Southport. The bride-to-be graduated from Chipley High School attends Gulf Coast State College for a career in law enforcement. The groom’s parents are William and Donna Arrants of Southport. The groom graduated from Bay High School. He is now employed at Gulf County Correctional Institute as a correctional officer. They will be joining their lives together with God’s blessings in October 2013.

Special to Extra Jan Page of Chipley, chair of the Chipola College District Board of Trustees, was recently recognized for two years as chairwoman of the board. The board of trustees also includes Danny Ryals of Blountstown, Mark Plummer of Bristol, Robert Jones of Westville, Dr. Leisa Bailey of Bonifay, Jeff Crawford of Marianna, John Padgett of Marianna, Gina Stuart of Marianna and Gary Clark of Chipley

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Executive Vice-President Dr. Jason Hurst presents a gift to Jan Page at the recent college graduation in recognition of her two years of service as Chipola College District Board of Trustees chairwoman.

Mitchell and Cristan to wed Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mitchell of Bonifay would like to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Keron Elizabeth Mitchell, to Richard Cristan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cristan, Jr., of Elysburg Pa. Keron is the granddaughter of Ray Neal and Ellen Mitchell of Bonifay. She is also the granddaughter of Charlotte Seitzinger of Bonifay, Thomas Seitzinger of Orlando and Charles and Gail Bowes of Wendell Ma. Keron is a 2007 graduate of Bethlehem High School in Bonifay and is a 2009 graduate of Fortis College in Dothan, Ala. She is currently a certified pharmacy technician with Walgreens Pharmacy in Christiansburg, Va. Richard is the grandson of Ray Cristan Sr. and the late Eleanor Cristan of Mount Carmel, Pa. He is also the grandson of Ann Dombroski and the late John Dombroski of Shamokin, Pa. Richard is a 2004 graduate of Southern

Craig graduates basic military training Air Force Airman Haley M. Craig graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Craig is the daughter of Mandy McAllister of Bonifay and Eric Craig of Buckingham Way, Mount Laurel, N.J. She is a 2011 graduate of Northview High School, Dothan, Ala.

Columbia High School in Catawissa, Pa. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in forestry and also a Master’s of Science in Forestry in 2010. After graduating, he worked for the Florida Forest Service as an environmental specialist and lived in

Panama City Beach, where he met Keron. Currently, he has gone back to college to receive his Ph.D in Forest Operations at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. The wedding is planned for Aug. 3, 2013, at Dogwood Lakes Country Club in Bonifay. Invitations will be sent out.

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CHS JROTC performs at RMS orientation By Michelle Fuston Special to Extra

The Chipley High School JROTC transitioned over to Roulhac Middle School May 21 to perform at its eighth grade orientation. As the day passed, the cadets got hot and sweaty, but the eighth grade orientation went exceptionally well. Many of the eighth grade students had questions like “Are the

weapons real?” The answer is yes; the weapons most certainly are real. Some students asked, “Would you be able to play sports and still join the JROTC program?” Many of the cadets play sports and are on other JROTC teams as well. As the eighth grade students engaged in the cadets’ performance, cadets showed them various teams they can join in the JROTC

Program, such as Color Guard/Honor Guard/Flag Detail, Drill, Raiders and Rifle Team. This past year, the Chipley High School JROTC has been the only school in our region to qualify to go to state for every one of those teams. The JROTC mission is to “motivate young people to be better citizens,” and JROTC works hard to do exactly that and more. Cadets in the program put

in an exceptional amount of hard work and dedication to achieve its goals and make the best of each and every year as not only a unit but as a family as well. Chipley High School JROTC looks forward to the mass of new faces it hopes will join the program in the years to come. For any questions, call the JROTC program at Chipley High School at 7260041 or 638-6100 ext. 503.

Jon-Marcel Winchester has earned the rank of Eagle, the highest rank awarded in Scouting. His project was for the Ponce de Leon High School, building thee benches for student and faculty use. He funded this project with the sale of “Survival Bracelets,” made by him and his family, earning enough to pay for the benches and give the Ponce de Leon High School a check for almost $200. Jon-Marcel is 14 years old, in ninth Jon-Marcel grade and is an excellent student with Winchester Florida Virtual School, maintaining straight A grades. He became interested in Scouting as a Cub Scout with Pack 25. He also holds the highest award a Cub Scout can earn, the Arrow of Light, and is a first degree Blackbelt in Taekwondo. Jon-Marcel is also a proud Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, the Honor Society of Scouting. This fine young man has worked hard to earn the rank of Eagle. Boy Scout Troop 525 applauds him.

