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Fears sentenced in Griffin murder

The first of three defendants in the 2020 murder of Charlie Robert Griffin was sentenced Aug. 1 after taking a plea deal in the case. 27-year-old Jestiny Lee Fears will serve 15 years in the …

Fugitive on probation for killing boyfriend found on Mattox Springs Road

A fugitive wanted in connection with violating her probation on charges off homicide-manslaughter and introduction of contraband into a detention facility was captured in Washington County this …

County to hold workshop on boat ramps

An amended ordinance concerning boat ramps will be the topic of discussion at an Aug. 17 Washington County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) workshop. Commissioners say they want to hear from …

Commissioner Steve Joyner passes at 66

Longtime Washington County Commissioner Allen Steve Joyner passed away Sunday at his home at the age of 66. Joyner served Washington County as both County Administrator from 2011 to 2013 and …

Florida TaxWatch scores impact of data privacy bill at $21B economy-wide

Data privacy legislation still under consideration by the Legislature could deliver a $21 billion hit to Florida’s economy. That’s according to watchdog group Florida TaxWatch, which on …

Three arrested on drug charges

Three men landed in jail on drug charges after a traffic stop on the afternoon of July 29. Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) conducted a traffic stop at Highway 77 and Mud Hill Road …
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With the highest pay increase in Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) history recently approved by the Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Northwest Florida Reception Center is looking to hire correctional …
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Sports

FWC offering license-free fishing events in June

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will allow residents and visitors alike to go fishing in Florida without a license over two specific weekends this month.License-free …

Chipley celebrates hometown sports hero Trent Forrest

CHIPLEY – Chipley High School alumnus and basketball legend Trent …

Pike tapped as new VHS head coach

Pending school board approval, Coach Trey Pike is being recommended as Vernon High School's new athletic director and head football coach. Coach Pike has been an assistant at VHS for the past two …

Chipley advances to Regional Finals

The Chipley Tigers baseball team is headed to the 1A Regional Finals after a 10-3 home victory on Tuesday over Franklin County. The Tigers will play the Bozeman Bucks at 7 p.m. Friday in …
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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It's time for the people to abolish the FBI

As I sat glued to the television on Monday evening, watching for the first time in our nation’s history the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, I felt both rage and sadness that America has descended into a level of despotism never before seen.  I shouldn’t have been surprised, I have a unique perspective as a citizen who was also politically persecuted by former President Obama’s Department of Justice.

A pro-lifer and a pro-choicer do lunch

The day Dobbs was handed down, I happened to be lunching with a new friend who was upset and angry over the decision. She's a libertarian and strongly pro-choice. I said "Sorry," and meant it. Not …

A belated Fourth of July missive

“Freedom … is not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the ‘right’ to education, the ‘right’ to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s …
Entertainment

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 …

Remembering The Fish House and Mr. Tall WhiteHair

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain When I was 18 years old, a proud new graduate of Port St. Joe High School, I got a job at the …

'Melons and Music are comin’ in hot”

The 66th Annual Panhandle Watermelon will be held Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at Jim Trawick Park and the Washington County Agriculture Center. This year’s Friday night concert event …
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