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Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Phillip Pippin, left, and Chamber Executive Director Ted Everett, right, present the Jean Hollingsworth Ambassador of the Year Award to Kathy Rudd, center. RANDAL SEYELER | The News By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212| @WCN_HCT rseyler@chipleypaper.com CHIPLEY During his welcoming remarks, when the always jovial Judge Perry Wells called the Chamber banquet the Washington County social event of the year, he was only half joking. The Washington County Chamber of Commerce banquet had the county agriculture center packed Thursday night. The annual event is a chance for Chamber members and Saturday, APRIL 7, 2012 And Mobile Too! Connect With Us 24/7 SPECIAL TO THE NEWS A re-dedication ceremony for the newly remodeled Wausau Town Hall was held Wednesday. The $250,000 renovaton project was funded by the state Department of Agriculture Of ce of Energy. City of cials present included Mayor Roger Hagan (cutting ribbon), Mayor Pro-Tem Gail Culbreth, and council members Dallas Carter, Charles Park Sr. and B.J. Phillips. The city had special thanks for Guyson Construction, Fred Fox Enterprises, Preble-Rish Inc., and Charles Cotton, PE. WAUSAU TOWN HALL CELEBRATES RE-DEDICATION Judge to rule whether Johnny Mack Calhoun will get the death penalty By CECILIA SPEARS 638-0212| @WCN_HCT cspears@chipleypaper.com BONIFAY Convicted murderer Johnny Mack Sketo Calhoun returned to court Wednesday for his Spencer Hearing, during which both attorneys debated whether he deserves the death penalty. Calhoun was convicted in late February for the rst-degree murder of Mia Shay Brown in December 2010. Judge Christopher Patterson will take Wednesdays testimony under advisement before rendering a decision at a later, as-yet undetermined date. This is a case without question that calls for the death penalty, State Attorney Glenn Hess said in opening at the nal hearing. Hess said that the aggravating factors far outweigh the mitigating ones. Theres a vast difference between the aggravating and mitigating factors, Hess said. What he did he did without regard to her as a human being; it was cold, it was calculated and it was without remorse. Brown, 24, of Bonifay, went missing Dec. 16, 2010. Four days later, her burned car was found in rural Geneva County, Ala., and her body was discovered in the trunk. Calhouns public defender, Kim Dowgul, began by calling Betsy Spann, Calhouns younger sister. She described her relationship with Calhoun as her best friend. Growing up he was always the one that I played with, led me and kept me out of trouble, Spann said. He has changed so many peoples lives; hes not putting up a front to try to get out of trouble. Sharon Calhoun said her sons fate is in Gods hands and maintained that her son is innocent. Calhoun: My lifes in Gods hands now JOHNNY MACK CALHOUN State Ethics Commisson nds probable cause of violations by Chipley Councilman By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212| @WCN_HCT rseyler@chipleypaper.com TALLAHASSEE The Florida Commission on Ethics has found probable cause to believe Chipley City Councilman William Roger Sloan misused his position to retaliate, or threaten to retaliate, against Chipley city employees, according to a news release from the commission. Meeting in Tallahassee March 30 in a closed session, the Florida Commission on Ethics took action on 14 complaints, Chairman Robert Sniffen announced on Wednesday. However, the Commission found no probable cause to believe that he misused his position to intimidate a city employee who was scheduled to give testimony in his criminal case because, at the time of his alleged actions, he had not yet been sworn into of ce. The cases stem from an 2010 altercation between Sloan and Tommy Ray McDonald Jr., who was a city council incumbent at the time. City employee Mary Jan Bossert was a witness to the altercation between Sloan and McDonald, according to the commission advocates report. Bossert gave testimony about the confrontation, in which Sloan allegedly used harsh language and poked McDonald in the chest, according to the report. Sloan was subsequently arrested June 29, 2010, and charged with battery. Sloan was elected to the city council in August 2010 and took of ce in September. According to the advocates recommendation, on Sept. 15, 2010, Sloan went to Bosserts of ce to inquire about getting an of cial photograph and, while there, Bossert said Sloan went beside me and behind my desk, hitting the calendar that is on my wall and gritting his teeth, his jaw was very tight, telling me what Chipley councilman accused See CALHOUN A2 Vernon Easter egg hunt today VERNON The Easter Bunny just delivered 3,000 eggs to Vernon for the rst Easter egg hunt, to be held from 13 p.m. today, April 7, at the Vernon Sportsplex, located at 3223 Moss Hill Road. Kids ages 012, are invited to bring their Easter baskets and join the fun. The event is free with food, games and prizes. Hospital holds yard sale today Northwest Florida Community Hospital will host an associate yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon today on the hospital campus. This is a Relay For Life fundraiser. Library presents Tombstone Tales The Washington County Public Library in Chipley will present a program entitled, Tombstone Tales: Cemeteries, Symbols, and Stories. This program will focus on why cemeteries are cool and not creepy and includes a discussion on markings found on tombstones, combined with some actual true stories about cemeteries. The program will be Tuesday, April 10, from 67 p.m. The Washington County Public Library is located at 1444 Jackson Ave., in Chipley. For more information, call Barbara at 638-1314. See ACCUSED A2 WILLIAM ROGER SLOAN Ambassador, business of year named always jovial Judge Perry Wells called the Chamber Best of the best See BEST A2 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: chipleypaper.com Fax: 850-638-4601 INDEX Kiwanis ................................. A2 Opinion ................................. A4 Classi eds ............................. 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Local A2 | Washington County News Saturday, April 7, 2012 We cant sleep at night, but he says hes let it go into Gods hands, Sharon Calhoun said. Im sorry for Mia, and I know what its like to lose a child. Johnnys innocent; hed never have mistreated a woman. If you kill him, youll kill my husband You say hes guilty, but hes not guilty. I beg you; dont take my sons life. John Searsy with God is Faithful Ministries said Calhoun was humble and shy when they met in 1985. I cant compare what I met at the jail with the child I met; its not a valid comparison, he said. Dowgul noted that although a jury found him guilty, the state must prove the crime was heinous, atrocious and cruel enough for the death penalty. She said there was only evidence of what happened, but there was no evidence of those events leading up to what happened. They couldnt prove if she was conscious while she was in the trunk, Dowgul said. Its speculative as to whether she was conscious during the burning of the trunk, so you dont know if it truly was heinous and atrocious. You cant prove if it was cold, calculated and cruel. It points more to an action while panicked, not calculated at all. This was not a well thought out plan. She said there was no evidence he ed to avoid arrest and prosecutors didnt have a motive for Browns kidnapping or murder. Again, going to the speculation of this case, the death penalty shouldnt be an option, Dowgul said. Were left here to speculate what the events really were; theres just not enough facts. The facts are not speci c enough and I recommend that you overrule the jurys death penalty verdict. Calhoun speaks Calhoun then approached the judge to speak. Ive done and made some horrible choices in my lifetime, but my lifes now committed to God, Calhoun said. Whatever the court decides, if its life in prison or death, Im OK with it because my lifes in Gods hands now. Hess then called the family of Mia Brown one by one to speak. Chuck Riddle said he was one of the people who found his sisters body in the burnt vehicle. I was asked if I had something to say and for 471 days Ive waited, and in all that time I had a lot to say until I got here today, Riddle said. I tried to not hate him. Then I get here and he comes in with that smug smile and tells everyone how his life has been changed, that hes found Christ, but isnt the rst thing about being a Christian is that you admit your sins and seek forgiveness? Not once has he ever admitted his guilt; not once has he sought for forgiveness not from us and on your knees to God at two in the morning isnt going to cut it. When Browns aunt Kay Newton was called to the stand, she countered one of Dowguls arguments. His attorney said that he shouldnt get the death penalty because when he did what he did that he was in a panic, Newton said. That may be true at rst, but then he had 14 hours to change his mind and because he chose to kill my niece, I believe from everything that I read about the death penalty that its called for now. At least his family has a chance to say goodbye, which is more than he did for my niece. Meagan Kriser, Browns sister, took the stand next. We were only 20 months apart, Kriser said. She was my best friend and for the longest time we shared the same bed. Even when we got our own rooms, Id still nd my way to her bed. Now the only way for some of our family members to know her are by stories. Kriser said Calhoun creeped me out when she rst saw him, but Mia said, Thats Johnny Mack. He doesnt have very many friends; we should show him kindness. That was Mia; kind to everyone, giving everyone the bene t of the doubt, and to see him here, how he treated her kindness, I have no doubt that if hes made his peace with God, then he should get there all the sooner so the Father can deal with him personally, she said. Nancy Williams, Browns mother, was the last to speak, rst reading from Browns journal, in which she talked about wanting to spend more time with her family and starting one herself. Brown also read an essay Brown wrote, telling how she sympathized with the main character of a book who was ostracized and an outcast because people judged him for his appearance. This is how she lived her life, treating others how shed want to be treated, Williams said. Ive taught all my children to do the right thing, to be kind to others, and began to think that I taught them the wrong thing but then I realized right will always be right and wrong will always be wrong. Williams then looked at Calhoun. You made your choice and I believe in accountability and I believe justice will be served, she said. POLITICAL CA MP AI GN PRI N TI NG Get the message out with MEET THE CANDIDATE BBQ FOR JOHN SMITH FULL COLOR POSTCARDS ELECT JOAN FULLER FOR COUNT Y S EAT GLOSS Y FULL COLOR RACK CARDS GLOSS Y FULL COLOR DOOR HANGERS WE PRINT MORE THAN JUST NEWSPAPERS CALL KIM FOR FREE QUOTE 638-0212 posters yers business forms all types brochures newsletters postcards letterheads envelopes labels posters tickets yers rubber stamps specialty items and more STOCK DESIGN PADDLE FANS Gun Show April 14th & 15th Panama City Panama City Fairgrounds Fairgrounds 2075357 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 CALHOUN from page A1 day he wanted his picture taken to be put in the lobby. I was scared. Sept. 15 was also the day before Bossert was scheduled to make a deposition to the State Attorney regarding the poking incident, according to the report. Bossert went to City Administrator Dan Miner and complained about Sloans behavior, according to the recommendation. The document states that there is suf cient evidence to show that Sloan used his position to contact Bossert one day prior to her scheduled deposition in his criminal case in order to intimidate her. On Oct. 17, 2010, Sloan told Miner that Bossert had perjured herself during the criminal proceedings against him and that he wanted Bossert terminated immediately, according to the report. On Oct. 18, 2010, criminal charges against Sloan were dropped, because of a lack of cooperation by McDonald, according to the advocates nding. That same day, Sloan returned to Miners of ce, where he was told that Bossert would not be red. City Clerk Patrice Yates was a witness, according to the report. Miner and Yates quoted Sloan as saying I didnt y an attorney up here, pay $7,000, and spend a night in jail for nothing, according to the report. Sloan also accused Miner of not doing his job and indicated that after the next election, Miner would be out of a job, according to the report. According to the advocates recommendation, evidence suggests Sloan used his position to retaliate against Complainant (Bossert) and threaten retaliation against City Administrator Miner as a result of Complainants testimony. Sloan denied touching McDonald during the confrontation, according to the advocates report. Sloan also testi ed that he never demanded or insisted that Miner re Bossert, according to the report. At this point, Mr. Sloan is able to request an administrative hearing with the Division of Administrative Hearings, said commission spokesperson Kerrie Stillman. If he chooses to go that route, then there will be depositions, discovery and a hearing before an administrative law judge. Sloan could also seek a settlement with the commission advocate, who acts as prosecutor in these cases, Stillman said. Well wait to hear from Mr. Sloan, Stillman said. City Attorney Michelle Tagert had no comment when contacted at her of ce in Marianna on Thursday. Phone calls to Mayor Linda Cain and Sloan were not immediately returned. The full report may be accessed at www.ethics. state. .us. The Florida Commission on Ethics is an independent, nine-member commission formed in 1974 to review complaints led under the statutory Code of Ethics and to answer questions from public of cials about potential con icts of interest through its issuance of advisory opinions. If the Ethics Commission believes a violation of the law may have occurred, it may decide to hold a public hearing. If it concludes a violation has been committed, it may recommend civil penalties that include removal from of ce or employment and nes up to $10,000 per violation. ACCUSED from page A1 county residents to mingle, enjoy good food and honor citizens and businesses, and it was well attended. This years Jean Hollingsworth Ambassador of the Year Award went to Kathy Rudd. Chamber Executive Director Ted Everett said she is always there to volunteer and always has a smile on her face. Rudd is a eld representative with Woodmen of the World insurance in Chipley. I was totally surprised, Rudd said Friday morning. I was really shocked to learn that my daughter knew about it and kept it a secret. The Washington County Business of the Year Award went to Northwest Florida Community Hospital. NFCH is a 59-bed healthcare facility that includes a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 34-bed longterm care facility and a home health agency. The hospital recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new 11,512-square-foot medical ofce complex which will house three physicians of ces, the outpatient psychiatric program and educational classrooms. President/CEO Pat Schlenker thanked his executive team who was present at the banquet, but also thanked the more than 250 associates who make the hospital run. Were associates, not employees, because we work as a team, Schlenker said. Theyre out there working on the front line, he said. They make it happen. Schlenker also thanked the community, saying that without customers, no business can exist. It is a pleasure to serve our community. Everett thanked the banquet committee for their work in putting on the event. Those members are Jeannie Betts, Kirby Holt, David and Judy Solger, LaMerle Feitsma and Mary Smith. He also thanked the Chamber ambassadors for their work throughout the year. The ambassadors include Sheila Barbee, Jeannie Betts, Fred Buchanan, Dell Corbin, LaMerle Feitsma, Melissa Finch, Bill Gardner, Debbie Goulding, Brenda Harris, Gary Hartman, Cindy JohnsonBrown, Josephine Robinson-Floyd, Kathy Rudd, Carolyn Saunders, Wayne Saunders, Kerrie Thompson, Louis Valencia and Vickie Williams. We have a great group of ambassadors. And a big thank you to Kirby Holt for the decorations, Everett said. Chamber President Phillip Pippin presented the outgoing presidents plaque to Darrin Wall, and introduced the Chamber of cers, which include, Pippin as president, President-Elect Nicole Bare eld, Vice President Pat Schlenker, Treasurer William Steverson, and EDC Chairman Gary Clark. Board members include Peggy Dobbins, Terry Ellis, Thomas Gerald Holley, Henry Stone, Mark Hess, Andrew Fleener, Jan Page, Kim Davis Wilson and Amy Wiwi. The evening concluded with entertainment by Todd Allen Herendeen and the FTD Band. RANDAL SEYELER | The News President/CEO Pat Schlenker of Northwest Florida Community Hospital, left, accepts the award for Business of the Year from Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Phillip Pippin Thursday at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. BEST from page A1 (City Administrator Dan) Miner and (City Clerk Patrice) Yates quoted Sloan as saying I didnt y an attorney up here, pay $7,000, and spend a night in jail for nothing, according to the report. Bragetta Cota of Chipley and Bobby Humphrey of Chipley would like to announce their engagement a forthcoming marriage. Bragetta is the daughter of Patrick and Nancy Cota of Chipley and the granddaughter of Jeri Cota and the late Frank Cota of the Poplar Head Community and Elizabeth Coatney of Wausau. She is a 2008 graduate of Chipley High School. Bobby is the son of Melissa Smith and the late Michael Smith of Bonifay. He is the grandson of Mac and Debi Odom of Cypress. Bobby is a 2008 graduate of Cottondale High School. The couple has a June 2 wedding planed for 2 p.m. at Calvary Hill Pentecostal Church in Vernon. All friends and family of the bride and groom are invited to attend. There will be a reception at the church immediately following the wedding. COTA AND HUMPHREY TO WED From Staff Reports BONIFAY A crowd gathered as Bonifay Public Works pulled an alligator from a culvert on Oklahoma close to Hwy 90 in Bonifay on Tuesday. According to Public Works Director Jack Marell, him and his crew had been there to work on a pipe and found the alligator sunning on the rocks. Bonifay City Council member Richard Woodham said that the alligator was going to be relocated unharmed to a safely designated area. Bonifay City Police were present to ensure the safety of Public Works employees as well as those residents who were coming to witness the alligator being apprehended. The alligator was measured in at 7-feet, 11 inches. Alligator captured in Bonifay