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HCHS JROTC recruits at middle school Special to Extra BONIFAY — The Holmes County High School JROTC went to the middle school May 21 to recruit the future cadets of the ROTC program. The Blue Devils displayed several uniforms for its teams and put on a demonstration to the eighth graders with its color guard, honor guard, rifle team, exhibition team and raider team. The color guard demonstration was demonstrated by DJ Rock, Christian Grimes and Ashley Eberhardt. For the rifle team demonstration, Michael Murphy showed the three different firing positions: standing, prone and kneeling. The raider demonstration was a contest of push-ups between raiders Eric Bolenbaugh and Becky Padgett. For the exhibition demonstration, Christian Grimes displayed a daring routine with spinning and tossing the rifle around. Representing the honor guard, Hunter Paterson showed how some of the moves are executed using the saber. Bree Owens spoke to the eighth graders and told them how the program was rewarding and a great experience and how it can help achieve their goals.

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Holmes County JROTC members recruiting at the middle school on May 21 included, front row from left: C/COL Bree Owens, C/ SFC Ashley Eberhardt, and C/2LT Becky Padgett. Back row, from left: C/MAJ DJ Rock, C/SSG Hunter Paterson, C/MAJ Christian Grimes, C/SFC Eric Bolenbaugh, and C/MAJ Michael Murphy.

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Faith EVENTS Christian Haven Church Jam Session CHIPLEY — Christian Haven Church will have its monthly jam session June 1. Refreshments will start at 6 p.m. and singing shortly after. For more information, call 638-0836 or 773-2602.

Sunny Hills Chapel Gospel Sing SUNNY HILLS — Sunny Hills Chapel will have a gospel sing at 10 a.m. June 2. The gospel sing will be feature The Kevin Wilson Singers from London, Ky. This will be the singers’ first time in our area. Lunch will be served. The church is five miles south of Wausau on State Road 77.

Sandy Creek Homecoming PONCE DE LEON — Sandy Creek Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming at 10 a.m. on June 9. Bring a covered dish to share at noontime.

Bethlehem Camp Meeting BONIFAY — The Bethlehem Family Camp Meeting will be held from June 21 to June 28 at 3073 Highway 160 in Bonifay. For more information visit or call 547-2598.

Liberty Church VBS Liberty Church is offering kids in kindergarten through fourth grades one awesome time at Vacation Bible School, beginning June 24. At VBS, kids can choose a sport — if they’ve played all their life of just started yesterday, this VBS will improve their skills. All sorts of drills and practice games will get kids focused on the fundamentals that make athletes great. Plus, VBS creates a positive and encouraging environment that pumps up their confidence and self-esteem. Join the VBS team at Liberty Church, 3983 Creek Road, Vernon. It starts from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly from June 24-28. Dinner is provided, and it’s free. Transportation will also be provided. If your child needs a ride or for more information, call or text Gwen Brock at 260-6924.

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The many excuses of a man in midlife crisis Sometimes it is best to err The difficulty with growing on the side of caution. This, older is that the old memory however, has not always been juices do not flow as swiftly my modus operandi as they once did. down through the Of course, some years. In fact, I am of us never had a not very good when it real gusher in that comes to practicing department anyway. anything, just ask the The more memories Gracious Mistress of I have, the less I am the Parsonage. able to recall them As of late, though, I in the innocence of DR. JAMES have been practicing their reality. Like the L. SNYDER caution like I was fisherman who tells Out to Pastor going to Carnegie the size of the one Hall. I am not very good at it that got away, memory seems yet, but my goal is to come to to add or subtract according the point of perfection in the to the benefit of the person area of caution as it touches conjuring up the memory. my person, particularly A big problem a man in my health and well-being. mid-life crisis has is he does This may be because I have not remember how good he reached that age when most actually was when he was men go through a midlife 20, unless of course, his wife crisis. knew him at that time. If he You can always tell when could, he would not have to a man is going through his try to replicate it when he is midlife crisis. He usually 60. This is one of the unique wants to prove he is as good advantages of maturing. at 60-something as he was Forgetting always leads to when he was 20-something. exaggerating. Exaggerating Carelessly throwing caution at 60-something leads to to the wind, he attempts to do injuries. The only purpose something beyond the energy of this is to impress people of his existing body. One sure who really are not being way to tell if a man is having impressed. a midlife crisis is to notice his As we grow older things recent injuries. begin to change, and some Personally, when I was 20 things change for the better. I was not good at anything, When I was 20, I could not which has enabled me to admit to anybody that I was skip my midlife crisis. I am tired. I would have been glad to be 60 (okay, maybe the laughing stock in my I am a tad over 60) because community if I would admit now when I get tired I can any such phenomena. You say I am tired and sit down. know what they say about the At 60-something, I have unlimited energy that young absolutely nothing to prove. people have. Now that I am I am no better or worse than in my 60s, I can blame my I was when I was 20. It is, as advancing years on just about my wife notes, the ageless anything. wonder of incompetency. “I love to do that, but at my

“Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.” Proverbs 25:14 KJV age I don’t have the energy.” This has covered a multitude of sins, for which I am so grateful. Of course, it does have one drawback, when someone in their 80s invites me to go for a walk, what in the world can you say to that? This next one has to be one of my favorites. “I would love to do that but I have to get home for my afternoon nap.” The person will look at me, notice my maturing features and understand I desperately do need a nap or something resembling beauty sleep. I found one the other week that has proved quite beneficial. I was invited to a function during the evening, which turned out to be a rather boring affair. Once the meal was over people were milling around engaged in small talk. Nothing bores me quicker than small talk. Not knowing what to do, I pondered the situation for sometime. Then, like lightning from the heavens, I was struck with a brilliant idea. I went up to my host and said, “I’m sorry, but it is getting near my bedtime, and I have strict orders from my doctor to go to bed early. You’ll have to excuse me.” It worked like a charm. Everybody understood that a person of my age needs to go to bed early. I do not know who thought this up, probably

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Wausau Library Monday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday: 1-6 p.m. Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 1-6 p.m. Friday: Closed Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed Washington County Library (Chipley) Monday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed Vernon Library Monday: Closed Tuesday: 1-6 p.m. Wednesday: 1-6 p.m. Thursday: Closed Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed Sunny Hills Library Monday: 1-6 p.m. Tuesday: Closed

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10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides bingo, exercise, games, activities, hot meals and socialization. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. 6-7:30 p.m.: Salvation Army Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Program (SADVP) hosts a domestic violence support group at


8-9 a.m.: Tai Chi Class at the Washington County Public Library, Chipley Branch 8-10 a.m.: Church Fellowship Breakfasts at Around the Corner Grill. Breakfast provided. All denominations welcome. 10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides hot meals and socialization. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. Noon: Chipley Kiwanis Club meeting. Noon: Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, New Life Assembly Fellowship Hall, Chipley. 5 p.m.: BINGO at St. Joseph Catholic Church games start at 6:25 p.m. Call Peg Russ at 638-451.

6 p.m.: Holmes County Commission meets second Tuesdays. 7 p.m.: Narcotics Anonymous meeting, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on County Road 177A


10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides hot meals and socialization. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Vernon Historical Society Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meetings are fourth Wednesdays at 2 p.m. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. 1 p.m.: Line dancing, Washington Council on Aging in Chipley. 7 p.m.: Depression and Bipolar Support Group meets at First Baptist Church educational annex building in Bonifay. Call 547-4397.

Chipley student invited to national leadership forum on law, crime Special to The News CHIPLEY — Chipley High School student Sabrina Goodman has been invited to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and Crime Scene Investigation in Washington, D.C. this summer. She is one of 600 students selected from across the nation to attend this forum based on her outstanding leadership Sabrina potential through an academic Goodman partnership with George Mason University. Sabrina is the daughter of William and Amanda Goodman of Chipley and granddaughter of Leonard and Mary Finch, both of Chipley, and the late Homer “Buddy” Goodman of Wausau and the late Alice West of Panama City.

