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Man jailed for battery on LEO

A Chipley man is behind bars for battery on a law enforcement officer. Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at Blue Lake after a call reporting a suspicious person was …

Two arrested for stolen property

Two men are behind bars after the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) responded to a hunting lease on May 10 in reference to a report of stolen and damaged property. When deputies …

Gainey found guilty of attempted second-degree murder

A jury found Shawn Thomas Gainey guilty of attempted second-degree murder on Wednesday after a two-day trial. The six-member jury took just ten minutes to deliberate, returning the guilty verdict …

State expands alligator hunting hours

Alligators in Florida will be targeted around-the-clock when the next hunting season begins in August. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a final rule change last week …

FPTC ranked top community college in state

Florida Panhandle Technical College (FPTC) was recently named the number one community college in the state by Best Colleges.  Best Colleges, an online educational planning resource, ranked …

Jury finds Gainey guilty

Day one of the attempted second-degree murder trial of Shawn Thomas Gainey began on Tuesday in a Washington County courthouse with Chief Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson presiding. Gainey was …
Business
Construction is expected to begin next year on a craft distillery in Vernon. The Washington County Board of County Commissioners and the Washington County Planning Commission have each approved …
Florida's struggling citrus industry continues to see a decline in the crop for the current growing season, with the harvest on track for the lowest yield since before World War II. With the …
CHIPLEY – A new industry could soon bring new life to the old Washington County industrial park, along with approximately 50 new jobs. Codenamed “Project M&M,” the project …
BONIFAY – Students with the Heavy Equipment certification program at Florida Panhandle Technical College (FPTC) are literally clearing the way for economic growth and expansion at the …
Sports

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 …

CHS girls track wins big at meet

Chipley High School girls track team had a successful turn at Tommy Oliver Stadium on March 21 with team members qualifying for regionals. Several took home medals as district champions. 2A District 2 …

VHS holds senior night for baseball

Vernon High School held Senior Night for their baseball team on April 27. Recognition of the two seniors was held during the game between the Jackets and Poplar Springs. Senior Trent Kerr plans to …

Parents express concerns over school district’s athletic practices

About 30 parents convened Monday at a special workshop of the Washington County School Board to express concerns regarding some of the district’s coaching staff and hiring practices, with …
Life

‘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 …

Spring ‘Flea Across Florida’ event is this weekend

Florida’s longest yard sale, Flea Across Florida is returning this Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, for its spring event. 
Opinion

Finland and Sweden are on the verge of joining NATO

NATO has 30 members. By the end of June, the roster may grow to 32, should Finland and Sweden join. The Nordic duo has fans. On April 29 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the House …

The morality and usefulness of business always outshine government

Once again, businesses stand out as the most important U.S. asset in the conflict Russia has caused in Ukraine. As with Operation Warp Speed getting out a COVID vaccine in unprecedented time, …

How to disarm the crazies

        There is probably no easy cure for the Marjorie Taylor Greene phenomenon. She's a repellent clown whose presence on the national stage has yielded nothing but degradation …
Entertainment

Worm Fiddin’ Fest returns

After a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caryville Worm Fiddlin’ Festival returned Saturday, May 7.

Washington County Historical Society hosts reception for veterans

The Washington County Historical Society on Friday held a punch reception honoring veterans. The event was held to not only honor those who have served their country, but to showcase a narrative …

Wausau celebrates Easter with Community Egg Hunt

Wausau Fire and Rescue and Discover Life Church on Saturday hosted the annual Community Egg Hunt. The event was held at the Possum Palace, where thousands of eggs were hidden for local children. …
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