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Vernon man sentenced to 20 years for attempting to kill wife

A Washington County jury listened to a woman describe being shot by her husband, then took about an hour to find him guilty of attempted second degree murder, State Attorney Larry Basford announced Nov. 16.

Asphalt plant curbed after commission denies land use change

Plans to build an asphalt plant were flattened when the Washington County Board of County Commissioners upheld the Planning and Zoning Board’s recommendation to not approve a land use change when they met in regular session Tuesday.

3rd BBQ in the Pines served up good food, fun for festival goers

Where there was smoke, there was delicious barbecue in the making at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd BBQ in the Pines festival Saturday.

Holmes and Washington schools honor veterans

Students at Holmes and Washington County schools celebrated the men and women who have served their country in honor of Veterans Day.

Health department: RSV cases are on the rise

The Florida Department of Health in Holmes and Washington Counties are monitoring an above-average number of cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Florida communities. This common respiratory virus may cause a higher number of pediatric emergency department visits compared to previous years.

Family seeks answers in fatal pedestrian hit-and-run

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult things a family can experience, but imagine not knowing what happened to bring the loss about.
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Sports

FSU tramples over Boston College 44 - 14, extending season to 5-0.

It took a mere 13 seconds for the Semnioles of Florida State to set the explosive tone of Saturday night's game against Boston College putting the sold out crowd of 79,560 on their …

Vernon falls to Liberty County Bulldogs

The Vernon Yellow Jackets traveled to Bristol Friday night to face former head coach Gerald Tranquille and his Liberty County Bulldogs. Despite a very hard-played game, Vernon fell 21-0 to the Bulldogs and took a 0-1 record.

After rain delay FSU defeats Duquesne 47-7 in season opener

After a 90 minute lightning and rain delay, Renegade and Chief Osceola planted the famous flaming spear in the middle of the field to being the 2022 football season against Duquesne.  The …

Remembering Vernon High School Coach Pike

As school begins, Vernon High School students and staff are reeling from the tragic death of Athletics Director and Head Coach Trey Pike. Pike was killed in a boating accident in the late hours of …
Life

Pumpkin carving and chili nights

“Pumpkins, in October, as fat as the full moon, they sit on our doorstep at night and glow.” - Richelle E. Goodrich, author Long ago in Ireland, people carved scary faces in …

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 …
Opinion

Do you remember, Daddy?

My dad lays in the hospital bed with his head hung down. His neck hurts, but he can’t seem to hold it up anymore. His 90th birthday was in December, and his Alzheimer’s is getting worse. The big strapping, strong man that I did flips off of as a kid is fighting to remember his life. We are fighting to hold on to him too.

Policies of the newly “woken” left drag down Democrats’ midterm hopes

Under the administration of Joe Biden — and whoever is calling the shots in the White House — our country has gone downhill. We are on the brink of war in Ukraine, China/Taiwan, and maybe …

Biden’s approval is a slidin'

It was a bad week for Sloppy Joe Biden and Democrats. If I were delt the poker hand of Biden, Harris, AOC, Schumer, and Pelosi, I would fold. After a brief 5-point spike in dismal approval rating …
Entertainment

The Sullivan House Florida takes local hospitality up a notch

The house at 1305 Church Ave. in Chipley sat vacant for many years but now it’s the home of Chipley’s very own bed and breakfast – The Sullivan House Florida. Owner and operator David …

Spanish Trail Playhouse to present Camp Meeting

Spanish Trail Playhouse is announcing a brand-new show for the 15 anniversary season. Celebrate old-time Gospel heritage through music. Featuring vocalists and musicians from our surrounding …

Big trucks, big fun

West Pittman Baptist Church held its second annual Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday as a way to bring the community together and allow children to learn about all sorts of heavy equipment and …
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