Obituaries Clara M. Bailey Mrs. Clara Mae Bailey, age 89, of Washington County passed away May 20, 2013, at Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley. She was born Dec. 6, 1923, in Vernon, to the late Clarence and

Julie Eva Booth Yates. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie M. Bailey and a son, Eddie Bailey. Mrs. Bailey is survived by

one daughter, Julie Prevatt, and husband, Royce of Bonifay; three grandchildren, Gerry Prevatt of Bonifay, Courtney P. O’Brian of Bonifay, Heather Lang and husband, Stephen, of Apache

Junction, Ariz.; four greatgrandchild, Keelan, Elle, Jon, and Jordan Lang; one brother, Clint Yates and wife Opal of Bonifay and several nieces and nephews Memorialization was by

Ethel Daniel Ethel Daniel, 96, of Chipley went to be with her heavenly Father on May 21, 2013. She was a woman of strength and dignity, and she led a life committed to her family and to God. She was retired from the Washington County School Board as the lunchroom manager for Kate Smith Elementary for 25 years. She was a member of Grace Assembly of God Church, where she taught Children Church and

Sunday School for many years. Ethel was born in Graceville, Sept. 27, 1916, to A. J. and Mary Nichols, the oldest of nine children. Her parents, siblings, Lena Pettis, Leonia Peel, A.J. Nichols Jr. and Carrie Retherford, preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, J.B. Daniel (Marilyn), George Daniel (Gail) of Marianna, Ronnie Daniel (Betty) of Chipley, and Gemelia Williams

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(Harold) of Alford; 11 grandchildren; 16 greatgrandchildren; one greatgreat-granddaughter; her siblings, Edward Nichols, Rubye Forehand, Hazel Railey (Harold), Mavis Smith; brother-in-law, Junior Pettis (Margie), and sister-in-law, Dee Nichols. Her memorial service was at 11 a.m. on May 24, 2013, at Grace Assembly of God Church, located on Highway 77 North, with the Rev. Dallas Pettis

officiating. A private burial was at Glenwood Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted, or those who prefer can make memorial donations in her honor to Grace Assembly Children’s Fund, P.O. Box 40, Chipley, FL 32428. Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online at www.mariannachapelfh. com.

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Billy D. McGowan, 79 of Esto, passed away, Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Mizell Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. Mr. Bill was born in the New Hope Community on Feb. 26, 1934 to the late John Posie and Willie Bell Dady McGowan. He was a graduate of Ponce de Leon High School and a four-year veteran of the U S. Army. Mr. Bill was a farmer and a long time member of Esto Baptist Church. McGowan is preceded in death by his parents; son, Tony McGowan; two brothers, John “Buck” and Frank McGowan; two sisters, Lucy Miles and Eunice Wiggins. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Louise; son, John McGowan; daughter, Teresa McGowan all of Esto; daughter, Donna Goodman (Robb), Phenix City, Ala.; five grandchildren, Jeremy McGowan, Esto, Caleb, Jordan, Josiah, and Libby Goodman, Phenix City, Ala.; two sisters, Elsie Mueller (Ken), Waukesha, Wis., Willeen Holmes (Jess), Milton; sister-in-law, Loretta McGowan, New Hope and many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Esto with the Rev. Robert Goodman and the Rev. Ryan Begue officiating. Burial followed in Esto Community Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing. Expressions of sympathy can be made at

Mrs. Betty Jean Wise Stafford “Buddy” Stafford Jr., Westville, of Westville passed away Tuesday, and Michael Stafford (Jan), May 21, 2013. She was 74. Mrs. Bonifay; three grandchildren: Stafford was born March 14, 1939, Tyler Weeks, Presley Hobbs in Geneva County, Ala., to the and Stran Stafford; one sister, late James Clifton and Bertha Frances Cossen (W.D.), Defuniak Melton Wise. She was a pillar in Springs, and several nieces, her community who cared for so nephews, other extended family Betty J. many of her neighbors, friends and a host of friends. Stafford and relatives. She was a very Funeral services were at 1 loving and devoted wife, mother p.m., Thursday, May 23, in the and grandmother. Betty will fondly be chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home in remembered as a wonderful cook. She Geneva with the Rev. Garry Winstead was of the Baptist faith. officiating. In addition to her parents, a grandson, Burial followed in the Hurricane Kody Michael Stafford, a brother, Junior Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Wise, two sisters, Louise Johnson and Sorrells Funeral Home of Geneva Virginia White, as well as an infant twin directing. The family received friends brother all preceded her in death. at the funeral home Wednesday, May 22, Survivors include her husband of from 6-8 p.m. 49 years, Elton “Bud” Stafford, Sr., Sorrells Funeral Home of Geneva, 334Westville; two daughters: Brenda 684-9999, is in charge of arrangements. Stafford, Westville, and Janie S. Weeks Express your condolences in the guest (James), Earlytown, Ala.; two sons: Elton book at

Arcieola Gulledge Henderson, 84, of Caryville, died May 19, 2013. Funeral services were held, May 21, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ Caryville. Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Peel Funeral Home directing.

