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Fall decor gets competitive boost in Downtown Chipley

With fall in the air, Chipley Garden Club is looking to the community to decorate the town.

Volunteer firefighter training goes above and beyond

Where there is smoke, there is probably a volunteer firefighter.

Washington County history becoming more visible with interpretive panels

Washington County has many historical sites throughout the county and thanks to grants from the Department of Historical Resources (DHR) and Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the Tourist …

Tropical wave could be Gulf hurricane next week

A strong tropical wave in the central Atlantic is forecast to strengthen as it moves into the Caribbean. Forecast models place it in the Gulf of Mexico by the early next week. A tropical wave …

Vernon fires second clerk in seven months

The Vernon City Council moved to fire City Clerk Karen White when they met in regular session Monday night. The move came after allegations of assault and intimidation and inappropriate behavior …

DeSantis says more migrant flights likely

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday said he expects more flights to transport undocumented immigrants to out-of-state “sanctuary” communities, as questions continued to swirl …
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Sports

Vernon falls to Liberty County Bulldogs

The Vernon Yellow Jackets traveled to Bristol Friday night to face former head coach Gerald Tranquille and his Liberty County Bulldogs. Despite a very hard-played game, Vernon fell 21-0 to the Bulldogs and took a 0-1 record.

After rain delay FSU defeats Duquesne 47-7 in season opener

After a 90 minute lightning and rain delay, Renegade and Chief Osceola planted the famous flaming spear in the middle of the field to being the 2022 football season against Duquesne.  The …

Remembering Vernon High School Coach Pike

As school begins, Vernon High School students and staff are reeling from the tragic death of Athletics Director and Head Coach Trey Pike. Pike was killed in a boating accident in the late hours of …

VHS mourns loss of athletic director

A late night boating accident  leaves Vernon High School  mourning the loss of their Athletics Director Trey Pike.  According to Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Pike was in a …
Life

Buchanan celebrates 104th birthday

Oscar “Buck” Allan Buchanan of Chipley celebrated his 104th birthday Saturday, June 4, surrounded by family and friends. About 100 guests attended the event, held at his son’s home …

‘Bringing back the homestead life’

As the number of modern conveniences increase, the way of life for the average American family tends to adapt to those conveniences, often causing traditional knowledge of self-reliance – such …

DeSantis announces 57-day Gulf red snapper season

During a visit to Destin, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the 2022 Gulf red snapper recreational season, which will total 57 days, the longest season since the state assumed management of red …

Chipley High School Theatre Department to present “The Sound of Music”

The Sound of Music will take the stage at Chipley High School at 7 p.m. nightly on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, April 26, 28, 29. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased …

‘The church in the valley’

Homecoming service held April 3 at Hard Labor Church in Vernon featured more than the traditional celebration of church history; it also looked toward restorations that would mean the 90-year-old …
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FAITH

Are Rosh Chodesh and Rosh Hashanah right for you?

Three mysteries. He was the bravest of men in my world. And utterly humble. My father was commissioned in the field during the war, and he made light of that. “They handed those things …

End fake peace mentality and treat North America as the war zone it is

When the Arctic Council was formed in 1996, its member nations regarded the Arctic as a "low tension" area -- what a NATO study called a "zone of depoliticized cooperation."      …

God will save the Queen, but who will save civilization?

Great Britain, a country the size of Alabama, ruled the world for decades. Queen Elizabeth II was a fantastic woman who leaves an admirable legacy. The way our government is going, there are times …
Entertainment

Big trucks, big fun

West Pittman Baptist Church held its second annual Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday as a way to bring the community together and allow children to learn about all sorts of heavy equipment and …

53rd annual Wausau Possum Fest draws large crowds

The first Saturday in August has long been the day the Wausau Funday and Possum Festival is held, and this year is no exception. The Wausau Community Development Club hosted the event at the Possum …

66th annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival draws huge crowds

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 …
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