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The 66 annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival drew in record numbers despite high temperatures this weekend. The concert saw 7,500 people in attendance to see Shenandoah and Josh Turner perform their …

The Florida Department of Transportation is advising of the relocation of the Park and Ride area in Bay County to Crystal Lake Drive in Washington County. The State Road 77 Park and Ride area is …

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a heat advisory in effect from Wednesday to Friday as well as the increased fire danger conditions. Wednesday through Friday will see record …

Parents and guardians of children who have special learning and developmental needs will have one less local education option with the closing of Chipley’s Arts Learning Center. Certified …

A Chipley is behind bars after Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies found him impaired behind the wheel of a vehicle. On June 20, WCSO deputies saw green Dodge truck sitting on …

Washington and surrounding counties lost a lifelong agriculture advocate and innovator with the passing of Dr. Robert Bruce Christmas Sr. Friday, June 17. Best known for his tireless work in the …

Two North Florida Congressmen will likely face off in November after Gov. Ron DeSantis shifted the region’s battle lines. Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. …

‘Dentistry in paradise’

Dr. John Savage reflects on 60 years of dentistry and a lifetime of service

One could say Ebro resident Dr. John Savage has lived the life of several men over his 88 years. A true Florida Panhandle native, Savage was born in Okaloosa County in 1939. His parents moved to …

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Tallahassee says due to near-record heat and unseasonably low humidity, elevated fire weather conditions are expected to develop by mid-week. Wednesday and …

Tucked back in rural Jackson County sits Bokey Farms where Washington County native Jared Bourkard operates one of the area’s first hemp farms. Bourkard, a 1997 graduate of Vernon High …

 FDOT issues Washington and Holmes County Traffic Advisory  Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Holmes and Washington counties as crews perform …

The City of Chipley is responding to a social media post made Wednesday night urging residents to “express [their] displeasure” with the city regarding the announced cancellation of the …

An Oklahoma woman is behind bars in Washington County on methamphetamine charges. Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies were dispatched to Highway 90 and New Prospect Road in …

‘Break the bias’

Third annual Women Build event helps local family, breaks barriers

Scores of local women and other volunteers came together for the Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity “Women Build” project Friday, June 10. The event serves as part of a national …

Carol Kent Wyatt has been named the editor-in-chief of four community newspapers owned by Neves Media Publishing. Wyatt reprised the role of editor of the Washington County News and Holmes County …

A Chipley man accepted a plea deal Monday to serve 50 months in the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) on drug and sex offender charges. 47-year-old Steven Wayne Baxter was arrested in …

The Washington County School Board is expected to rescind a recommendation made months ago to renew the contract of bus driver John Robert White after three additional lewd and lascivious charges …

West Florida Electric will have a temporary power outage for repairs on Thursday, June 16 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  This outage will affect Highway 77 and areas nearby in Washington County. The …

Florida's recreational red snapper season will open this Friday, June 17 and run consecutively through July 31. 

Two area non-profit organizations are teaming up to bring a new mental health resource to the Florida Panhandle. Alaqua Animal Refuge and Healing Hoof Steps established the new partnership to …

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