Wanda Gail Corkhill of O. (Baxley) Leesburg; one Schrecengost, brother, Robert age 71 of Chipley, Baxley of Chipley; passed away one sister, Monday, May 20, Janice Baker 2013, at her home. of Chipley; four Wanda was born grandchildren; Wanda O. Sept. 27, 1941, 11 greatSchrecengost grandchildren and in Baker to the late Elmer J. and one great-greatFloraDell (Smith) Baxley. granddaughter. She had been a resident of Funeral services Chipley most of her life and were held Wednesday, was a former employee of May 22, 2013, at 2 p.m., West Florida Electric Coat the graveside in Sapp Op. Wanda was a member of Community Church the Faith Covenant Church Cemetery with the Rev. in Chipley, a volunteer for Cloys Joiner officiating. Habitat For Humanity and The family suggests had a love for butterflies. those wishing to do so, In addition to her make contributions to parents, she is predeceased Emerald Coast Hospice, by her husband, Eugene 1330 South Blvd., Chipley. Schrecengost, and three Brown Funeral Home of brothers, James, Bobby and Chipley is in charge of the Rex Baxley. arrangements. Friends and Survivors include two family may sign the online daughters, Carol Broglio register at www.brownfh. of Lafayette, La., and net.

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5-3244 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2012 CA 000146 Community South Credit Union, Plaintiff, vs. Riva T. Wingate-Miller a/k/a Riva Theresa Wingate-Miller a/k/a Riva and LVNV Funding, LLC, as successor in interest to CitiFinancial, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 8, 2013, in Case Number 2012 CA 000146, of the Circuit Court in and for Washington County, Florida, in which Community South Credit Union is the Plaintiff, and Riva T. Wingate-Miller a/k/a Riva Theresa Wingate a/k/a Riva, LVNV Funding, LLC, as successor in interest to CitiFinancial, are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Washington County Courthouse, 1293 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, Florida 32428, at 11:00 A.M. on July 24, 2013, the following-described property set forth in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure: Lot 2, 3 and 4 of Block 3, According to the Official Plat of Wausau, as on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Washington County, Florida, being in Section 25, Township 3 North, Range 14 West Notice is also given pursuant to § 45.031(2)(f), Florida Statutes, that any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property ✳


DEJA’S FLEA MARKET. OPENS EVERY SATURDAY FROM 8:00AM-4:00PM. TAKE HWY 90, TURN ON BROWN ST, ACROSS FROM DOT. Yard sale for Mission trip to Peru. Sat. June 1, 2013. 7 a.m.-until. Address: 2778 Hwy 90, Bonifay, Fl. 32425

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Drivers: All Miles PAID (Loaded & Empty)! Home on the weekends! Running Class-A CDL Flatbed. Lease to Own-No Money Down CALL: 888-880-5911. Finish Dozer Operator with experience for site/utility construction company. Apply at 13938 Hwy 77, Southport, or Call 850-265-9166. EEO

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MOECKER AUCTIONS Bankruptcy Auction L & H Electric, Inc. June 6 @ 10am 9355 W. Okeechobee Rd #13, Hialeah, Fl 33016 Electrical Contracting Company assets: Bobcat, Vehicles, Trailer, Tools, Greenlee Cable Puller 6800, Transfer Switches, Inventory, Job Boxes, Testing Equip., Generators, Welders & More! (800) 840-BIDS 10%-13%BP, $100 ref. cash dep. Subj to confirm. Chapter 7 Case No.: 13-14294-RAM AB-1098 AU-3219, Eric Rubin

Job Requirements: • 2 years previous sales experience, preferably in a Call Center environment • Ability and desire to sell • Strong communication skills • Proficiency with all Microsoft applications • Detail oriented team player with a passion for helping customers

AUCTION FARM AND CONSTRUCTION DATE: Saturday June 15, 2013 8:00 A.M. LOCATION: 5529 Hwy 231 North Campbellton, FL 32426 (3) Local Farm Dispersals (2) Estates, Bank repos, Sheriff depts, city & county surplus, plus consignments. Mason Auction & Sales LLC # FL 642 850-263-0473 Office 850-258-7652 Chad Mason 850-849-0792 Gerald Mason m Web site

