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Title: Washington County news
Uniform Title: Washington County news (Chipley, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Chipley Fla
Publication Date: 02-04-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began May 23, 1924.
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Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: chipleypaper.com Fax: 850-638-4601 50 www.chipleypaper.com For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF WEEKEND Washington County News And Mobile Too! Connect With Us 24/7 Chipley woman struck by car, dies Staff Report CHIPLEY A Chipley woman died Jan. 28 when she was struck by a car while walking her dog, Chipley Police Chief Kevin Crews said in a news release issued Thursday. Lesley Dingwall, 33, was walking her dog west along South Boulevard on the north shoulder of the road last Saturday. A Ford pickup driven by Katelyn Strickland, 22, of Chipley was traveling westbound on South Boulevard when Dingwall and her dog, Harley, stepped onto the roadway directly into the path of the pickup, according to police. The pickup struck Dingwall and the dog, killing the dog instantly. Dingwall was taken by Washington County EMS to a Dothan, Ala., hospital where she later AARP Driver Safety Program Class CHIPLEY An AARP Driver Safety Class is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday in Chipley at the old drivers license of ce behind the Council on Aging on South Boulevard. Please call the Council on Aging at 6386216 or 638-2111 for reservations. Completion can earn attendees a discount on auto insurance premiums. Glenn Miller Band in concert CHIPLEY The Glenn Miller Orchestra will make a concert stop in Chipley at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the CHS Auditorium on Brickyard Road. Glenn Miller was one of the most successful dance bandleaders in the swing era of the 1930s and 40s. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased from any CHS Band Booster or through the CHS Band of ce at 638-6100, ext. 525. Proceeds from the event will go to the Chipley Band Boosters, whose mission is to support the band program at CHS. ANDREW WARDLOW | Florida Freedom Mark Hess, center, assistant manager at Ebro Greyhound Park, talks with Harry Hess, left, and Chuck Pohlmann as election results come in at Ebro on Tuesday. By Ali Helgoth Florida Freedom Newspapers EBRO The owners of Ebro Greyhound Park won the support of Washington County voters for the addition of slot machines at the pari-mutuel wagering facility, but now they must receive approval from the state, and it likely will be a tougher sell. The project was presented to Washington County voters as a way to increase jobs and raise revenue for local governments, but it would mean a major reduction in revenue to the state. In 2010, the state approved the 20-year Seminole Compact, which outlines how the Seminole Tribe of Florida operates casinos in the state. Part of the compact gives substantial exclusivity to the tribe in offering gaming. In exchange for that exclusivity, the state receives a portion of the tribes gaming revenue, a guaranteed $1 billion over the rst ve years. If slot machines are allowed in places outside of certain locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the tribe no longer would be required to make those Saturday, FEBRUARY 4 2012 Hurdles remain for Ebro Scott: Attorney generals opinion will be followed 4-H girls sew crazy A4 CECILIA SPEARS | The News Supporters at Ebro Greyhound Park celebrate on Tuesday upon learning the countywide referendum for adding gaming machines passed with 57 percent of the voters in favor of the measure. Volume 88, Number 84 See STRUCK A5 See EBRO A2 These counties are wasting their money having these referenda because they will not be entitled to have slots even if they have a referendum. People are misreading the law. Barry Richard attorney for the Seminole Tribe INDEX Kiwanis ................................. A2 Classi eds ............................. A5 Get your free copy now INSIDE Win or lose, referendum brought out opinions By Randal Seyler Managing Editor rseyler@chipleypaper.com CHIPLEY Now that the election is over, the legal battles begin. But before the legal squabbling, there was already contention between residents for and against the referendum to allow slot machines at Ebro Greyhound Park. Washington County voters turned out in droves Tuesday to vote in favor of the measure, but a fair number also turned out against the proposal. The countywide referendum passed with 3,792 votes (57 percent) in favor of adding gaming machines, while 2,832 voters (43 percent) were against the measure. In an election where for most the only choice was which Republican candidate to endorse, Washington County residents instead participated in one of the states more interesting, and contentious, contests. No people against the referendum were to be found at the election supervisors of ce in Chipley Tuesday night, although city streets sported plenty of Vote No signs although often See WIN OR LOSE A5 CRA discusses Alleyway Project By Cecilia Spears Staff Writer cspears@chipleypaper.com CHIPLEY The Chipley Redevelopment Agency discussed its main project, the Alleyway Project, during a regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 25. I heard that there was some concern with the Chipley City Council about us spending $45,000 on the Alleyway Project, CRA Director Ted Everett said. The cost is estimated to be around $40,000. Most of those costs are to level the alleyway because of storm water issues, to clean the sides of the buildings, put murals on them and install lighting for safety measures. This is a key alleyway between the parking lot and our downtown businesses. CRA member Jon Floyd said this is the agencys number one project. If were not working on the alleyway, what are we working on? he said. Everett said the Chipley City See ALLEYWAY A5

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Local A2 | Washington County News Saturday, February 4, 2012 payments to the state. The payments would resume only if the tribe regained its substantial exclusivity. The state imposes a 35 percent tax on gaming wins from slot machines that are not on tribe prop erty, equal to the amount of money put into a slot ma chine minus the amount paid out. Mark Hess, a manager at Ebro Greyhound Park, said in an interview last month that a market study indicated taxable revenue at Ebro would be equal to $60 million the rst year and $68 million the second year of operation, putting taxes at $21 million and $23.8 million, respectively. In addition, Ebro has pledged about $2 million annually to go directly to local governments. About two weeks before the vote, Attorney General Pam Bondi issued an opin ion that a slot machine li cense cannot be issued to a pari-mutuel facility in a county in which a county wide referendum is held without rst receiving ap proval by the Legislature or through a change of the constitution. State law includes three clauses that govern when pari-mutuel facilities can have slot machines. For facilities located outside Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the law states eligible facility means any licensed pari-mutuel facility in any other county in which a majority of vot ers have approved slot machines at such facilities in a countywide referen dum held pursuant to a statutory or constitutional authorization after the ef fective date of this section in the respective county. It seems to be the stat utory or constitutional au thority language that has led to a dispute about the laws meaning. During a Dec. 6 meet ing of the Florida Houses Business & Community Affairs subcommittee, Michelle Morton, the subcommittees attorney, said the provision was in tended to require a future authorizing action, either a legislative authorization such as a special act or a constitutional authoriza tion before it would be applicable to any county. It appears that (those seeking a referendum) be lieve the countys general authority to hold referen da is enough to be able to authorize slots under this section. In her opinion, Bondi wrote that legislative intent favors the rst interpretation. This is just one per sons legal opinion, Hess said during an interview just after the opinion was issued. With all due re spect to Ms. Bondi, we have other legal minds who strongly, strongly dis agree with her opinion. Others who strongly disagree with Bondis opin ion include those in Gads den County, where voters approved slot machines at a quarter horse barrel rac ing track near Gretna. But Bondi isnt alone in her opinion. These counties are wasting their money hav ing these referenda be cause they will not be en titled to have slots even if they have a referendum, said Barry Richard, an at torney for the Seminole Tribe with the Tallahassee branch of GreenberTrau rig. People are misread ing the law. Hess has said he doesnt believe it is a wasted ef fort, and owners of Ebro Greyhound Park arent de terred, saying the law is on their side. Hess, whose father, Stockton Hess, owns the park, said before the elec tion that they planned to begin the application pro cess for a license from the Department of Busi ness and Professional Regulations Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering immediately. If the license is denied and its as close to a sure bet as one can get that it will be denied an appeal likely will end up in court. The attorney generals opinion is not legally bind ing, but Gov. Rick Scott has said her opinion will be fol lowed, and a slot machine license wont be issued for Ebro. Not long after Bondis opinion was released, Hess said Ebro owners expect to prevail in court. He pre viously said he expects the rst phase of expansion could be completed within a year. Plans call for the ad dition of up to 2,000 slot machines as part of a pro posed expansion of the property into a $300 mil lion contemporary resort hotel and entertainment center that would include 300 to 500 hotel rooms, re tail, restaurants and an en tertainment venue. With the expansion come jobs, an estimated 1,200 to 1,500, including 300 construction-related jobs, and the addition of millions of dollars to the countys revenue. A website created to share information in the lead-up to the election, yourchoiceforjobs.com, in cludes a form for people to pre-apply for jobs. The site states some new jobs are likely to be gin as early as mid 2012. Those who submit their information online will be emailed openings before they are advertised to the public. Caregivers Available for SHUT-INS Trusted In-Home Care for Seniors of All Ages! 25 Years Experience 7 Days a Week 24 Hours a Day Excellent References Commitment to Quality Care Compassionate, Skilled Caregivers Personal Care Transportation Errands Light Housekeeping Companionship Meal Preparation Emotional & Spiritual Support Gail Hall, Owner Home 850-482-5424 Cell 850-264-1793 Carol Hagin Cell 850-557-0085 Gails Sitting Agency NOTICE March 1st is the deadline to apply for Homestead, Senior Citizens, Disability, Widows/ Widowers, Veterans Exemptions (Greenbelt). Property owners who did not receive Homestead Exemption in Washington County for 2011 but original application. for Exemptions or Agricultural Gil Carter, CFA Washington County Property Appraiser PUBLIC NOTICE EXECUTIVE SESSION There will be an Executive Session of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners, Thursday, February 16, 2012 following the scheduled 9 a.m. Board Meeting. The location is 1331 South Blvd., Chipley, Florida. The purpose of the Executive Session will be to address legal issues concerning the county. **NOTICE** As follow up from the Presidential Preference Primary Election held on January 31, 2012, the Washington County Canvassing Board will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on February 13, 2012 to conduct the Voting System Audit pursuant to F.S. 101.591 and Rule 1S-5.026, FAC the meet ing will take place at the Supervisor of Elections Gun Show February 11th & 12th Panama City Panama City Fairgrounds Fairgrounds 2077258 Sat 9 -5 Sun 10-4 C o n c e a l e d W e a p o n s C l a s s S a t / S u n 1 1 o r 2 Floridagunshows.com FREE PARKING Special to The News CHIPLEY The Chipley Kiwanis Club met for its weekly luncheon at Pattillos Restaurant at the Washington-Holmes County Technical Center on Jan. 31. Lunch was provided by the staff of the Washington-Holmes County Technical Center. Luke Hinson, a Chipley High School senior, presented a program he has initiated, which he calls Project Rocksafe. Project Rocksafe is both a fundraising program and an awareness program focusing on the problems of human trafcking. Hinson told the club he became interested in this issue after attending a conference in Atlanta that dealt with the subject of human trafcking. Luke said human trafcking is slavery and is still committed on a massive scale the world over, including the United States. Although most U.S. residents are unaware of the problem, more than 27 million people every year are held in bondage. Most of the victims are either forced into the commercial sex industry or are held as workers in sweatshops and other types of hard manual labor. Forty to 50 percent of all the victims are 18 years of age or younger. Most of the youth are forced into the commercial sex industry, where they are victimized daily by pedophiles. All funds raised by Project Rocksafe will be donated to the International Justice Mission, a nonprot, nongovernmental organization that ghts human trafcking on multiple fronts. Project Rocksafe aims to raise $5,085 dollars, the price to fund a rescue mission. However, the International Justice Mission does much more than just conduct rescue missions. The IJM utilizes investigators, lawyers and social workers to intervene in individual cases of abuse in partnership with state and local authorities. By pushing individual cases through the states or nations justice system from investigation to prosecution the IJM seeks to ascertain the specic sources of corruption, lack of resources or problems with the nations legal and social systems that allow these abuses to occur. The IJM seeks four outcomes: victim relief, accountability for those responsible for the abuses, survivor aftercare and structural transformation (changing the local legal system). All funds raised by Project Rocksafe will be donated to the IJMs general fund, which can be used for any of the organizations missions. Luke told the club he was inspired to name his project Rocksafe because of a Bible verse, 2nd Samuel 22:3: My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior from violent men you save me. For more information on IJM, visit www.ijm.org. For more information on Project Rocksafe or to make a donation, visit projectfocksafe.webs.com. The Kiwanis club meets at noon Tuesdays at Patillos. For an invitation, contact any Kiwanian or David Solger, membership chairperson, at 638-1276. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Chipley, visit www. ChipleyKiwanis.com. By Kay White Special to The News Monday night marked the final segment of the eight-week long class Beekeeping in the Pan handle, presented by the University of Flori das Extension Service. Multiple counties in the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama were linked via the polycom system. Live presenta tions were viewed on television by all students in participating counties. Several university pro fessors taught classes, and local beekeepers and inspectors also gave presentations answered students questions. Lo cal bee legend, mentor and Agricultural Hall of Fame inductee Laurence Cutts gave presentations in addition to attend ing all segments in the Chipley class. Elmore Herman, owner of Millie Bee Beekeeping Supply in Marianna, also gave presentations. As part of the course, a beekeeping trade show and seminar was held at the Washing ton County Agricultural Center and was very well attended. Concluding the course on Monday night, Washington County Ex tension Agents Andy Andreasen and Matthew Orwat presented stu dents with a certificate of completion. As a result of the en thusiasm generated by Beekeeping in the Pan handle, there is inter est in forming a local beekeeping club in order to network with other beekeepers, continue the learning process and share information. An organizational meeting for the proposed beekeeping club will be at 6 p.m. Monday Feb. 6, in the east wing of the ag center, 1424 Jackson Ave. in Chipley. Any person in terested in beekeeping in the areas in and around Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties is invited to attend. Chipley student brings Project Rocksafe to Kiwanis Beekeeping club to form STRUCK from page A1 died. Police say there are no charges anticipated as a result of this inves tigation, which is being conducted by the Chipley Police Department. Dingwall is survived by her parents, John and Leslie Dingwall of Sunny Hills; three broth ers, Johnny Dingwall and Sheana Gallaher of Sac ramento, Calif., Robert Bobby Dingwall and wife, Ira, of Moscow and Benjamin Ben Dingwall and his wife, Rachel, of Laredo, Texas; as well as nieces, nephews and two aunts. Funeral services were held Friday at Shiloh Bap tist Church with the Rev. Tim Patton ofciating. A private interment will be held today. A memorial fund has been set up in Dingwalls memory at Tyndall Feder al Credit Union. (Account No. 1968326, Routing No. 263183175 or Electronic transfer: P.O. Box 59760 Panama City, FL 32412.) EBRO from page A1 By Cathrine Lamb Editorial Assistant clamb@chipleypaper.com WASHINGTON COUNTY The Washington County Relay For Life Committee held a meeting Thursday evening in the Northwest Florida Community Hospital (NFCH) dinning room. As of Thursday, Washington County has 18 paid teams. The countys goal for the 2012 Relay is 30 teams and to raise $75,000. The campsite theme for this year was veried. The theme is Storybook with the slogan being Our Storybook Ending is a CURE. There has been no entertainment set up as of yet, but we will keep you updated as the information becomes available. The survivor dinner will be sponsored by Atkins. When we get the date and time of the survivor dinner, we will let everyone know. If you know a survivor who has not registered, contact Linda Bybee at 658-4038 to get them registered, and remember to remind them to be at the Relay on May 11 for the survivor lap. Caregivers, make sure you register, too. For those wishing to honor someone who has cancer or to remember someone you have lost to cancer, email your pictures to clamb@chipleypaper. com or cspears@chipleypaper.com. These pictures will be shown on a PowerPoint presentation during the luminaria ceremony being held just after dark on May 11 at Relay. Please make sure to include the name of the person in the picture. The deadline to have the pictures emailed or brought in will be 2 p.m. April 27. We cannot guarantee that they will be in the PowerPoint if received after deadline. LUKE HINSON RELAY FOR LIFE COMMITEE MEETING UPDATES