Local Washington County News | A3 Saturday, April 7, 2012 Special to the News CHIPLEY The regular weekly meeting of the Chipley Kiwanis Club was called to order by President Jan Page. Garrett Martin, Chair of the Sponsored Youth Committee, presented a check to Kim Graham, Faculty Sponsor of the Vernon High School Key Club. This nancial support will allow a number of the Key Club Members to attend the Florida District (state) Convention. Paul Goulding, Program Chair, introduced Dan Tonsmeire, Executive Director of Apalachicola Riverkeeper. Don has been the E.D. since February 2004, and formerly had been a backcountry guide in Idaho, a commercial sherman in Alaska and owner of a marine construction company in Alabama and Florida. He explained that Apalachicola Riverkeeper is a nonpro t organization that monitors the Apalachicola River from the upper reaches at the Florida/ Georgia line downstream 108 miles, through the middle reaches around Wewahitchka, to Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Apalachicola Riverkeeper has 1,000 members and raises funds to protect and restore the Apalachicola River and Bay. The headwaters of the Apalachicola are in the Smokey Mountains, and proceed down the Chattahoochee River to the Flint River and then into the Apalachicola River. About 75 percent ot the Apalachicola River Basin is in Georgia and Alabama. It is the largest forested ood plain in Florida and has the highest diversity of plant and animal species of any area in North America. The Apalachicola Bay produces $200 million worth of seafood annually, 90 percent of Florida oysters and ten percent of oysters for the U.S. In 1994, 5 million pounds of seafood were produced by the Bay. Water ow depth and duration are key factors to the health of the river and to seafood production. If too much fresh water is taken from the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola rivers, not enough fresh water will reach Apalachicola Bay. The salinity in the bay rises, and results in reduced seafood growth and production. Apalachicola Riverkeeper has joined a coalition with 56 other organizations to improve the water problems for all the areas along the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola rivers. Through a cooperative effort, the various organizations along the rivers are making efforts to reduce water usage and return clean water to the rivers. The Coalition has recently hired an engineering rm to develop a water plan for the entire basin area in Georgia and Florida. It was noted that the river is no longer dredged and that there is only a small amount of barge traf c on the river during the three months of the high water season. The next Kiwanis event will be the Kiwanis Pancake Supper which will be held in the Kate Smith Elementary School Cafeteria from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. This annual event will be held in the evening for the rst time because there are no suitable dates when students will be out of school this school year. The Kiwanis Club of Chipley has been providing support to youth oriented events and programs for 71 years and last year supported 30 organizations throughout the county. The club meets Tuesdays at Patillos restaurant in the middle of the WHTC campus at noon. 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. OF CHIPLEY, INC. Mon-Thurs & Sun. 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-9:30pm 1511 Main Street Chipley MONDAYS CHICKEN OR STEAK FAJITAS SAM E GR E AT F OO D SAM E GR E AT S E RV ICE SAM E GR E AT A TM OSPHE R E Dine in or Carry Out 638-8280 Buy 2 Entrees for Lunch or D inner receive a Kids Eat for 99 Ages 10 and under. Must order from the kids menu. Must present this ad. All net proceeds go to benet youth and community improvement programs throughout Washington County. THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 Kate Smith Elementary School 5:00 7:00 P.M. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. For details on group purchase or delivery call Vince Spencer at 638-1134 57th ANNUAL KIWANIS CLUB PANCAKE SUPPER If the answer is Yes, then stop by and talk to us. The Academy of Learning and Development 1567 Hwy 90 Chipley 850-638-4433 CHIPLEY The Kiwanis Club of Chipley announced that the 57th annual Pancake Dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Kate M. Smith Elementary School Cafeteria. As in recent years there will be delivery service for group orders, in addition to the carryout packages available during the dinner. Plenty of seating is available for those wishing to dine-in as a group or individually. Its a great way to start the day with friends and contribute to programs for the youth of Washington County. Kiwanis is celebrating its 71st year in Washington County. Throughout the year, the Kiwanis Club of Chipley conducts fund raising events such as the ever-popular Dinner Theatre, the holiday fruit sale, the Marvin Engram Memorial Golf Tournament, and others. Funds raised are used to provide grants and donations to over 30 organizations and events focused on the youth of Washington County. Additionally, scholarships are provided each year for several students pursuing a college education. The Kiwanis Club of Chipley meets on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Pattillos Restaurant in the Washington-Holmes Technical Center complex off U.S. Highway 90 west. New members are always welcome, and communityminded individuals are invited to contact David Solger, membership chairperson, 638-1276, for more information. From Staff Reports CHIPLEY The Miss Chipley pageant will be held today, April 7, at the Washington County Agricultural Center. Baby, Tiny, Petite and Young Miss contestants will compete at 2 p.m. Little, Junior and Miss will compete at 6 p.m. Admission is$6 and the Peoples Choice goes to bene t the Washington County Rehab and Nursing Resident Council. The pageant is a preliminary to the Miss and Little Miss National Peanut Festival pageant and the Miss and Little Miss Northwest Florida pageant. Contestants include: Baby Miss : Aisley Harrison and Olivia Joiner Tiny Miss : Analeigh Ackerman and Allie Donovan Petite Miss : Hanna Duke and Aniston Harrison Young Miss : Jade Garvin Little Miss : Morgan Ashcraft, Emory Carter and Mackenna Koch Junior Miss : Anna Ortiz, and Haylee Williams Teen Miss : Caree Ray and Scarlett Rogers Miss : Emily Clark, Hadley Harris and Tori Mashburn. The public is invited to attend. By GWENETH COLLINS Chipley Garden Club Special To The News Chipley Garden Clubs members awoke Saturday morning, March 31 and gasped it was pouring rain. The Sold Out 2012 Spring Gardens & English Tea annual fundraising event was scheduled for 9 a.m. and you can be sure there was a giant sigh of relief when the rain passed over by 8:45 and the sun came out. Club member Edwina Showers welcomed guests into her cottage garden at 750 5th St. Recently renovated, it features a wide variety of perennials, annual owers, bulbs, and owering trees and bushes. In addition to her heritage roses, the newly installed modern rose garden was the star of the garden. Edwina chatted about the camellias planted by her mother in the 50s, and shared other historical tidbits of her gardens plantings. Pigotts Farm,1023 U.S. Highway 90, is the farm home of club members Linda and Ray Pigott. Ray showed off his greenhouse pointing out recycled items collected from the Chipley area. His collection of farm memorabilia was also viewed by all. Linda escorted guests through her garden which is hidden from the main road by a huge azalea hedge. Her garden proves that one can garden in the shade beneath ancient oaks and tall pines. Her creative use of many different kinds of containers and found objects was inspiring, and her unique garden shed delighted everyone. The Pigotts have already started propagating plants in the nursery area for the garden clubs upcoming KMS projects. Despite a brief rain that merely added to the English atmosphere, tea was served and marked by the passing of the noon train. Tables were set with different patterns of ne china and oral arrangements provided by club members who also served as waitresses and waiters. After the welcome by Club President Karen Roland, Pam Rudloff of Panama City (formerly of Surrey, England) presented a short talk on having tea the English way. The menu featured real English tea, sandwiches, and scones followed by a variety of delicious desserts. Tea guests enjoyed browsing through the historical museum and shopping at the clubs Garden Spot featuring gourds painted by club members. Tea guests came from as far away as Blountstown and Panama City Beach and included special guests Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District II President Jane Brewer and former President Sylvia Holley. The Garden Clubs of Wausau, Graceville, Marianna, Panama City and Panama City Beach were also represented. Chipley Garden Club extends a big thank-youso-much to members of the Baptist College of Floridas Jazz Ensemble Mitchell and Maxie Boles, Kati Davis, Mackenzie Lane, Daniel McNeil and Sam Toole for providing musical entertainment, Dorothy Odom at Washington Countys Historical Society & Museum, and the City of Chipleys Public Works Department. Don Tonsmeire, Executive Director of Apalachicola Riverkeeper. English Tea at the Farmers Market A little rain, English tea and a walk in the garden PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Kim Graham, VHS Key Club Sponsor and Garrett Maritn, Sponsored Youth Chair. MISS CHIPLEY PAGEANT TODAY Riverkeeper director visits Kiwanis KIWANIS 57TH ANNUAL PANCAKE DINNER


