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Justices back DeSantis request for statewide grand jury

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday approved Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate immigration-related issues such as the smuggling …

CPD nabs stabbing suspect

 Chipley Police Department (CPD) is asking the public’s help in locating a suspect in a stabbing. CPD was dispatched to Northwest Florida Community Hospital in reference to a patient …

‘We refused to be silent’

PHOTOS – 5 Pat Mearns stands in front of the POW/MIA memorial outside the Washington County Historical Society in Chipley. Mearns was one of the founding members of the League of Wives, the …

Washington and Holmes County traffic advisory

Florida Department of Transportation has issued traffic advisories for Holmes and Washington counties. Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Holmes and …

FDOT to host beautification grant program workshop

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host a Florida Beautification Grant Program workshop for local governments and community development organizations. The workshop will begin at …

Chipley teen sentenced in brother’s death

A Chipley teen was sentenced on Monday in the shooting death of his brother in 2021. 15-year-old Mathew Pierce was sentenced to 15 years confinement to be followed by 15 years of probation by …
Business
Tucked back in rural Jackson County sits Bokey Farms where Washington County native Jared Bourkard operates one of the area’s first hemp farms. Bourkard, a 1997 graduate of Vernon High …
Carol Kent Wyatt has been named the editor-in-chief of four community newspapers owned by Neves Media Publishing. Wyatt reprised the role of editor of the Washington County News and Holmes County …
Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced the appointment of Chipley resident Ted Everett to Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD). Everett serves as the Chairman for Opportunity …
  Brothers Jeff and Jerry Lenz say they made the move to Washington County to get back to their small-town roots, opening two new businesses in Chipley in the process. Their first …
Sports

FWC offering license-free fishing events in June

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will allow residents and visitors alike to go fishing in Florida without a license over two specific weekends this month.License-free …

Chipley celebrates hometown sports hero Trent Forrest

CHIPLEY – Chipley High School alumnus and basketball legend Trent …

Pike tapped as new VHS head coach

Pending school board approval, Coach Trey Pike is being recommended as Vernon High School's new athletic director and head football coach. Coach Pike has been an assistant at VHS for the past two …

Chipley advances to Regional Finals

The Chipley Tigers baseball team is headed to the 1A Regional Finals after a 10-3 home victory on Tuesday over Franklin County. The Tigers will play the Bozeman Bucks at 7 p.m. Friday in …
Life

Buchanan celebrates 104th birthday

Oscar “Buck” Allan Buchanan of Chipley celebrated his 104th birthday Saturday, June 4, surrounded by family and friends. About 100 guests attended the event, held at his son’s home …

‘Bringing back the homestead life’

As the number of modern conveniences increase, the way of life for the average American family tends to adapt to those conveniences, often causing traditional knowledge of self-reliance – such …

DeSantis announces 57-day Gulf red snapper season

During a visit to Destin, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the 2022 Gulf red snapper recreational season, which will total 57 days, the longest season since the state assumed management of red …

Chipley High School Theatre Department to present “The Sound of Music”

The Sound of Music will take the stage at Chipley High School at 7 p.m. nightly on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, April 26, 28, 29. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased …

‘The church in the valley’

Homecoming service held April 3 at Hard Labor Church in Vernon featured more than the traditional celebration of church history; it also looked toward restorations that would mean the 90-year-old …
Opinion

Dems’ dearth of ideas spawns weaponization of government against opponents

Instead of trying to win over voters by putting forward the best thinking in the marketplace of ideas, Democrats use government to make people do what they want them to do. If the people do not, the …

It's not what Trump knew, but what he had a responsibility to know

Watergate, whose 50th anniversary is upon us, is remembered for the question: "what did the president know and when did he know it?" But in our age of post-truth politics, the question loses its …

An open letter to the class of 2022

Dear Class of 2022, Here it is: the culmination of your high school career.  As you don your cap and gown and turn your tassel from the right to the left, I urge you to pause for a moment …
Entertainment

66th annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival draws huge crowds

The 66 annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival drew in record numbers despite high temperatures this weekend. The concert saw 7,500 people in attendance to see Shenandoah and Josh Turner perform their …

Remembering The Fish House and Mr. Tall WhiteHair

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain When I was 18 years old, a proud new graduate of Port St. Joe High School, I got a job at the …

'Melons and Music are comin’ in hot”

The 66th Annual Panhandle Watermelon will be held Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at Jim Trawick Park and the Washington County Agriculture Center. This year’s Friday night concert event …
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