Massaline accepts plea deal in shooting case
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Massaline accepts plea deal in shooting case

Dmoore@kentsmith.biz Days before her trial was set to begin, Parisha Antwanette Massaline accepted a plea agreement to serve five years in the Florida Department of Corrections for her role in a 2022 shooting.  Massaline was charged with aggravated assault, shooting into an occupied vehicle, battery, and child abuse. In a plea of no contest, Chief…

Sen. Trumbull, Rep. Abbott hold delegation meeting in Washington County
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Sen. Trumbull, Rep. Abbott hold delegation meeting in Washington County

Sen. Jay Trumbull and State Rep. Shane Abbott held their Washington County Legislative Delegation meeting Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Board of County Commissioners board room. Held before the beginning of the new legislative session, the meeting gives municipalities and other local agencies the opportunity to request support or funding for specific projects through state…

Attempted murder trial scheduled for Massaline
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Attempted murder trial scheduled for Massaline

DIANE MOORE dmoore@kentsmith.biz Just over a year after her arrest, 27-year-old Parisha Antwanette Massaline will go on trial stemming from an attempted shooting in 2022. Massaline is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, battery, two counts of aggravated child abuse, and two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle….

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Washington County road gets a name after 30 years

DIANE M. MOOREdmoore@kentsmith.biz A Washington County road received a name after 30 years of being nameless. During a recent Washington County Board of County Commissioners meeting, a resident brought the matter to the boards attention requesting a specific name for the road – Lewis Lane. According to county ordinances, 80 percent of landowners whose property…

Family honors memory of Tyler Swearingen
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Family honors memory of Tyler Swearingen

The family of Tyler Swearingen prepared to release balloons in his memory at Chipley High School on Sept. 28. From left: Bianca Tharpe, Dathan Tharpe, Ethan Tharpe, Shawn Tharpe, Courtney Tharpe, Jacob Swearingen, Nickolas Swearingen and Lily Hall. Tyler, a junior at CHS, was killed in a car accident on Sept. 23. Keep an eye…

Pate leaves behind ‘legacy of love’
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Pate leaves behind ‘legacy of love’

DIANE M. MOOREDmoore@kentsmith.biz On Labor Day, Melissa Pate’s world was turned upside down when her son, Tyler, was shot and killed. Just one week after his 30th birthday, Tyler Allen Pate, was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest from Matthew Ryan Peoples. While his death is surrounded by much controversy on social media,…

WC Council on Aging looking for donations
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WC Council on Aging looking for donations

Washington County Council on Aging (COA) is a hub for senior activities with their community center, day center and other monthly activities for seniors. With those, donations sometimes run low and supplies need to be replenished.   The day center provides respite care for those with early onset dementia in order to give their caregivers…

Washington County Public Library hosts Tiny Art Show and Auction
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Washington County Public Library hosts Tiny Art Show and Auction

By Diane M. Moore dmoore@kentsmith.biz The Washington County Public Library hosted a Tiny Art Show and fundraiser auction on Thursday, Sept. 14. Participants were given a 4×4 canvas to take home and create a “mini masterpiece†in the medium of their choice. Entries have been on display since Sept. 4 and will be included in…

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WCSB adopts millage and budget

The Washington County School Board adopted the millage rate and approved the district’s budget for the 2023-24 school year in the final budget hearing on Monday, September 11.  The Required Local Effort (RLE) rolled-back rate is 3.2290. This is the millage rate that will generate the same revenue as the prior year when applied to…