Halifax Media Group of Northwest Florida is a great place to work. All full-time employees are eligible for health & dental insurance, Life/AD&D/Long-term disability insurance, 401K plan, and paid time off. In addition, we offer: • Performance/ Incentive Based Pay Scale • Friendly Team Environment • Supportive & Motivating Staff to help you succeed • Positive, Professional and Upbeat work environment • We Promote from within! Please submit resume & cover letter to: ✳


5-3234 Notice of Public Hearing to Revise School Board Policies Washington County School District 652 Third Street Chipley, FL 32428 June 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm Notice is hereby given that on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm., the Washington County School Board will revise School Board Policies. The purpose and specific legal authority under which School B o a r d Policies/Procedures are authorized, and a summary of the estimate of economic impact of the proposed policies/procedures on all affected persons, are given. Revise the following School Board Policies. Proposed Revised Policies 6.13* Year of Service Defined for Personnel 6.53 Retirement of Employees Legal Authority The Washington County School Board is authorized under Chapter 1001.43 of the Florida K-20 Education Code to develop/revise policy and procedures. Economic Impact The cost of promulgating these revisions will be approximately $.50 per document. Cost or benefit to those affected: None Impact on open market: None Individuals wishing to obtain a copy of the revised School Board Policies may contact the Superintendent’s Office at 652 Third Street, Chipley, Florida or visit the District’s website at As published in the Washington County News May 11, 15, 29, 2013.

5-3248 TRI-COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids, in duplicate, will be received by the Tri-County Airport Authority until 4:00 PM, June 13, 2013 local time. Proposals should be mailed to or hand delivered to Grimail Crawford, Inc., 1367-D South Railroad Avenue, Chipley, Florida 32428. All proposals received will be publicly opened and read aloud at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Tri-County Airport Authority. The meeting will be held on June 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm local time in the Tri-County Airport Terminal building conference room. Bidders are invited to submit bids for: REHAB TAXIWAY / CONSTRUCT TAXIWAY EXTENSION AND DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS Bidders are invited to submit Proposals for this work on the Proposal Forms provided. Other proposal forms will not be accepted. The complete examination and understanding of the Contract Documents consisting of the Plans and Specifications, and all addenda or other revisions, and Site of the proposed work is necessary to properly submit a Proposal. Contract Documents consisting of the Plans and Specifications, and all addenda or other revisions are available for examination or may be obtained from the office of Grimail Crawford, Inc., 1367-D South Railroad Avenue, Chipley, Florida 32428, Phone (850) 415-1040, or Fax (850) 415-6690. There is a $50.00 charge for the plans and specifications. This cost is non-refundable. A Bid Bond in the form as bound in the Contract Document or a Certified Check in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total amount bid must accompany each Bid. No bid may be withdrawn after closing time for the receipt of Proposals for a period of ninety (90) days. Tri-County Airport Authority reserves the right to waive any informalities or irregularities in or reject any or all bids and to award or refrain from awarding this bid. Dated: May 21, 2013 By: Tri-County Airport Authority As published in the Washington County News May 29, 2013.

HEREIN DESCRIBED. RESIDENCES UNKNOWN YOU ARE NOT1FIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property in Washington County, Florida: THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP I NORTH, RANGE 13 WEST, W A S H I N G T O N C O U N T Y , F LO R I D A . T O G E T H E R WITH THAT CERTAIN 2007 PLATINUM HOMES MANUFACTURED HOME, SERIAL NO(S):PHALOO415A/B has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your Written defenses, if any, to it on SHD LEGAL GROUP RA., Plaintiffs attorneys, whose address is 2691 East Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 303, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33306, within 30 days from first date of publication, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorneys or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED on 5/13, .2013. Linda Hayes Cook As Clerk of the Court By: K. McDaniel As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. 0. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. As published in the Washington County News May 22, 29, 2013.


owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED: May 15, 2013. W A S H I N G T O N COUNTY CLERK OF COURT Clerk of the Court By: K. McDaniel As Deputy Clerk As published in the Washington County News on May 22, 2013 and May 29, 2013.

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Medical office currently looking for an ARNP/PA to join our medical team. Our office specializes in Cardiology, Internal Medicine & Family Practice in Bonifay. Please fax resume & references to 850-547-5415, attn Kim Sasser.