A4 | Washington County News 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 Randal Seyler, Editor 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 Saturday, April 7, 2012 Opinion Several major religious festivals are being celebrated in our area. On the Christian calendar, it is now Holy Week, with observances of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter occurring worldwide. Passover is coming, and Ostara and several other holidays have already been celebrated. With so many religious holidays happening around the globe, its truly a magni cent and sacred time of the year. Some religious holidays, such as Easter and Christmas, closely follow the cycles of nature, occurring near a solstice or equinox. Seasonal changes are highly special times of the year and humans, being attuned to the cycles of nature, innately know this. Part of the joy of Easter comes from the fact that its accompanied by springtime weather. The holiday, like the season itself, is alive with fresh hope and renewal. It becomes even more special with the sharing of sacred stories. People are not only emerging from a literal winter, but in some cases, from a spiritual winter, as well. Each year, just as the darkness and bitter cold of wintertime gives way to the promise of new growth, we discover that spiritual renewal is also important. Correlations have been drawn between the events leading to Christs resurrection and the cycles of nature. The stories of Jesus suffering and cruci xion can be viewed as a type of spiritual winter. Surely, it must have seemed that way to his disciples. After all, they didnt have the modernday luxury of knowing how the story was going to end. Incredible leaps of faith became a way of life for them. There are times when the situation must have seemed very cold, indeed. What could constitute more of a spiritual wintertime than seeing a beloved spiritual teacher not only betrayed by a close follower, but also subsequently delivered into the hands of an angry, hostile mob? After all, Jesus wasnt being sent to Pontius Pilate to enjoy some friendly chitchat over coffee. Everyone knew it was going to turn brutal. After the Last Supper, peoples lives were thrown into chaos. And then came the cruci xion. Being a devoted companion of Jesus and watching him suffer on the cross had to be an overwhelming test of faith. If Jesus betrayal heralded a state of spiritual winter, his death on the cross became the equivalent of a bonechilling blizzard. I used to attend a certain Palm Sunday service that was profoundly meaningful to me. The Gospel narrative, instead of being read by a single person, was acted out by members of the congregation. Part of the excitement was seeing who might suddenly stand up to assume the role of various New Testament characters. It could be someone sitting right next to you. Even those who werent assigned a speci c role still had a part to play. The rest of the congregation was cast in the role of the angry mob. So when the time came for Jesus to face the bloodthirsty rabble, everybody in the building, from prim and proper church ladies to little children, rose to their feet and began shouting, Crucify him! The rst time I saw it, the horror of the story became immediate and real. Who did Jesus enrage more than just about anybody else? The religious and political establishment. The status quo. One is left with the chilling realization that if Jesus were to come back and dwell on Earth again, the rst people to call for his condemnation wouldnt be the obvious monsters one might suspect, but seemingly normal individuals. Jesus wasnt nailed to the cross by villains, but by everyday folks, some of whom considered themselves devoutly religious. They allowed their blind devotion to religious, social and political norms to overshadow their ethics. Fortunately, theres still time to change roles. Perhaps we need a change of seasons an Easter of the heart that will prompt us to turn our backs on business as usual. For instance, this might be a good time to stop ignoring those who may have been placed in our paths for a reason. Will we turn our backs on the homeless? Will we ignore someone who may be crying out for help, or shirk our duty toward supporting social justice? Will we nail Jesus to the cross anew in the name of preserving our own comfort and social conventions, or will we accept responsibility for our actions instead of justifying them for the sake of conformity? Its possible to assume a role in lifes ongoing passion play beyond that of a member of the jeering mob. But in order to do so, we need to thaw out from our spiritual winter. Perhaps this is what happened to the Roman centurion at the cruci xion when he uttered the timeless phrase, Truly this man was the Son of God. In that moment, he experienced a reawakening, an epiphany at the foot of the cross itself. Centuries may have passed since then, but we, too, can change our perceptions. During winter, seeds and bulbs lie dormant in the earth. We forget theyre even there beneath our feet as we tread the cold, barren landscape. They remain unseen, practically forgotten. Faith can be that way. During times of trial, faith may seem dormant. We can almost forget its there. But spring and new growth will always come. Every year, despite the harshness of winter, spring returns. We have renewal. We have happiness. We have Easter. We have the resurrection. And as if all that werent enough, we even have chocolate marshmallow bunnies. Not only do we have this amazing and joyous season, but a real and living reason for that joy. Just as surely as spring follows winter, we are prompted to enter into spiritual renewal at Easter as people around the world celebrate the triumph of Christ. We can claim the gift of spiritual springtime, but to do so, we have to let go of winter. Instead of protectively wrapping our cares and worries around us like a cloak against the bitter cold, we can cast them off in faith and step out from darkness into the radiant sunlight of hope. In the same way that were now experiencing the renewal of spring, we can enter into a period of spiritual growth and change. As long as were alive, we have a chance to make a new start. The Easter story isnt merely a series of tales from the distant past. It is happening here and now. We can choose to resurrect to a new way of life, or continue shivering in spiritual and moral darkness. Its a choice were offered every day, but one that becomes especially poignant during the Easter season. The good news is that we can embrace the glory of Easter right now, not only in the celebration of Christs resurrection, but in a spiritual resurrection of our own. SHANNON SEYLER Faithfully Yours Special To The News CHIPLEY Washington County high school students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program will have a new opportunity to learn and apply STEM skills beyond the classroom through an Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc. The Motorola Solutions Foundation provided $50,000 to challenge Floridas local education foundations to inspire students through projects designed to help them solve real-world problems in science, math, technology and engineering areas. The grants are administered through the Consortium of Florida Foundation, an organization for Floridas local education foundations, which seeks to advance students achievement in Florida by increasing private sector investment and involvement in public education. The WHTC Foundations Clean Room Projects was one of 11 chosen to receive $4,750 through a competitive judging process by a panel of STEM industry professional through CFEF. In an effort to stimulate more interest in the science and math careers, both Washington county high schools began Pharmacy Technician programs with the assistance of WashingtonHolmes Technical Center. The high school Pharmacy Technician program provides opportunities for students to be certi ed by the time they graduate and enter into pharmaceutical careers once they have completed their externship. The Pharmacy Technician program requires clinical externships during the course of the program. While local retail pharmacies have been willing to extend externships to high school students, students cannot serve in hospital facilities until they are age eighteen. This Clean Room project will improve clinical experiences, both in capacity and diversity, for dually-enrolled, high school Pharmacy Technician students. Students will be given hands-on, real-world experiences practicing aseptic techniques and sterile compounding. The clean room will provide a work environment like those found in hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, nuclear pharmacies and scienti c research facilities. WashingtonHolmes Technical Center is excited to be able to provide such opportunities to our area high school students. The future of American innovation depends on a diverse pipeline of critical thinkers who are well versed in STEM principles, said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Through the Innovation Generation program, we are thrilled to partner with program CFEF and their member education foundations in Florida to provide students and teachers with the necessary tools to explore their STEM interest and purse innovation. WHTC receives grant for pharmacy clean room SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Bert Roberts, Washington-Holmes Technical Center Foundation chairman, presents a check to Sandi Aycock, Pharmacy Technical instructor, for construction of the Pharmaceutical Clean Room. St. Agathas Episcopal Church Breakfast DeFUNIAK SPRINGS S aint Agathas Episcopal Church will be having Breakfast in the Parish Hall, from 7 to 11 a.m. today and again on May 5. Breakfast will include eggs to order, grits, homefries, pancakes, bacon, sausage, toast, sausage gravy on biscuits or toast, juce, milk, coffee, there also will be healthy choice items. Adult plates will be $4.50 and children 10 and under are $2.50 The Parish Hall is at 150 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Pentecostal Church revival VERNON Calvary Hill Pentecostal Church will be holding a Revival starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The revival will run through Wednesday, April 11, with services during the week beginning at 7 p.m. The church is half a mile east State Road 79 on County Road 277 across from Vernon Elementary School. The speaker will be Brother Dewain Phillips. For more information call 535-0003. Jehovahs Witnesses gather BONIFAY The weekend following the commemoration of Jesus death, Jehovahs Witnesses also will present an intriguing Bible-based discourse titled Is It Later Than You Think? This talk will be one of the highlights of a worldwide effort to reach out to all those who love Jesus. This gathering will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Kingdom Hall in Bonifay. The Kingdom Hall is at 1300 East Highway 90. Yard sale BONIFAY Amazing Grace Faith Fellowship Assembly, 3253 U.S. Highway 2 in Bonifay, half a mile west of U.S. Highway 79, will he holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. There will be baked goods, household items, kitchen table, clothes, shoes and much more. For more information call 547-0190. Union Hill celebrating 108 years BETHLEHEM U nion Hill Baptist Church is in the Bethlehem Community at Millers Crossroads on Route 177, one mile south of Route 2, will observe their 108th Homecoming on April 11. This service of celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with the Drummond Family in concert. Former pastor, Paul Cartmill will being the Homecoming message. His wife, Michelle will be with him along with some of there children. Paul is presently serving as a Military Chaplain stationed at Ft. Rucker. A covered dish lunch will follow in Fellowship Hall. Come check us out. Any questions call pastor Carson Fender at-263-2263. Annette Herndon at Poplar Springs Baptist Church GRACEVILLE Annette Herndon, conference leader, praise and Worship leader and speaker, will be presenting song and praise at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 1098 Lovewood Road in Graceville, at 6 p.m. April 15. Faith BRIEFS 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. With change of season comes change of heart


