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The Washington County Public Library (WCPL) was recently awarded the Preschool Literacy Matters: Mission Possible grant through the Florida American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). On April 26, WCPL …

A Florida Department of Corrections inmate is currently housed in the Washington County Jail awaiting a hearing for post-conviction relief in his 2018 murder conviction. Christopher Brett Kelley …

A wanted fugitive was apprehended after fleeing from Chipley Police Department on April 25. Chance Spencer, 23, of Caryville was taken into custody without incident when officers with CPD found …

Officials say vandalism is a growing problem for Washington County’s public parks and landings, with thousands of dollars worth of damage being done in recent weeks. The damage has forced …

Plans to construct a second splash pad at the Possum Palace in Wausau have been scrapped. Wausau Town Council voted to change the scope of work on the Town’s Florida Recreation Development …

The first of Washington County’s broadband lines are expected to be in operation by the end of May, according to County Administrator Jeff Massey. Massey gave the update to the Washington …

‘Decisions become actions’

CHS JROTC help one of their own

When Raina Bratcher’s family lost their home in an April 12 fire, it didn’t take long for them to receive support from her extended family: Chipley High School JROTC. Lieutenant …

Construction is expected to begin next year on a craft distillery in Vernon. The Washington County Board of County Commissioners and the Washington County Planning Commission have each approved …

The State Board of Education will meet April 29 to consider the appointment of a new education commissioner, after Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday recommended Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. R-Hialeah, for the …

Young Eagles take flight

Pilots introduce kids to the world of aviation

For the past 30 years, the Young Eagles program has been taking children ages 8 – 17, on their first flight to introduce them to the world of aviation. On April 23, around 60 children were …

‘Bringing back the homestead life’

Pemberley Farm teaches others about the art of self-sustainability

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 …

Federal jury trial proceedings are set to begin Monday, May 9, for a $1.4 billion health care scheme that preyed on several rural medical facilities in at least three states, including …

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 …

Painting a testimony

Local teen sells art to fund ministry camps

When asked why she chose not to sell her artwork, Washington County teen Rebekah Harris previously answered, “Because I love art more than I love money.” But recently, she decided to part …

VERNON – Gary Owens won the Vernon mayoral seat by 23 votes in Tuesday’s election. The win marks a return for Owens, who has previously served many years with the Vernon City Council, …

House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, said Tuesday he expects a special legislative session in late May to address problems in the property-insurance system and announced that Appropriations …

Two Bay County residents are behind bars in Washington County after two unrelated traffic stops by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on April 18. The first of those two stops was …

The City of Chipley is one step closer to demolition of the Mongoven building. Located at the corner of South Railroad Avenue and 5th Street, the once iconic building-turned-eyesore has fallen into a …

The Washington County School Board recently recognized four AVID students from Roulhac Middle School. The students shared their experiences and how AVID has empowered them in their lives and …

Law enforcement and Autism

A unique relationship celebrated for Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, however, local law enforcement agencies provide training year-round to ensure their staff are aware of the unique needs of individuals who have Autism and other …

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