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CHS reels in first-ever fishing team

CHIPLEY - Chipley High School is casting for more student engagement with its new fishing team, the CHS Finatics. Assistant Principal Sam Cox says the team is another way to get students …

Caryville readvertising for USDA water project

CARYVILLE – When the Caryville Town Council met on April 13 Town Clerk Kirk Taylor advised the council of advertising for a re-bid for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant …

Public offices prepare to reopen after Hurricane Sally repairs

Hurricane Sally dropped torrential amounts of rain in September 2020, causing flooding to many of the buildings that housed public offices.
The calm in the chaos
WASHINGTON COUNTY – Amidst the din of phones ringing and scanner radios talking in the background, two dispatchers calmly handle the … Read More
'Water Wars' decision, by the numbers
By now, most Floridians in the Panhandle probably know that the United States Supreme Court has dismissed the state’s lawsuit … Read More
WCSO uses interactive simulator for training
WASHINGTON COUNTY – Active shooter training has been taken to the next level at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office … Read More
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FWC offers freshwater license-free fishing April 3 and April 4

Try your hand at freshwater fishing this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4, without needing a freshwater fishing license.

State officials highlight Wildfire Awareness Week

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Forest Service on Monday urged residents to be wildfire ready by highlighting Florida Wildfire Awareness Week, April 5-11. Since …

Government calendar

This is a list of scheduled Washington County public meetings for the months of April and May 2021. Please note meetings dates are subject to change, and additional meetings, such as public hearings …

Vernon looks to move late payment dates

VERNON – Vernon City Council is looking into moving the date for late payments for those who pay their city bill online. Council members discussed the issue when the board met in a workshop …

Wausau, Vernon hold community Easter egg hunts

The Town of Wausau and City of Vernon each hosted community Easter egg hunts Saturday, March 27 at the Dalton Carter Recreation Center and Vernon Sportsplex, respectively. Both events offered food, …
Sports

Hunker Down: ‘A thing OF beauty is a joy forever’

Call me old fashion.Outdated. A dinosaur who somehow escaped the tar pit. And sure, I hear the comments. The game is too slow. The pitcher takes too long to deliver the ball. The batter steps …

Chipola's Isadora Sousa named state basketball Player of Week

Chipola College’s Isadora Sousa is the FCSAA Region 8 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for March 1, the same week the Lady Indians moved into the top spot in the NJCAA National Poll …

Lady Pirates defeat Jay in regional playoffs

The Ponce De Leon Lady Pirates defeated Jay 65-29 in playoff action earlier this month. The Lady Pirates will next play Port St. Joe at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Class 1A action. This …

Chipola softball playing in Panhandle Conference tournament

The Chipola softball team (4-7) is ranked number seven in the FCSAA State Poll.   Chipola is on the road through the end of February. The team plays in the Panhandle Conference Round Robin …
Life

Wes Hampton to perform at HCHS ‘Gospel Music Weekend’

BONIFAY – Wes Hampton, known for his tenor talents in the Gaither Vocal Band, will be featured during “Gospel Music Weekend’, presented this weekend by the Holmes County High School Music …

History of the Chipley Woman’s Club – 1940-2021

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the latest installment of articles chronicling the history of the Chipley Woman’s Club. These articles will culminate with the organization’s Centennial celebration, …

Looking back in the Washington County News

Here's a glance at the top stories for April 8, 1971

Have you even gone 'jukeing'?

Juke Joints are a particular southern institution and were common throughout the Holmes County area in the first two thirds of the 20th century. They have been described as a small inexpensive …

BCF students spend Spring Break on mission

PROVO, UTAH – For Spring Break 2021, 14 Baptist College of Florida (BCF) students joined Campus Minister Lance Beauchamp to help a North American Mission Board (NAMB) church plant, Mosaic Church, …
Entertainment
Daniels to guest star at Spanish Trail Opry

Panama City native Clint Daniels will perform as the guest artist at the Spanish Trail Opry, slated for 7 p.m., Saturday, April 10. Daniels is making the trip from Nashville, Tennessee, …

Panhandle Players get it done the 'right' way So what is better than a photographic artist? An artistic photographer who turns playwright to the delight of a hometown audience! John Spohrer, Jr. whose artistry is already seen in hundreds of …
Photographers invited to enter 'Thru the Lens' show The Joe Center for the Arts is excited to host the upcoming “Thru the Lens” Photography Show from April 9 through May 7. This exhibit celebrates how we all see the world filtered …
Rare second white rhino calf Kalibur born at the Gulf Breeze Zoo GULF BREEZE — The Gulf Breeze Zoo started 2021 with renewed hope for rhinoceros conservation. As 2020 came to a close, the zoo’s experienced southern white rhino mother, …
Opinion
My wife, daughter and I usually drive over to Las Vegas two or three times a year.We don't go to gamble. We go for three things - the concerts, the dinners and the pools.Concerts and most of the …
Two of my daughters are expectant mothers, both due in May. While I’m not the kind of mother who bombards my adult children with parenting directives, I do often remind them of stories from …
At Bonifay Garden Club last week our program was themed tables decorated by several of the members. I chose to use dinner ware which had belonged to my Mother-in-law. The delicate pink, spring green …
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