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Multi-Family Garage Sale April 7 8am-4pm. Hwy 77 Wausau. Furniture, clothing, miscellaneous. Semiannual, 9 mile community yard sale, Saturday, April 7. 7a.m.-until-. 5 miles south of New Hope, Hwy 2, & 8 miles north of Westville on Hwy 179A. Thurs, Fri, Sat, April 5, 6, 7 ./ 8 miles up Hwy 79 north from Bonifay. Turn right on Williams Rd., last house on left Sweatmore Strawberry RanchOPEN MAR 22nd 8AM Weather Permitting Mon-Sat 8am-7pm Sunday 8am-5pm 850-722-4819 Like New! 6 yr old Snapper riding mower, 12hp. 28”” cut. $690.00 638-6414 WANTED; Utility Trailers of any kind, in any condition. Motorcycle, boat, closed, open, flat bed, 4-wheeler, ect. Bill at 638-5050. 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 ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. 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Mason Auction & Sales LLC # AB2766 850-263-0473 Office 850-258-7652 Chad Mason 850-849-0792 Gerald Mason www.masonauction.com B&B Furniture 1342 North RR Avenue, Chipley. We pay cash for clean, quality furniture. and some appliances 850-557-0211 or 850-415-6866. Ask for Pasco or Carolyn Queen size plush Pillowtop Mattress Set New-in plastic, 10 yr. factory warranty. Can deliver. List price $799, sacrifice $250. (850)527-2295. 5 Family Yard Sale Saturday April 7 7am-Until. Across from courthouse on Hwy 90 in Chipley. Lots of different stuff! Caryville: 3939 Anders Road. 279 and 280, 5 Point Fire Dept. Area. Follow signs. March 30 & 31 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.Yard SaleTools, Furniture, Household Items, Printers, Electronics, Books, 1865 Springfield Army Rifle, Casio Electric Piano, Clothes, something for everyone.... 850-547-3550 Sunny Hills Units 12-15 Dependent District Notice of Board of Supervisors Meeting The Sunny Hills Units 12-15 Dependent District Board of Supervisors Meeting will be held Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the “Old” Emergency Operations Center, 1331 South Blvd, Chipley, Florida 32428. The agenda for the Board Meeting includes the approval of an annual budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2012, which, upon adoption, will be submitted to Washington County in accordance with Chapter 189 of the Florida Statutes. The meeting is open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with provision of Florida Law related to Special Districts. The meeting may be continued to a date, time, and place to be specified on the record at the meeting. A copy of the agenda for the meeting may be obtained from Fishkind and Associates, 12051 Corporate Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32817. There may be occasions when one or more Supervisors will participate by telephone. At the above location there will be present a speaker telephone so that any interested person can attend the meeting at the above location and be fully informed of the discussions taking place either in person or by telephone communication. Any person requiring special accommodations at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the District Office at (407) 382-3256 at least 3 calendar days prior to the meeting. Each person who decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the meeting is advised that person will need a record of the proceedings and that accordingly, the person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based. Joe MacLaren District Manager COLOR SELLS!Get Your Classified Ad in COLOR! Call now for details and be noticed! 638-0212 or 547-9414 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. 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. NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of Sunny Hills Sporting Goods located at 3792 Gables Blvd, in the County of Washington, in the City of Chipley, Florida 32428 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Chipley, Florida, this 2 day of April, 2012. As published in the Washington County News April 7, 2012 03-3155 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 67-11-CA-425 THE DELTONA CORPORATION, A DELAWARCORPORATIONON, Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEL JADOO RAM LALSINGH Defendant(s) TO:RAM LALSINGH residence unknown, whose last known address is 9978 N SPRINGS WAY CORAL SPRINGS, FL 33076 if alive, and if dead, their unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors or other parties claiming by, through, under or against them and all other persons claiming any right, title or interest in the real property described below. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Washington County Florida: Lot 02, Block 0335, of SUNNY HILLS UNIT FIVE according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 2, at Pages 55 through 59 of the Public Records of Washington County, Florida.has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Charles E. Berk, Esquire, the Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O.Box 5056, Ocala, Florida 34478, and file the original with the Clerk of the above styled Court no later than 30 days from the date of the first publication of this notice of action; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint filed herein. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, & Washington Counties ADA Coordinator P.O. Box 1089 Panama City, FL 32402 Phone:(850) 747-5338 Fax: (850) 747-5717 Hearing Impaired: Dial 711 Email: ADARequest@jud14.flcour ts.org WITNESS my hand and the Seal of this Court, this 22 day of Feb, 2012. LINDA HAYES COOK, CLERK OF COURT, WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA By: K McDaniel As Deputy Clerk CHARLES E. BERK Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 5056 Ocala, Florida 34478 Phone:(352) 629-1155 As published in the Washington County News March 7, 14, 2012 03-3154 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 67-11-CA-423 THE DELTONA CORPORATION, A DELAWARCORPORATIONON, Plaintiff, vs. REYNELD C JEAN SHERFEN LEE POLIDOR Defendant(s) TO:REYNELD C JEAN and SHERFEN LEE POLIDOR residence unknown, whose last known address is 3433 NW 44TH ST ., APT #104 LAUDERDALE LAKES, FL 33309 if alive, and if dead, their unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors or other parties claiming by, through, under or against them and all other persons claiming any right, title or interest in the real property described below. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Washington County Florida: Lot 3, Block 1641, of SUNNY HILLS UNIT FOUR according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 2, at Pages 42 through 54 of the Public Records of Washington County, Florida.has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Charles E. Berk, Esquire, the Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O.Box 5056, Ocala, Florida 34478, and file the original with the Clerk of the above styled Court no later than 30 days from the date of the first publication of this notice of action; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint filed herein. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. 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Flexible hometime. CDL-A, 3 months current OTR experience. (800)414-9569 www.driveknight.com EXPERIENCED OTR FLATBED DRIVERS earn 50 up to 55 cpm loaded. $1000 sign on to qualified drivers. Home most weekends. Vets welcome. Call: (843)266-3731 / bulldoghiway.com EOE Food Svs/HospitalityBaristas and Chefs NeededExperienced baristas and chefs/assistants wanted for new “Gourmet to Go” and coffee bar in Marianna, FL. Fax resume and contact info to 850-482-7505. Web ID#: 34204105Text FL04105 to 56654 HIRING EXPERIENCED/ INEXPERIENCED TANKER DRIVERS! Great Benefits and Pay! New Fleet Volvo Tractors! 1 Year OTR Exp. Req. -Tanker Training Available. Call Today: (877)882-6537 www.OakleyTransport.com MEDICAL BILLING TRAINEES NEEDED! Train to become a Medical Office Assistant! No Experience needed! Job Training & Local Placement assistance. HS Diploma/GED & PC/Internet needed! (888)374-7294 Medical/Health Bonifay Nursing & Rehab Center is now accepting applications for CNA’S. All shifts available. Sign on Bonus is a 90 day program.The successful candidate will have excellent references with a focus on provision of care and time and attendance. Competitive pay & benefits package.Please Apply in person.for more details. EEO/ AAEMPLOYER M/F/V/D NEW TO TRUCKING? Your new career starts now! $0 Tuition Cost No Credit Check Great Pay & Benefits, Short employment commitment required Call (866)297-8916 www.joinCRST.com The City of Vernon FL will accept applications for the position of Deputy Clerk. Must have knowledge of computers, experienced in performing clerical and accounting functions for utility billing, strong ability to interact and communicate with people, often in stressful situations. Apply at City Hall, 2808 Yellow Jacket Dr. Vernon Fl, Monday thru Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, application deadline is April 13th. Pre-employment drug testing is required. Drug-free Workplace, Equal opportunity Employer. LIVE-WORKPARTYPLAY! 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Use two-way radio. Must be able to secure wheelchairs (will train); be a team player assisting other drivers when needed; enjoy working with elderly, disabled and other riders. Applications may be obtained at any of the Tri-County Community Council, Inc., offices or on the agency website www.tricountycommunitycouncil.com and submitted by Monday, Apr 09 at 4:00 p.m. For information call LeaAnn, Personnel Tech at (850) 547-3689. Successful applicant will be subject to pre-employment drug test. Only qualified applicants will be considered. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG AND SMOKE FREE WORKPLACE.


