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Police arrest man after law enforcement chase

A 26-year-old man from Chipley was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 6, after a law enforcement pursuit on a motorcycle that ended with a foot chase at a local business. Gabriel J Ragan-Reece was taken into custody after driving through a traffic stop while going over 70 miles per hour in a 35-mph construction zone on State…

New Dollar General store coming to Chipley
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New Dollar General store coming to Chipley

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Chipley continues to grow with development, as a new Dollar General store is expected to open in town. The location will be at 1330 Jackson Avenue, around the corner from downtown and down the street from City Hall and the library. The site is currently a vacant field.  The City Council approved a development…

Chipley Christmas Festival rescheduled to later date
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Chipley Christmas Festival rescheduled to later date

Due to a forecast of potential rain, the Chipley Christmas Festival originally scheduled for Dec. 1 has been moved to Dec. 21. The parade will still happen on Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m.  “Due to the unpredictable rain forecast, we’ve made the hard choice to reschedule our beloved Christmas festival. We understand this change might…

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Chipley Council approves loan for city truck

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz During a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Chipley City Council unanimously signed off on a $46,995 loan from Capital City Bank to purchase a 2023 Ford F-150 truck for city use. The terms of the loan are a 5.53% interest loan and five annual payments. The first payment is due February 1,…

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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…

Chipley Garden Club announces November Yard of the Month award winner
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Chipley Garden Club announces November Yard of the Month award winner

On behalf of the City of Chipley, the Chipley Garden Club has awarded the November Yard of the Month to the DeBello family on Third Street.    This area of Chipley is really “waking up” with Fall decorations, new residents, remodels, and fresh landscaping.   If you see a home or business landscape within the city limits…

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.

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School district releases student enrollment numbers

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Student enrollment numbers for the Washington County School District were published as part of a report for a Nov. 13 school board meeting. Overall enrollment numbers as of Nov. 8, 2023, are lower than the level recorded in 2015. However, enrollment has fluctuated over the years. Depending on the particular year you look at,…

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…