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Local A4 | Washington County News Saturday, February 4, 2012 POSTMASTER: Send address change to: Washington County News P.O. Box 627, Chipley, FL 32428 USPS 667-360 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN COUNTY 13 weeks: $18.98; 26 weeks: $27.30; 52 weeks: $46.20 OUT OF COUNTY 13 weeks: $23.14; 26 weeks: $34.65; 52 weeks: $57.75 The News is published every Wednesday and Saturday by Florida Freedom Newspapers Inc., 1364 N. Railroad Ave., Chipley, FL 32428. Periodicals postage paid at Chipley, Florida. Copyright 2012, Florida Freedom Newspapers Inc. All Rights Reserved. COPYRIGHT NOTICE: T he entire contents of the Washington County News are fully protected by copyright and cannot be reproduced in any form for any purpose without the expressed permission of Florida Freedom Newspapers Inc. Nicole P. Bare eld, Publisher Cameron Everett, Production Supervisor Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. CONTACT US PUBLISHER Nicole Bare eld: nbare eld@chipleypaper.com NEWS, SPORTS OR OPINION news@chipleypaper.com CLASSIFIED & CIRCULATION Nikki Cullifer: ncullifer@chipleypaper.com 1-800-345-8688 ADVERTISING 850-638-0212 The views expressed here are not necessarily those of this paper or Freedom Communications. WANT MORE? Find us online at chipleypaper.com friend us on Facebook or tweet us @WCN_HCT HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY? Letters to the editor and comments on Web versions of news stories are welcomed. Letters are edited only for grammar, spelling, clarity, space and consistency, but we ask that they be limited to 300 words where possible. Letter writers are asked to provide a home address and daytime telephone number (neither is printed) for veri cation purposes. Letters may be sent to 1364 N. Railroad Ave., Chipley, FL 32428 or emailed to news@chipleypaper. com. Please specify if the letter should be printed in the Washington County News or Holmes County Times-Advertiser. Questions? Call 638-0212. Special to The News Theres a 4-H Club in Washington County thats crazy Sew Crazy, that is! Led by 4-H volunteer leader Andrea Locke, Sew Crazy 4-H Club is in its second year of creating unique sewing projects. This year, members have sewn their own snuggies, neck roll pillows and ower accents to accessorize. The Sew Crazy 4-H Club is looking for new members. If you have your own sewing machine and want to learn to sew or want to increase your sewing skills, contact 4-H Youth Development Agent, Julie Pigott Dillard, at 638-6180 or email juliepd@ u .edu for meeting dates and times. 4-H is community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills and is open to all youth. SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Savannah Orr, Andrea Locke, Jenna Kindig and Skylar Shipes model their ower accessories. Left Caroline Hatcher and Jenna Kindig show off pillows they made for their bedrooms. 4-H is sew crazy Special to The News The Florida Department of Transportation, in partnership with Washington County and Ride On commuter services, opened a new Park & Ride lot on Tuesday in Chipley at Blue Lake Park on Highway 77 South. Participants in the launch included ofcials from the Florida Department of Transportation, West Florida Regional Planning Council, Washington County Board of County Commissioners and Chamber of Commerce board members and staff. Amenities of the new Park & Ride lot include nine parking spots and solar lights for added security. This is the 20th Park & Ride facility provided for commuters by the District 3 Department of Transportation. Special To The News Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the FiveStar Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which consumers may want to ask questions. A nursing homes overall quality rating on Nursing Home Compare (www.medicare.gov) is based on its ratings for health inspections, quality measures (QMs), and staffing. Ratings for each domain and the overall rating range from 1 star to 5 stars, with more stars indicating higher quality. In 2010, Washington Rehab and Nursing Center received a below average assessment of two stars from CMS for surveys which revealed deficiencies. After making some changes, the facility ratings improved steadily, eventually resulting in the five-star rating this year. Washington Rehab and Nursing Center serves approximately 150 residents while providing an array of nursing and therapeutic services. The facility has a full-time respiratory therapist and chaplin. Washington Rehab and Nursing Center achieves Five-Star Rating Special to The News CHIPLEY Washington County will host this years annual WatermelonCucurbit Meeting on Tuesday. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Topics include updates on new and existing varieties, disease and pest control, fertilization, good agricultural practices, and continuing education units should be available for restricted use pesticide applicators having current licenses. A sponsored lunch will be provided as well. The Washington County Ag Center, 1424 Jackson Ave. (Highway 90), in Chipley. A sponsored lunch will also be provided. Farm Credit of Northwest Florida will be one of several sponsors present, and is hosting a cap exchange. Farmers are encouraged to bring their old baseball-style caps and exchange them for a new, Farm Credit cap. Industry representatives will be on hand, as well, to answer questions regarding products and services. Persons with special needs should contact Matt Orwatt, at 850-638-6180, prior to the event to allow proper consideration of the request. UF/IFAS Extension Service does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or age. 2012 Watermelon-Cucurbit Meeting SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Of cials celebrate the opening of the Park & Ride facility in Chipley on Tuesday. New Park & Ride lot in Chipley Special to The News Chipley Garden Club was treated to a guided tour of Hoovers Mill Inc. on Feb. 1. The group was welcomed in the parking lot by Stacey Dudley who shared some of the history of Hoovers Mill. The current plant at 1061 Commerce Ave. in Chipleys Industrial Park, has the look of a modern facility, but the equipment used to grind their famous Hoovers cornmeal is over 100 years old. She explained that a speci c corn variety is delivered from Kentucky, ground on-site, packaged and delivered fresh. It doesnt stay on the shelves long. You can count on it being fresh! Dudley explained that stone-ground cornmeal retains all of its nutritional value. Inside the mill the club was greeted by the smell of fresh ground corn. Dudley tracked the milling process from the whole corn kernels to nesifted meal pointing out antique equipment as the tour progressed. In the packaging room, workers ll and package thousands of bags of meal a day. The warehouse was stocked with several Dixie Lily products, which they also grind and package for shipment. Hoovers? We grind it and its shipped, not stocked. By the end of the tour, several club members recalled memories of Hoovers Meal, My mother sent it to me in Germany in the 70s! and My family came to visit from up north and now I have to send it to them! The club agreed this was a very interesting and informative tour. Prior to the tour, the monthly meeting and luncheon were held at the Nelson home. Jane Brewer, FFGC District II Director was welcomed warmly. To recap the meeting: Edwina Showers reported the City of Chipley had placed two benches at the Sundial Garden and repaired the broken irrigation lines. Gweneth Collins reported on last months Arbor Day activities. Linda Pigott provided updated information of the clubs Youth Fair Project with KMS 4th Graders Dried Floral Arrangements by Vonceil Coggin and Live Floral Arrangements by Louise Michaels. Glenda Wilson discussed plans for the Spring Gardens & English Tea to be held March 31 and the completed gourds/birdhouses were displayed. The next meeting of Chipley Garden Club will be March 7, at the Comegys Farmhouse. If you would like to attend a meeting or learn more about Chipley Garden Club, please contact Karen Roland, Club President, at 638-9968. Hoovers Mill has garden visitors PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE NEWS On Feb. 1, the ChipleyGarden Club was treated to the grand tour of Hoovers Mill, which included a opportunity to see the grinding and milling process up close.

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Washington County News | A5 Saturday, February 4, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS Saturday, February 4, 2012 Washington County News | A5 DOG cream colored w/ white belly, 45 lbs friendly, wearing purple colar w/ blue ID tag. Please call 638-4228 COLOR SELLS! Get Your Classified Ad in COLOR! Call now for details and be noticed! 638-0212 or 547-9414 To Whom It May Concern: Washington County Animal Services did impound on January 19, 2012, a dark brown pony running loose on Pine Log Road. You are hereby notified that the following described livestock dark brown pony is now impounded at W ashington County Animal Services livestock facility and the amount due by reason of such impounding is $80.00 plus $5.00 per day feed. The above described livestock will, unless redeemed within 3 days from date hereof, be offered for sale at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash. To identify and claim this pony contact: Washington County Animal Services at 1331 South Blvd., Chipley, FL 32428 or by phone (850) 638-6306 Incorrect Insertion Policy For Classified In-column Advertisers All ads placed by phone are read back to the advertiser to insure correctness. The newspaper will assume correctness at the time of the read-back procedure unless otherwise informed. Please your ad. Advertisers are requested to check the advertisement on the first insertion for correctness. Errors should be reported immediately. Your Florida Freedom newspaper will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion, nor will it be liable for any error in advertisements to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error. Any copy change, during an ordered schedule constitutes a new ad and new charges. We do not guarantee position of ANY ad under any classification. 02-3118 PUBLIC AUCTION The following vehicle(s) will be sold at auction on FEBUARY 17th, 2012 at 8:00AM at Brock Auto Body & Towing, 1135 Main Street, Chipley, FL 32428. 2006 Pioneer MC LAEMD24676A160017 As published in the Washington County News February 4, 2012. ATTENTION LIEN SALE Chipley Storage LLC of l4ll Brickyard Road, Chipley, FL 32428, pursuant to the provisions of the Florida Mini Self-Storage Landlord and Tenant Act (FL Stat. 83.801 et sec.) hereby provide NOTICE OF SALE under said Act, to wit: On February 23, 2012 at 10:00 am, Chipley Storage LLC will conduct a public sale under Said act, for non payment of rents, of the goods and contents of: Unit #07, #15, #31, #59. Cash Only, No checks, All Sales are Final. All of the following storage units consist of household goods and unknown items. Unit #07 Robert Pouncey #15 Debbie Blaylock #31 Willie Mae Kirkland #59 Claudia Henry As published in the Washington County News February 4, 11, 2012. Notice of Application for Tax Deed Notice is hereby given that, Wayne R. Dodge, the holder of the following certificate, has filed said certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number 2506 Year of Issuance 2009 Description of Property: Lot 26, Block 357 Sunny Hills Unit #6 Parcel Number: 06-0357-0026 Name in which Assessed: Edward J Rooney Said property being in Washington Co., Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to the law, the property described shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on February 29 2012 at 10:00 AM. Dated this 13, day of January 2012. Linda Hayes Cook, Clerk of Court, Washington Co. FL. By: Frances E Garrette, Deputy Clerk WARNING: There are unpaid taxes on property which you own or you have legal interest. The property will be sold at public auction on February 29, 2012 unless the back taxes are paid in full. To make arrangements for payment or to receive further information, contact the Clerk of Court immediately at PO Box 647, 1293 Jackson Ave, Chipley, FL 32428 or phone 850-638-6008 ext 221. Amount to Redeem for December $1747.44 Amount to Redeem for January $1773.06 IN US CURRENCY ONLY. NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED Cashiers checks, money orders, and Western Union are the only other alternative accepted. As published in the Washington Co News Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 04, 2012. 02-3112 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: ESTATE OF JAMES FREDERICK HUNNELL, JR. JAMES F. HUNNELL, Deceased File No. 67-12-CP-0004 The administration of the estate of JAMES FREDERICK HUNNELL, JR. A/K/A JAMES F. HUNNELL, deceased, whose date of death was September 6, 2011; File Number 67-12-CP-0004 is pending in the Circuit Court for Washington County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is P.O. Box 647, Chipley, Florida 32428. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, on whom a copy of this notice has been served, must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIMS FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED The date of first publication of this notice is January 28, 2012 ERIC S. KANE, P.L. ERIC S. KANE, ESQUIRE Attorney for Personal Representative Florida Bar No. 0847941 20900 N.E. 30th Avenue, Suite 403 Aventura, Florida 33180 Telephone: 305-937-7280 ADELE ADELINE HUNNELL A/K/A ADELE HUNNELL F/K/A ADELE RICCI Personal Representative c/o Eric S. Kane, Esquire 20900 N.E. 30th Avenue, Suite 403 Aventura, Florida 33180 As published in the Washington County News January 28, February 4, 2012 02-3111 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS REGARDING VACATION OF RECORD PLAT: THE MEADOWS AT GILBERTS MILL NOTICE TO AFFECTED REAL PROPERTY OWNERS In accordance with Section 6.05.00 of the Washington County Land Development Code (LDC), this notice is being provided to inform the Public of a request for vacation of the record Plat described as The Meadows at Gilberts Mill. Petitioner and owner Jerry Odom, has requested the vacation the The Meadows at Gilberts Mill. subdivision, Book 5 Page 53. All lots ( Lots 1-10) of The Meadows at Gilberts Mill subdivision are unsold and undeveloped. The vacation by the governing body of the Washington County will not affect the ownership or right of convenient access of persons owning other parts of the subdivision. The legal description of the property that is directly affected by this project is as follows: LEGAL DESCRIPTION All lands described as The Meadows at Gilberts Mill subdivision, Book 5 and Page 53. MEETING LOCATION: County Annex Building, 1331 South Boulevard, Chipley, FL 32428 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING DATE: FEBRUARY 16, 2012 TIME: 9.:00A.M. Documents with information concerning the substance of the proposed record plat vacation can be reviewed at the Washington County Planning Office, 1331 South Blvd., Suite 209, Chipley, Florida, or you may call (850) 415-5093, if you have any questions. The Board of County Commissioners will accommodate handicapped and disabled persons who wish to attend this meeting. Contact the Planning Department at 415-5093, at least 48 hours before the meeting date to make arrangements As published in the Washington County News January 28, February 4, 2012 A UCTION Sat.,February 25th, 2012-8am 5529 Hwy 231 N. Campbellton, FL. 3 Local Farm Dispersals, 2 Estates Bank Repos Sheriff Depts, City and County Surplus Plus Consignments Mason Auction & sales LLC.#AB2766 850-263-0473 office 850-258-7652 Chad Mason 850-849-0792 Gerald Mason www.masonauction.com Local | Classieds as not they were matched across the way with Vote Yes signs. Fliers against the ref erendum also were dis tributed widely through out the town as well as mailed out as a paid po litical advertisement. Most supporters of the referendum cite em ployment as a primary incentive for bringing slot machines to Ebro Greyhound Park, and the campaign run by owner Stockton Hess and son Mark Hess stressed the employment aspects of the endeavor. Plans call for more than just additional gam ing at Ebro. Its part of a proposed expansion into a $300 million resort hotel and entertainment cen ter that would include 300 to 500 hotel rooms, retail, restaurants and an en tertainment venue, said Stockton Hess, owner of the park, and his son, Mark Hess. However, it isnt likely any hiring will be done in the near future state ofcials have said they plan not to issue licenses for slot machines at the park, while the Hesses have said they intend to challenge that decision. Tuesday night, a small group of residents gath ered in Chipley at the Washington County an nex to watch the results and share small talk be tween themselves dur ing the vote tallying. One woman, who declined to give her name, was mut tering Praise Jesus, keep it coming, as the computer slide blinked out, then came back to life with new numbers, showing the voting go ing favorably for the slots referendum. When asked if they were for or against the slot machine proposal, all who attended said they were in favor of the refer endum passing. But opin ions were strong when asked why the gaming referendum was facing such erce opposition. Some of the nicest people on earth live in Washington County, said resident Danny Hayes, and they would give you their shirt if you needed it. But they just dont like progress. Several in attendance offered the opinion that churches shouldnt be involved in elections be cause they are tax-ex empt organizations. We need jobs in Wash ington County, said resi dent Jimmy Goodson. Goodson noted that bingo and the lottery are also forms of gambling, and several residents mentioned that buses rou tinely run from Chipley to Biloxi, Miss., so people can visit the casinos. It would be better for those buses to be going to Ebro than Biloxi. WIN OR LOSE from page A1 From Staff Reports BONIFAY A Westville man has been arrested in connec tion with several local bur glaries, according to a Hol mes County Sheriffs Ofce report. The investigation began in September, when several burglaries were reported in an area near the Holmes-Walton County line. Scott Adams, 37, of West ville became a suspect early in the investigation and was questioned but denied hav ing any knowledge of the crimes. While the investigation continued, Adams eventually was arrested on a probation violation in Holmes County. While Adams was serving his time in the Holmes County Jail, ad ditional information was gathered related to the burglaries, according to the report. Adams was arrested in connection with two counts of grand theft and two counts of burglary on Wednes day. He subsequently confessed to three of the burglaries, according to the report, two of which occurred in Holmes County. Adams is being held in the Hol mes County Jail on a $30,000 bond. Sheriff: Burglaries solved in Holmes County SCOTT ADAMS Council had asked for more information on the project. Weve done more in the last two years then many realize, Everett said. I know some people dont like the brown buildings, but it was the city who chose earth tones, and it is the business owners right to choose a color based on those parameters set in the s. Everett said he was proud of the CRA. I could never be any prouder of this agencys achievements in the im provements that have been done for our downtown area, Everett said. We cant control the empty store fronts. Our job is to restore the core of our his toric downtown area. CRA member Zena Corbin said things have im proved drastically over the years. I know what downtown looked like 30 years ago, Corbin said. Theres been some big changes since then. Everett said he plans on representing the CRA at the next Chipley City Coun cil workshop to provide a clearer understanding of what the alleyway project involves. We gave the city a parking lot to increase the amount of visitors to our downtown businesses, Ev erett said. This alleyway is a connection between that parking lot and the rest of the businesses. At night its dark; we have ladies going to Zumba. Everett said this is just the beginning of something much bigger. This is the start of a vision, Everett said. For this to be a success we have to work together. The city council work shop will be at 5 p.m. Thurs day, Feb. 9, at Chipley City Hall, 1442 Jackson Ave. ALLEYWAY from page A1 SPEC IA L T O T HE NEW S This artists rendering shows the projected outcome of the Chipley Redevelopment Agencys Alleyway Project.

