Sunny Hills sees uptick in property sales
SUNNY HILLS - When the  29-square mile neighborhood that was to become Sunny Hills was being developed in the early 90s, lots in the community were popular real estate boons. In fact, in …
Gulf Power to plant "solar tree" at courthouse
 CHIPLEY -  Just a little more than  95 years ago, Chipley became the birthplace of Gulf Power when it bought Chipley Light and Power Company and became an actual lighting company. As …
Vernon awarded two grants
VERNON – Vernon City Council received word on being approved for two grants when the board met in regular session Monday, July 19. The first grant is a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) …
More local news

Liquor petitions arriving in the mail

WASHINGTON COUNTY – Petitions to place the sale of liquor in Washington County on a special ballot have begun arriving in the mailbox of county voters. The petition was drafted by Advance …

Holmes County man in custody, stolen vehicle recovered

WASHINGTON COUNTY – A joint effort between Washington and Pasco County Sheriff’s Offices ended with a Holmes County man in custody and a stolen vehicle recovered.  On July 20, an …

Washington County sets tentative millage rate

WASHINGTON COUNTY – The Washington County Board of County Commissioners set the tentative TRIM and millage rates for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.  The tentative rate proposes to remain …
Business
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 …
Dr. David Hilton, Dean of Natural Science and Mathematics, recently retired after working 24 years at Chipola. Dr. Hilton has taught science courses at Chipola since 1997 and also served as academic …
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 …

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

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 …

Chipola athletes sign with universities

MARIANNA—Twenty-Two of Chipola’s student athletes have signed with four-year colleges and universities to continue their education and athletic careers in the 2021-22 season.  …
Life

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 …

Happy Corner: It’s mayhaw time

They didn’t name them Mayhaws for no reason. The small red (sometimes yellowish) fruit that tastes somewhat like an apple is a native fruit that is often found growing wild in the low places …
Opinion
We know little about her.She’s a Jewish child and probably had a loving family. But she’s torn from them, seized by raiders and taken back with them to Aram (Syria). The child then becomes a …
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 …
Today in Havana, the Communist Cuban regime is shaking with fear as the people rise up to denounce the oppressive communist rule that has brought ruin to their nation for more than 60 years.  …