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50 www.chipleypaper.comFor the latest breaking news, visitCHIPLEYPAPER.COM Connectwithus24/7Getbreakingnews,videos,expandedstories,photo galleries,opinionsandmore...@WCN_HCT CHIPLEYPAPER.COM Enterprise Zone boundaries expandedSpecial to The NewsThe Washington County Chamber of Commerce has announced the State of Florida has approved its ling for an expansion to the Washington County Enterprise Zones in both Vernon and Ebro. The Chamber of Commerce began this process in 2013 with the assistance and support of Rep. Marti Coley, R-Marianna, to expand the Enterprise Zone boundaries of all the RACEC counties (Rural Areas of Critical Economic Concern) within the state. The legislation was passed, and the Washington County Chamber worked with both Vernon and Ebro to expand their Enterprise Zones boundaries. This expansion will have a positive effect on any new or expanding business in multiple ways: If you are an S Corporation, sole proprietor, partnership or LLC and create new jobs, you can deduct a portion of those salaries as credits (up to 45 percent for 24 months) against sales tax your business pays the State of Florida or get a refund of Florida Sales Tax for building materials used to physically expand or rehabilitate Six arrested during narcotics investigationFrom Staff ReportsCHIPLEY The Washington County Drug Task Force, consisting of Washington County Sheriffs Of ce and Chipley Police Department, reported the arrest of six people on Jan. 27 after an extensive narcotics investigation spanning several months. Arrested were Donald Eugene Skipper, 45, of Chipley; Dustin Royce Brown, 32, of Holmes County; Kendra Elise Dumas, 26, of Holmes County; Billy Joe Alvarado, 36, of Slocomb, Ala.; Dana Louise Castro, 39, of Slocomb, Ala.; and Ronald Keith Barrow, 53, Washington County. According to the report, the WCDTF executed a search warrant on Rattlebox Road in Chipley, and all suspects were apprehended at the residence. During a search of the property, 18.5 grams of methamphetamines (ICE) were found packaged and ready for sale, and a handgun was found in close proximity to the narcotics, according to the report. Skipper and Brown are being charged with traf cking in methamphetamines, possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, possession of controlled substance without prescription, possession of a rearm by a convicted felon, possession of narcotic equipment and violation of state probation. Dumas is being charged with traf cking in methamphetamines, possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, possession of controlled substance without prescription, possession of a rearm by a convicted felon and possession of narcotic equipment. Alvarado, Castro and Barrow are being charged with possession of narcotic equipment. According to the report, the investigation is ongoing at this time, and additional charges and arrests are pending. WCDTF executed a search warrant in December 2012 at the same residence on Rattlebox Road, where Donald Skipper was charged and taken into custody after the search, according to the report. Skipper was sentenced on September 19, 2013 to seven years probation with the State of Florida Department of Corrections. Washington County Drug Task Force asks that anyone with information on illegal drug activity contact them at 638-TIPS (8477) or tips@wcso.us. Faith Events A4 WEEKENDWashington County NewsAccount set up for Andrea WrightAn account has been set up for Andrea Wright at Community South Bank. The account name is Bene ts for Andrea. The account number is 216680. It was set up for Andrea by her aunt. 100 percent of donations will go to Andrea and her family. Any donations are greatly appreciated.Astronomy in the ParkMARIANNA The Tallahassee Astronomical Society will present Astronomy in the Park at 9 p.m. today, Feb. 1, at Florida Caverns State Park. The society will be bringing a variety of large telescopes to view the amazing things afar in the universe. Bring binoculars and something to sit on. For more information, call 482-1228. IN BRIEF Get your free copy nowINSIDE INDEXCommunity Calendar .............A3 Faith .....................................A4 Community Calendar .............A5 Classi eds .............................A6 Phone: 850-638-0212 Website: chipleypaper.com Fax: 850-638-4601Saturday, FEBRUARY 1 2014Volume 90, Number 84FAMU visits Vernon Middle SchoolSpecial to The NewsVERNON Vernon Middle School students were treated to a surprise after Winter Break. Dr. Charles G. Peterson, Assistant Principal at Vernon Middle School, had the opportunity to meet and invite Cynthia Davis-Holloway to Vernon Middle school campus to speak to the students. She presented students information from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical Universitys (FAMU) Division of agricultural Sciences and their offerings in education, veterinary technology, training in food and the agricultural sciences. The curricula in the division also provides for broad training in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Mrs. Davis-Holloway is currently the Recruiter of Veterinary Technology for The College of Agriculture and Food Science/Veterinary DUSTIN R. BROWN DONALD E. SKIPPER KENDRA ELISE DUMAS BILLY JOE ALVARADO DANA LOUISE CASTRO RONALD K. BARROWSPECIAL TO HALIFAX MEDIA GROUPCharles Peterson, Vernon Middle School assistant principal, invited Cynthia Davis-Holloway to speak at the school about Florida Agricultural and Mechanical Universitys program offerings. See FAMU A2 See BOUNDARIES A2


LocalA2 | Washington County News Saturday, February 1, 2014 SALESREPRESENTATIVES HalifaxMediaGroupiscurrentlylooking foroutsidesalesrepresentative.Ifyou areinsalesandarecondentinyour salesabilities,thenthisopportunity maybeforyou.Wearelookingfor energeticSalesExecutiveswith2+ yearsofB2Boutsidesalesandbusiness developmentexperience. Responsibilities: Inourorganization,weofferthefollowingtoouroutsidesalesAccountExecutives: NewhireandongoingtraininganddevelopmentRequirements: Toapply:Sendresumetolgrimes@pcnh.comEOE,DrugFreeWorkplaceTerritoriesAvailableIn PortSt.Joe WAUSAUMonday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday: 1-6 p.m. Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 1-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday: ClosedHOLMES COUNTYMonday: Closed Tuesday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon Sunday: ClosedWAShHINGTON COUNTYMonday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: ClosedVERNONMonday: Closed Tuesday-Wednesday: 1-6 p.m. Thursday: Closed Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: ClosedSSUNNY HILLSMonday: 1-6 p.m. Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 1-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday: Closed Library HOURSOURSyour facility. The Enterprise Zone programs provide economic incentives to attract new jobs and opportunities to Washington County. According to the Washington County Enterprise Zone Coordinator, Ted Everett, The expansion of these two Enterprise Zones will now allow for a greater opportunity for increased nancial incentives for new, expanding and/or relocating businesses who create jobs and make capital investments in both Ebro and Vernon. As the administrator of the Enterprise Zone program in Washington County, it has been a goal of the Chamber of Commerce to enlarge these areas as they go through the transitions caused by the widening of S.R. 79. The Enterprise Zones in both Ebro and Vernon have been increased by 1.5 miles each. The expansion approval is retro-active to Jan. 1, 2014. The Washington County Chamber of Commerce believes in Washington County and wishes to thank Atkins Global and Southeastern Surveying & Mapping for their many hours of assistance in mapping these expansions. For more information in the Enterprise Zone programs, as well as membership in the Chamber of Commerce, please call 850-638-4157. BOUNDARIES from page A1Technology at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee. Davis-Holloway also introduced students to the Ag-Discovery program, which an outreach program to help students learn about careers in animal science, veterinary m edicine,  and agribusiness and plant pathology. This two to four week program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the U .S. government.  Students who participate in Ag-Discovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, eld trips and other group and team building activities.SS PEc C IAL TO HALIFAX MM EDIA GG ROUPCynthia Davis-Holloway speaks to Vernon Middle School students about program offersing at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. FA A MU U from page A1 Special to the NewsCHIPLEY IPLEY Chipley Police Department reported the arrest of Charles William Shumaker during a trafc stop on Jan. 28. According to the report, an ofcer with the Chipley Police Department conducted a trafc stop of a Toyota truck after observing a trafc violation committed by the vehicle and during the course of the trafc stop it was determined the driver, Shumaker, had a susp ended driver license.  