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A6| Washington County News Saturday, February 4, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS See emeraldcoastjobs.com to nd a job at the intersection of both.Wouldn’t you like a job that ful lls you both professionally and personally? With Monster’s new ltering tools, you can quickly hone in on the job that’s right for you. So visit emeraldcoastjobs.com and nd a job that makes everybody happy. Your land or family land is all you need to buy a new home. Call 850-682-3344 5 Acres TrackFor Sale 40 miles North of PanamaCity Beach,1 mile off Hwy 79. Owner financing w/$3000 down 0% interest for 2 yr $200/mth. Mike Stansberry 423-253-4226 $37,000 5 Acres near Crystal Lake on Amos Hayes Rd, property has well septic and power pole. Current survey is available. About 1.5 acres of the property is cleared. 850-271-5761 and leave a message. Reduced Price! Two 8 acres on Bedie Rd Two 9 acres on Bedie Rd. Two 5 acres & One 10 acres on Buddy Rd. One 10 acres on Gainer Rd. 10 acres on Hwy 77. Owner financing For more info call Milton Peel @ 850-638-1858. Driver -Start out the year with Daily Pay and Weekly Hometime! Single Source Dispatch. Van and Refrigeration. CDL-A, 3 months recent experience required. (800) 414-9569 www.driveknight.com 99 Pontiac Grand Prix $575 down 02 Dodge Durango $ 675 down 02 Ford F250 X/Cab 4 Door $975 down 02 Chevy Silverado X/Cab 4 Door $2000 down 0% Interest Daylight Auto Financing 2816 Hwy 98 West Panama City 850-215-1769 9am-9pm Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sunday You are Automatically Approved If You Can Make Payments On Time!!!!! 1988 DODGE P/UP Automatic, air-assist breaks. $700/OBO 96 TOYOTA TACOMA Auto, AC, radio, CD, liner, box, hitch $3,1000/OBO 99 DODGE DAKOTA SPORT LONG BED. V.6-3.9 L engine auto. AC, radio, hitch, steel, wheels $ 2,850/OBO PRIVATE OWNER Please leave name/# Chipley, 850-638-3306 For sale ford F600 18 ft flat bed dump plus scissor lift. For construction or hay. Receiver hitch, V8, 2 speed $4300 Call 956-2220 2003 Venture LS Van 6 passenger. Runs good. 97,000 miles. $4,000 firm. Call (850)547-2427. ‘97 Buell S3 Thunderbolt Motorcycle, Harley Davidson Motor, runs great and garage kept, 17,000 miles. $3,500!! Call 850-271-5761 and leave a message. Cute House in the Country! 4 BR/ 2BA $850/mth, section8 okay. Call Amy @ 786-586-9826 2 and 3 Bedroom Mobile Homes for rent in Bonifay. No Pets. (850)547-3462. 2BR/2BA, MH for rent. on Pioneer Rd. Call 850-638-7315, 850-849-6842 or 638-9933. 3BD/2BA MH 3/4 mile from Elementary School. On Hwy 177A. Family oriented park. Call (850)547-3746. 3BD/2BA MH. Very nice & on private lot w/ extras on the Mill Pond in Marianna. $600/mth $600 deposit 638-7822 For Rent 2 BR/ 2BA MH in Bonifay. Water & sewage included. 638-2999 For Rent 3 bedroom 2 Bath in quiet area Water & gar barge furnished. No pets. $ 550/ mth $250 deposit 850-638-8570 Mobile Bethlehem Area2/1 SW for rent In Bonifay. Clean well kept. $350/mo first and security. Call: 850-547-4029 Text FL96319 to 56654 Mobile Homes in Cottondale on Sapp Rd, 8 miles E. of Chipley. 3br/2ba Doublewide & 2br/2ba singlewide avail. Total elec. (850)-258-4868 or 850-209-8847 www.charlos countryliving.com 1,460 Sq Ft OfficeSpace for rent in Bonifay. 850-547-4238 Executive OfficeSpace for rent downtown Chipley. All util. incl’d 638-1918 For Rent: Bright 2BR/2BA screened porch Townhouse apartment. Non-Smoker, references. Good location Bonifay Area 850-547-3494 or 850-532-2177 Ridgewood Apartments of Bonifay Studio $350, 2 bedroom $470 City utilities incl. (850)557-7732. SpaciousOne Bedroom $425 Stove & Refrigerator. Free W/S/G No Pets Convenient location Downtown Chipley 638-3306. Chipley/Sunny Hills 3BD/1.5 BA, garage, fenced yard, pool & laundry room. Recently renovated. New windows & A/C. Quiet area. $925/mth plus deposit. Available March 1. Barbara Hindman Realty Owner. 850-527-5085 For RentAvailable now. 3B 2B Lg Double wide on acreage in the quiet country in South Chipley. $850.00 monthly. 1st months rent and Security Deposit of $850.00 and good application is required. (850) 333-1465 or (850) 520-4811. Text FL96316 to 56654 A Few Pro Drivers Needed Top Pay & 401K 2 Mos. CDL Class A Driving Exp (877)258-8782 www.meltontruck.com Drivers: RUN 5 STATE REGIONAL! Get Home Weekends, Earn Up to 39¢/mi., 1 yr OTR Flatbed exp. req’d. SUNBELT TRANSPORTATION, LLC (800) 572-5489 ext. 227 Huge discounts when you buy 2 types of advertising! 122 weekly newspapers, 32 websites, 25 daily newspapers. Call now to diversify your advertising with Advertising Networks of Florida (866) 742-1373. WANTED 10 HOMES needing siding, windows, roofs or sunrooms. Save hundreds of dollars. No money down. Payments $89/mo. All credit accepted. Senior/Military discounts! (866) 668-8681 Child Care needs loving person. Experience preferred. Call (850)547-1444. DriversExp. Tanker. Great Pay! Regional/ Linehaul. CDL-A w/ H&T Dbls. Good MVR. www. drive4sbi.com Paul 800-826-3413 Medical/HealthER ManagerNorthwest Florida Community Hospital, Chipley, FL, is seeking an experienced ER Manager. Florida RN license required. Must be customer service oriented.RN,ERAll shifts available, FL. license required. Applications available online:NFCH.org Fax (850)-638-0622 E-mail: dblount@nfch.org Ph (850)-415-8106 Drug Free and Smoke Free Work Place. EOE Web-Id 34195058Text fl95058 to 56654 Administrative The Chipley Housing Authority of the City of Chipley, Florida is seeking an experienced housing professional for the position of Executive Director who will direct the operations of an agency of 88 units of Conventional Public Housing and answer to a five member Board of Commissioners. Requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Finance, Business Administration or a related field with experience in public housing work, financial planning, administrative management or a combination of education, training and experience equivalent to these requirements.The successful candidate must be PHM certified or certifiable with in one year of employment The salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The Authority offers excellent health and retirement benefits. Successful candidate must obtain and maintain a valid FL driver’s licenses, must be bondable, pass drug screening, criminal and credit check. A detailed letter of interest including salary requirements, detailed resume and reference in triplicate should be submitted no later that February 22, 2012 to: Search Committee Chipley Housing Authority P.O.Box 388 Chipley, Florida 32428-0388 Equal Opportunity Employer Queen size plush Pillowtop Mattress Set New-in plastic, 10 yr. factory warranty. Can deliver. List price $799, sacrifice $240. (850)527-2295. Wanted to Rent : Farmland for 2012 season. (850) 415-1217. Wanted to Rent; Farm land or pasture in suroundding area. 850-718-1859. Wanted: Junk appliances. Lawn-mowers, farm and garden equipment, golf carts, satellites for free. I will pick up. Call (850)-547-0088 WANTED; Musical Instruments of any kind in any condition. Piano, banjoes, drums, guitars, amps. LESSONS. Covington Music, Chipley. 850-638-5050. Camellia Sale Up to 1/2 off reg prices! Many sizes & colors. Arbor Lane Nursury 2636 Bruner Dairy RD Vernon 850-535-9886 Huge Garage Sale Low Prices Sat Feb 4 744 3rd St Yard Sale Saturday Beside Shavers & Brock Furniture. Beds, reclining sofa, sofas, daybed,mattress’s, headboards, children clothes. Wood mizer LT-40 bend sawmill 18” planer, electric powered. Oaiyer tractor 115 hp. Treated lumber, 184, 186, 286, 686, 284 on 2x4’s, 16 ft. long. For more info call (850)547-0956 or (850)326-4548. Burn barrels $15.00. 2012 Nursing Drug handbook $75.00. Guinea birds $10.00 each. (850)373-2873, (850)319-5797. Caryville Flea Market Produce, knives, tupelo honey, fresh greens $1.50, western books, games, movies, new and used items. Open Saturdays. Commercial Tanning Bed. 32 light bed. $2500, OBO. 850-527-5250 DIABETIC TEST STRIPS NEEDEDCall Bob (850)710-0189 SMALL LIVESTOCK & MISCELLANEOUS AUCTION 4100 Pate Pond Rd Vernon, Fl. Every Saturday Livestock-3 pm-bring your own cages. Miscellaneous-6pm. Cash, debit/credit cards. Refreshments available. Sellers welcome. No buyers premium. (850)547-9140, (850)415-0183, (850)326-1606. Michelle & HC”s Auctions, Michelle Roof FL AU3014, AB2224 Firewood Delivered. Cut to length. (850)547-9291. B&B Furniture 1342 North RR Avenue, Chipley. We pay cash for clean, quality furniture. and some appaliences 850-557-0211 or 850-415-6866. Ask for Pasco or Carolyn HUGE 4 FAMILY YARD SALE. Sat Feb 4th @ 743 5th St Chipley.Baby, childrens, woman, men, plus size clothing & shoes, household items, furniture, nursery items, toys & yard toys. ALL PRICED TO GO!!!! LARGE ABANDONED GOODS SALE: Like a big Flea Market, but yard sale prices. Friday & Saturday February 3rd & 4th 8:00AM5:00PM. Located on the bypass (Maple Avenue) Geneva, AL. Near Courthouse. Multi-Family Garage sale Saturday Feb.4. 905 Banfill Ave. 8 a.m—until. All sizes name brand clothes-lots of girls size 10-12. Yard Sale Fri & SatFeb 3rd & 4th.Furniture, kids cloths,from 24 mth to teen, toys. 1362 Cherry Ave, behind WC Health Dept. Yard Sale Sat Feb 4 7:00AM 847 S 8th St 1 Blk behind Brock Paint & Body. 326-2920 Earn College Degree Online. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call (877) 206-5165 www.CenturaOnline.com RED GREEN LIVE Experience this hilarious one-man show! April 5th, Tampa Theatre (800-745-3000), April 7th, News-Journal Centre, Davidson Theatre, Daytona State College. (800-595-4849) www.redgreen.com For Rent first in Chipley, Mini Warehouses. If you don’t have the room, “We Do” Lamar Townsend (850)638-4539, north of Townsends. C&C Bookkeeping and Tax Service. Open 5 days a week. 8am to 5pm. Call (850)638-1483 AIRLINES ARE HIRING -Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified -Housing available CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (866)314-3769 Allied Health career training-Attend college 100% online. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call (800)481-9409 www.CenturaOnline.com Call To Place An Ad In Classifieds. Washington County News (850) 638-0212 Holmes County Times-Advertiser (850) 547-9414 MCINTOSH, AL PLANT NOW HIRING: MAINTENANCE MILLWRIGHTS & CHEMICAL OPERATORS To view details and apply, please visit www.olinchloralkali.jobs Online applications only. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

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www.washcomall.com WE BELIEVE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY! of Washington County Economic issues create tough choices for business owners As we kick off a New Year, lets take a look back and see what occurred in 2011. As readers know rsthand, the economy has not been any big help to many of us in our county and the country. Many states were and still are in severe budget crisis mode. Our own state is reporting revenues could be down as much as $2 billion for 2012. This will put hardships on local governments and school boards as they too must nd a way to balance budgets. This issue will continue to dominate the state and local governments for a long time. As we monitor the businesses in Washington County, many are still struggling to hold their own. In the case of WestPoint Home, employment is around 400. It has dropped a little because of issues beyond their control, but it is a far cry from the days when the plant was about to shut its doors for good. With an annual payroll of over $10 million, the cost to the citizens of this county, if it were to shut down, would be exponential. The Chamber is very proud that we were able to help WestPoint stay open. Other businesses in the industrial park are still struggling. Many have had to make signicant choices about everything to stay open. Kelly Brock, owner of ABC Fence as well as CypressWood, says their chief problem is a still struggling housing market and fuel prices that increase the cost of doing business. There are some businesses, such as Hoovers Mill, that have tried and been successful in expanding its distribution. Their products corn our, meal and other cornECONOMIC continued page 3Volume 5 Number 3 Washington County, Florida February-March 2012 Hoover Mill workers package ground meal. WestPoint Home currently employs about 400 workers. Ted Everett Executive Director

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Ted EverettPage Two Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 A Message fr o m the President PROMOTES YOUR BUSINESS Visitors Guides & Relocation Packages Free Business Directory Listing Free Internet Directory Listing W/Free Local Media Coverage Referrals Use of Chamber Brochure/Business Card Racks Bi-Monthly Newsletter w/Spotlights On Member Businesses Business Card Services to New Members Advertising Opportunities in Newsletter/County Maps/Visitors Guide/Web A discounted subscription to the Washington County News for new and renewing members NETWORKING Third Thursday Breakfast Annual Chamber Membership Banquet KEEPS YOU INFORMED Our Newsletter, Membership Directory and Website, among other resources and publications, are outstanding information sources. PROVIDES A BUSINESS INVESTMENT Tax Deductible Chamber Investments EDC Investments and Opportunities to be involved in Economic Development Efforts in Washington County City and County Events Ambassadors Program The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and are in no way associated with the Washington County News. Anyone with questions or comments regarding the content of this publication should contact the Washington County Chamber of Commerce at (850) 638-4157 As we turn the page on 2011, most of us are glad to see it go. The new year brings hope of better times for our community, state and nation. We all have important decisions to make in this new year, from choosing how our county will grow, to the direction our nation will take. No matter your stance on gambling, growth and development, or political afliation, the decisions we make will have long lasting impact on each of us as well as our children. As a long-time business owner in this community I have seen many ups and downs in the economy. The last four years make me long for those bumps in the road. Tried and true business models are no longer viable in todays economy. As business owners today, we nd ourselves doing more for less, doing things we dont typically do or replacing long-standing client relationships with new clients that do not understand how hard we have worked to build our business. As with most adversity, the business owners that embrace change have the best chance of weathering the storm. We all must push ourselves to go the extra mile in providing service to our clients. The old adage, the cream always rises to the top, should have new meaning for us all. Your attention to detail and customer service on this job may be the thing that gets you that new job next week. Your Chamber board is working hard to improve the business climate in our community. From recruiting new industry, to promoting existing business, our number one goal is to help you survive and prosper. Your Chamber board is made up of local business owners just like you. We are facing the same difculties in our businesses as you and in this new year we have a renewed sense of urgency to make our community a better home for business. I hope that 2012 brings good things for your business, our community and our nation. I believe in Washington County. Philip Pippin As I begin my seventh year as execu tive director of the Chamber of Com merce, I would like to tell you how much I have enjoyed being with this Chamber and, more impor tantly, getting to know many of you. I have learned quite a bit throughout these years and it has been good. Let me say that I appreciate very much the support that the board of directors has given me throughout the years. That is not to say we have always agreed on each issue. In fact, we have had some lively discussions. The board takes its duties very seriously and when issues do arise, they discuss the issues and give time to the arguments that are raised on both sides. This is very good and very healthy for not only the Chamber, but the County as well. The board and I have had many dis cussions over the last three months on how to make the Chamber even more relevant to members and non-members alike. I have to tell you that this board wants more than ever to hear from you, the membership. Our job is to help and advocate for businesses. To that end, we are holding our rst ever Chamber Coffee Break on Feb. 6. We have reached out to ve Chamber member business owners and have invited them to meet with the Chambers executive committee. We want to hear from them on what issues they are facing and try to provide assistance to them. If we do not listen to the membership, how can we help the members? This is getting back to the basics of what we do as an organi zation. We plan to hold a Coffee Break once a month. If you are interested in participating, you may call me at 850-638-4157. It may take a month or two to get to you but I promise that we will. I wish you all a good and prosperous New Year. Washington County Business ADVOCATE A Publication of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 457 Chipley, Florida 32428 www.washcomall.com (850) 638-4157 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Nicole Bareeld Washington County News Gary Clark West Florida Electric Cooperative Association Peggy Dobbins Spring Run Nursery & Florist Terry Ellis WestPoint Home Andy Fleener One South Bank Mark Hess Ebro Greyhound Dog Park Gerald Holley Attorney at Law Philip Pippin Pippin Appraisal Services Patrick A. Schlenker Northwest Florida Community Hospital William Steverson Kings Drugs Henry Stone Stones Meats Darrin Wall Gulf Power Kim Wilson One South Bank Ami Wiwi Metric Engineering CHAMBER STAFF Ted Everett Executive Director ted@washcomall.com Chris MacBlain Administrative Assistant chris@washcomall.com A Message fr o m the Executive Director

