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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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Jason Smith announces candidacy for School Board

Jason Smith, owner of the Chipley dojo Believe Martial Arts, announced he is running for the District 2 seat on the Washington County School Board. “For the past 15 years, my journey has been deeply intertwined with our community, serving as an educator in martial arts, fitness, and life skills development,” Smith said. “This isn’t…

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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…

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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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Cara Steele announces candidacy for Supervisor of Elections

Cara Griffin Steele announced she is a candidate for the Supervisor of Elections office as of Jan. 4. “Being born and raised right here in Washington County, I am a wife to Tyke Steele who serves as a coach and teacher in Washington County and has for many years,” she said. “I am also a…

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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…

Washington County Public Library to receive grant funding for facility expansion
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Washington County Public Library to receive grant funding for facility expansion

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office announced Friday, Feb. 2, the Washington County Public Library will receive nearly $4 million to expand their existing facility. The grant cost is $3,997,816. It will go towards expanding the Chipley Branch by 6,400 square feet.  Of that, 2,600 square feet will be added to the west side of the existing…

Senate candidate Keith Gross campaigns on America First platform
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Senate candidate Keith Gross campaigns on America First platform

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Political candidate Keith Gross is campaigning against U.S. Senate incumbent Rick Scott in the Republican primary election being held Aug. 20.  Months ahead of then, Gross has been busy visiting areas in Florida to talk to voters and tout his America First platform–including a stop at Skins & Bubba’s in Chipley on Saturday, Jan….

Chipley resident pitches idea for disc golf course at Jim Trawick Park
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Chipley resident pitches idea for disc golf course at Jim Trawick Park

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Since 1995, Jamie Pageau has been playing disc golf–an activity he calls “incredible” and a “unique sport.” “Anyone can play, from six to 65 (years old),” he said. “Seasoned professionals and beginners can play it.” That’s one reason he has pitched building a disc golf course at Jim Trawick Park in Chipley. Disc golf…

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Wausau to receive $600k from governor’s office for Community Center renovation

The Town of Wausau is receiving funding from the state to spruce up a local building. The Washington County community along Highway 77 will get $600,000 to renovate the Rogers Community Center, Governor Ron DeSantis’ office announced Friday, Jan. 19. “The renovations will include new lighting, wiring, central heating and air conditioning, bathrooms, and a…