Vernon Garden Club plants trees at post office in honor of current, past members
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Vernon Garden Club plants trees at post office in honor of current, past members

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Given she worked there for 30 years and even served as the postmaster at one time, Pam Shores Cates was happy to visit the Vernon post office again on Feb. 22 to plant trees there with fellow Vernon Garden Club members.  Cates was surprised, though, when one of the trees planted was in her…

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Attorney Nate Nolin to serve as special magistrate in property code violation case

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz As the legal counsel for the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners, local attorney Nate Nolin is a familiar face at the Holmes BOCC meetings in Bonifay. Nolin will eventually be crossing over to neighboring Washington County to serve as the special magistrate for a code violation case concerning an RV park in Vernon….

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Upcoming tap house looks to bring craft beer, food trucks to Chipley

A new business called Chipley Station is looking to serve as a community hub for families in the area. The coming new tap house will be downtown at 684 7th Street by the historic train depot, serve craft beer, and have food trucks on site. Chipley Station is expected to open sometime this year. It…

Ceremony celebrates graduating nursing students 
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Ceremony celebrates graduating nursing students 

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Decked out in the traditional white nurse uniform and caps, newly minted nurses celebrated becoming official caregivers during a graduation ceremony hosted by Florida Panhandle Technical College on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Chipley. Sixteen people graduated rom the practical nursing program: Brittnay Adams, Lilli Broome, Havean Curry, Ida Daniels, Shakiah…

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Judge rules in favor of Washington County in property dispute

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Editor’s note: This story was updated on Thursday, Feb. 15, from an initial version. A civil lawsuit filed against Washington County over a property dispute will not go to trial. What’s called a summary judgment has been issued in the County’s favor, which means the County does not have to present evidence on their…

Vernon community celebrates Black History Month
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Vernon community celebrates Black History Month

A parade was held in Vernon on Saturday, Feb. 10, with festive vehicles, people waving to friends, and throwing out candy and beads to passerby to celebrate Black History Month. The route began at St. Luke A.M.E. Church and went through town, including down US-79. Photos by Collin Breaux | Washington County News

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Chipley Redevelopment Agency to bring back business mentoring program

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz With new businesses opening in and people moving into Chipley, the Chipley Redevelopment Agency is looking to administer a business mentoring program. A business mentoring program has been “proposed by and approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Chipley CRA as an initiative to provide guidance, support, and mentorship to local entrepreneurs and businesses located…

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Planning Commission calls for clean-up at non-compliant Vernon RV park

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz An RV park along Highway 79 in Vernon has drawn the scrutiny of the Washington County Planning Commission due to a code violation, with commissioners calling for aesthetic and functional issues to be addressed.  Specifically, Commission Chairman John Gay said it was unknown whether the property’s sewer services were coming from the ground or…

Roulhac Middle student Breanna Kopinski awarded college scholarship
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Roulhac Middle student Breanna Kopinski awarded college scholarship

Due to her perseverance with the performing arts and positive demeanor, Roulhac Middle School (RMS) student Breanna Kopinski was awarded a two-year college scholarship from the Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Award on Friday, Feb. 2. Kopinski received the award after being nominated by Principal Nancy Holley, who conferred with school teachers when deciding on the…