Neves joins Florida Press Association board
At its annual meeting last week, the Florida Press Association selected Panama City businessman Todd Neves to join its board of directors. The Florida Press Association was founded in 1879 as a …
DeSantis says order will block mask requirements in schools
TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he will issue an executive order to prohibit school districts from imposing mask-wearing requirements as students return to classes in August.Scoffing at …
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Vernon holds emergency meeting, fires public works employee after molestation arrest

VERNON – Vernon City Council met in special session Wednesday, July 28, to address the recent arrest of a temporary street department employee who has been charged with child …

Fugitive captured in Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY - A fugitive out of Washington State who was wanted in connection with a kidnapping, robbery and multiple fraud charges has been captured in Washington County on July …

Wausau Possum Fest and Fun Day returns Aug. 7

WAUSAU – After a pared-down 2020, organizers of Wausau’s iconic Possum Festival and Fun Day say the event is making a strong return. Now in its 52nd year, the festival has returned under the …
Business
Washington County business leader Jim Town passed away Friday, July 16, leaving behind the fruits of decades of service and a legacy of economic innovation. Town was at the heart of several …
Northwest Florida Community Hospital welcomes Khaled Al- Farawi, MD, specializing in pediatric medicine to its organization.  The announcement was made in a recent news release.Dr. Al- …
Concluding an extensive search Northwest Florida Community Hospital (NFCH), Chief Executive Officer, Michael Kozar says he is pleased to announce that Spencer Smith PA – C, MBA, will be the new …
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is providing $1,000 bonuses for newly certified correctional officers at select institutions across the state. No experience is necessary …
Entertainment
Giving regards to Broadway: “George M. Cohan Tonight" returns to Spanish Trail Playhouse this weekend

The Spanish Trail Playhouse is gearing up to take patrons on a trip through musical theatre history in this weekend’s production of “George M. Cohan Tonight.”  The one-man play starring …

Independence Day celebration returns to City of Vernon VERNON - Hundreds were in attendance as the City of Vernon celebrated the return of its Independence Day Celebration Saturday, July 3. The event kicked off with the downtown parade, immediately …
‘Hoping for lots of watermelon’: Gatlin Brother looking forward to tonight’s performance in Chipley CHIPLEY – Rudy Gatlin, who represents one-third of the Grammy award winning trio, The Gatlin Brothers, says the group is looking forward to headlining tonight’s Panhandle Watermelon Festival …
Sports

Bethlehem alumnus Jeremy Deal is new Vernon softball coach

VERNON – Vernon High School recently announced Jeremy Deal as the new VHS softball coach. Coach Deal is a graduate of Bethlehem High School and Florida State University. He teaches history and …

Bobby Bowden diagnosed with terminal illness

TALLAHASSEE — Bobby Bowden, the former head football coach of the Florida State Seminoles, announced that he has a terminal illness. The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that Bowden released …

College athletes can start cashing in

The floodgates have opened for college athletes in Florida and across the country to make money based on their names, images and likenesses. And right off the bat, the first contracts started to be …

Will Tiger Woods ever play again? Let’s hope

Tiger Woods, who became his own cautionary tale, made his redemptive comeback in 2019 when he won the Masters. It had been 3,950 days since his last major win. It was probably the best comeback story …
Life

‘Meating up’ with the Boyds" Former U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd enjoys life after statesmanship

The only side former U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd concerns himself these days is of beef. And when it comes to trying to fit under a big tent, the only polar opposites he has to draw to the middle …

The subtle ways we judge others

I used to think I was a better Christian whenever I sat next to someone in church whose Bible didn’t have as many underlined passages as mine.Then one day, my husband Bert bought me a new Bible for …

Churches announce Vacation Bible Schools

Here is a list of upcoming Vacation Bible Schools for the local area. Shepherds Gate ChurchCHIPLEY – Shepherds Gate Church will hold VBS from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Monday, July 5 through …

Kents celebrate 51st wedding anniversary

James Burton Kent and Martha Bowen Kent marked their 51st wedding anniversary Saturday, May 22, 2021. The couple celebrated with a small reception and vow renewal ceremony surrounded by close …

Animal cruelty facts and stats: What to know about abuse victims and legislative trends

The shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported every day is just the tip of the iceberg—most cases are never reported. Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not …
Opinion
Once upon a time, Democrats and Republicans worked together for the betterment of the country. Yes, I know it sounds crazy. Nowadays they act like they are trying to co-parent a teenager while going …
Last week I attended the funeral service for my cousin, Angie Hinson Morris, at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church at Hinson’s Crossroads in Washington County.  It brought back memories. It …
This week, I am using a reprint of an article published a few years ago.  Since it tis blueberry season again, this one is appropriate. The recent showers have kept the berries producing …