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February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Three Extended Hours ARNP Fast Track Board Certied Physicians Latest in Diagnositc Radiology 24 HOU R EM ER G EN CY S ER VIC ES We Treat You Like Family better than NFCH is the most technologically advanced and full service Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in the area. Expert Care When Theres No Time To Spare Our 24-hour state of the art Emergency Room provides the latest in diagnostic radiology with 24/365 coverage by Board Certied Radiologists. Our ER physicians are Board Certied and trained in pediatrics, cardiac and trauma emergencies. Our Emergency Room has the shortest wait time among Critical Access Hospitals when compared with the top 25 best performing Critical Access Hospitals nationwide. 1360 Brickyard Road Chipley (850) 638-1610 www.nfch.org AIRHeart Services Trauma Certied Sta Third Thursday Programs ECONOMIC continued from page 1 ways to cut costs but remain protable. When the economy does come around, and it will, business as we know it will never be same again. Valuable lessons are being learned by businesses. One is that productivity can remain high with less employees. There is a fundamental shift in the way companies are conducting business because of this economy and the results will not be known for a while, but it will be different. our, meal and other corn-based products have always had a more local base, but recently the company has been pushing into Alabama. Hoovers Mill is typical of many small businesses. Their production and material costs have both risen. Corn prices have increased due to the demand of corn for Ethanol production. However, Hoovers has adapted. In todays environment, each owner or manager of a business must continually look for Februa ry 16 Program and Sponsor: Waste Management Jeff Massey, dist rict manager with Springhill Landll, will discuss the landll, Gas to Energy program, community involvement and how we all can work together as this industry moves forward to meet growing needs of our communities. March 15 Program: Florida Redevelopment Association Carol Westmoreland, executive director of the Florida Redevelopment Association, will discuss the Florida Redevelopment Assistance program. This member service provides assistance to Florida communities interested in beginning or strengthening a downtown redevelopment program. Areas covered include how to establish a CRA, BID or other organization; methods of nancing; market studies; how to set up loan programs; and working with the communitys public/private sectors for a successful downtown redevelopment program. Sponsor: Chipley Redevelopment Association

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Page Four Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 Nominations Being Sought for the Washington County Chamber 2011 Business of the Year Award Guidelines & Eligibility Nominations are now being accepted for the Washington County Chambers Business of the Year Award, which honors a companys achievements in any or all of the following areas: economic development, community involvement, workplace/ workforce development, business growth, and quality of life. This award is given to the business that is nominated from our community by the community, said Chamber Executive Director Ted Everett. It is a prestigious award that celebrates business innovation, involvement with the community and civic pride. The Business of the Year Award is presented at the Chambers Annual Membership Banquet in April. Nomination forms are available through the Chamber oce and on its website, www.washcomall.com. The deadline for submission is Noon on Friday, March 16, 2012 Submissions may either be Mailed: WC Chamber Award, P.O. Box 457, Chipley, FL 32428 Faxed to: 850.638.8770 Hand-delivered to: 672 5th Street, Chipley, FL 32428 Emailed to: wcchamber@wfeca.net. Any person or company may nominate a business, including its own. Its not necessary for the nominator to know all the information requested on the nomination form and narrative, just submit it as complete as possible with contact information. To be considered eligible for this award, a business or organization: Must have been a Chamber member for at least one year and be in good standing. Must do business in Washington County. Must not be a governmental agency or body. The Chamber oce will follow up with all nominated businesses and gather any specic data not included on the application. All nominations will be kept condential until the presentation of the winner at the Annual Banquet. For more information, please contact: Chris MacBlain at 638-4157 Deadline: March 16, 2012

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February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Five Heather Lopez Administrative Assistant The Washington County Tourist Development Council (TDC) had a very successful 2011. No doubt it came with its own set of challenges, as most accomplishments made were based on new concepts and technology. The TDC accomplished many great initiatives in 2011. Among these was the launch of its social media campaign. The Council now has its own Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms to connect more with locals and tourists alike. The Council completed the draft tour operator contract for the regional day trip program coordinated between Washington and Jackson County TDCs; this activity began in mid-2010. As part of the initial steps for the day trip program, the Council published four brochures with a regional distribution of 10,000 each quarter covering parts of three states. The TDC also established relationships with 11 regional military base leisuretravel departments and two Welcome Centers on the Hwy 231 and I-10 corridors, which included brochure distribution. Washington County also saw 22,814 in total attendance at 13 events partially funded for advertising by the TDC, with about 66 percent coming from outside the County. With the positive momentum created from all our success in 2011, we have segued right into 2012. accomplishment of 2012 was the review of the tour operator contract by the county attorneys for Washington and Jackson counties day trip program. With this review completed the TDCs to be advertised to hire a tour operator for the program. The attendance of the TDC at nine of the 11 military base travel shows in late February and early March is another networking tool being used by the TDC to attract a new tourism base to Washington County. The roll out of the bed tax collectors co-op marketing plan is another element that will help the TDC promote individual bed tax collectors as well as the county. These are a few of the many plans the TDC will achieve in this new year. With so many great projects already under the TDCs belt rest of the year will run just as smoothly. To keep up with what the TDC is doing, or to see what is going on in Washington County, please visit our website at VisitWashingtonCountyFL. com or like us on Facebook by going to Facebook.com/ VisitWashingtonCountyFL. TDC: Much accomplished in 2011

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Page Six Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 Holiday Open House Many visitors attended the Chambers Holiday Open House, enjoying tasty treats and company. Attendees included, clockwise from top right: NFCH sta Amy Kindig, Michelle Plybon and Heather Shelby; Jim Ackerman, Kathy Foster and Chris MacBlain; Perry and Hesther Wells; Darrin Wall; Jim Town and Ted Everett; Gary Hartman and Jerry Haviland; Cindy Johnson Brown; and Holiday greeters Chris MacBlain, Kathy Rudd, Gary Hartman and LaMerle Feitsma. Center photo: John Foster, Jeannie Betts and Mary Catherine Syfrett. Photos courtesy of Washington County News

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February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Seven January Third Thursday Highlights Clockwise, from top left: Brad Swanson, Florida Chamber of Commerce, provides a legislative update; Wendy White, Bank of Bonifay, announces the banks name change to First Federal Bank of Florida beginning Feb. 1; January Yard of the Month Sam and Patty Spitzer, 768 3rd Street, Chipley; Chamber members share some talk time. THIRD THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS

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Page Eight Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY INVESTMENTS Gary Hartman Broker Associate 850.773.3338 Fax 850.773.3332 Email: ghartman36@bellsouth.net Knowledge..., the pollen so ideas blossom. Budget shortfalls, redistricing focus of session LEGISLATIVE UPDATE As the legislative session nears the midway point the predominate issues have been focused around the budget shortfalls and redistricting. Prison closures, employee layos, education shortfalls and many other government expenditures still remain in question. Of major local interest is the concept of redistricting. Every ten years the legislature is required to address the issue based o the current census data. As populations shift nationally, as well as within our state, geographic boundaries must be redrawn. is responsibility falls upon the Florida Legislature. Current proposals before both houses bring about major potential shifts for Washington County. Our current House and Senate districts remain unchanged but Washington County would be moved to a dierent Congressional District. e shift would move Washington County into Congressional District 2 currently represented by US Rep. Steve Southerland (R) of Panama City. Cong. Miller will continue to represent all of the counties west of Washington County. Other changes aecting our house and senate districts include the addition of Jackson County to both districts. Shifts will likely occur in the western counties necessitating the addition of Jackson County for the proper balance of voters. is shift may be viewed as a positive shift for our county aligning voters with more commonalities into the same district. Other items of interest this year include the introduction of a comprehensive energy bill for the state of Florida. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, who recently inherited the Department of Energy, has committed to putting Florida on the path to more energy independence. Putnam intends to put his bill before the Florida House later this month. e newly created Department of Economic Opportunity will also continue to grow and expand during the session as Florida continues to attempt to refocus its economic development eorts. e most notable event is the attempt by Gov. Rick Scott to enhance the state incentive budget to provide more exibility in recruiting high tech, high wage jobs to Florida. A more comprehensive review of the major legislation aecting business will be featured in the April issue of the Advocate. Gary Clark Chairman

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February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Nine LIFE HOME CAR BUSINESS AUTO-OWNERS.COM ROGERS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. Chipley, FL (850) 638-1805 Free tax preparation program United Way, along with other community volunteers, launched the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program recently in Wausau. Kicking off the program were, from left: Councilman Charles Park Sr., Town Clerk and VITA volunteer Margaret Riley, Washington County Chamber Executive Director Ted Everett, Councilwoman and VITA volunteer Gail Culbreth, IRS representative Jackie Keller, United Way representative Ron Sharpe, and Paul Culbreth. Through the VITA program, local residents who earn up to $50,270 can receive free assistance in preparing their taxes, including help in claiming all tax credits for which they are eligible. The local VITA ofce is located in the temporary town hall on Jack son Street in Wausau; the program will run through April 14. Hours of operation are Thursdays from 1-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. 2p.m. on Feb. 4 and 11, March 31, and April 4 and 14. More information about VITA, or to volunteer, is available by calling 850-785-7521, or go online to UnitedWayNWFL.org.

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Page Ten Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 business forms all types brochures newsletters postcards letterheads envelopes labels posters tickets yers invitationsdoor hangers rack cards copying rubber stamps specialty items and more WE PRINT MORE THAN JUST NEWSPAPERS Let our creative services design it for you Call or stop by for a free quote 850.638.0212 1364 N. Railroad Ave. Chipley, FL 32428 Need Help With Your Taxes? Starting A New Business? Trying To Run An Existing One? WE CAN HELP !! laney accounting & tax services, llc Visit Us Online At: www.laneyaccounting.com www.facebook.com/LaneyAccounting or call for free initial consultation 1378 N. Railroad Ave. Chipley, Florida 32428 508 Airport Rd., Suite C Panama City, Florida 32405 (850) 638-4961 800-824-0377 Fax (850) 638-8207 Tax Preparation & Planning Individual Corporate Partnership Estate Farm Payroll Services Small Business Consulting Computer Consulting Computerized Accounting Accounts Receivable & Accounts Payable CERTIFIED QUICKBOOKS PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS Roger L. Laney III, EA, ABA Spotlight on our Chamber Ambassadors MISSIE FINCH NHC HomeCare Melissa Missie Finch is a multifaceted business per son. She has worked with NHC HomeCare for over 14 years, serving as the administrator for almost the past eight. Missie is also coowner of Finch FireN-Water Construc tion/Restoration, Elite Realty, and Holmes County Realty. I enjoy volunteer ing with the Chamber of Commerce as a way of giving back to the community and welcoming new businesses and growth to our area, says Missie, adding, The relationships and Kudos Board member Amy and Chris Wiwi welcomed new daughter Raegan Catherine, born Dec. 24, 2011, 6lbs, 10ozs, 19-3/4 inches. Board member Patrick and Vickie Schlenker welcomed new granddaughter Roslyn Amy, born six weeks early but healthy Dec. 12, 2011; 5 lbs, 7 ozs. Board member Nicole Bareeld is the 2012 Development Board president for Florida State University Panama City. Northwest Florida Community Hospitals recent blood drive collected 47 units of donated blood a hospital site record! As a result, Southeastern Community Blood Center met its goal for January and fullled the shortage the area was experiencing. camaraderie formed with networking with other business own ers and community members is denitely a perk. Shes also partici pates in various community orga nizations including the Kiwanis Club of Chipley, Case Man agement Society of America and Habitat for Humanity. Missie has been married to Danny Finch for 19 years; they have two teenage children.

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February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Eleven MEMBERSHIP REPORT New Members Smokers Depot 2011 Renewals Atkins Global 1994 Capital City Bank 1980 Chipley Garden Club 2000 Chipley Gun & Pawn 1988 Chipley Womans Club 1980 Chipola College 1982 Family Health Care of Chipley 2005 First Presbyterian Church 1996 Floor Coverings International 1995 Gulf Coast State College 2011 Guyson Construction, Inc. 2011 Habitat for Humanity Wash.Co. 2000 House of Flowers 1980 Jackson Hewitt Tax Services 1980 Kings Discount Drugs, Inc., 1982 Les Jolie Dames Club 1999 Maphis Tree Farm 2008 NFCH Community Home Health 2010 NW FL Community Hospital 1980 NW FL Family Health Clinic 2010 NW Fl Special Clinic 2010 Orange Hill Express 2008 Piggly Wiggly 1980 Pippin Appraisal Services 1990 R & M Electric Services, Inc. 2004 Richard Williams Financial Services 1992 The Bank of Bonifay 2004 Townsend Building Supply 1980 Townsend Mini-Warehouse Storage 1984 Trawick Construction Co. 1980 Vernon Clinic 2011 West Florida Electric Cooperative 1987 Wound Healing Institute 2011 Cindy Johnson Brown Gil Carter William E. Flip Cox, DDS (Ret) John & Becky Dougherty O.L. Ole Ellis, Jr. Fred & Jeanne Lavender Linda MacLellan Ralph W. Ray Paul Smith David M. Solger Perry Wells EDC INVESTMENTS Atkins Global Capital City Bank Gulf Power Company Townsend Building Supply Townsend Mini-Warehouse Storage Trawick Construction Co. West Florida Electric Cooperative John F. Dougherty III Lynda Pleas presents certicate to Heather and Lee Mitchell at 631 Fourth Street. Edwina Showers p resents certicate to the City of Chipleys Cemetery Grounds Department: Foreman Tim Corbin, Dennis Kustes, William Perkins and Scott Bush. Two Yard of the Month winners for December Chipley Garden Club a vision FOR THE FUTURE a histor of STRENGTH T B B WILL NOW BE B: 300 N. W S. (850) 547-3624 C: 1012 M S. (850) 638-7892 M: 2914 G S. (850) 526-4411 www.ffsb.com EQ U AL HOUSING LE N DE R

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Page Twelve Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit #57 Chipley, FL 32428 Washington County Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 457 Chipley, Florida 32428 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED FEBRUARY Every Tuesday Noon Kiwanis Luncheon Every Thursday & Friday & 1st Saturday (9-12) 10am-2pm -WC Historic al Society Museum Open Every Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday (7-12) 12-5pm-Farmers Market Open 685 7th St., Chipley Every Wednesday 9-2pm-Vernon Hist. Historical Society Museum Open 1 10:30 am Chipley Garden Club Mtg. 2 6:30 pm Sunny Hills Civic Association Mtg. 6 pm Ducks Ultd. Banquet 5 Bridal Expo Ag Ctr. 6 6 pm. Vernon Town Council Workshop 7 Full Snow Moon 8 Noon Chipley Womans Club Mtg @ Clubhouse 9 5 pm Chipley City Council Workshop 6 pm Wausau Town Council Meeting 13 5:30 pm WC School Board Meeting 7 pm Vernon Council Meeting 14 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! 6 pm Chipley City Council Meeting 6 pm Caryville Town Council Meeting 6 pm - Ebro Town Council Meeting 15 10:30 am Wausau Garden Club 16 7:30 am Chamber 3rd Thurs. Pattillos WHTC 9 am Wash. Co. Commission Workshop @ Annex 20 HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY! 6 pm. Vernon Town Council Workshop 21 5:30 pm Chipley Downtown Merch. Mtg @ KCs Rest. 27 7 pm Vernon Council Meeting 4 pm TDC Workshop/Meeting @ Chamber MARCH Every Tuesday Noon Kiwanis Luncheon Every Thursday & Friday & 1st Saturday (9-12) 10am-2pm -WC Historic al Society Museum Open Every Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday (7-12) 12-5pm-Farmers Market Open 685 7th St., Chipley Every Wednesday 9-2pm-Vernon Hist. Historical Society Museum Open 1 6:30pm Sunny Hills Civic Association 3 Holmes Valley Heritage Day/Vernon 5 Vernon Town Council Workshop 7 10:30 am Chipley Garden Club 8 5:00pm Chipley City Council Workshop Full Worm Moon 8-10 Guys & Dolls Vernon High School 11 Daylight Savings Time Begins 12 5:30pm Washington County School Board Meeting 7:00pm Vernon City Council Meeting 12-16 WC School Spring Break 13 12:00 (Noon) Chipley Womens Club Noon Chamber Ambassador Mtg. 6:00pm Chipley City Council Meeting 6:00pm Ebro Town Council 6:00pm Caryville Town Council 15 7:30am Chamber 3rd Thursday Mtg @ Pattillos 9 am Wash. Co. Commission Mtg @ Annex 17 HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY! 19 6:00pm Vernon Town Council Workshop 20 10:30am Wausau Garden Club 23-25 STP All My Sons @ Playhouse 26 4pm TDC Workshop/Meeting @ Chamber 7:00pm Vernon Town Council Meeting 28 4pm CRA Workshop/Meeting @ Chamber Upcoming Events FEBRUARY 4 NAACP NW FL Branch Free dom Fund & Award Banquet 14 Valentines Day 19 National FFA Week 20 Presidents Day 22 NW FL Beef Confer/Trade Show MARCH 3 Holmes Valley Heritage Day Vernon 8-10 Guys & Dolls / Vernon H.S. Drama 11 Daylight Savings Times Begins 12-16 WC School Spring Break 17 St. Patricks Day 23-25 STP All My Sons



