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Graceville man ‘forgot about’ having meth, arrested on meth charges

WASHINGTON COUNTY – A Graceville man is facing felony drug charges after telling Washington County Sheriff’s deputies he “forgot about” being in possession of methamphetamine.WCSO stated in a …

The tools to succeed: CHS AVID hosts ‘College and Career Day’

CHIPLEY – Chipley’s Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program helped connect local high school students with vocational, professional, and other educational resources on Thursday, …

Vernon greenlights $31K in CARES funds for local businesses and churches

VERNON – 42 Vernon businesses and churches will soon be receiving $751 each through CARES Act funding.  The City of Vernon approved the payments when they met in regular session Monday, …
Council on Aging holds Senior Expo
CHIPLEY – The Washington County Council on Aging held its annual Senior Expo Tuesday, April 20, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Chipley. … Read More
Balkcom and Hobbs sign with Troy University
CHIPLEY – Chipley High School Spirit of the Tiger Band Seniors Trevor Balkcom and Kaleb Hobbs were joined by Troy University … Read More
County one step closer to paving Buckhorn Blvd.
CHIPLEY – Residents of Buckhorn Boulevard won't have to wait much longer to see progress on the road's paving.Washington County … Read More
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Chipley names Field 5 of Jim Trawick Park ‘David Salter Field’

CHIPLEY – Chipley City Council convened for the first time in the newly renovated council chambers of Chipley City Hall Tuesday, April 13. The council reports that while some punch-list items such …

The calm in the chaos: WCSO dispatchers unseen heroes of public safety

WASHINGTON COUNTY – Amidst the din of phones ringing and scanner radios talking in the background, two dispatchers calmly handle the chaos surrounding them. They are the voice of reason on the …

Holmes Work Camp suspends operations

BONIFAY – Holmes Work Camp in Bonifay is among work camps across the state to be consolidated into a main institution.The Florida Department of Corrections says there simply isn’t enough staff to …

Chipley resident sought after fleeing traffic stop

CHIPLEY - A Chipley resident is at large and facing multiple charges after eluding Chipley police officers Thursday, April 15.Police Chief Scott Thompson reports that an investigator with the Chipley …
Sports

Vernon High School recognizes Senior baseball players during 'Senior Night'

VERNON – Vernon High School Baseball played their last regular-season home game and celebrated Senior Night with a win over Poplar Springs on Tuesday, April 20. Vernon's Senior players are: Kason Kolmetz, Trent Rudd, ZaHir Potter, Lane Wells, Jakob Spence and Bobby Green.

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 …

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 …
Life

‘Do it afraid’: VHS grad pens message of perseverance through debut children’s book

More than 30 years ago, Kevin Edwards says he was given a gift as a shy Vernon High School student, a gift he is now passing on in his empowering debut children’s book, “Kevin Turns Fear into …

Betts celebrates 100th birthday

CHIPLEY – From trailblazer to patriot, Jeanne Betts of Chipley has held many titles in her lifetime. On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, she added one more: Centenarian.Betts commemorated her …

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, …

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 …

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 …
Entertainment

‘Spanish Trail Opry’ packs the house CHIPLEY – The 2021 installment of the Spanish Trail Opry transported a nearly fully-packed house to a simpler time, Saturday, April 10, at the Spanish Trail Playhouse. The Grand Ole Opry-style show …
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 …
Opinion
I remember the summer I fell in love with history.Grandma Edna Kent’s sister, Aunt Nell (Dilmore), moved next door in 1990 right before my sophomore year at Chipley High School.Sheer proximity led …
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 …
By now, most Floridians in the Panhandle probably know that the United States Supreme Court has dismissed the state’s lawsuit against Georgia for that state’s unreasonable consumption of …
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