A search of the vehicle revealed an amount of methamphetamine (ICE), as well as, syringes, cut straws, and a spoon which had been concealed within a small box on the driver side of the toolbox a nd  Shumaker was placed un der arrest and transported to the Washington County Jail where he was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license, knowingly, according to the report. The use of methamphetamine represents a signicant threat to our community and families, said Chief Kevin Crews. The Chipley Police Department remains dedicated to the removal of these drugs and those who choose to trafc these drugs through our community. I encourage anyone with any information regarding any illegal activity to report these activities to the Chipley Police Department at 638-6310 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers of Washington county at 638-TIPS. ChHARLES W. Sh SHUMAKEROne arrested on drug charges during a trafc stop Families have one month to enroll with current plan pricesSpecial to Halifax Media GroupTALLATALLA HASSEE ASSEE Families have only one month remaining to apply and purchase a Florida Prepaid College Plan during this years open enrollment. The opportunity to take advantage of current plan prices, which remain unchanged from last year on the lump-sum payment schedule, ends Feb. 28. Enrolling children is easy to do online at www.myoridaprepaid. com. The families of more than 1 million children have taken the essential steps to securing their childs higher education by saving early and doing so with a Florida Prepaid College Plan, said Florida Prepaid College Board Chairman Duane Ottenstroer. Families have little control on the changing costs of college, but with the savings options provided by Florida Prepaid College Plans, families on any budget have the opportunity to get a step ahead and safely save for their childs college education with peace of mind. Its never too early or too late to start saving. Families can select one of four Prepaid Plans to prepay the cost of tuition and most mandatory fees at Floridas 12 state universities and 28 colleges. Though designed for use at a Florida College or State University, the exibility of a Florida Prepaid Plan allows the amount covered by the plan to be applied to schools nationwide as well a technical school or a private educational institution. With four saving options and a variety of payment options available, families have the exibility to tailor their college savings strategy to t their budget and higher education savings needs. Additionally, the Florida Prepaid College Plan is nancially sound. These tax-free plans are nancially guaranteed by the State of Florida, so families have nothing to lose, dispelling concern for loss of investment. If the beneciary decides not to attend college, the plan may be transferred to another member of the family. Or, families can receive full refunds at any time and for any reason. All applications and fee are due by Feb. 28. The rst plan payment is not due until April 20. Families can visit www. myoridaprepaid.com or call 1-800-552-GRAD (4723) to order an enrollment kit or speak to a customer service representative. For more information on plan options and prices, and to purchase a plan, visit www. myoridaprepaid.com. Florida Prepaid college plan enrollment deadline approaching


LocalWashington County News | A3Saturday, February 1, 2014 SATURDAYThe Holmes County Community Health Clinic located at 203 W. Iowa Street, Bonifay, will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the rst and third Saturday The Alford Community Health Clinic will be the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, from 10 a.m. until the last patient is seen. 10 a.m. noon: Childrens education day 4th Saturday of every month North Bay Clan Tribal Grounds, 1560 Lonnie Road.SUNDAY8 p.m.: Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in the board room at Graceville-Campbellton Hospital in Graceville.MONDAY10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides bingo, exercise, games, activities, hot meals and socialization. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. 6 p.m.: Third Monday Holmes/ Washington Relay For Life Meeting at Patillos 6-7:30 p.m.: Salvation Army Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Program (SADVP) hosts a domestic violence support group at the SADVP Rural Outreach ofce, 1461 S. Railroad Ave., Apartment 1, in Chipley. Call Emma or Jess at 415-5999.TUESDAY8 to 9 a.m.: Tai Chi Class at the Washington County Public Library, Chipley Branch 8 to 10 a.m.: Church Fellowship Breakfasts at Around the Corner Grill. Breakfast provided. All denominations welcome. 10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides hot meals and socialization. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. Noon: Chipley Kiwanis Club meeting. Noon: Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, New Life Assembly Fellowship Hall, Chipley. 5 p.m.: BINGO at St. Joseph Catholic Church games start at 6:25 p.m. Call Peg Russ at 638-451 6 p.m.: Holmes County Commission meets second Tuesdays. 7 p.m.: Narcotics Anonymous meeting, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on County Road 177AWEDNESDAY10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides hot meals and socialization. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Vernon Historical Society Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meetings are fourth Wednesdays at 2 p.m. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. 1 p.m.: Line dancing, Washington Council on Aging in Chipley. 7 p.m.: Depression and Bipolar Support Group meets at First Baptist Church educational annex building in Bonifay. Call 547-4397.THURSDAY7:30 a.m.: Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast every third Thursday 9 a.m. 11 a.m.: Amazing Grace Church USDA Food Distribution every third Thursday (Holmes County Residents Only) 9 a.m. 3 p.m.: Money Sense at Goodwill Career Training Center; call 638-0093; every third Thursday 10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides hot meals and socialization. 10:30 a.m.: Chipley Library preschool story time. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. 11 a.m.: Care Givers Support group meets third Thursdays at the First Presbyterian Church at 4437 Clinton St. in Marianna. Noon: Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting at New Life Assembly Fellowship Hall, Chipley 1 p.m.: Caregivers Meeting at Washington County Council on Aging in Chipley for more information call 638-6216 2 p.m.: Writers Group meets the rst Thursday of each month (unless a holiday) at the Chipley Library 4 p.m.: Holmes County Historical Society 2nd Thursday of each month. 6 p.m.: TOPS meets at 7 p.m. with weigh in at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church 6 p.m.: The Holmes County Historical Society meets rst Thursdays at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. 6 p.m.: Washington County Council on Aging Line Dancing Class for more information call 638-6216 6:30 p.m.: T.O.P.S. Mt. Olive Baptist Church on State Road 79 North. 7 p.m.: Narcotics Anonymous meeting, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on County Road 177AFRIDAY6 a.m.: Mens Breakfast and Bible Study at Hickory Hill Baptist Church in Westville. 10 a.m. to noon: Holmes Council on Aging provides bingo, exercise, games, activities, hot meals and socialization. 11 a.m.: Washington Council on Aging (Chipley) senior lunches; for reservations, call 638-6217. Donations accepted. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: On third Fridays, Washington County Council on Aging (Chipley) will have a plate lunch available to anyone as a fundraiser for our local senior citizens. Plates are $6. Must make reservation at 638-6216 or 638-6217. 