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Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: chipleypaper.com Fax: 850-638-4601 50 www.chipleypaper.comFor the latest breaking news, visitCHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF WEEKENDWashington County News And Mobile Too! Connect With Us24/7 Chipley woman struck by car, diesStaff ReportCHIPLEY A Chipley woman died Jan. 28 when she was struck by a car while walking her dog, Chipley Police Chief Kevin Crews said in a news release issued Thursday. Lesley Dingwall, 33, was walking her dog west along South Boulevard on the north shoulder of the road last Saturday. A Ford pickup driven by Katelyn Strickland, 22, of Chipley was traveling westbound on South Boulevard when Dingwall and her dog, Harley, stepped onto the roadway directly into the path of the pickup, according to police. The pickup struck Dingwall and the dog, killing the dog instantly. Dingwall was taken by Washington County EMS to a Dothan, Ala., hospital where she later AARP Driver Safety Program ClassCHIPLEY An AARP Driver Safety Class is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday in Chipley at the old drivers license of ce behind the Council on Aging on South Boulevard. Please call the Council on Aging at 6386216 or 638-2111 for reservations. Completion can earn attendees a discount on auto insurance premiums. Glenn Miller Band in concert CHIPLEY The Glenn Miller Orchestra will make a concert stop in Chipley at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the CHS Auditorium on Brickyard Road. Glenn Miller was one of the most successful dance bandleaders in the swing era of the 1930s and 40s. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased from any CHS Band Booster or through the CHS Band of ce at 638-6100, ext. 525. Proceeds from the event will go to the Chipley Band Boosters, whose mission is to support the band program at CHS. ANDREW WARDLOW | Florida FreedomMark Hess, center, assistant manager at Ebro Greyhound Park, talks with Harry Hess, left, and Chuck Pohlmann as election results come in at Ebro on Tuesday.By Ali HelgothFlorida Freedom Newspapers EBRO The owners of Ebro Greyhound Park won the support of Washington County voters for the addition of slot machines at the pari-mutuel wagering facility, but now they must receive approval from the state, and it likely will be a tougher sell. The project was presented to Washington County voters as a way to increase jobs and raise revenue for local governments, but it would mean a major reduction in revenue to the state. In 2010, the state approved the 20-year Seminole Compact, which outlines how the Seminole Tribe of Florida operates casinos in the state. Part of the compact gives substantial exclusivity to the tribe in offering gaming. In exchange for that exclusivity, the state receives a portion of the tribes gaming revenue, a guaranteed $1 billion over the rst ve years. If slot machines are allowed in places outside of certain locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the tribe no longer would be required to make those Saturday, FEBRUARY 4 2012Hurdles remain for EbroScott: Attorney generals opinion will be followed4-H girls sew crazy A4 CECILIA SPEARS | The NewsSupporters at Ebro Greyhound Park celebrate on Tuesday upon learning the countywide referendum for adding gaming machines passed with 57 percent of the voters in favor of the measure. Volume 88, Number 84See STRUCK A5 See EBRO A2These counties are wasting their money having these referenda because they will not be entitled to have slots even if they have a referendum. People are misreading the law. Barry Richard attorney for the Seminole TribeINDEXKiwanis .................................A2 Classi eds .............................A5 Get your free copy nowINSIDE Win or lose, referendum brought out opinionsBy Randal SeylerManaging Editor rseyler@chipleypaper.com CHIPLEY Now that the election is over, the legal battles begin. But before the legal squabbling, there was already contention between residents for and against the referendum to allow slot machines at Ebro Greyhound Park. Washington County voters turned out in droves Tuesday to vote in favor of the measure, but a fair number also turned out against the proposal. The countywide referendum passed with 3,792 votes (57 percent) in favor of adding gaming machines, while 2,832 voters (43 percent) were against the measure. In an election where for most the only choice was which Republican candidate to endorse, Washington County residents instead participated in one of the states more interesting, and contentious, contests. No people against the referendum were to be found at the election supervisors of ce in Chipley Tuesday night, although city streets sported plenty of Vote No signs although often See WIN OR LOSE A5 CRA discusses Alleyway Project By Cecilia SpearsStaff Writer cspears@chipleypaper.com CHIPLEY The Chipley Redevelopment Agency discussed its main project, the Alleyway Project, during a regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 25. I heard that there was some concern with the Chipley City Council about us spending $45,000 on the Alleyway Project, CRA Director Ted Everett said. The cost is estimated to be around $40,000. Most of those costs are to level the alleyway because of storm water issues, to clean the sides of the buildings, put murals on them and install lighting for safety measures. This is a key alleyway between the parking lot and our downtown businesses. CRA member Jon Floyd said this is the agencys number one project. If were not working on the alleyway, what are we working on? he said. 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LocalA2 | Washington County News Saturday, February 4, 2012 payments to the state. The payments would resume only if the tribe regained its substantial exclusivity. The state imposes a 35 percent tax on gaming wins from slot machines that are not on tribe property, equal to the amount of money put into a slot machine minus the amount paid out. Mark Hess, a manager at Ebro Greyhound Park, said in an interview last month that a market study indicated taxable revenue at Ebro would be equal to $60 million the rst year and $68 million the second year of operation, putting taxes at $21 million and $23.8 million, respectively. In addition, Ebro has pledged about $2 million annually to go directly to local governments. About two weeks before the vote, Attorney General Pam Bondi issued an opinion that a slot machine license cannot be issued to a pari-mutuel facility in a county in which a countywide referendum is held without rst receiving approval by the Legislature or through a change of the constitution. State law includes three clauses that govern when pari-mutuel facilities can have slot machines. For facilities located outside Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the law states eligible facility means any licensed pari-mutuel facility in any other county in which a majority of voters have approved slot machines at such facilities in a countywide referendum held pursuant to a statutory or constitutional authorization after the effective date of this section in the respective county. It seems to be the statutory or constitutional authority language that has led to a dispute about the laws meaning. During a Dec. 6 meeting of the Florida Houses Business & Community Affairs subcommittee, Michelle Morton, the subcommittees attorney, said the provision was intended to require a future authorizing action, either a legislative authorization such as a special act or a constitutional authorization before it would be applicable to any county. It appears that (those seeking a referendum) believe the countys general authority to hold referenda is enough to be able to authorize slots under this section. In her opinion, Bondi wrote that legislative intent favors the rst interpretation. This is just one persons legal opinion, Hess said during an interview just after the opinion was issued. With all due respect to Ms. Bondi, we have other legal minds who strongly, strongly disagree with her opinion. Others who strongly disagree with Bondis opinion include those in Gadsden County, where voters approved slot machines at a quarter horse barrel racing track near Gretna. But Bondi isnt alone in her opinion. These counties are wasting their money having these referenda because they will not be entitled to have slots even if they have a referendum, said Barry Richard, an attorney for the Seminole Tribe with the Tallahassee branch of GreenberTraurig. People are misreading the law. Hess has said he doesnt believe it is a wasted effort, and owners of Ebro Greyhound Park arent deterred, saying the law is on their side. Hess, whose father, Stockton Hess, owns the park, said before the election that they planned to begin the application process for a license from the Department of Business and Professional Regulations Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering immediately. If the license is denied and its as close to a sure bet as one can get that it will be denied an appeal likely will end up in court. The attorney generals opinion is not legally binding, but Gov. Rick Scott has said her opinion will be followed, and a slot machine license wont be issued for Ebro. Not long after Bondis opinion was released, Hess said Ebro owners expect to prevail in court. He previously said he expects the rst phase of expansion could be completed within a year. Plans call for the addition of up to 2,000 slot machines as part of a proposed expansion of the property into a $300 million contemporary resort hotel and entertainment center that would include 300 to 500 hotel rooms, retail, restaurants and an entertainment venue. With the expansion come jobs, an estimated 1,200 to 1,500, including 300 construction-related jobs, and the addition of millions of dollars to the countys revenue. A website created to share information in the lead-up to the election, yourchoiceforjobs.com, includes a form for people to pre-apply for jobs. The site states some new jobs are likely to begin as early as mid 2012. Those who submit their information online will be emailed openings before they are advertised to the public. Caregivers Available for SHUT-INS Trusted In-Home Care for Seniors of All Ages!25 Years Experience 7 Days a Week 24 Hours a Day Excellent References Commitment to Quality Care Compassionate, Skilled Caregivers Personal Care Transportation Errands Light Housekeeping Companionship Meal Preparation Emotional & Spiritual Support Gail Hall, Owner Home 850-482-5424 Cell 850-264-1793 Carol Hagin Cell 850-557-0085 Gails Sitting Agency NOTICEMarch 1st is the deadline to apply for Homestead, Senior Citizens, Disability, Widows/ Widowers, Veterans Exemptions (Greenbelt). Property owners who did not receive Homestead Exemption in Washington County for 2011 but original application. for Exemptions or Agricultural Gil Carter, CFA Washington County Property Appraiser PUBLIC NOTICEEXECUTIVE SESSIONThere will be an Executive Session of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners, Thursday, February 16, 2012 following the scheduled 9 a.m. Board Meeting. The location is 1331 South Blvd., Chipley, Florida. The purpose of the Executive Session will be to address legal issues concerning the county. **NOTICE**As follow up from the Presidential Preference Primary Election held on January 31, 2012, the Washington County Canvassing Board will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on February 13, 2012 to conduct the Voting System Audit pursuant to F.S. 101.591 and Rule 1S-5.026, FAC the meeting will take place at the Supervisor of Elections Gun ShowFebruary 11th & 12th Panama City Panama City Fairgrounds Fairgrounds2077258Sat 9 -5 Sun 10-4C o n c e a l e d W e a p o n s C l a s s S a t / S u n 1 1 o r 2 Floridagunshows.com FREE PARKING Special to The NewsCHIPLEY The Chipley Kiwanis Club met for its weekly luncheon at Pattillos Restaurant at the Washington-Holmes County Technical Center on Jan. 31. Lunch was provided by the staff of the Washington-Holmes County Technical Center. Luke Hinson, a Chipley High School senior, presented a program he has initiated, which he calls Project Rocksafe. Project Rocksafe is both a fundraising program and an awareness program focusing on the problems of human trafcking. Hinson told the club he became interested in this issue after attending a conference in Atlanta that dealt with the subject of human trafcking. Luke said human trafcking is slavery and is still committed on a massive scale the world over, including the United States. Although most U.S. residents are unaware of the problem, more than 27 million people every year are held in bondage. Most of the victims are either forced into the commercial sex industry or are held as workers in sweatshops and other types of hard manual labor. Forty to 50 percent of all the victims are 18 years of age or younger. Most of the youth are forced into the commercial sex industry, where they are victimized daily by pedophiles. All funds raised by Project Rocksafe will be donated to the International Justice Mission, a nonprot, nongovernmental organization that ghts human trafcking on multiple fronts. Project Rocksafe aims to raise $5,085 dollars, the price to fund a rescue mission. However, the International Justice Mission does much more than just conduct rescue missions. The IJM utilizes investigators, lawyers and social workers to intervene in individual cases of abuse in partnership with state and local authorities. By pushing individual cases through the states or nations justice system from investigation to prosecution the IJM seeks to ascertain the specic sources of corruption, lack of resources or problems with the nations legal and social systems that allow these abuses to occur. The IJM seeks four outcomes: victim relief, accountability for those responsible for the abuses, survivor aftercare and structural transformation (changing the local legal system). All funds raised by Project Rocksafe will be donated to the IJMs general fund, which can be used for any of the organizations missions. Luke told the club he was inspired to name his project Rocksafe because of a Bible verse, 2nd Samuel 22:3: My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior from violent men you save me. For more information on IJM, visit www.ijm.org. For more information on Project Rocksafe or to make a donation, visit projectfocksafe.webs.com. The Kiwanis club meets at noon Tuesdays at Patillos. For an invitation, contact any Kiwanian or David Solger, membership chairperson, at 638-1276. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Chipley, visit www. ChipleyKiwanis.com.By Kay WhiteSpecial to The News Monday night marked the final segment of the eight-week long class Beekeeping in the Panhandle, presented by the University of Floridas Extension Service. Multiple counties in the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama were linked via the polycom system. Live presentations were viewed on television by all students in participating counties. Several university professors taught classes, and local beekeepers and inspectors also gave presentations answered students questions. Local bee legend, mentor and Agricultural Hall of Fame inductee Laurence Cutts gave presentations in addition to attending all segments in the Chipley class. Elmore Herman, owner of Millie Bee Beekeeping Supply in Marianna, also gave presentations. As part of the course, a beekeeping trade show and seminar was held at the Washington County Agricultural Center and was very well attended. Concluding the course on Monday night, Washington County Extension Agents Andy Andreasen and Matthew Orwat presented students with a certificate of completion. As a result of the enthusiasm generated by Beekeeping in the Panhandle, there is interest in forming a local beekeeping club in order to network with other beekeepers, continue the learning process and share information. An organizational meeting for the proposed beekeeping club will be at 6 p.m. Monday Feb. 6, in the east wing of the ag center, 1424 Jackson Ave. in Chipley. Any person interested in beekeeping in the areas in and around Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties is invited to attend. Chipley student brings Project Rocksafe to KiwanisBeekeeping club to form STRUCK from page A1died. Police say there are no charges anticipated as a result of this investigation, which is being conducted by the Chipley Police Department. Dingwall is survived by her parents, John and Leslie Dingwall of Sunny Hills; three brothers, Johnny Dingwall and Sheana Gallaher of Sacramento, Calif., Robert Bobby Dingwall and wife, Ira, of Moscow and Benjamin Ben Dingwall and his wife, Rachel, of Laredo, Texas; as well as nieces, nephews and two aunts. Funeral services were held Friday at Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Patton ofciating. A private interment will be held today. A memorial fund has been set up in Dingwalls memory at Tyndall Federal Credit Union. (Account No. 1968326, Routing No. 263183175 or Electronic transfer: P.O. Box 59760 Panama City, FL 32412.) EBRO from page A1 By Cathrine LambEditorial Assistant clamb@chipleypaper.com WASHINGTON COUNTY The Washington County Relay For Life Committee held a meeting Thursday evening in the Northwest Florida Community Hospital (NFCH) dinning room. As of Thursday, Washington County has 18 paid teams. The countys goal for the 2012 Relay is 30 teams and to raise $75,000. The campsite theme for this year was veried. The theme is Storybook with the slogan being Our Storybook Ending is a CURE. There has been no entertainment set up as of yet, but we will keep you updated as the information becomes available. The survivor dinner will be sponsored by Atkins. When we get the date and time of the survivor dinner, we will let everyone know. If you know a survivor who has not registered, contact Linda Bybee at 658-4038 to get them registered, and remember to remind them to be at the Relay on May 11 for the survivor lap. Caregivers, make sure you register, too. For those wishing to honor someone who has cancer or to remember someone you have lost to cancer, email your pictures to clamb@chipleypaper. com or cspears@chipleypaper.com. These pictures will be shown on a PowerPoint presentation during the luminaria ceremony being held just after dark on May 11 at Relay. Please make sure to include the name of the person in the picture. The deadline to have the pictures emailed or brought in will be 2 p.m. April 27. We cannot guarantee that they will be in the PowerPoint if received after deadline. LUKE HINSON RELAY FOR LIFE COMMITEE MEETING UPDATES

