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Chipley Christmas Fest set for December 1-2

News release courtesy of Chipley Christmas Fest The holiday season is upon us and the Chipley Christmas Fest is excited to be able to offer our full slate of beloved activities this year. This year’s schedule of events is presented by Tobacco Free Florida, Community South Credit Union, Chipley Physical & Aquatic Therapy, and Florida…

Holmes County defeats Chipley, advancing to Region Final
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Holmes County defeats Chipley, advancing to Region Final

The Holmes County football team earned a 26-7 home victory over cross-county rivalry Chipley Friday, Nov. 18, advancing to the Class 1R Region 1 Finals. The Blue Devils improved to 9-2 and will visit Bozeman in the Region Final on Friday, November 24. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 8-3.

Kids learn to stand against bullying during motivational seminar with ‘Mortal Kombat’ Scorpion actor
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Kids learn to stand against bullying during motivational seminar with ‘Mortal Kombat’ Scorpion actor

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz The “Mortal Kombat” character Scorpion is a dark antihero but the actor and martial artist who played the character in the 1995 film adaptation, Chris Casamassa, is encouraging children to instead be superheroes. Casamassa is on a mission to teach kids to not be bullies and stand up to bullying. As part of that…

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County commission approves additional line of credit

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz The Washington County Board of County Commissioners approved an additional $6 million line of credit on Thursday, Nov. 16, bringing the new overall credit line to $12 million. The credit line from First Federal Bank of Florida is being extended for the county since the county used its original line.  “There were two draws,”…

Fire services could return to Caryville 
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Fire services could return to Caryville 

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz After being dormant for an extended period, a fire department could be starting back up in Caryville. Retired Panama City firefighter Troy Cunningham proposed providing fire services in the town again during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Cunningham lives in Vernon and has run a couple of calls in Caryville. “I’ve…

Washington County School Board member recognized by Florida School Boards Association
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Washington County School Board member recognized by Florida School Boards Association

Due to her community work, Cindy Johnson Brown of the Washington County School Board has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Florida School Boards Association. The distinction is given to school board members who document a minimum of 48 hours of training in leadership, advocacy, and knowledge, a news release said. Brown is…

Chipley Council considers possibility of hiring CRA clerk
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Chipley Council considers possibility of hiring CRA clerk

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Currently, Chipley Redevelopment Agency and Washington County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michael Maxwell tends to be busy.  Some members of the Chipley City Council said they were open to the possibility of hiring a front-office clerk–possibly part-time–to greet people at the CRA and Chamber office at 672 5th Street and generally help out….

Wausau Quilters Club gives back to community through quilt auction
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Wausau Quilters Club gives back to community through quilt auction

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz The Arc of Washington-Holmes Counties and Wausau Library will have an extra $500 each in funding, courtesy of the Wausau Quilting Club. The donations are part of an annual tradition in which the Quilting Club auctions off a quilt for local donations during the town’s Possum Festival, generally held in August. While the Quilting…

Study finds Chipley living costs lower than national average
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Study finds Chipley living costs lower than national average

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz As the price of basic necessities and utilities continue to soar in the United States, one economic study suggests Chipley might fly under that radar to a degree. The cost of living in Chipley is lower than the national average, according to a recent data study by the bill pay service company doxo.  The…

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Burn ban issued in Washington County

As dry, windy conditions persist and the region continues to see no rain, a burn ban has been issued in Washington County. County commissioners issued the ban, effective immediately, on Nov. 2. It is in place until further notice. Residents are not allowed to improperly dispose of cigarettes or have open fires of any type,…