3:30: Bead Class every second Friday at Laurden-Davis Art Gallery call 703-0347 5 p.m.: Red Hill Methodist Church Mission Supper 4th Friday of every month January TheCityofVernonwillholdacityelectionon Tuesday,March25,2014toelectaMayor,and three(3)Councilmembers.Thethreecouncil seatswillbefortwo(2)yearterms.Candidate qualifyingwillbeginonMonday,February 3rdandcloseonFriday,February7that 4:00p.m.Candidateswillbeconrmedata specialcouncilmeetingonMonday,February 10,2014at7:00p.m.Voterregistrationbooks willcloseonTuesday,February11,2014at 4:00p.m.Registrationformsareavailableat VernonCityHall,2808YellowJacketDrive, Vernon,FLorattheSupervisorofElections Ofce,1331SouthBlvd.,Suite900,Chipley, FL.Thepollswillopenat7:00a.m.andclose at7:00p.m.Tuesday,March25,2014.CITYELECTION CITIZENSADVISORYTASKFORCE MEETINGNOTICETheTownofWausausCitizensAdvisoryTaskForcewill holdapublicmeetingonMonday,February10,2014at 5:00p.m.Thepurposeofthismeetingwillbetodiscuss theTownapplyingforagrantundertheFloridaDepartmentofEconomicOpportunitysSmallCitiesCommunity DevelopmentBlockGrantProgramfortheFFY2013fundingcycle. TheCitizensAdvisoryTaskForcewillholdthemeetingat theTownHallCouncilChambers,TownofWausau,located at16072ndAvenue,Wausau,Florida.Thepublicisinvited toattend.PursuanttotheprovisionsoftheAmericans withDisabilitiesAct,anypersonrequiringspecialaccommodationstoparticipateinthisworkshopisaskedto advisetheagencyatleast48hours-beforetheworkshop bycontacting:Ms.JoAnnHayes,TownClerk,Townof Wausauat(850)638-1781orbye-mailat:townofwausau@bellsouth.net.Ifyouarehearingorspeechimpaired,pleasecontacttheagencyusingtheFloridaRelay Service,1(800)955-8771(TDD)or 1(800)955-8770(Voice). CITIZENSADVISORY TASKFORCE MEETINGNOTICETheCityofVernonsCitizensAdvisoryTaskForcewillhold apublicmeetingonMonday,February10,2014at3:00p.m. ThepurposeofthismeetingwillbetodiscusstheCityapplyingforagrantundertheFloridaDepartmentofEconomic OpportunitysSmallCitiesCommunityDevelopmentBlock GrantProgramfortheFFY2013fundingcycle. TheCitizensAdvisoryTaskForcewillholdthemeetingat theCityHallCouncilChambers,CityofVernon,locatedat 2808YellowJacketDrive,Vernon,Florida.Thepublicisinvitedtoattend.PursuanttotheprovisionsoftheAmericans withDisabilitiesAct,anypersonrequiringspecialaccommodationstoparticipateinthisworkshopisaskedtoadvisethe agencyatleast48hours-beforetheworkshopbycontacting: Ms.KarenDodd,InterimCityClerk,CityofVernonat(850) 535-2444orbye-mailat:vernoncityhall@gmail.com.Ifyou arehearingorspeechimpaired,pleasecontacttheagency usingtheFloridaRelayService, 1(800)955-8771(TDD)or1(800)955-8770(Voice). TAMPA (AP) The remains of 55 people have been unearthed from a graveyard at a former reform school with a history of abuse, researchers said Tuesday. University of South Florida researchers began excavating the graveyard at the now-closed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in September. The dig nished in December. Ofcial records indicated 31 burials at the Marianna site, but researchers had estimated there would be about 50 graves. All the bodies found were interred in cofns either made at the school or bought from manufacturers, said Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist leading the universitys investigation. Some were found under roads or overgrown trees, well away from the white, metal crosses marking the 31 ofcially recorded graves. Now, researchers will try to identify the remains and determine the causes of death. The bodies were buried sometime between the late 1920s and early 1950s, researchers said. We know very little about those who are buried, Kimmerle said. They found buttons, a stone marble in a boys pocket and hardware from cofns. Researchers recovered thousands of nails and a brass plate that read, At rest, likely from a cofn lid. DNA from the remains will be sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identication for analysis. Twelve families have contacted researchers in the hopes of identifying relatives that might have been buried at the school, and ofcials hope dozens of other families will come forward and provide DNA samples to compare with the remains. Ovell Krell of Auburndale is one of the relatives who already has come forward, hoping to nd out what happened to her brother. George Owen Smith was sent to Dozier when he was 14 in 1941, and he was found dead a couple of months later. His family never recovered his body, and Krell hopes to claim his remains and bury them with their parents at a family plot in central Florida. We are hoping for closure, she said. Another dig is scheduled next month. Nearby residents and former employees and inmates at the northwest Florida school are helping investigators determine other potential burial sites, Kimmerle said. Dozier opened in 1900 and closed in 2011 for budgetary reasons. Some former students from the 1950s and 1960s have accused employees and guards at the school of physical and sexual abuse, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concluded after an investigation that it could not substantiate or dispute the claims. The University of South Florida secured a permit to exhume the remains after beginning its own research and verifying more deaths and graves than documented by law enforcement.More remains excavated at Dozier AP fiFI Le E photoPHOTO | University of South Florida Associate Professor Erin Kimmerle, center, facing camera, with investigators at a research site in a graveyard at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Researchers from the university have excavated the remains of 55 people in the graveyard at Dozier, ve more than previous eldwork had indicated might be there and 24 more than ofcial records indicate should be there. Community CALLENDAR


FAITH www.chipleypaper.com ASection POSTMASTER: Send address change to: Washington County News P.O. Box 627, Chipley, FL 32428 USPS 667-360 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN COUNTY 13 weeks: $20; 26 weeks: $28.70; 52 weeks: $48.60OUT OF COUNTY13 weeks: $24.30; 26 weeks: $36.40; 52 weeks: $60.70 The News is published every Wednesday and Saturday by Halifax Media Group, 1364 N. Railroad Ave., Chipley, FL 32428. Periodicals postage paid at Chipley, Florida. Copyright 2013, Halifax Media Group. 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 Halifax Media Group. Nicole P. Bare eld, Publisher Cameron Everett, Production SupervisorHome delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions.The views expressed here are not necessarily those of this paper or Halifax Media Group. WANT MORE?Find us online at chipleypaper.com friend us on Facebook or tweet us @WCN_HCT CONTACTUSPUBLISHER Nicole Bare eld: nbare eld@chipleypaper.com NEWS, SPORTS OR OPINION news@chipleypaper.com CLASSIFIED & CIRCULATION 850-638-0212 clamb@ chipleypaper.com Circulation Customer Service 1-800-345-8688 ADVERTISING Bill Allard: wallard@ chipleypaper. com 850-638-0212Page 4 Saturday, February 1, 2014Vessels of Praise at Caryville Evangelistic CenterCARYVILLE The Vessels of Praise will be at the Caryville Evangelistic Center at 6 p.m., on Feb. 2. The church is located on Wrights Creek Road. Charles Barton is the Pastor.Gospel Jam SessionCHIPLEY Christian Haven Church will be holding their monthly Jam Session on Feb. 1. Refreshments will start at 6 p.m. and sing will start shortly after. For more information call 638-0836 or 773-2620.Cooked to Order DEFUNIAK SPRINGS Breakfast Cooked to Order will be available Saturday Feb. 1 in the Parish Hall at St. Agathas Episcopal Church (150 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs). Pancakes, eggs, grits or home fries, sausage or bacon, sausage gravy on toast or biscuit, juice, milk or coffee will be offered from 7 until 11 a.m. along with service with a smile. We also offer Healthy Choice selections (yogurt or oatmeal, fruit or juice, poached eggs, low calorie muf n or toast, etc.). Cost for the breakfast is $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10. Take-outs are available if you cant stay and talk awhile with your neighbors. Proceeds bene t the church which has Hospitality and Food Ministry as a part of their outreach efforts. Plan to come and bring friends. See you this Saturday and come again on March 1, April 5, and May 3. The historic Church will be open for tours. Choir FestivalBONIFAY Bonifay FUMC is hosting Everyone Sing! choir festival for area choirs and singers on Feb. 1, 2014. All are welcome to participate. We will have group vocal technique classes in the morning followed by a joint rehearsal to learn three songs in the afternoon. The day ends with a concert at 6 p.m. at Bonifay FUMC. Choirs participating include Baptist College of Florida, Walton High School, Bonifay FUMC, and Enterprise Masterworks Choir. For more information please contact royhoobler@ yahoo.com.Mission ConventionCHIPLEY The 2014 Mission Convention will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 and 2 at Grace Assembly in Chipley. InCharacter will kick of this great event at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. The church is located at 576 Main Street in Chipley.St. Lukes to Host Fine Art SeriesMARIANNA Jonny Lipford will be playing his Native American Courting Flute at 4 p.m. on Feb.16 as part of the Fine Art Series at St. Lukes Episcopal Church. There will be a Meet the Artist reception to follow. Donations are accepted for the Fine Art Series. The church is located at 4362 Lafayette Street in Marianna. For more information call 482-2431. Faith EVENTSSometimes God calls us just to be light WASHINGTON (AP) When President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican in March, both men will speak a common economic language rooted in similar views about poverty and income inequality, giving prominence to an issue the U.S. president wants to be a central theme of his second term. In the complicated relationship between the Obama administration and the Catholic Church, the White House sees the popular new pontiff and his emphasis on the plight of the poor as a form of moral validation of the presidents economic agenda. When Obama delivered a major address on the economy last month, he cited the growth of inequality across the developed world and made sure to note that the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length. Obama will meet with the pope on March 27 during a four-day European trip that includes a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands and a U.S.