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LocalA4 | Washington County News Saturday, February 4, 2012 POSTMASTER: Send address change to: Washington County News P.O. Box 627, Chipley, FL 32428 USPS 667-360 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN COUNTY 13 weeks: $18.98; 26 weeks: $27.30; 52 weeks: $46.20OUT OF COUNTY13 weeks: $23.14; 26 weeks: $34.65; 52 weeks: $57.75 The News is published every Wednesday and Saturday by Florida Freedom Newspapers Inc., 1364 N. Railroad Ave., Chipley, FL 32428. Periodicals postage paid at Chipley, Florida. Copyright 2012, Florida Freedom Newspapers Inc. All Rights Reserved. COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The entire contents of the Washington County News are fully protected by copyright and cannot be reproduced in any form for any purpose without the expressed permission of Florida Freedom Newspapers Inc. Nicole P. Bare eld, Publisher Cameron Everett, Production SupervisorHome delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions.CONTACTUSPUBLISHER Nicole Bare eld: nbare eld@chipleypaper.com NEWS, SPORTS OR OPINION news@chipleypaper.com CLASSIFIED & CIRCULATION Nikki Cullifer: ncullifer@chipleypaper.com 1-800-345-8688 ADVERTISING 850-638-0212 The views expressed here are not necessarily those of this paper or Freedom Communications. WANT MORE?Find us online at chipleypaper.com friend us on Facebook or tweet us @WCN_HCT HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY?Letters to the editor and comments on Web versions of news stories are welcomed. Letters are edited only for grammar, spelling, clarity, space and consistency, but we ask that they be limited to 300 words where possible. Letter writers are asked to provide a home address and daytime telephone number (neither is printed) for veri cation purposes. Letters may be sent to 1364 N. Railroad Ave., Chipley, FL 32428 or emailed to news@chipleypaper. com. Please specify if the letter should be printed in the Washington County News or Holmes County Times-Advertiser. Questions? Call 638-0212. Special to The NewsTheres a 4-H Club in Washington County thats crazy Sew Crazy, that is! Led by 4-H volunteer leader Andrea Locke, Sew Crazy 4-H Club is in its second year of creating unique sewing projects. This year, members have sewn their own snuggies, neck roll pillows and ower accents to accessorize. The Sew Crazy 4-H Club is looking for new members. If you have your own sewing machine and want to learn to sew or want to increase your sewing skills, contact 4-H Youth Development Agent, Julie Pigott Dillard, at 638-6180 or email juliepd@ u .edu for meeting dates and times. 4-H is community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills and is open to all youth.SPECIAL TO THE NEWSSavannah Orr, Andrea Locke, Jenna Kindig and Skylar Shipes model their ower accessories. Left, Caroline Hatcher and Jenna Kindig show off pillows they made for their bedrooms. 4-H is sew crazySpecial to The NewsThe Florida Department of Transportation, in partnership with Washington County and Ride On commuter services, opened a new Park & Ride lot on Tuesday in Chipley at Blue Lake Park on Highway 77 South. Participants in the launch included ofcials from the Florida Department of Transportation, West Florida Regional Planning Council, Washington County Board of County Commissioners and Chamber of Commerce board members and staff. Amenities of the new Park & Ride lot include nine parking spots and solar lights for added security. This is the 20th Park & Ride facility provided for commuters by the District 3 Department of Transportation.Special To The NewsCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the FiveStar Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which consumers may want to ask questions. A nursing homes overall quality rating on Nursing Home Compare (www.medicare.gov) is based on its ratings for health inspections, quality measures (QMs), and staffing. Ratings for each domain and the overall rating range from 1 star to 5 stars, with more stars indicating higher quality. In 2010, Washington Rehab and Nursing Center received a below average assessment of two stars from CMS for surveys which revealed deficiencies. After making some changes, the facility ratings improved steadily, eventually resulting in the five-star rating this year. Washington Rehab and Nursing Center serves approximately 150 residents while providing an array of nursing and therapeutic services. The facility has a full-time respiratory therapist and chaplin. Washington Rehab and Nursing Center achieves Five-Star Rating Special to The NewsCHIPLEY Washington County will host this years annual WatermelonCucurbit Meeting on Tuesday. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Topics include updates on new and existing varieties, disease and pest control, fertilization, good agricultural practices, and continuing education units should be available for restricted use pesticide applicators having current licenses. A sponsored lunch will be provided as well. The Washington County Ag Center, 1424 Jackson Ave. (Highway 90), in Chipley. A sponsored lunch will also be provided. Farm Credit of Northwest Florida will be one of several sponsors present, and is hosting a cap exchange. Farmers are encouraged to bring their old baseball-style caps and exchange them for a new, Farm Credit cap. Industry representatives will be on hand, as well, to answer questions regarding products and services. Persons with special needs should contact Matt Orwatt, at 850-638-6180, prior to the event to allow proper consideration of the request. UF/IFAS Extension Service does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or age.2012 Watermelon-Cucurbit MeetingSPECIAL TO THE NEWSOf cials celebrate the opening of the Park & Ride facility in Chipley on Tuesday.New Park & Ride lot in Chipley Special to The NewsChipley Garden Club was treated to a guided tour of Hoovers Mill Inc. on Feb. 1. The group was welcomed in the parking lot by Stacey Dudley who shared some of the history of Hoovers Mill. The current plant at 1061 Commerce Ave. in Chipleys Industrial Park, has the look of a modern facility, but the equipment used to grind their famous Hoovers cornmeal is over 100 years old. She explained that a speci c corn variety is delivered from Kentucky, ground on-site, packaged and delivered fresh. It doesnt stay on the shelves long. You can count on it being fresh! Dudley explained that stone-ground cornmeal retains all of its nutritional value. Inside the mill the club was greeted by the smell of fresh ground corn. Dudley tracked the milling process from the whole corn kernels to nesifted meal pointing out antique equipment as the tour progressed. In the packaging room, workers ll and package thousands of bags of meal a day. The warehouse was stocked with several Dixie Lily products, which they also grind and package for shipment. Hoovers? We grind it and its shipped, not stocked. By the end of the tour, several club members recalled memories of Hoovers Meal, My mother sent it to me in Germany in the 70s! and My family came to visit from up north and now I have to send it to them! The club agreed this was a very interesting and informative tour. Prior to the tour, the monthly meeting and luncheon were held at the Nelson home. Jane Brewer, FFGC District II Director was welcomed warmly. To recap the meeting: Edwina Showers reported the City of Chipley had placed two benches at the Sundial Garden and repaired the broken irrigation lines. Gweneth Collins reported on last months Arbor Day activities. Linda Pigott provided updated information of the clubs Youth Fair Project with KMS 4th Graders Dried Floral Arrangements by Vonceil Coggin and Live Floral Arrangements by Louise Michaels. Glenda Wilson discussed plans for the Spring Gardens & English Tea to be held March 31 and the completed gourds/birdhouses were displayed. The next meeting of Chipley Garden Club will be March 7, at the Comegys Farmhouse. If you would like to attend a meeting or learn more about Chipley Garden Club, please contact Karen Roland, Club President, at 638-9968.Hoovers Mill has garden visitors PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE NEWSOn Feb. 1, the ChipleyGarden Club was treated to the grand tour of Hoovers Mill, which included a opportunity to see the grinding and milling process up close.

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Washington County News | A5Saturday, February 4, 2012 CLASSIFIEDSSaturday, February 4, 2012 Washington County News | A5 DOG cream colored w/ white belly, 45 lbs friendly, wearing purple colar w/ blue ID tag. Please call 638-4228 COLOR SELLS!Get Your Classified Ad in COLOR! Call now for details and be noticed! 638-0212 or 547-9414 To Whom It May Concern: Washington County Animal Services did impound on January 19, 2012, a dark brown pony running loose on Pine Log Road. You are hereby notified that the following described livestock dark brown pony is now impounded at W ashington County Animal Services livestock facility and the amount due by reason of such impounding is $80.00 plus $5.00 per day feed. The above described livestock will, unless redeemed within 3 days from date hereof, be offered for sale at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash. To identify and claim this pony contact: Washington County Animal Services at 1331 South Blvd., Chipley, FL 32428 or by phone (850) 638-6306 Incorrect Insertion PolicyFor Classified In-column AdvertisersAll ads placed by phone are read back to the advertiser to insure correctness. The newspaper will assume correctness at the time of the read-back procedure unless otherwise informed. Pleaseyour ad. Advertisers are requested to check the advertisement on the first insertion for correctness. Errors should be reported immediately. Your Florida Freedom newspaper will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion, nor will it be liable for any error in advertisements to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error. Any copy change, during an ordered schedule constitutes a new ad and new charges. We do not guarantee position of ANY ad under any classification. 02-3118 PUBLIC AUCTION The following vehicle(s) will be sold at auction on FEBUARY 17th, 2012 at 8:00AM at Brock Auto Body & Towing, 1135 Main Street, Chipley, FL 32428. 2006 Pioneer MC LAEMD24676A160017 As published in the Washington County News February 4, 2012. ATTENTION LIEN SALE Chipley Storage LLC of l4ll Brickyard Road, Chipley, FL 32428, pursuant to the provisions of the Florida Mini Self-Storage Landlord and Tenant Act (FL Stat. 83.801 et sec.) hereby provide NOTICE OF SALE under said Act, to wit: On February 23, 2012 at 10:00 am, Chipley Storage LLC will conduct a public sale under Said act, for non payment of rents, of the goods and contents of: Unit #07, #15, #31, #59. Cash Only, No checks, All Sales are Final. All of the following storage units consist of household goods and unknown items. Unit #07 Robert Pouncey #15 Debbie Blaylock #31 Willie Mae Kirkland #59 Claudia Henry As published in the Washington County News February 4, 11, 2012. Notice of Application for Tax Deed Notice is hereby given that, Wayne R. Dodge, the holder of the following certificate, has filed said certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number 2506 Year of Issuance 2009 Description of Property: Lot 26, Block 357 Sunny Hills Unit #6 Parcel Number: 06-0357-0026 Name in which Assessed: Edward J Rooney Said property being in Washington Co., Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to the law, the property described shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on February 29 2012 at 10:00 AM. Dated this 13, day of January 2012. Linda Hayes Cook, Clerk of Court, Washington Co. FL. By: Frances E Garrette, Deputy Clerk WARNING: There are unpaid taxes on property which you own or you have legal interest. The property will be sold at public auction on February 29, 2012 unless the back taxes are paid in full. To make arrangements for payment or to receive further information, contact the Clerk of Court immediately at PO Box 647, 1293 Jackson Ave, Chipley, FL 32428 or phone 850-638-6008 ext 221. Amount to Redeem for December $1747.44 Amount to Redeem for January $1773.06 IN US CURRENCY ONLY. NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED Cashiers checks, money orders, and Western Union are the only other alternative accepted. As published in the Washington Co News Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 04, 2012. 02-3112 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: ESTATE OF JAMES FREDERICK HUNNELL, JR. JAMES F. HUNNELL, Deceased File No. 67-12-CP-0004 The administration of the estate of JAMES FREDERICK HUNNELL, JR. A/K/A JAMES F. HUNNELL, deceased, whose date of death was September 6, 2011; File Number 67-12-CP-0004 is pending in the Circuit Court for Washington County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is P.O. Box 647, Chipley, Florida 32428. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, on whom a copy of this notice has been served, must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIMS FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED The date of first publication of this notice is January 28, 2012 ERIC S. KANE, P.L. ERIC S. KANE, ESQUIRE Attorney for Personal Representative Florida Bar No. 0847941 20900 N.E. 30th Avenue, Suite 403 Aventura, Florida 33180 Telephone: 305-937-7280 ADELE ADELINE HUNNELL A/K/A A DELE HUNNELL F/K/A ADELE RICCI Personal Representative c/o Eric S. Kane, Esquire 20900 N.E. 30th Avenue, Suite 403 Aventura, Florida 33180 As published in the Washington County News January 28, February 4, 2012 02-3111 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS REGARDING VACATION OF RECORD PLAT: THE MEADOWS AT GILBERTS MILL NOTICE TO AFFECTED REAL PROPERTY OWNERS In accordance with Section 6.05.00 of the Washington County Land Development Code (LDC), this notice is being provided to inform the Public of a request for vacation of the record Plat described as The Meadows at Gilberts Mill. Petitioner and owner Jerry Odom, has requested the vacation the The Meadows at Gilberts Mill. subdivision, Book 5 Page 53. All lots ( Lots 1-10) of The Meadows at Gilberts Mill subdivision are unsold and undeveloped. The vacation by the governing body of the Washington County will not affect the ownership or right of convenient access of persons owning other parts of the subdivision. The legal description of the property that is directly affected by this project is as follows: LEGAL DESCRIPTION All lands described as The Meadows at Gilberts Mill subdivision, Book 5 and Page 53. MEETING LOCATION: County Annex Building, 1331 South Boulevard, Chipley, FL 32428 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING DATE: FEBRUARY 16, 2012 TIME: 9.:00A.M. Documents with information concerning the substance of the proposed record plat vacation can be reviewed at the Washington County Planning Office, 1331 South Blvd., Suite 209, Chipley, Florida, or you may call (850) 415-5093, if you have any questions. The Board of County Commissioners will accommodate handicapped and disabled persons who wish to attend this meeting. Contact the Planning Department at 415-5093, at least 48 hours before the meeting date to make arrangements As published in the Washington County News January 28, February 4, 2012 A UCTION Sat.,February 25th, 2012-8am 5529 Hwy 231 N. Campbellton, FL. 3 Local Farm Dispersals, 2 Estates Bank Repos Sheriff Depts, City and County Surplus Plus Consignments Mason Auction & sales LLC.#AB2766 850-263-0473 office 850-258-7652 Chad Mason 850-849-0792 Gerald Masonwww.masonauction.com Local | Classiedsas not they were matched across the way with Vote Yes signs. Fliers against the referendum also were distributed widely throughout the town as well as mailed out as a paid political advertisement. Most supporters of the referendum cite employment as a primary incentive for bringing slot machines to Ebro Greyhound Park, and the campaign run by owner Stockton Hess and son Mark Hess stressed the employment aspects of the endeavor. Plans call for more than just additional gaming at Ebro. Its part of a proposed expansion into a $300 million resort hotel and entertainment center that would include 300 to 500 hotel rooms, retail, restaurants and an entertainment venue, said Stockton Hess, owner of the park, and his son, Mark Hess. However, it isnt likely any hiring will be done in the near future state ofcials have said they plan not to issue licenses for slot machines at the park, while the Hesses have said they intend to challenge that decision. Tuesday night, a small group of residents gathered in Chipley at the Washington County annex to watch the results and share small talk between themselves during the vote tallying. One woman, who declined to give her name, was muttering Praise Jesus, keep it coming, as the computer slide blinked out, then came back to life with new numbers, showing the voting going favorably for the slots referendum. When asked if they were for or against the slot machine proposal, all who attended said they were in favor of the referendum passing. But opinions were strong when asked why the gaming referendum was facing such erce opposition. Some of the nicest people on earth live in Washington County, said resident Danny Hayes, and they would give you their shirt if you needed it. But they just dont like progress. Several in attendance offered the opinion that churches shouldnt be involved in elections because they are tax-exempt organizations. We need jobs in Washington County, said resident Jimmy Goodson. Goodson noted that bingo and the lottery are also forms of gambling, and several residents mentioned that buses routinely run from Chipley to Biloxi, Miss., so people can visit the casinos. It would be better for those buses to be going to Ebro than Biloxi. WIN OR LOSE from page A1 From Staff ReportsBONIFAY A Westville man has been arrested in connection with several local burglaries, according to a Holmes County Sheriffs Ofce report. The investigation began in September, when several burglaries were reported in an area near the Holmes-Walton County line. Scott Adams, 37, of Westville became a suspect early in the investigation and was questioned but denied having any knowledge of the crimes. While the investigation continued, Adams eventually was arrested on a probation violation in Holmes County. While Adams was serving his time in the Holmes County Jail, additional information was gathered related to the burglaries, according to the report. Adams was arrested in connection with two counts of grand theft and two counts of burglary on Wednesday. He subsequently confessed to three of the burglaries, according to the report, two of which occurred in Holmes County. Adams is being held in the Holmes County Jail on a $30,000 bond.Sheriff: Burglaries solved in Holmes County SCoOTT ADaAMsSCouncil had asked for more information on the project. Weve done more in the last two years then many realize, Everett said. I know some people dont like the brown buildings, but it was the city who chose earth tones, and it is the business owners right to choose a color based on those parameters set in the s. Everett said he was proud of the CRA. I could never be any prouder of this agencys achievements in the improvements that have been done for our downtown area, Everett said. We cant control the empty store fronts. Our job is to restore the core of our historic downtown area. CRA member Zena Corbin said things have improved drastically over the years. I know what downtown looked like 30 years ago, Corbin said. Theres been some big changes since then. Everett said he plans on representing the CRA at the next Chipley City Council workshop to provide a clearer understanding of what the alleyway project involves. We gave the city a parking lot to increase the amount of visitors to our downtown businesses, Everett said. This alleyway is a connection between that parking lot and the rest of the businesses. At night its dark; we have ladies going to Zumba. Everett said this is just the beginning of something much bigger. This is the start of a vision, Everett said. For this to be a success we have to work together. The city council workshop will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Chipley City Hall, 1442 Jackson Ave. ALLEYWAY from page A1 SPECia IA L To O TT HE NEWs SThis artists rendering shows the projected outcome of the Chipley Redevelopment Agencys Alleyway Project.