www.washcomall.com WE BELIEVE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY! of Washington County Mega Site key to jobs, economic growth for regionVolume 5 Number 4 Washington County, Florida April-May 2012 Several weeks ago a press release to was sent to newspapers and other media in the Northwest Florida area. It was also picked up by many other pa pers throughout the United States including one from Alaska. Why was this press release so important to be picked up by other states newspa pers? Very simply, it is a big deal in Economic Development to tell the major manufacturing companies of the world that in the Northwest Florida region like-minded people are trying to locate and market a Mega Site. What is a Mega Site and why is it important? Simply put a Mega-Site is a tract of land with a minimum of at least 600 acres, but on average they will be at least 1,000 acres and have direct access to an interstate and rail. They are so massive in size because they usually have large manufacturing companies, with well over 1,000 employees and sometimes exceed 2,000 employ Ted Everett Executive Director ees. They have to have rail be cause of the raw materials and/or parts that have to be brought in to assemble their nal product. Sound good so far? It gets bet ter. When a company of a size such as this comes to a Mega Site, think about the other businesses that follow. These companies are usually described as Tier 1 or Tier 2 suppliers. They manufacture or build components that will be supplied to the larger company and most of them will be located within a 100 mile radius of the Mega-Site. Are you starting to see the big picture? Over six months ago, a group of economic development profes sionals representing eight-plus counties in Northwest Florida as well as Dothan, Ala., met. It is the concept of regionalism that brought us together at this time and an initial plan was discussed. This group has determined that we need to locate a Mega-Site in Northwest Florida. If one can be found and marketed to the right company, we all win. If a large enough company comes to our area, thousands of jobs could be created, not only on the Mega Site but in smaller industrial parks throughout all of our Counties. These smaller industrial parks will see the Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers set up shop. It will all be a good thing for the entire region and that is the most important focus ... the entire region. It is very important that people understand that when an entire region can be affected by a project of this magnitude, all people will see a positive benet. Common in economic development language: A rising tide lifts all boats. This will be a lengthy process but in the end, if we can nd the Mega Site, and market it correctly and land the right company, we all win. Existing Mega Site location in South Carolina