-European Union summit in Brussels. The meeting is the rst between the president and Pope Francis. Obama had an audience with the previous pope, Benedict XVI, in July 2009. At the time, the Vatican underscored the deep disagreement between them on abortion. Benedict gave the president a copy of a Vatican document on bioethics that asserted the churchs opposition to using embryos for stem cell research, cloning and in-vitro fertilization. Obama supports stem cell research. Francis has made it clear that Catholic positions on homosexuality, same-sex marriage and abortion havent changed. But in his view those issues which create con ict need to be de-emphasized a bit, said John C. Green, a political scientist who specializes in religion and politics at the University of Akron. The pope created a stir in November when he decried trickle-down theories that assert that economic growth can result in greater justice and inclusiveness as unproven. The excluded are still waiting, he wrote. Paul Begala, a former top aide to President Bill Clinton, said Obama can only bene t from Francis emphasis on economic disparities. It becomes very dif cult for conservatives to attack President Obama for being divisive, when the worlds greatest gure for unity is saying pretty much the same thing, Begala said. American Catholics as a whole dont tend to take speci c policy guidance from the pope, whether its Pope Benedict or Pope Francis, Green said. But what the pope can do is to get them thinking about particular issues and thinking about them in distinctly Catholic ways. That kind of rethinking could very well be an advantage to President Obama. The issue of health care has highlighted other disagreements between the administration and the Catholic Church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been a high-pro le critic of a provision in Obamas health care law that requires employers to provide insurance coverage that includes birth control. Churches and other houses of worship are exempt from the control requirement, but af liated institutions that serve the general public are not. That includes charitable organizations, universities and hospitals, and critics say that violates religious liberty. The issue is now before the Supreme Court.Obama, Pope Francis to meet in MarchAs I settled into my pastorate in Danville, Penn., I was delighted to have as one of our parishioners a retired missionary by the name of Charles F. Stamm. It is always wonderful to have a missionary in the congregation to remind us of what we are all about. As I became acquainted with Charlie, as he wanted to be called, I grew a little disappointed. This missionary was probably the most depressed and discouraged person I had ever seen. It was hard for me to understand why a man who had committed his life to serving the Lord should come to the end of his life a discouraged and depressed old man. I did whatever I could to try to cheer him up, but to no avail. It took a while for me to come to the center of Charlies discouragement and depression. To put it simply, he and his wife had served as missionaries in Mali, West Africa for many years. According to Charlie, his entire ministry was a failure. Several years before I arrived in Danville, Charlies wife, Sadie, had died of cancer. That brought more depression upon this dear old brother. In a rare moment of con dence, Charlie told me that in all his years in Africa, he had never led one soul to Jesus Christ. When he told me that, his eyes over owed with tears of sorrow and regret. What has my life really meant? he sobbed. Unfortunately, I had no words of encouragement for my dear brother. In doing a little research, I found an article in the Alliance Witness dated June 5, 1991. One sentence in that article jumped out at me. Thirty-three years later there were still no Fulbe churches. The Stamms had succeeded only in sowing the gospel seed among these people. According to the record, there was nothing to show for Charlie and his wifes ministry in Africa. After getting to know Charlie a little bit he shared with me his testimony. One night my brother and I heard a young man preach the gospel on the street corner. I do not remember just what he said but he put me under conviction. I was selfrighteous and thought I was saved because I thought I was doing the best possible for one to be saved. Billy Sunday came to Pittsburgh and as I was hungering after God I gladly attended one of his meetings. After one meeting, one of the Christian workers asked me if I was saved. I told him I thought so. He then gave me two tracts, What it means to be a Christian, and, How to make a success of the Christian life. I used to read those tracts, then read my Bible and compare my life with what I was reading. One of the rst things I saw was that I was lost and undone and that Christ had borne my sins and it was necessary for me to accept Him and live for Him. I tried my best to accept the Lord at home but something seemed to say that I needed to accept Christ publicly. I wondered where I could do such a thing. One day on my way to a Lutheran church I saw a small sign on an old building that said, Gospel Mission and something seemed to say that this is the place to accept Christ publicly. On August 1, 1915, I accepted Jesus as my Savior and my burdens rolled away. A few years later in another mission I surrendered to Christ as my Lord and the verse, Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age became a reality to me. Since I found Christ as my Savior I knew that there were many heathen have never heard about him and my heart went out to them. I wanted them to have a chance to accept Christ as their Savior as I did. I believe those in America can nd the Lord as their Savior easily enough if they seek and there are many who know the gospel and will give out the gospel. I believe there are many poor heathen souls who are really seeking the light and they need someone to tell them the simple gospel story. I offered, if need be, my life to serve Christ and felt certain I should offer at least as much to my Lord who bought me with his precious blood. I know I am a failure in myself, but I also know that I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me. I was delighted when Charlie shared his personal testimony with me. As he talked I was convinced he really had a sense of Gods calling upon his life to be a missionary. The problem he had was, he believed he was an absolute failure as a missionary. After all, the results did not show him to be very successful. Several years after coming to Danville we had a missionary conference and one of the missionaries was from Africa. After he settled in, he asked me, Does Charles F. Stamm come to the church here? When I answered in the af rmative, he said he really needed to go and see Charlie. When we got to Charlies apartment, I introduced the two men, one an old seasoned missionary and the other a vibrant young missionary. I could see the curiosity in Charlies eyes as he looked over this young missionary. Rev. Stamm, and he stood in front of Charlie as Charlie sat in his easy chair, I want to bring you Christian greetings from He then rattled off the names of leaders of the church in Mali who were converted from the Muslim religion. As it turned out, these men all remembered Charlie and contributed their conversion to Christ to good old Charlies ministry in Africa. As the missionary told the story of how these young Africans were converted to Jesus Christ and became the leadership of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Mali, good old Charlies eyes lled with tears and they ran down his cheeks almost unstoppable. Charlie began sobbing. Then, I began sobbing. I was not quite sure why I was sobbing, but I knew exactly why good old Charlie was sobbing. For so many years, he felt his ministry was a failure. Now, almost 20 years after he left the eld, he is witnessing the fruit of what he thought was a barren ministry. The missionary gave Charlie pictures of the leaders of the church in Mali and until the day he died, Charlie cherished those photographs. About two years later, I had the honor of of ciating at Charlies funeral. It was my privilege at that funeral to share Charlies story. I have had a long time to think about Charlies story and I have come to a very serious conclusion. Sometimes, for whatever purpose, God calls us to be light in a dark place. What we might be doing at the time may not appear to be very successful from a human standpoint. After all, were not working for a man but rather for God views our life, work and ministry from a divine perspective. Today we are worshiping at the altar of Results. If we do not get the results we want or