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A6| Washington County News Saturday, February 4, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS See emeraldcoastjobs.com to nd a job at the intersection of both.Wouldnt you like a job that ful lls you both professionally and personally? With Monsters new ltering tools, you can quickly hone in on the job thats right for you. So visit emeraldcoastjobs.com and nd a job that makes everybody happy. Your land or family land is all you need to buy a new home. Call 850-682-3344 5 Acres TrackFor Sale 40 miles North of PanamaCity Beach,1 mile off Hwy 79. Owner financing w/$3000 down 0% interest for 2 yr $200/mth. Mike Stansberry 423-253-4226 $37,000 5 Acres near Crystal Lake on Amos Hayes Rd, property has well septic and power pole. Current survey is available. About 1.5 acres of the property is cleared. 850-271-5761 and leave a message. Reduced Price! Two 8 acres on Bedie Rd Two 9 acres on Bedie Rd. Two 5 acres & One 10 acres on Buddy Rd. One 10 acres on Gainer Rd. 10 acres on Hwy 77. Owner financing For more info call Milton Peel @ 850-638-1858. Driver -Start out the year with Daily Pay and Weekly Hometime! Single Source Dispatch. Van and Refrigeration. CDL-A, 3 months recent experience required. (800) 414-9569 www.driveknight.com 99 Pontiac Grand Prix $575 down 02 Dodge Durango $ 675 down 02 Ford F250 X/Cab 4 Door $975 down 02 Chevy Silverado X/Cab 4 Door $2000 down 0% Interest Daylight Auto Financing 2816 Hwy 98 West Panama City 850-215-1769 9am-9pm Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sunday You are Automatically Approved If You Can Make Payments On Time!!!!! 1988 DODGE P/UP Automatic, air-assist breaks. $700/OBO 96 TOYOTA TACOMA Auto, AC, radio, CD, liner, box, hitch $3,1000/OBO 99 DODGE DAKOTA SPORT LONG BED. V.6-3.9 L engine auto. AC, radio, hitch, steel, wheels $ 2,850/OBO PRIVATE OWNER Please leave name/# Chipley, 850-638-3306 For sale ford F600 18 ft flat bed dump plus scissor lift. For construction or hay. Receiver hitch, V8, 2 speed $4300 Call 956-2220 2003 Venture LS Van 6 passenger. Runs good. 97,000 miles. $4,000 firm. Call (850)547-2427. Buell S3 Thunderbolt Motorcycle, Harley Davidson Motor, runs great and garage kept, 17,000 miles. $3,500!! Call 850-271-5761 and leave a message. Cute House in the Country! 4 BR/ 2BA $850/mth, section8 okay. Call Amy @ 786-586-9826 2 and 3 Bedroom Mobile Homes for rent in Bonifay. No Pets. (850)547-3462. 2BR/2BA, MH for rent. on Pioneer Rd. Call 850-638-7315, 850-849-6842 or 638-9933. 3BD/2BA MH 3/4 mile from Elementary School. On Hwy 177A. Family oriented park. Call (850)547-3746. 3BD/2BA MH. Very nice & on private lot w/ extras on the Mill Pond in Marianna. $600/mth $600 deposit 638-7822 For Rent 2 BR/ 2BA MH in Bonifay. Water & sewage included. 638-2999 For Rent 3 bedroom 2 Bath in quiet area Water & gar barge furnished. No pets. $ 550/ mth $250 deposit 850-638-8570 Mobile Bethlehem Area2/1 SW for rent In Bonifay. Clean well kept. $350/mo first and security. Call: 850-547-4029 Text FL96319 to 56654 Mobile Homes in Cottondale on Sapp Rd, 8 miles E. of Chipley. 3br/2ba Doublewide & 2br/2ba singlewide avail. Total elec. (850)-258-4868 or 850-209-8847 www.charlos countryliving.com 1,460 Sq Ft OfficeSpace for rent in Bonifay. 850-547-4238 Executive OfficeSpace for rent downtown Chipley. All util. incld 638-1918 For Rent: Bright 2BR/2BA screened porch Townhouse apartment. Non-Smoker, references. Good location Bonifay Area 850-547-3494 or 850-532-2177 Ridgewood Apartments of Bonifay Studio $350, 2 bedroom $470 City utilities incl. (850)557-7732. SpaciousOne Bedroom $425 Stove & Refrigerator. Free W/S/G No Pets Convenient location Downtown Chipley 638-3306. Chipley/Sunny Hills 3BD/1.5 BA, garage, fenced yard, pool & laundry room. Recently renovated. New windows & A/C. Quiet area. $925/mth plus deposit. Available March 1. Barbara Hindman Realty Owner. 850-527-5085 For RentAvailable now. 3B 2B Lg Double wide on acreage in the quiet country in South Chipley. $850.00 monthly. 1st months rent and Security Deposit of $850.00 and good application is required. (850) 333-1465 or (850) 520-4811. Text FL96316 to 56654 A Few Pro Drivers Needed Top Pay & 401K 2 Mos. CDL Class A Driving Exp (877)258-8782 www.meltontruck.com Drivers: RUN 5 STATE REGIONAL! Get Home Weekends, Earn Up to 39/mi., 1 yr OTR Flatbed exp. reqd. SUNBELT TRANSPORTATION, LLC (800) 572-5489 ext. 227 Huge discounts when you buy 2 types of advertising! 122 weekly newspapers, 32 websites, 25 daily newspapers. Call now to diversify your advertising with Advertising Networks of Florida (866) 742-1373. WANTED 10 HOMES needing siding, windows, roofs or sunrooms. Save hundreds of dollars. No money down. Payments $89/mo. All credit accepted. Senior/Military discounts! (866) 668-8681 Child Care needs loving person. Experience preferred. Call (850)547-1444. DriversExp. Tanker. Great Pay! Regional/ Linehaul. CDL-A w/ H&T Dbls. Good MVR. www. drive4sbi.com Paul 800-826-3413 Medical/HealthER ManagerNorthwest Florida Community Hospital, Chipley, FL, is seeking an experienced ER Manager. Florida RN license required. Must be customer service oriented.RN,ERAll shifts available, FL. license required. Applications available online:NFCH.org Fax (850)-638-0622 E-mail: dblount@nfch.org Ph (850)-415-8106 Drug Free and Smoke Free Work Place. EOE Web-Id 34195058Text fl95058 to 56654 Administrative The Chipley Housing Authority of the City of Chipley, Florida is seeking an experienced housing professional for the position of Executive Director who will direct the operations of an agency of 88 units of Conventional Public Housing and answer to a five member Board of Commissioners. Requirements include a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration, Finance, Business Administration or a related field with experience in public housing work, financial planning, administrative management or a combination of education, training and experience equivalent to these requirements.The successful candidate must be PHM certified or certifiable with in one year of employment The salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The Authority offers excellent health and retirement benefits. Successful candidate must obtain and maintain a valid FL drivers licenses, must be bondable, pass drug screening, criminal and credit check. A detailed letter of interest including salary requirements, detailed resume and reference in triplicate should be submitted no later that February 22, 2012 to: Search Committee Chipley Housing Authority P.O.Box 388 Chipley, Florida 32428-0388 Equal Opportunity Employer Queen size plush Pillowtop Mattress Set New-in plastic, 10 yr. factory warranty. Can deliver. List price $799, sacrifice $240. (850)527-2295. Wanted to Rent : Farmland for 2012 season. (850) 415-1217. Wanted to Rent; Farm land or pasture in suroundding area. 850-718-1859. Wanted: Junk appliances. Lawn-mowers, farm and garden equipment, golf carts, satellites for free. I will pick up. Call (850)-547-0088 WANTED; Musical Instruments of any kind in any condition. Piano, banjoes, drums, guitars, amps. LESSONS. Covington Music, Chipley. 850-638-5050. Camellia Sale Up to 1/2 off reg prices! Many sizes & colors. Arbor Lane Nursury 2636 Bruner Dairy RD Vernon 850-535-9886 Huge Garage Sale Low Prices Sat Feb 4 744 3rd St Yard Sale Saturday Beside Shavers & Brock Furniture. Beds, reclining sofa, sofas, daybed,mattresss, headboards, children clothes. Wood mizer LT-40 bend sawmill 18 planer, electric powered. Oaiyer tractor 115 hp. Treated lumber, 184, 186, 286, 686, 284 on 2x4s, 16 ft. long. For more info call (850)547-0956 or (850)326-4548. Burn barrels $15.00. 2012 Nursing Drug handbook $75.00. Guinea birds $10.00 each. (850)373-2873, (850)319-5797. Caryville Flea Market Produce, knives, tupelo honey, fresh greens $1.50, western books, games, movies, new and used items. Open Saturdays. Commercial Tanning Bed. 32 light bed. $2500, OBO. 850-527-5250 DIABETIC TEST STRIPS NEEDEDCall Bob (850)710-0189 SMALL LIVESTOCK & MISCELLANEOUS AUCTION 4100 Pate Pond Rd Vernon, Fl. Every Saturday Livestock-3 pm-bring your own cages. Miscellaneous-6pm. Cash, debit/credit cards. Refreshments available. Sellers welcome. No buyers premium. (850)547-9140, (850)415-0183, (850)326-1606. Michelle & HCs Auctions, Michelle Roof FL AU3014, AB2224 Firewood Delivered. Cut to length. (850)547-9291. B&B Furniture 1342 North RR Avenue, Chipley. We pay cash for clean, quality furniture. and some appaliences 850-557-0211 or 850-415-6866. Ask for Pasco or Carolyn HUGE 4 FAMILY YARD SALE. Sat Feb 4th @ 743 5th St Chipley.Baby, childrens, woman, men, plus size clothing & shoes, household items, furniture, nursery items, toys & yard toys. ALL PRICED TO GO!!!! LARGE ABANDONED GOODS SALE: Like a big Flea Market, but yard sale prices. Friday & Saturday February 3rd & 4th 8:00AM5:00PM. Located on the bypass (Maple Avenue) Geneva, AL. Near Courthouse. Multi-Family Garage sale Saturday Feb.4. 905 Banfill Ave. 8 a.muntil. All sizes name brand clothes-lots of girls size 10-12. Yard Sale Fri & SatFeb 3rd & 4th.Furniture, kids cloths,from 24 mth to teen, toys. 1362 Cherry Ave, behind WC Health Dept. Yard Sale Sat Feb 4 7:00AM 847 S 8th St 1 Blk behind Brock Paint & Body. 326-2920 Earn College Degree Online. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call (877) 206-5165 www.CenturaOnline.com RED GREEN LIVE Experience this hilarious one-man show! April 5th, Tampa Theatre (800-745-3000), April 7th, News-Journal Centre, Davidson Theatre, Daytona State College. (800-595-4849) www.redgreen.com For Rent first in Chipley, Mini Warehouses. If you dont have the room, We Do Lamar Townsend (850)638-4539, north of Townsends. C&C Bookkeeping and Tax Service. Open 5 days a week. 8am to 5pm. Call (850)638-1483 AIRLINES ARE HIRING -Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified -Housing available CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (866)314-3769 Allied Health career training-Attend college 100% online. Job placement assistance. Computer available. 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www.washcomall.comWE BELIEVE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY! of Washington CountyEconomic issues create tough choices for business ownersAs we kick off a New Year, lets take a look back and see what occurred in 2011. As readers know rsthand, the economy has not been any big help to many of us in our county and the country. Many states were and still are in severe budget crisis mode. Our own state is reporting revenues could be down as much as $2 billion for 2012. This will put hardships on local governments and school boards as they too must nd a way to balance budgets. This issue will continue to dominate the state and local governments for a long time. As we monitor the businesses in Washington County, many are still struggling to hold their own. In the case of WestPoint Home, employment is around 400. It has dropped a little because of issues beyond their control, but it is a far cry from the days when the plant was about to shut its doors for good. With an annual payroll of over $10 million, the cost to the citizens of this county, if it were to shut down, would be exponential. The Chamber is very proud that we were able to help WestPoint stay open. Other businesses in the industrial park are still struggling. Many have had to make signicant choices about everything to stay open. Kelly Brock, owner of ABC Fence as well as CypressWood, says their chief problem is a still struggling housing market and fuel prices that increase the cost of doing business. There are some businesses, such as Hoovers Mill, that have tried and been successful in expanding its distribution. Their products corn our, meal and other corn-ECONOMIC continued page 3Volume 5 Number 3 Washington County, Florida February-March 2012 Hoover Mill workers package ground meal. WestPoint Home currently employs about 400 workers. Ted Everett Executive Director

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Ted EverettPage Two Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 A Message from the President PROMOTES YOUR BUSINESS Visitors Guides & Relocation Packages Free Business Directory Listing Free Internet Directory Listing W/Free Local Media Coverage Referrals Use of Chamber Brochure/Business Card Racks Bi-Monthly Newsletter w/Spotlights On Member Businesses Business Card Services to New Members Advertising Opportunities in Newsletter/County Maps/Visitors Guide/Web A discounted subscription to the Washington County News for new and renewing members NETWORKING Third Thursday Breakfast Annual Chamber Membership Banquet KEEPS YOU INFORMED Our Newsletter, Membership Directory and Website, among other resources and publications, are outstanding information sources. PROVIDES A BUSINESS INVESTMENT Tax Deductible Chamber Investments EDC Investments and Opportunities to be involved in Economic Development Efforts in Washington County City and County Events Ambassadors ProgramThe views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and are in no way associated with the Washington County News. Anyone with questions or comments regarding the content of this publication should contact the Washington County Chamber of Commerce at (850) 638-4157 As we turn the page on 2011, most of us are glad to see it go. The new year brings hope of better times for our community, state and nation. We all have important decisions to make in this new year, from choosing how our county will grow, to the direction our nation will take. No matter your stance on gambling, growth and development, or political afliation, the decisions we make will have long lasting impact on each of us as well as our children. As a long-time business owner in this community I have seen many ups and downs in the economy. The last four years make me long for those bumps in the road. Tried and true business models are no longer viable in todays economy. As business owners today, we nd ourselves doing more for less, doing things we dont typically do or replacing long-standing client relationships with new clients that do not understand how hard we have worked to build our business. As with most adversity, the business owners that embrace change have the best chance of weathering the storm. We all must push ourselves to go the extra mile in providing service to our clients. The old adage, the cream always rises to the top, should have new meaning for us all. Your attention to detail and customer service on this job may be the thing that gets you that new job next week. Your Chamber board is working hard to improve the business climate in our community. From recruiting new industry, to promoting existing business, our number one goal is to help you survive and prosper. Your Chamber board is made up of local business owners just like you. We are facing the same difculties in our businesses as you and in this new year we have a renewed sense of urgency to make our community a better home for business. I hope that 2012 brings good things for your business, our community and our nation. I believe in Washington County. Philip PippinAs I begin my seventh year as executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, I would like to tell you how much I have enjoyed being with this Chamber and, more importantly, getting to know many of you. I have learned quite a bit throughout these years and it has been good. Let me say that I appreciate very much the support that the board of directors has given me throughout the years. That is not to say we have always agreed on each issue. In fact, we have had some lively discussions. The board takes its duties very seriously and when issues do arise, they discuss the issues and give time to the arguments that are raised on both sides. This is very good and very healthy for not only the Chamber, but the County as well. The board and I have had many discussions over the last three months on how to make the Chamber even more relevant to members and non-members alike. I have to tell you that this board wants more than ever to hear from you, the membership. Our job is to help and advocate for businesses. To that end, we are holding our rst ever Chamber Coffee Break on Feb. 6. We have reached out to ve Chamber member business owners and have invited them to meet with the Chambers executive committee. We want to hear from them on what issues they are facing and try to provide assistance to them. If we do not listen to the membership, how can we help the members? This is getting back to the basics of what we do as an organization. We plan to hold a Coffee Break once a month. If you are interested in participating, you may call me at 850-638-4157. It may take a month or two to get to you but I promise that we will. I wish you all a good and prosperous New Year. Washington County BusinessADVOCATEA Publication of the Washington County Chamber of CommerceP.O. Box 457 Chipley, Florida 32428 www.washcomall.com (850) 638-4157BOARD OF DIRECTORS Nicole Bareeld Washington County News Gary Clark West Florida Electric Cooperative Association Peggy Dobbins Spring Run Nursery & Florist Terry Ellis WestPoint Home Andy Fleener One South Bank Mark Hess Ebro Greyhound Dog ParkGerald Holley Attorney at Law Philip Pippin Pippin Appraisal Services Patrick A. Schlenker Northwest Florida Community Hospital William Steverson Kings Drugs Henry Stone Stones Meats Darrin Wall Gulf Power Kim Wilson One South Bank Ami Wiwi Metric Engineering CHAMBER STAFF Ted Everett Executive Director ted@washcomall.com Chris MacBlain Administrative Assistant chris@washcomall.com A Message from the Executive Director