Ted EverettPage Two Washington County Business Advocate April-May 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 make our way into spring, it reminds me how things in our lives are always changing. Like the Florida weather, if you dont like how it is now, just wait a minute. It would be fair to say we all are ready for some change in this economy. My appraisal practice provides me with the opportunity to travel throughout the Panhandle and meet with people from all walks of life. This is by far the best part of my job. I have meet some wonderful people and made some great friends over the years. It is amazing how much you can learn by keeping your eyes and ears open. Due to the nature of my visit, the conversation tends to turn to the economy and what the downturn means to their property values. Needless to say, in the last few years my response has not been well received. Things have not been good in most markets and a lot of properties have lost value. We have not seen the dramatic drop in values that some markets have, but the decline has been steady and all segments of the market have been affected. The good news is that some local signs of change have begun to pop up. New residential developments starting the planning process, beginning phases of large scale economic development projects and yes, even a pick up in the local real estate markets. Local lenders are reporting an increase in loan activity. I have seen an increase in the volume of appraisal orders. And even some signs of life in the construction industry are appearing. All good signs that things may be turning around in the real estate economy. Other signs of change are beginning as well. Some local retailers are reportingincreased trafc activity, local car dealers are seeing an increase in sales, and unemployment rates appear to be inching down somewhat. Your Chamber is trying to help you Philip Pippin As many of you may have read, the Chipley Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has been investigating how to improve the al leyway between 1359 S. Railroad Ave. (Baxleys Cleaners) and the park ing lot at the corner of State Road 77 and US Hwy. 90. As CRA Director, I briefed the CRA board members on March 7 about an earlier on-site meeting with City Manager Dan Miner and CRA Chair Amy Wiwi. to be done, then the CRA can begin the Request for Proposals (RFP) process. This project will not be done overnight and the CRA will look at all methods to keep the costs down. The Board has already had to consider relocation of A/C units due to engineering and nancial constraints. Be sure to follow the progress of this exciting CRA project on the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page! 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 Jan Page Community South Credit Union 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 in this edgling recovery. The board of directors and the executive director have begun our Coffee Breaks with business. This is a monthly morning meeting with local business leaders and owners. These meetings started in January and appear to have been well received. The Chamber has received several actionable ideas from these meetings and we are taking steps to provide local businesses with new opportunities for growth. I feel this is a great way to listen to our members and allow the Chamber to be more responsive to your needs. If you have issues or concerns and would like to join us at one of our Coffee Breaks, please contact the Chamber or myself for a schedule of future meetings. Your chamber, through its many contacts, has the ability to grease the wheels, run interference, or just lend a helping hand to all of our members. We hope that programs like this will allow us to listen to our members and help us all recover from the great recession. Remember, we believe in you and Washington County. As a result of that meeting, I was able to inform the Board that redeveloping the al leyway would be a two-part process. First, the actual base, or ground, of the alley would be addressed, soon to be followed by the other aspects of the project, such as murals, lighting, etc. Currently, the CRA Board is await ing the temporary construction easement documents from the City attorney which would need to be signed by the building owners. These building owners actually own the alley. Once these documents are signed and engineers have discussed what needs


April-May 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Three Third Thursday Programs Northwest Florida Community Hospital offers relief from problem wounds to the residents of Washington County and Northwest Florida through Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy. When time does not heal your wounds.... the Wound Healing Institute at Northwest Florida Community Hospital can help. Our physician-supervised medical team is trained and specialized in therapeutic wound care and hyperbaric medicine. A personalized plan of care will provide you the quickest path to healing. We Treat You Like Family better than If you have a problem wound, consult our doctor or call for an evaluation. Physician referral not required. Wound Healing Institute Northwest Florida Community Hospital 1360 Brickyard Road Chipley Florida 850-415-8300 www.nfch.org Page joins Chamber board April 19 Program: Port of Port St. Joe Tommy Pitts, director of the Port of Port St. Joe, will discuss the Ports dredging activities to better handle larger freight ships. is project will have regional impact in Northwest Florida. Sponsor: Washington County Chamber of Commerce May 17 Program & Sponsor: Power South Ed Gard ne r, economic development oce of Power South, will discuss mega-sites and the necessary actions to establish one. Jan Page, president and CEO of Community South Credit Union, has joined the board of directors of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Page earned her bachelors degree in accounting from the University of West Florida. She worked as a corporate accountant in Jacksonville and Panama City until she joined the Community South Credit Union in 2002. Page was named president and CEO in 2007. Under her leadership, the credit unions assets have grown to $88 million with ofces in Chipley and Bonifay. Page is married to Daniel; they have two children: Ella, 9, and Owen, 6.