are expecting, we close up shop and go somewhere else. The sense of the call, has somehow been watered down to a vocation. This vocation is guided and evaluated by the measurements of the world. How we can bring the worlds values to bear upon the work of the ministry is one of the neatest tricks the devil has ever played upon the church of Christ. How many people, like my friend good old Charlie, feel that their life and ministry is a failure because they do not match up to the results the world considers important? The great commission is simply Go Ye, without any mention at all of earthly results. If a person were to study the early missionary efforts under that grand missionary statesman, A. B. Simpson, we would have to conclude that he was an absolute failure in many regards. More missionaries died on their way to Africa than actually arrived in Africa. Along the way were trials, tribulations, heartaches and disappointments. Establishing Gods work in Africa was paved with the blood of the martyrs. We have forgotten our history. We look to the world for some kind of paradigm to judge what we are doing for the King of kings and Lord of lords. Charlies story taught me one thing if anything, that is, I am serving Jesus Christ and not man. I am to honor and please Christ, not me. Where are those who are willing to be, for the cause of Christ, a light in a dark place? DR. JAMES L. SNYDEROut to Pastor


LocalWashington County News | A5Saturday, February 1, 2014Hunter Safety CourseMARIANNA Chipola College will host the range portion of the Florida Wildlife Commissions Hunter Safety Course Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Reddoch Firing Range. Florida hunters 16 years of age or older must have a hunting license. Persons born on or after June 1, 1975 must pass a hunter safety course before purchasing a hunting license. Youth who will turn 16 before the end of next years hunting season will need the course to obtain a license. To take the Chipola range course, youth must pass the online portion of the course available at www. myfwc.com/hunting/safetyeducation/courses/. The Internet-based course allows the student to learn a majority of information online. The remainder of the course is covered in a 4-hour classroom setting, test and a 3-hour range portion. The Chipola Firing Range is located at 3052 Calhoun Road in Marianna just off Blue Springs Road. Volunteers from the Chipola Public Service program will teach the free course. Steve Anderson, Director of Chipola Public Service programs, says, We are glad to offer this course as a community service to help young people learn basic rearm safety. There is no charge for the Chipola course, but youth must register in advance. For information about the course, contact Steven Stewart at 718-2286 or email stewarts@chipola. edu.Spring into Vegetable GardeningBONIFAY The Holmes County Extension Ofce will have an interactive video series for novice gardeners from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 4 in the extension ofce conference room. Cost will be $30 per person or $45 per couple. Anyone interested can call the extension ofce at 547-1108.Chipola Baseball Alumni WeekendMARIANNA Chipola baseball alumni, their families and fans are invited to participate in the 2014 Chipola College Baseball Alumni Weekend set for Feb. 7-8. The weekend begins with two Chipola baseball games Feb. 7. Chipola plays Shelton State at 10 a.m. and Walters State at 1 p.m. A golf tournament featuring a four-person, scramble format tees off at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Indian Springs Golf Club. All golfers are invited to tee it up with current and former Major League Baseball alumni, sponsors and guests. A casual alumni social is set for 7 p.m. Friday. Saturdays events kick off with Chipola vs. Walters State at 10 a.m., followed by the annual Alumni Home Run Derby, Jersey Retirement Ceremony for 2013 MLB All-Star Patrick Corbin, a silent auction during the derby and MLB/ MiLB autograph session to follow. The annual Alumni Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday with special guest speakers and entertainment to be announced. Head Coach Jeff Johnson and members of the Alumni Committee Nathan Marks (), Andrew Gay (), Jason Barber () invite all former players and Chipola alumni to join them in supporting and participating in the weekends events. We want to stay in touch with as many of our alumni and fans of our program as possible, said Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson. We invite everyone to participate in our Alumni Weekend to have a great time and support our Chipola Indians. For information, visit www.chipola.edu or call Johnson at 718-2237. Teacher Workshop Set at ChipolaMARIANNA The Chipola College Future Educators Club will host its sixth Annual Teacher Workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in Building Z, Literature/ Language. Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend. Future educators currently enrolled at Chipola with the assistance of the education faculty, staff and education graduates will present the free workshop. Chipola students will present hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom along with samples for teachers and education majors to use in their own classrooms. Sessions will include presentations and strategies in math, social studies, science, reading and English for elementary, middle and high school teachers. Some topics include Motivation and Feedback along with ELL Strategies Grades K-2; Incorporating Art Grades K-2; Using Graphic NovelsGrades 4-6; Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You English 6-12; Using Math ManipulativesGrades 3-5; Hands on with the Senses Science 3-5; Constructive Movement and Music Grades K-2; Integrating Social Studies Grades 2-4; Dystopian Literature Grades 6-12; Groundwater Science 7-9 and IPAD apps for Math Math 9-12. In addition to studentled sessions, 11 a.m. is guest speaker hour featuring Deanna Golden Teaching Math (K-1); Dee and Taura Brock Higher Order Thinking Skills with Cooperative Learning (K-12); Peggy Reihnhan Social Studies Content w/ELA text (Common Core); Pam Bozeman Getting Parents on Your Side The 4 As of Parental Involvement (K-6); Lisa Hamilton Florida Character Counts (Character Education); Outstanding Math Guides (Math Foldables); Heather Bailey Whole Brain Teaching (K-6); and Dr. Giang-Nguyen Nguyen Evernote and Geogebra Apps (Math). PAEC will not be able to offer in-service points for participating teachers this year. So instead there will be even more food, guests, door prizes, and freebies. To ensure that sufcient materials are available, please RSVP to FEC Sponsor Casey Bush at bushc@chipola.edu or phone 526-2761, Ext. 2449.2014 Beef Conference and Trade ShowMARIANNA The 29th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be Feb. 12 at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, 2741 Pennsylvania Ave. The event begins with registration and the Trade Show opening at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m. The program begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends with a steak lunch. A $10-per-person registration fee is payable at the door. For more information, contact Doug Mayo at 4829620 or demayo@u.edu. Northwest Florida Water Management meetingsHAVANA The Northwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board will have its 2014 meetings at 1 p.m. Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14 Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. On Sept. 11, the Governing Board will meet at 4 p.m. and a budget hearing will be at 5:05 p.m. Another Budget Hearing will be at 5:05 p.m. Sept. 25. All meetings will be at the district headquarters, 81 Water Management Drive in Havana.Graceville artists work on display at ChipolaMARIANNA Graceville artist Keith Martin Johns will display original works highlighting the natural beauty and culture of Florida in an exhibition in the Chipola College Center for the Arts, through Feb. 14. For more than 30 years, Johns has painted exquisite and timeless landscapes lled with wildlife and birds through the backwaters of rivers and creeks to wetlands and coastal beaches. His Florida Collection of more than 350 images has been a lifetime endeavor to capture the worth, value and expression of the familiar Florida background in which this fourth-generation native grew up. Johns work also represents the pioneer spirit of people who forged out agriculture in the citrus, shing, cracker cattle and horse industry. He operates a gallery in Graceville. More information and photos are available at www. keithmartinjohns.com. Viewing also is available by appointment, by calling 718-2277.Valentines Day Dinner/DanceBONIFAY The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Valentines Day Dinner/Dance from 5 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall. Tickets are $10 per person and include a steak dinner with appetizers, baked potatoes, tossed salad, dessert, coffee