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February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Three Extended Hours ARNP Fast Track Board Certied Physicians Latest in Diagnositc Radiology24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICES We Treat You Like Familybetter than NFCH is the most technologically advanced and full service Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in the area. Expert Care When Theres No Time To SpareOur 24-hour state of the art Emergency Room provides the latest in diagnostic radiology with 24/365 coverage by Board Certied Radiologists. Our ER physicians are Board Certied and trained in pediatrics, cardiac and trauma emergencies. Our Emergency Room has the shortest wait time among Critical Access Hospitals when compared with the top 25 best performing Critical Access Hospitals nationwide.1360 Brickyard Road Chipley (850) 638-1610 www.nfch.org AIRHeart Services Trauma Certied Sta Third Thursday ProgramsECONOMIC continued from page 1 ways to cut costs but remain protable. When the economy does come around, and it will, business as we know it will never be same again. Valuable lessons are being learned by businesses. One is that productivity can remain high with less employees. There is a fundamental shift in the way companies are conducting business because of this economy and the results will not be known for a while, but it will be different. our, meal and other corn-based products have always had a more local base, but recently the company has been pushing into Alabama. Hoovers Mill is typical of many small businesses. Their production and material costs have both risen. Corn prices have increased due to the demand of corn for Ethanol production. However, Hoovers has adapted. In todays environment, each owner or manager of a business must continually look for February 16 Program and Sponsor: Waste ManagementJeff Massey, district manager with Springhill Landll, will discuss the landll, Gas to Energy program, community involvement and how we all can work together as this industry moves forward to meet growing needs of our communities.March 15 Program: Florida Redevelopment Association Carol Westmoreland, executive director of the Florida Redevelopment Association, will discuss the Florida Redevelopment Assistance program. This member service provides assistance to Florida communities interested in beginning or strengthening a downtown redevelopment program. Areas covered include how to establish a CRA, BID or other organization; methods of nancing; market studies; how to set up loan programs; and working with the communitys public/private sectors for a successful downtown redevelopment program. Sponsor: Chipley Redevelopment Association

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Page Four Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 Nominations Being Sought for the Washington County Chamber 2011 Business of the Year AwardGuidelines & Eligibility Nominations are now being accepted for the Washington County Chambers Business of the Year Award, which honors a companys achievements in any or all of the following areas: economic development, community involvement, workplace/ workforce development, business growth, and quality of life. This award is given to the business that is nominated from our community by the community, said Chamber Executive Director Ted Everett. It is a prestigious award that celebrates business innovation, involvement with the community and civic pride. The Business of the Year Award is presented at the Chambers Annual Membership Banquet in April. Nomination forms are available through the Chamber oce and on its website, www.washcomall.com. The deadline for submission is Noon on Friday, March 16, 2012. Submissions may either be M ailed: WC Chamber Award, P.O. Box 457, Chipley, FL 32428 Faxed to: 850.638.8770 Hand-delivered to: 672 5th Street, Chipley, FL 32428 Emailed to: wcchamber@wfeca.net. Any person or company may nominate a business, including its own. Its not necessary for the nominator to know all the information requested on the nomination form and narrative, just submit it as complete as possible with contact information. To be considered eligible for this award, a business or organization: Must have been a Chamber member for at least one year and be in good standing. Must do business in Washington County. Must not be a governmental agency or body. The Chamber oce will follow up with all nominated businesses and gather any specic data not included on the application. All nominations will be kept condential until the presentation of the winner at the Annual Banquet.For more information, please contact: Chris MacBlain at 638-4157Deadline: March 16, 2012

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February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Five Heather Lopez Administrative AssistantThe Washington County Tourist Development Council (TDC) had a very successful 2011. No doubt it came with its own set of challenges, as most accomplishments made were based on new concepts and technology. The TDC accomplished many great initiatives in 2011. Among these was the launch of its social media campaign. The Council now has its own Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms to connect more with locals and tourists alike. The Council completed the draft tour operator contract for the regional day trip program coordinated between Washington and Jackson County TDCs; this activity began in mid-2010. As part of the initial steps for the day trip program, the Council published four brochures with a regional distribution of 10,000 each quarter covering parts of three states. The TDC also established relationships with 11 regional military base leisuretravel departments and two Welcome Centers on the Hwy 231 and I-10 corridors, which included brochure distribution. Washington County also saw 22,814 in total attendance at 13 events partially funded for advertising by the TDC, with about 66 percent coming from outside the County. With the positive momentum created from all our success in 2011, we have segued right into 2012. accomplishment of 2012 was the review of the tour operator contract by the county attorneys for Washington and Jackson counties day trip program. With this review completed the TDCs to be advertised to hire a tour operator for the program. The attendance of the TDC at nine of the 11 military base travel shows in late February and early March is another networking tool being used by the TDC to attract a new tourism base to Washington County. The roll out of the bed tax collectors co-op marketing plan is another element that will help the TDC promote individual bed tax collectors as well as the county. These are a few of the many plans the TDC will achieve in this new year. With so many great projects already under the TDCs belt rest of the year will run just as smoothly. To keep up with what the TDC is doing, or to see what is going on in Washington County, please visit our website at VisitWashingtonCountyFL. com or like us on Facebook by going to Facebook.com/ VisitWashingtonCountyFL. TDC: Much accomplished in 2011

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Page Six Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 Holiday Open House Many visitors attended the Chambers Holiday Open House, enjoying tasty treats and company. Attendees included, clockwise from top right: NFCH sta Amy Kindig, Michelle Plybon and Heather Shelby; Jim Ackerman, Kathy Foster and Chris MacBlain; Perry and Hesther Wells; Darrin Wall; Jim Town and Ted Everett; Gary Hartman and Jerry Haviland; Cindy Johnson Brown; and Holiday greeters Chris MacBlain, Kathy Rudd, Gary Hartman and LaMerle Feitsma. Center photo: John Foster, Jeannie Betts and Mary Catherine Syfrett.Photos courtesy of Washington County News

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February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page SevenJanuary Third Thursday HighlightsClockwise, from top left: Brad Swanson, Florida Chamber of Commerce, provides a legislative update; Wendy White, Bank of Bonifay, announces the banks name change to First Federal Bank of Florida beginning Feb. 1; January Yard of the Month Sam and Patty Spitzer, 768 3rd Street, Chipley; Chamber members share some talk time. THIRD THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS

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Page Eight Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY INVESTMENTS Gary HartmanBroker Associate850.773.3338Fax 850.773.3332Email: ghartman36@bellsouth.net Knowledge..., the pollen so ideas blossom. Budget shortfalls, redistricing focus of sessionLEGISLATIVE UPDATE As the legislative session nears the midway point the predominate issues have been focused around the budget shortfalls and redistricting. Prison closures, employee layos, education shortfalls and many other government expenditures still remain in question. Of major local interest is the concept of redistricting. Every ten years the legislature is required to address the issue based o the current census data. As populations shift nationally, as well as within our state, geographic boundaries must be redrawn. is responsibility falls upon the Florida Legislature. Current proposals before both houses bring about major potential shifts for Washington County. Our current House and Senate districts remain unchanged but Washington County would be moved to a dierent Congressional District. e shift would move Washington County into Congressional District 2 currently represented by US Rep. Steve Southerland (R) of Panama City. Cong. Miller will continue to represent all of the counties west of Washington County. Other changes aecting our house and senate districts include the addition of Jackson County to both districts. Shifts will likely occur in the western counties necessitating the addition of Jackson County for the proper balance of voters. is shift may be viewed as a positive shift for our county aligning voters with more commonalities into the same district. Other items of interest this year include the introduction of a comprehensive energy bill for the state of Florida. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, who recently inherited the Department of Energy, has committed to putting Florida on the path to more energy independence. Putnam intends to put his bill before the Florida House later this month. e newly created Department of Economic Opportunity will also continue to grow and expand during the session as Florida continues to attempt to refocus its economic development eorts. e most notable event is the attempt by Gov. Rick Scott to enhance the state incentive budget to provide more exibility in recruiting high tech, high wage jobs to Florida. A more comprehensive review of the major legislation aecting business will be featured in the April issue of the Advocate. Gary Clark Chairman

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February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Nine LIFE HOME CAR BUSINESSAUTO-OWNERS.COMROGERS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC.Chipley, FL (850) 638-1805 Free tax preparation programUnited Way, along with other community volunteers, launched the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program recently in Wausau. Kicking off the program were, from left: Councilman Charles Park Sr., Town Clerk and VITA volunteer Margaret Riley, Washington County Chamber Executive Director Ted Everett, Councilwoman and VITA volunteer Gail Culbreth, IRS representative Jackie Keller, United Way representative Ron Sharpe, and Paul Culbreth. Through the VITA program, local residents who earn up to $50,270 can receive free assistance in preparing their taxes, including help in claiming all tax credits for which they are eligible. The local VITA ofce is located in the temporary town hall on Jackson Street in Wausau; the program will run through April 14. Hours of operation are Thursdays from 1-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. 2p.m. on Feb. 4 and 11, March 31, and April 4 and 14. More information about VITA, or to volunteer, is available by calling 850-785-7521, or go online to UnitedWayNWFL.org.

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Page Ten Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 business forms all types brochures newsletters postcards letterheads envelopes labels posters tickets yers invitationsdoor hangers rack cards copying rubber stamps specialty items and more WE PRINTMORE THAN JUST NEWSPAPERS Let our creative services design it for you Call or stop by for a free quote850.638.02121364 N. Railroad Ave. Chipley, FL 32428 Need Help With Your Taxes? Starting A New Business? Trying To Run An Existing One? WE CAN HELP !! laney accounting & tax services, llcVisit Us Online At:www.laneyaccounting.com www.facebook.com/LaneyAccountingor call for free initial consultation 1378 N. Railroad Ave. Chipley, Florida 32428 508 Airport Rd., Suite C Panama City, Florida 32405 (850) 638-4961 800-824-0377 Fax (850) 638-8207 Tax Preparation & Planning Individual Corporate Partnership Estate Farm Payroll Services Small Business Consulting Computer Consulting Computerized Accounting Accounts Receivable & Accounts Payable CERTIFIED QUICKBOOKS PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS Roger L. Laney III, EA, ABA Spotlight on our Chamber Ambassadors MISSIE FINCHNHC HomeCare Melissa Missie Finch is a multifaceted business person. She has worked with NHC HomeCare for over 14 years, serving as the administrator for almost the past eight. Missie is also coowner of Finch FireN-Water Construction/Restoration, Elite Realty, and Holmes County Realty. I enjoy volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce as a way of giving back to the community and welcoming new businesses and growth to our area, says Missie, adding, The relationships and Kudos Board member Amy and Chris Wiwi welcomed new daughter Raegan Catherine, born Dec. 24, 2011, 6lbs, 10ozs, 19-3/4 inches. Board member Patrick and Vickie Schlenker welcomed new granddaughter Roslyn Amy, born six weeks early but healthy Dec. 12, 2011; 5 lbs, 7 ozs. Board member Nicole Bareeld is the 2012 Development Board president for Florida State University Panama City. Northwest Florida Community Hospitals recent blood drive collected 47 units of donated blood a hospital site record! As a result, Southeastern Community Blood Center met its goal for January and fullled the shortage the area was experiencing. camaraderie formed with networking with other business owners and community members is denitely a perk. Shes also participates in various community organizations including the Kiwanis Club of Chipley, Case Management Society of America and Habitat for Humanity. Missie has been married to Danny Finch for 19 years; they have two teenage children.

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February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Eleven MEMBERSHIP REPORTNew Members Smokers Depot 2011 Renewals Atkins Global 1994 Capital City Bank 1980 Chipley Garden Club 2000 Chipley Gun & Pawn 1988 Chipley Womans Club 1980 Chipola College 1982 Family Health Care of Chipley 2005 First Presbyterian Church 1996 Floor Coverings International 1995 Gulf Coast State College 2011 Guyson Construction, Inc. 2011 Habitat for Humanity Wash.Co. 2000 House of Flowers 1980 Jackson Hewitt Tax Services 1980 Kings Discount Drugs, Inc., 1982 Les Jolie Dames Club 1999 Maphis Tree Farm 2008 NFCH Community Home Health 2010 NW FL Community Hospital 1980 NW FL Family Health Clinic 2010 NW Fl Special Clinic 2010 Orange Hill Express 2008 Piggly Wiggly 1980 Pippin Appraisal Services 1990 R & M Electric Services, Inc. 2004 Richard Williams Financial Services 1992 The Bank of Bonifay 2004 Townsend Building Supply 1980 Townsend Mini-Warehouse Storage 1984 Trawick Construction Co. 1980 Vernon Clinic 2011 West Florida Electric Cooperative 1987 Wound Healing Institute 2011 Cindy Johnson Brown Gil Carter William E. Flip Cox, DDS (Ret) John & Becky Dougherty O.L. Ole Ellis, Jr. Fred & Jeanne Lavender Linda MacLellan Ralph W. Ray Paul Smith David M. Solger Perry Wells EDC INVESTMENTS Atkins Global Capital City Bank Gulf Power Company Townsend Building Supply Townsend Mini-Warehouse Storage Trawick Construction Co. West Florida Electric Cooperative John F. Dougherty III Lynda Pleas presents certicate to Heather and Lee Mitchell at 631 Fourth Street. Edwina Showers presents certicate to the City of Chipleys Cemetery Grounds Department: Foreman Tim Corbin, Dennis Kustes, William Perkins and Scott Bush.Two Yard of the Month winners for DecemberChipley Garden Club a vision FOR THE FUTURE a histor of STRENGTHT B BWILL NOW BEB: 300 N. W S. (850) 547-3624 C: 1012 M S. (850) 638-7892 M: 2914G S. (850) 526-4411 www.ffsb.com EQUAL HOUSING LENDER

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Page Twelve Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012Presorted Standard U.S. PostagePAIDPermit #57 Chipley, FL 32428 Washington County Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 457 Chipley, Florida 32428ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED FEBRUARYEvery Tuesday Noon Kiwanis Luncheon Every Thursday & Friday & 1st Saturday (9-12) 10am-2pm -WC Historic al Society Museum Open Every Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday (7-12) 12-5pm-Farmers Market Open 685 7th St., Chipley Every Wednesday 9-2pm-Vernon Hist. Historical Society Museum Open 1 10:30 am Chipley Garden Club Mtg. 2 6:30 pm Sunny Hills Civic Association Mtg. 6 pm Ducks Ultd. Banquet 5 Bridal Expo Ag Ctr. 6 6 pm. Vernon Town Council Workshop 7 Full Snow Moon 8 Noon Chipley Womans Club Mtg @ Clubhouse 9 5 pm Chipley City Council Workshop 6 pm Wausau Town Council Meeting 13 5:30 pm WC School Board Meeting 7 pm Vernon Council Meeting 14 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! 6 pm Chipley City Council Meeting 6 pm Caryville Town Council Meeting 6 pm - Ebro Town Council Meeting 15 10:30 am Wausau Garden Club 16 7:30 am Chamber 3rd Thurs. Pattillos WHTC 9 am Wash. Co. Commission Workshop @ Annex 20 HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY! 6 pm. Vernon Town Council Workshop 21 5:30 pm Chipley Downtown Merch. Mtg @ KCs Rest. 27 7 pm Vernon Council Meeting 4 pm TDC Workshop/Meeting @ ChamberMARCHEvery Tuesday Noon Kiwanis Luncheon Every Thursday & Friday & 1st Saturday (9-12) 10am-2pm -WC Historic al Society Museum Open Every Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday (7-12) 12-5pm-Farmers Market Open 685 7th St., Chipley Every Wednesday 9-2pm-Vernon Hist. Historical Society Museum Open 1 6:30pm Sunn y Hills Civic Association 3 Holmes Valley Heritage Day/Vernon 5 Vernon Town Council Workshop 7 10:30 am Chipley Garden Club 8 5:00pm Chipley City Council Workshop Full Worm Moon 8-10 Guys & Dolls Vernon High School 11 Daylight Savings Time Begins 12 5:30pm Washington County School Board Meeting 7:00pm Vernon City Council Meeting 12-16 WC School Spring Break 13 12:00 (Noon) Chipley Womens Club Noon Chamber Ambassador Mtg. 6:00pm Chipley City Council Meeting 6:00pm Ebro Town Council 6:00pm Caryville Town Council 15 7:30am Chamber 3rd Thursday Mtg @ Pattillos 9 am Wash. Co. Commission Mtg @ Annex 17 HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY! 19 6:00pm Vernon Town Council Workshop 20 10:30am Wausau Garden Club 23-25 STP All My Sons @ Playhouse 26 4pm TDC Workshop/Meeting @ Chamber 7:00pm Vernon Town Council Meeting 28 4pm CRA Workshop/Meeting @ Chamber Upcoming EventsFEBRUARY 4 NAACP NW FL Branch Free dom Fund & Award Banquet 14 Valentines Day 19 National FFA Week 20 Presidents Day 22 NW FL Beef Confer/Trade Show MARCH 3 Holmes Valley Heritage Day Vernon 8-10 Guys & Dolls / Vernon H.S. Drama 11 Daylight Savings Times Begins 12-16 WC School Spring Break 17 St. Patricks Day 23-25 STP All My Sons