Page Four Washington County Business Advocate April-May 2012 Legislative update on key economic development issues Below is a 2012 Legislative summary on key economic development issues that passed or were presented during session. As you review the summary, I think that you will agree there were many successes for Florida. e Legislature clearly made business development and job creation a priority and we sincerely thank them and their sta for all their hard work and dedication to the state. Key items that passed include: $2M increase in funding for Enterprise Florida operations. Total FY12-13 appropriation: $16 million Space Floridas $10 million operating budget. Reenactment of the public records exemptions for economic development agencies and the Venture Capital-Florida Opportunity Fund. Increased exibility in Floridas incentive programs. $19.1 million increase in funding for VISIT Florida. Total FY12-13 appropriation: $54 million. Summary of Key Bills House Bill 1003: Constitutional Amendment on Tangible Personal Property Tax is legislation will place a constitutional amendment on the November statewide ballot for Floridians. If the amendment passes, it will exempt property valued between $25,000-$50,000 from the tangible personal property tax. It is estimated that this could save Florida businesses nearly $20 million a year. Status: Still waiting apaproval House Bill 7087: Economic Development Programs is legislation was the major economic development and tax incentive package for the Florida Legislature this session. Included in this package was an increase in the corporate income tax exemption from $25,000 to $50,000. Gov. Scott continues to advocate for the complete reduction of Floridas corporate income tax, and passage of this bill advances his eort. Status: Approved by Governor House Bill 1101: Captive Insurance Update Floridas current captive insurance law is considerably out-of-date as compared to many of those of its competitor states. House Bill 379/ Senate bill 610 sought to update current law. e language, which rened captive insurance law, was amended in the 2012 insurance package, House Bill 1101. e legislation passed the House and Senate and is now awaiting the governors signature. Status: Still waiting approval House Bill 7027: Reemployment Assistance and Unemployment Compensation Tax Relief An important piece of Gov. Scotts Jobs Agenda, this legislation rebrands Floridas unemployment compensation program as reemployment assistance program. An eort to better focus state resources on getting Floridians back to the work, the legislation also reduces the scheduled $100/ per employee unemployment tax increase to $50/per employee saving employers an estimated $549 million during the next two years. Status: Approved by the Governor Source: Enterprise Florida


April-May 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Five NFCH is Chamber Business of the Year for Washington County Northwest Florida Community Hos pital has been named Business of the Year for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. e announcement was made during the annual Chamber ban quet April 5. NFCH is a 59bed healthcare facility that includes a 25bed Critical Access hospital, a 34bed Long Term Care Facil ity and a Home Health Agency. e Hospital has received recognition as one of Floridas Top Hospitals, and the Hospi tal of Choice Award. In 2011, the Florida Hospital Asso ciation r(FHA) recognized NFCH as the most improved hospital in the State of Florida for all hospitals under 200 beds. e Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO). Also in 2011 the FHA recognized President/CEO Pat Schlenker as the Trustee of the Year for Florida hospitals of 150 beds or less. NFCH oers a vast array of services to the community, including: general sur gery, otolaryngology (ENT), wound care and hyperbaric medicine, family medi cine, pain management, podiatry, cardiol ogy, outpatient psychiatric counseling, sleep studies, swing bed/rehabilitation program, and self-referral mammography. New development isnt a stranger to NFCH. In the past eight years, the Hospital has added a new state of the art Emergency Room, which expanded the patient capacity from four to nine beds. During that addition, the patient registra tion and waiting area was renovated and a new patient monitoring system was installed. In 2005, the exterior of the hospital was upgraded, to include new windows and roof. is brought the building to wind code, allowing a safer environment for patients during inclement weather situations. rough a completely new re alarm system project, the building is currently 100 percent sprinkled.e facility has continued to upgrade vital medical equipment to include CT, MRI, Ultrasound, EKG, Mammography, Stress Test and Nuclear Medicine. NFCH has implemented technology that brings ra diologic imaging to a new era for this size facility. A Picture Archiving Communi cation System (PACS) provides almost immediate readings for X-ray, CT, MRI, mammography, and nuclear medicine. e ability to have Board Certied Radiologists give a diagnostic reading 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is one of the improvements that increases the qual ity of patient care to their patients, and decreases wait times in the Emergency Room. Last year, a $1.9 million dollar renova tion was completed on the second oor of the hospital in the patient rooms. e upscale renovation gave new life to patient rooms, waiting areas and nursing work areas. Providing service and quality to the citizens of Washington County is what NFCH is all about. NFCH recently held a ground break ing ceremony for a new, 11,512 square foot Medical Oce Complex. e build ing will house three physician oces, the outpatient psychiatric program and educational classrooms. Photo courtesy of the WCN NFCH CEO Pat Schlenker describes the new, $1.7 million Medical Oce Complex to be built.


Page Six Washington County Business Advocate April-May 2012 The Chamber Hunt The annual Chamber Hunt at Hard Labor Creek featured another year of good fellowship, fun, shooting, and even a surprise announcement. Clockwise from top left, State Rep. Brad Drake announces his decision to postpone re-election until 2014, and instead support Rep. Marti Coley, far left, in her 2012 campaign; they are joined by City Councilman Roger Sloan and School Board Member Susan Roberts; the check presentation raised a cheer, with the Chamber Foundation and County 4-H Club sharing proceeds from the event; after a hard day of hunting the crowd tucked into a great meal; Bill Howell, left, and Andrew Fleener contemplated the days activities. Atkins Global Clark Insurance Community South Credit Union Commercial Property Investments DownHome Dental Center Ebro Greyhound Park First Federal Bank of FL/Chipley GAC Contractors Grease Pro Thank You to the Sponsors of the Chambers Annual Banquet Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative Gulf Power Company Jerry Watkins Insurance Agency Kings Discount Drugs Metric Engineering Northwest Florida Community Hospital One South Bank Orange Hill Express PeoplesSouth Bank Pippin Appraisal Services Smokers Depot Regions Bank Townsend Building Supply Trawick Construction Washington County News Washington Rehab & Nursing Center West Florida Electric Cooperative WestPoint Home


April-May 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Seven February and March 3rd Thursdays Clockwise from left: February program presenter Je Massey, Springhill Waste Management, discusses green practices with February sponsor Dr. Bruce Christmas, Farm Bureau; new Washington County News editor Randal Seyler gets the once over from Ambassador Gary Hartman; February Yard of the Month winner Dr. Kelly Smith receives her award from the Garden Clubs Gwen Collins. President Philip Pippin presents March EDC certicates to: Larry Hinson, Trawick Construction; Wayland Fulford, Capital City Bank; David Yates, Horizon Health Care; and John Doughtery; Ted Everett presents a special recognition award to Ray Dubuque, recently retired from AT&T; March program presenter Rick McCraw, Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency, talks about CRA strategies; breakfast attendees pay close attention to the interesting speakers. THIRD THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS


Page Eight Washington County Business Advocate April-May 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. Spotlight on our Chamber Ambassadors WAYNE & CAROLYN SAUNDERS Wayne and Carolyn have been associated with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce from the time they moved to Chipley. Serving in vari ous capacities, they have witnessed rst-hand what the Chamber has meant to Washington County. Carolyn and Wayne are always eager to volunteer at the Chambers various events and are excellent representatives for our school and business communities as well as Washington County. Upon moving to Chipley, both Wayne and Carolyn were employed by the Washington County School System. Wayne served as director of the Wash ington-Holmes Technical Center and Carolyn as Learning Resource Center coordinator. Wayne currently serves on the Washington County School Board and is a member of the Kiwanis Club, a member of the WHTC Advisory Board, and a director for the Take Stock in Children program. Carolyn is the Chipley High School Juniorette sponsor for the Chipley Womans Club. They are members of First Baptist Church. Both are also members of Friends of the Library and co-founders of Hearts of Promise, a non-prot foundation which raises funds for childrens heart research. Their three children -Clay, Carol, and Candace -are graduates of the Washington County school system. They have ve grandchildren: Hillary is a Chipley High School graduate and attends Chipola College; Meredith and Olivia are Chipley High School students; and Colby and Holly are elementary school students in Prattville, Ala. They state, We are thankful to God for placing us in such a great place in which to live and in which to be a part.


