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Community mourns loss of three local teens

It’s been a somber few days in Washington and Holmes county as the community towns mourn the loss of three local teenagers. They died after their car was struck by a tractor-trailer and became …

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.
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … 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.

Local church to host ‘sensory friendly’ egg hunt

BONIFAY, Fla. – Life Out Loud Church is preparing for its community Easter egg hunt, but while members are getting ready to hide eggs, they are ensuring inclusiveness is easily found. The …

Deputy pursues suspect after nearly being struck by vehicle

A Holmes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy attempted to stop a blue 2021 Jeep on March 22, after it almost struck him at the intersection of Highway 79 and I-10. The Jeep jumped onto the …

Groundbreaking held for Bonifay Fire-Rescue Expansion

BONIFAY – The community gathered at the Bonifay fire station Saturday, March 27, to celebrate groundbreaking ceremonies for the long-awaited expansion project at Bonifay Fire-Rescue. The …

Incumbents retain seats in Bonifay election

BONIFAY – The City of Bonifay held elections Tuesday, March 23. Mayor James “Eddie” Sims and Seat 3 Incumbent Travis Cook retained their roles on the council unopposed. Roger …
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Outdated.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

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, …

Happy Corner: Holmes County author Sue Riddle Cronkite releases second novel

My California Encourager, Ray Reynolds, had suggested that I purchase Holmes County writer Sue Riddle Cronkite’s first novel, "Louett’s Wake," but true to my …

Reflections: Leaving The Hurt Behind

Alabama writer Rick Bragg told about speaking to a group of Southerners, mentioning to them that the South was wrong on the Civil War and on civil rights. One man rose from his seat and noisily left …
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
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 …
This week began with my return to the newsroom, and I am honored to once again be serving both Holmes and Washington counties. When I left this role three years ago, I thought I was retiring from …
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