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TALLAHASSEE – A series of sales-tax “holidays” on such things as school clothes, hurricane supplies and tools and a suspension of the state gas tax in October topped a package signed …

The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch until 6 p.m. This watch affects six Panhandle counties, including Holmes and Washington and Bay. Listed in the watch are Bay, Calhoun, Holmes, …

Holmes and Washington counties on Thursday joined other communities across the U.S. to commemorate National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme was “Exalt the Lord Who Has Established …

Washington County has settled a lawsuit filed by a former employee who alleged she was discriminated against for her gender and pregnancy. Commissioners voted to accept the $55,625 settlement …

A Walton County man will face sentencing May 23 in Washington County after pleading guilty to human trafficking charges that include the prostitution of a minor. According to court records, the …

A Bonifay man is behind bars after leading Holmes County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Sheriff’s Office in a pursuit on May 2. An HCSO deputy was dispatched to a pursuit in …

The application process is now open for purchasing a license to sell liquor in Washington County. April 25 marked the end of the 90-day waiting period for the January 21 local option election, …

Devin Collier was sworn in as Florida's 14th Judicial Circuit's newest judge during an investiture ceremony held at the Bay County Courthouse Friday afternoon. Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Devin …

Following through on a recommendation from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the State Board of Education on Friday appointed Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. as Florida’s next education commissioner. Diaz, a Hialeah …

Chipley High School girls track team had a successful turn at Tommy Oliver Stadium on March 21 with team members qualifying for regionals. Several took home medals as district champions. 2A District 2 …

A short pursuit lands a Washington County man behind bars on multiple charges On April 27, Washington County Sheriff’s deputies initiated a traffic stop on a motorcycle that was traveling …

A Chipley man is in custody after leading Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a high-speed chase on April 27. WCSO deputies observed a male subject driving recklessly on a …

Vernon High School held Senior Night for their baseball team on April 27. Recognition of the two seniors was held during the game between the Jackets and Poplar Springs. Senior Trent Kerr plans to …

The Washington County Public Library (WCPL) was recently awarded the Preschool Literacy Matters: Mission Possible grant through the Florida American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). On April 26, WCPL …

A Florida Department of Corrections inmate is currently housed in the Washington County Jail awaiting a hearing for post-conviction relief in his 2018 murder conviction. Christopher Brett Kelley …

A wanted fugitive was apprehended after fleeing from Chipley Police Department on April 25. Chance Spencer, 23, of Caryville was taken into custody without incident when officers with CPD found …

Officials say vandalism is a growing problem for Washington County’s public parks and landings, with thousands of dollars worth of damage being done in recent weeks. The damage has forced …

Plans to construct a second splash pad at the Possum Palace in Wausau have been scrapped. Wausau Town Council voted to change the scope of work on the Town’s Florida Recreation Development …

The first of Washington County’s broadband lines are expected to be in operation by the end of May, according to County Administrator Jeff Massey. Massey gave the update to the Washington …

‘Decisions become actions’

CHS JROTC help one of their own

When Raina Bratcher’s family lost their home in an April 12 fire, it didn’t take long for them to receive support from her extended family: Chipley High School JROTC. Lieutenant …

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