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 Heather Lopez Administrative Assistant Regional and co-op marketing primary focus of TDC Regional and co-op marketing to build the tourism market in Washington County has been the primary focus for the Washington County Tourist Development Council (TDC) during the last three years. Strategically, the integration of Washington County into regional and co-op marketing programs is the way to the future. Starting this scal year, the TDC has initiated a Bed Tax Collector cooperative advertising program to encourage lodging facilities throughout the county to promote in conjunction with TDC programs, and to use opportunities available through Visit Florida at the state level for national exposure. e start of this program was the distribution of military discount coupons by the TDC at the nine military travel shows it attended in February and March to attract weekend tourists from the military population within 200 miles. ere are some 488,000 people excluding military retirees living within the area. e TDC also approved committing matching funds to RiverWay South Apalachicola Choctawhatchee for the second year in a row to help in receiving a matching grant through the Department of Economic Opportunity. is grant will fund a full years worth of deliverables aimed at increasing rural tourism to the eight riparian counties it represents, including Washington County. e regional day trip program subcommittee is working hard to get a nalized copy of its tour operator contract ready for approval by the county commissions in each county represented, and ready for bid in early summer. e subcommittee is also distributing its seasonal event guide regionally. e Washington County TDC operates like a business, with Washington County as the product. It measures the results obtained from funds committed to marketing programs, whether its banner ads on-line, magazine ads, or local event grants. As a subordinate activity of the County Commission, the TDC meetings are open to the public and it is always seeking ideas to expand the attraction of tourists to Washington County. ere is a lot of information at the primary website, www. VisitWashingtonCountyFL.com If you have further interest, or call the TDC oce during business hours at (850) 638-6013. Need Help With Your Taxes? Starting A New Business? Trying To Run An Existing One? WE CAN HELP !! Visit Us Online At: www.harecpa.com or call for free initial consultation 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 Formerly Laney Accounting & Tax Service, LLC 1378 N. Railroad Ave. 2589 Jenks Avenue Chipley, FL 32428 Panama City, FL 32405 (850) 638-4961 (850) 763-9635 G. Chuck Taylor, CPA Heather Wells, CPA Tina Dryden, CPA Roger L. Laney, III, EA, ABA


Page Ten Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2012 State Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam, second from left, visited local farmers and spoke to a group of business and government leaders in Washington County at the end of March. He shared his views on energy, including biofuels, as well as food production and water conservation and consumption and how all impact the growth of our state and specically north Florida. The Washington County Chamber was one of several organizations who sponsored Putnams visit. Photo courtesy of Washington County News Putnam visits local farmers ADAM J. PEADEN, DPM Gulf Coast Podiatry/Chipley Ofce 1360 Brickyard Ave, Chipley, FL 32428 850-638-FOOT (3668) Credit Cards Accepted


February-March 2012 Washington County Business Advocate Page Eleven MEMBERSHIP REPORT Renewals Acadian Hardwoods Inc. AT&T Chipley Hardware/MH Supplies CMI Services Inc. Graphic Designs & Signs Grease Pro Inc. H & R Block Junior Achievement of NW FL East. Reg Kindel Awards Lanes Outdoor Equipment, Inc. Little Darlins Creations Main Street Autocare Center Northwest Florida Aesthetic Inc. OakHill Smokehouse/Catering Panhandle Veterinary Services Quality Inn Rogers Insurance Agency Sand Hills Santa Sassers Bookkeeping Service Super 8 Motel The Spanish Trail Playhouse Inc. Volkert & Associates, Inc. Wash. Co. Council on Aging Wash-Holmes Techncial Center Washington County Arts Council Washington County News West FL Pregnancy/Family Ctr. WestPoint Home, Inc. Andrew Fleener Brenda J. Harris Gerald J. Haviland Wayne C. Saunders Carolyn D. Saunders New Members Family Health Care of Sunny Hills Gulf Coast Podiatry HNTB Corporation Seaborns Auto Repair EDC Investments Acadian Hardwoods ABC Fence Systems CMI Services, Inc. Washington-Holmes Technical Center Washington County News WestPoint Home, Inc. Andrew Fleener TOTAL: 358 TOTAL MEMBERS: 357 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 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


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 MAY 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 2 10:30 am -Chipley Garden Club 3 6:30pm -Sunny Hills Civic Association 5:00pm -Chipley City Council Workshop 5 Full Flower Moon 7 6 pm Vernon Town Council Workshop 8 6:00pm -Chipley City Council Meeting 6:00pm -Ebro Town Council 6:00pm -Caryville Town Council 9 Noon -Chipley Womens Club 11-12 Wash. Co. Relay for Life at Pals Park-Chipley 13 HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! 14 5:30pm -Washington County School Board Meeting 7:00pm -Vernon City Council Meeting 15 10:30amWausau Garden Club 17 7:30am -Chamber 3rd Thursday Mtg @ Pattillos 9 am Wash. Co. Commission Mtg @ Annex 21 NoonChamber Ambassador Mtg. 6 pm Vernon Town Council Workshop 28 7:00pm -Vernon Town Council Meeting (*) TBA TDC Workshop/Meeting @ Chamber Upcoming Events APRIL 5 Chamber Annual Banquet Ag Center 17 IRS Taxpayer Filing Deadline (15th is on Sunday) MAY 5 Cinco de Mayo 13 Mothers Day 28 Memorial Day APRIL 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 APRIL FOOLS DAY! 10:30 am-Amer. Pit Bull Terrier Show-Wausau 2 6 pm. Vernon Town Council Workshop WC Recycling Amnesty Day! 4 10:30 am Chipley Garden Club Mtg. 5 5 pm Chipley City Council Workshop 6 pm Chamber Annual Banquet Ag Center 6:30 pm Sunny Hills Civic Association Mtg 6 GOOD FRIDAY Chamber Closed Full Pink Moon 8 EASTER 9 5:30 pm WC School Board Meeting 6 pm Wausau Town Council Meeting 7 pm Vernon Council Meeting 10 6 pm Chipley City Council Meeting 6 pm Caryville Town Council Meeting 6 pm Ebro Town Council Meeting 11 Noon Chipley Womans Club Mtg @ Clubhouse 14 Holmes Valley Heritage Day/Tractor Pull 16 9 am Wash. Co. Commission Workshop @ Annex 6 pm. Vernon Town Council Workshop 17 10:30 am Wausau Garden Club 20-21 Legends & Lore Falling Waters SP 22 Earth Day! 23 7 pm Vernon Council Meeting 4 pm TDC Workshop/Meeting @ Chamber 26 Open House at Washington Rehab & Nursing Center 27-28 Orange & Bluegrass Festival Wed like to give you KUDOS But you have to tell Us what they are! If your business or a key staff member has received a special achievement, award or designation, let us know so we can share it with your fellow Chamber members! Email the announcement to chris@washcomall.com; mail to P.O. Box 457, Chipley, Fla., 32428, Attn: 672 5th Street.