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EARN UP TO $1,000 Per Month NEEDED IMMEDIATELY!!!! The Best Part-Time Opportunity Around! Carriers needed in Bay, Washington, Holmes & Calhoun Counties The News Herald needs home delivery carriers for early morning hours To qualify, you must: zBe 18 yrs or older zhave a reliable vehicle zProof of Auto Insurance zA valid driver’s license If you are interested, please contact the Circulation Department at 850-747-5061

Call To Place An Ad In Classifieds. 747-5020 General Street Crewman II The City of Chipley is accepting applications for a Street Crewman II. Minimum Requirements: Knowledge of general and ground maintenance procedures, including skill in operation and maintenance of equipment and tools. Education and Experience: High School diploma or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma. One (1) year experience operating heavy equipment. Valid Florida Commercial “B” driver’s license. WCI Inmate Supervisor Card. Deadline: Open until filled. EOE/Drug Free Workplace

AIRLINE CAREERS Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Housing available CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-314-3769 AIRLINES ARE HIRING - Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified Housing available CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-314-3769. DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Learn to drive for US Xpress! Earn $700 per week! No experience needed! Local CDL Traning. Job ready in 15 days! (888)368-1964 Driver: One Cent Raise after 6 and 12 months. $0.03 Enhanced Quarterly Bonus. Daily or Weekly Pay, Hometime Options. CDL-A, 3 months OTR experience. 800-414-9569

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FOR RENT 1B/R apartment, convenient location in Chipley. No pets. 850-638-4640 Mandi Lea Apartments in Vernon, 1, 2, and 3/BR. Financial Assistance available is qualified. 638-4640.


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For rent, possibly rent to own $500/mth, + depo. No pets. 2672 Lazy Bone Dr., Vernon, Reference required (850)535-2924.

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REAL ESTATE Auction. 54+/- acre property, located Berkeley County, WV, offers a historic grand manor house, in-ground pool and pool house, multiple structures with 21,000+/- sq. ft. of heated living space, a large pond, private deeded access to deep water Potomac with slips and ramp. The auction will be held June 14 at 2:00 PM. Will sell with a minimum bid of $995,000. For details go to or call Woltz & Associates, Inc. (WV# 1000), Real Estate Brokers & Auctioneers 800-551-3588. Roanoke, VA.

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For Rent. Two, 2BR/1BA MH and one 3BR/1BA MH. All on Corbin Rd. Storage buildings, decks, all electric. On nice big lots. I furnish water, garbage, do lawn in summer, spray once a month and change AC filters. For more info call Lou at 638-1911 or 326-0044. Sorry, no pets.

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2/Br Apt. LR, kitchen, new carpet & paint. Located in Bonifay. W/S/G included. $450/mo plus security depo. (850)547-5244, (850)329-8381. 4BR Home & 2BR Apartments, furnished. Private, well maintained. Includes W&D. Lawn maintance & water provided. 850-547-2096.

2BD/1BA in Vernon. $400/mth plus security. NO PETS. 773-1352 OR 258-3815. 2BR/2BA MH in Chipley. WD hookup. CH/A. 1 yr lease. No pets. $475/mth + deposit. 850-763-3320 or 850-774-3034. 2BR/2BA, MH for on Pioneer Rd. 8 5 0 - 8 4 9 - 6 8 8 5 0 - 3 2 6 - 0 5 850-638-7315.

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3 Homes for Sale in Chipley. Good rental income. Large lots. Recently remodeled. Motivated seller. 850-481-5352 or 850-849-7676. Built in year 2000. 1400 sq/ft. living, 2&3/4 acre wooded lot, vinyl & brick, 3/2, wide hallway, patio, covered front porch, hardwood in bedrooms, tile in kitchen/baths, carpet in hallway/living. 2 car garage w/storage area, 20’x24’ vinyl siding insulated workshop, 10’x16’ wood shed, 15’ dia above ground pool. Located in Washington County-Hwy 77, 40 minutes to Bay County Airport. (850)773-7610. $180,000-OBO. FSBO/Agent: 3 Bd/2 Bth, 20 acres, 1600’ metal shed, $210K. (305)394-3992. Also for rent @ $1000/month.

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Halifax Media Group of Northwest Florida has an immediate opening for a motivated Multi-Media Advertising Sales Executive for our Automotive Team. In addition to powerful and result achieving print products, you will have the ability to offer local advertisers sought after digital marketing tools such as: website design, mobile websites, behavioral targeting, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, social media daily deals and more.

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