and tea. There are only 60 tickets available for this event. For more information or to make a reservation contact Don at 582-4641 or Roger at 547-4158. Relay For Life team meetingCHIPLEY Relay For Life of Holmes/Washington County will have a team meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Pattillos, on the campus of the Washington-Holmes Tech Center. For more information, call Connie Smelcer at 703-9977.Healthy Cooking Demonstration ClassesBONIFAY Free monthly healthy cooking demonstration classes are being sponsored by the Holmes County Health Department and University of Florida/IFAS Extension. The classes will be held at noon at the Holmes County Agriculture Center, 1173 E. U.S. 90, on the following dates: Feb. 19, March 19, April 23, May 21 and June 18. The classes will offer healthy cooking tips and alternatives for everyday meals, and food samples will be served. No registration is required. Extension programs are open to everyone. For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, contact the extension ofce, 5471108, (TDD, via Florida Relay Service, 1-800-9558771) at least ve working days before the class. For more information, call Leann Jones at 5478500, ext. 240.Its a Family AffairMARIANNA Chipola College Black Student Union and The Association of United Professions, Inc. would like to invite all surrounding communities to join them in celebrating Black History Month. The program will be held from 6:30 to 8: 30 p.m., on Feb. 21 at the Culture Center at Chipola College. Dinner will be provided. The guest speaker will be Elder William McCray. Quilt ShowDEFUNIAK SPRINGS Quilting: Our Roots & Our Wings, featuring quilts made by members of the Chautauqua Quilters Guild Inc. and Holmes Valley Quilters, will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21-22 at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center, 361 N. 10th St. There will be several vendors, demos, antique quilts, an Opportunity quilt, door prizes and more. For more information, contact Lesa at Lesah51@yahoo.com or 585-2796, or visit http:// chautauquaquiltersguild.com.Chipola to offer Fireghters CourseMARIANNA The Chipola College Public Service Department has scheduled several reghting courses beginning next month. Fireghter I and II will be offered in a classroom setting weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course begins March 3 and runs through June 16. Fireghter I and II are required to work as a professional reghter in Florida. Cost is $1,900 and nancial aid is available. A First Responder course will be offered Feb. 24-28, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. The 40-hour class offers advanced rst aid techniques for emergencies. The course is included in the curriculum for most law enforcement, corrections and reghter programs. Online Fireghter I for volunteer reghters begins March 4 and ends June 26. The course includes First Responder, Forestry S130/190 and Fireghter I. Cost is $500, which includes use of bunker gear and live burn scenarios. Information about the courses is available at www.chipola.edu/ reghting. Contact Martin Fowler, Fire Science Program Manager, at 718-2483 or email fowlerm@chipola.eduWashington County Council on Aging Board MeetingsCHIPLEY The Washington County Council on Aging Board will hold meetings on the following dates in 2014: February 25, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, October 28 and November 18. For more information call 638-6216.HCHS chorus to perform Decades of MusicBONIFAY The Holmes County High School Chorus will present Decades of Music March 13-15 at the HCHS auditorium. Walk, Run, Glow 5KCHIPLEY The Northwest Florida Community Hospital and the Washington County Rehab and Nursing Center will sponsor Walk, Run, Glow 5K: Lighting the way for a Cure at 6 p.m. March 15 at NFCH. The participation fee is $20 for early registration by Feb. 14 or $25 after. Registration by Feb. 14 will guarantee the participant a T-shirt. Packets can be picked up from 1-4 p.m. March 10 at WRNC or 3-5 p.m. March 14 at NFCH. Packets will also be available on the day of the race from 4-5:30 p.m. If 10 people sign up from any business/team, their logo will go on the back of the t-shirt for free For more information, call Christa at 326-0785 or Dena at 638-1610. Relay For Life team meetingCHIPLEY Relay For Life of Holmes/Washington County will have a team meeting at 6 p.m. March 17 at the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce, 106 Byrd Ave. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 14 at Pattillos, on the Washington-Holmes Technical Center campus. For more information, call Connie Smelcer at 703-9977.CHS students to perform GreaseCHIPLEY Chipley High School music theater students will perform their spring musical, Grease, at 7 p.m. April 10-12. For more information, call 638-6100.Relay For Life team meetingCHIPLEY Relay For Life of Holmes/ Washington County will have a team meeting at 6 p.m. April 14 at Pattillos, on the Washington-Holmes Technical Center campus. For more information, call Connie Smelcer at 703-9977. Earth DayMARIANNA Bring the Family and enjoy the annual Earth Day Event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 at Florida Caverns State Park. There will be many displays, exhibits, walks and programs highlighting the unique plants and animals of the park.Carnival For a Cure Classic Car ShowCHIPEY Carnival for a Cure Classic Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 10 at the Pals Park Recreation Complex in Chipley. The entry fee is $25 with all proceeds beneting the Relay For Life of Holmes/Washington County. There will be a very nice sponsor trophy to the Top 10 vehicles that are at least 25 years old or older. For more information call Nicky Mathews at 557-7044 or email her at Npascarelli_ 99@yahoo.com HCHS spring musical plannedBONIFAY The Holmes County High School Drama Department will present the musical CATS at 7 p.m., on Thursday May 8, Friday May 9, Saturday May 10, Monday May 12, and Thursday May 15 at the HCHS Auditorium. 2014 Relay For LifeCHIPLEY The 2014 Holmes/Washington County Relay For Life will be 6 p.m. May 16 to 6 a.m. May 17 at the Pals Park soccer eld. For more information, call Connie Smelcer at 703-9977. Relay For Life Wrap-Up PartyCHIPLEY Relay For Life of Holmes/Washington County will have its 2014 Wrap-Up Party at 6 p.m. June 2 at Pattillos, on the campus of the WashingtonHolmes Technical Center. For more information, call Connie Smelcer at 703-9977. Community EVENTS FloridaSmallBusiness DevelopmentCenterLearnhowour300plusyearsofindustry experiencecanbenetyourbusiness.IntheAdvancedTechnologyCenter,Suite107 Visitnorthoridabiz.com orcall850.747.3204


A6| Washington County News Saturday, February 1, 2014 CLASSIFIEDS 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. 8:00am-5:00pm. Call (850)638-1483 1120025 JOB FAIR HOUSEKEEPERSNational cleaning and outsourcing company is looking for the best Housekeepers to work for us at a luxury property in the Santa Rosa Beach area. $10.00 per hour and voluntary bene ts after 90 days Come join us for our hiring event beginning Tuesday, February 4th through Sunday, February 9th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day Marriott Courtyard Hotel 100 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL 32550 Loggerhead Meeting Room Call (786) 237-2200 for more information 2-3521 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Donna R Wattier, the holder of the following Tax 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: Tax Certificate Number: 0595 Year of Issuance: 2011 Parcel ID #: 00-2524-0000 Description of Property: Commence at the NW corner of the NW of the SW of Section 34, Township 4 North, Range 13 West, and continuing along the North line for a distance of 250 feet; thence South and parallel to the West line of said quarter, a distance of 475 feet; thence West a distance of 250 feet to the West line of said quarter; thence 475 feet to the point of beginning. Assessed to: Jefferson Curtis Johns All said property being in Washington County, Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such Certificate will be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door, 1331 South Blvd, Chipley on March 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Dated this 30th, day of January, 2014. HAROLD BAZZEL CLERK AD INTERIM, WASHINGTON COUNTY FLORIDA By: Trudee Wills, Deputy Clerk, February 01, 08, 15, 22, 2014 2-3520 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Donald C Carlson, the holder of the following Tax 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: Tax Certificate Number: 2200 Year of Issuance: 2010 Parcel ID: 01-0132-0007 Description of Property: LOT 7 BLOCK 132 SUNNY HILLS UNIT 1 as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2 pg 9-27. Assessed to: Albert R. Cuseo SR All said property being in Washington County, Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such Certificate will be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door, 1331 South Blvd, Chipley, on March 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Dated this 30th, day of January, 2014. HAROLD BAZZEL, CLERK AD INTERIM, WASHINGTON COUNTY FLORIDA By: Trudee Wills, Deputy Clerk February 01, 08, 15, 22, 2014 2-3529 Notice of Application for Tax Deed Notice of Application for Tax Deed Notice is hereby given that, Donald Carlson, 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 2201 Year of Issuance 2010 Parcel Number: 01-0132-0008 Name in which Assessed: Albert R Cueso, Sr. Description of Property: ORB 212 PG 671 Lot 8, Block 132, Sunny Hills Unit 1.Full legal can be obtained in the Washington County Clerk of Circuit Courts Office. Said property being in Washington Co., Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to the law, the property described in such Certificate will be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door at 1331 South Blvd, Chipley, FL on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Dated this 21st day of January 2014. Harold Bazzel, Clerk Ad Interim, Washington Co, Florida by: Kayla E, Deputy Clerk Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2014 2-3531 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2013-CA-000138 FIRST NATIONAL BANK NORTHWEST FLORIDA Plaintiff, v. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF THE ESTATE OF SANDRA E. MOBLEY; JASON PICKARD, A KNOWN HEIR; CHERIE URBANIK, A KNOWN HEIR; KELLY PICKARD, A KNOWN HEIR; AND OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, INCLUDING THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ANY TITLE HOLDER IN POSSESSION OF THE PROPERTY; AND, IF A NAMED DEFENDANT(S) IS DECEASED, THE SURVIVING SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, CREDITORS, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THAT DEFENDANT(S); AND THE SEVERAL AND RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN ASSIGNS, SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST, TRUSTEES OR OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST ANY CORPORATION OR OTHER LEGAL ENTITY NAMED AS A DEFENDANT(S); AND ALL CLAIMANTS, PERSONS OR PARTIES, NATURAL OR CORPORATE, OR WHOSE EXACT LEGAL STATUS IS UNKNOWN, CLAIMING UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE NAMED OR DESCRIBED DEFENDANT(S) Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE By the Clerk of Court NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned Linda Hayes Cook, Clerk of Court of Washington County, Florida, will on the 19TH day of February, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., at the front steps of the Washington County Courthouse, 1331 South Blvd, Chipley, Florida 32428, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property: REAL PROPERTY: THE FOLLOWING LAND LYING AND BEING IN SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 1 NORTH, RANGE 15 WEST, PLOTS 501 THROUGH 506, INCLUSIVE, IN THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER, ACCORDING TO PLAT OF SAID SOUTHWEST QUARTER ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA TOGETHER WITH PERSONAL PROPERTY: All personal property of whatever character or nature located on the real property described above, and all structures and improvements, and all easements, rights, royalties, mineral, oil and gas rights and profits, water, water rights, and water stock, timber and timber rights and all fixtures attached thereto, and all rents, issues, proceeds and profits, accruing therefrom, and all gas, steam, electric, water and other furniture, heating, cooling, cooking, refrigerating, lighting, plumbing, ventilating, irrigating, and power systems, machines, equipment, appliances, fixtures and appurtenances, located on the real property described above, even though such real property may be detached or detachable. pursuant to Summary Final Judgment in a case pending in said Court, the style of which is: FIRST NATIONAL BANK NORTHWEST FLORIDA v. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF THE ESTATE OF SANDRA E. MOBLEY; JASON PICKARD, A KNOWN HEIR; CHERIE URBANIK, A KNOWN HEIR; KELLY PICKARD, A KNOWN HEIR; AND OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, and the Case Number of which is # 2013-CA-000138, Washington County, Florida. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. NOTICE TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 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 undersigned attorney within two (2) working days of your receipt if this notice. If you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771. WITNESS my hand and official seal of this Honorable Court this 17 day of January, 2014. Harold Bazzel, Clerk of Court By: K. McDaniel Deputy Clerk January 25, 2014 and February 1, 2014 2-3523 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TC TAMPA 1 LLC, the holder of the following Tax 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: Tax Certificate Number: 1337 Year of Issuance: 2011 Parcel ID: 00-4141-0027 Description of Property: LOT A-27 OF LEISURE LAKES, as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3 pg 167. Assessed to: LANCELOT D HUGHES JR All said property being in Washington County, Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such Certificate will be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door, 1331 South Blvd, Chipley on March 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Dated this 30th, day of January, 2014. HAROLD BAZZEL, CLERK AD INTERIM, WASHINGTON COUNTY FLORIDA By: Trudee Wills, Deputy Clerk February 01, 08, 15, 22, 2014 2-3532 IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 67-2011-CA-000500 BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST COMPANY Plaintiff, vs. JEFFREY A. GEMBITSKY, THE DELTONA CORPORATION, A DELAWARE CORPORATION, AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on January 15, 2014, in the Circuit Court of Washington County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Washington County, Florida described as: LOT 25, BLOCK 1088 OF SUNNY HILLS UNIT NINETEEN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE(S) 65 THROUGH 79, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA. and commonly known as: 4146 RIDDLE CT, CHIPLEY, FL 32428; including the building, appurtenances, and fixtures located therein, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, 1331 South Blvd, Chipley, Fl 32428 Washington County Courthouse, on March 12, 2014 at 11am. Any persons claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 17 day of January, 2014. Clerk of the Circuit Court Harold Bazzel By: K. McDaniel Deputy Clerk January 25, 2014 and February 1, 2013 2-3539 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No. 67-2012-CA-000248 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION., Plaintiff, vs. BRIAN NIQUET, JR., et al. Defendants. RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment entered in Case No. 67-2012-CA-000248 of the Circuit Court of the 14TH Judicial Circuit in and for WASHINGTON County, Florida, wherein, JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, is Plaintiff, and, BRIAN NIQUET, JR., et al., are Defendants, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash at, 1331 SOUTH BLVD., CHIPLEY, FL 32428, at the hour of 11 AM, on the 12 day of March, 2014, the following described property: LOTS 5 AND 6, BLOCK 1093 OF SUNNY HILLS UNIT NINETEEN, A SUBDIVISION ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGES 65-79, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 24 day of January, 2014. Harold Bazzell Clerk Circuit Court By: K. McDaniel Deputy Clerk Submitted by: GREENSPOON MARDER, P.A., TRADE CENTRE SOUTH, STE 700, 100 WEST CYPRESS CREEK ROAD, FT LAUDERDALE, FL 33309 IMPORTANT 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 Clerk of the Courts disability coordinator at ADA Coordinator, P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402, 850-747-5338. at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. February 1, 2014 and February 8, 2014 2-3533 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 14-007-CP IN RE: THE ESTATE OF SHIRLEYJ. BAREFOOT, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of Shirley J. Barefoot, deceased, whose date of death was December 17, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for Washington County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1293 Jackson Ave., Chipley, Florida, 32428. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative 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 is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF ACOPYOF 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. ALLCLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDAPROBATE CODE WILLBE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SETFORTH ABOVE, ANYCLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. ATTORNEYFOR PERSONALREPRESENTATIVE: Daniel Harmon Florida Bar No.: 0544078 23 E. 8th St. Panama City, FL 32401 PERSONALREPRESENTATIVE: Tina Williams 1102 Park Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70806 January 25, 2014 and February 1, 2014. Annual Winter & Construction Auction DATE:February 15, 2014 8:00AM LOCATION: Mason Auction Company Hwy 231 North Campbellton (4) Local Farm Dispersals, (3) Estates, Bank Repos, Sheriff Depts, City and County, plus consignments. Mason Auction & Sales Mason Auction & Sales LLC -FL #642 850-263-0473 Office 850-258-7652 Chad Mason 850-849-0792 Gerald Mason www.masonauction.com AUCTIONSBANKRUPTCY AUCTION 5,700 +/-Acres North Port, Florida February 13 World Class Hunting Development Potential 800-504-3010 National Auction Group, Inc. Thomas J. Bone, FL #AU3422 Yard Sale. Saturday, Feb 1st. Starts at 8am-until. 443 Alford Rd, off of Orange Hill Hwy. Lots of everything. Look for signs. GUN SHOW PENSACOLA FAIRGROUNDSFebruary 1st and 2nd SAT. 9-5 & SUN. 10-4 FREE PARKING Info. (407) 275-7233 floridagunshows.com Text FL77473 to 56654 GUN SHOWSanta Rosa County Auditorium: Milton, FLFebruary 15th & 16th 9:00 am -5:00 pm. 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of Washington County Washington County Business Volume 7, Number 3 Washington County, Florida February-March 2014 WE BELIEVE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY! Richard Williams e latest unemployment numbers from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show Washington Countys unemployment rate has decreased 1.4 percent over the last year, and the numbers have picked up steam in the last six months with the drop over six months of 1.2 percent e CareerSource Chipola career center in Chipley is starting to see an increase in job listings, and we are having more employers seeking assistance with employee recruitment. e increase in job listings and the increased contact with employers are both very positive signs for the county. Washington Countys unemployment rate compares favorably to the four other rural counties in our workforce region. ose counties range from a drop of 1.6 percent in Calhoun County to 1.3 percent in Holmes County. When compared to a year ago there are 166 fewer individuals unemployed in Washington County. While the above numbers are good we do have some cause for concern because during the same time period we also have 288 fewer people employed in Washington County. Overall the Washington County labor force has decreased by 454 individuals in the last year. In short, Washington County has fewer people working or looking for work when compared to one year ago. At CareerSource Chipola we are seeing a strong demand from individuals in Washington County seeking assistance for training designed to help them increase the skills needed by employers in the region. Our partnership with Chipola College and the Washington Holmes Technical Center through the H1B training program is yielding signicant positive results. e management of the WHTC and at Chipola College have worked hard to provide increased training opportunities in occupations demanded by employers in our region. Weve also seen an increase in contact from employers seeking assistance in screening job applicants, job listings as well as training programs. ese increases are an indication that the jobs picture in Washington County and the surrounding region is improving. Individuals and employers seeking training assistance should contact the CareerSource Chipola career center in Chipley at 845-0733 or go to the center which is located at 680 Second Street, Room 7. Despite some continued clouds the overall forecast for Washington and the surrounding counties appears to be much brighter than what weve experienced over the last few years. County employment picture brightens Washington County has fewer people working or looking for work when compared to one year ago.


A Message fr o m the President Page 2 Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2014 Washington County Business ADVOCATEA 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 Cindy Johnson-Brownen TherapyWorld of Northwest Florida, LLC Joy Davisen Chipley Walmart #2114 Julie P. Dillarden UF IFAS Extension Washington County Terry Ellisen WestPoint Home Andy Fleeneren One South Bank Wayland Fulforden Capital City Bank Janet Kinneyen Northwest Florida Community Hospital Garrett Martinen Atkins Engineering Jan Page Community South Credit Union William Steversonen Kings Drugs Darrin Wallen Gulf Power Ami Wiwi Metric Engineering CHAMBER STAFF Ted Everetten Executive Director ted@washcomall.com Chris MacBlain Administrative Assistant chris@washcomall.com 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. A Message fr o m the Executive Director 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 renew-ing members NETWORKING Third Thursday Breakfast Annual Chamber Membership Banquet KEEPS YOU INFORMED Our Newsletter, Membership Directory and Website, among other resources and publica-tions, are outstanding information sources. PROVIDES A BUSINESS INVESTMENT Tax Deductible Chamber Investments EDC Investments and Opportunities to be involved in Economic Development Eorts in Washington CountyGreetings and welcome to 2014. I would like to start by saying thank you to the many people who have told me they really enjoy reading the Advocate and they like the relevant information about what is happening within Washington County. I am very glad the Advocate is perceived in such a way. It is very hard sometimes to aect change. People are very comfortable staying within their comfort zone even if it is sometimes not the best place to be. For many years our County was growing and the future looked great. Today, in large part due to a bad economy, things have changed. We are not seeing the growth as we once did and this must be quickly addressed. Your Chamber has made specic strides to change the equation. To create new jobs, we must be more aggressive and think outside the box. One action has been a reimagining of how economic development in Washington County is conducted. Many discussions at meetings of the EDC Board reect this type of change in thinking. New businesses have the hardest time to just survive their rst year. Unfortunately, most often these businesses do not have a business plan to survive and that spells disaster. e EDC Board is discussing grant programs to help new businesses develop business plans, access start-up funding and provide the resources needed to make them a success. e Chamber of Commerce would like to help new businesses grow and thrive but to do so, there must be a plan. We know change is inevitable and by assisting businesses with plans to weather the change, we can adapt and our economy will grow. I look forward to giving you an update in our next edition. Ted Everett As I look forward to 2014, I am excited about the opportunities I see in Washington County. As a county, we have not been spared the detrimental eects of the countrys economic downturn. We have struggled in the last few years, and we have all seen businesses come and sadly leave. As a volunteer on the Chamber Board of Directors, I have personally seen how hard it has been to assist business development in this county during these economic times. However, I rmly believe there are opportunities for business success in this county! We have so much to oer! For instance, we have an interstate connection; we have an airport and port just to the south of us; we have excellent educational facilities; and we have hard working residents that want to see our county prosper. We also have beautiful recreational areas in our county, whether it is Holmes Creek and the Vernon area, or the beautiful Sand Hills lakes. Washington County is a wonderful county in which to raise our families; however, it will take all of us working together to en sure our children and grandchildren have future opportunities here at home. e Chamber, through its Economic Development Ocer and the Economic Development Council, is working hard to foster communication with elected of cials and business leaders in the county to ensure we are all working toward the same goal. We encourage all of our members to get involved. You have a voice in the future of our county and now is the time to speak up! I hope to see all of you at our next Economic Development Symposium at 6 pm on Feb. 13 at PAEC. Lets make 2014 a year of success in Washington County! Amy Wiwi


February-March 2014 Washington County Business Advocate Page 3 Third Thursday Programs WCC members benet from ChamberPerksAs a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, you have the power of more than 137,000 Florida Chamber members and three million Florida employees working together. Using the inuence of the entire business community, e Florida Chamber of Commerce has negotiated savings and discounts on services that matter to you, such as: oce supplies, shipping, health insurance, payroll processing, SPAM and virus protection and employee benets. We invite you to review the ChamberPerks benets and then do what thousands of other growing businesses have done take advantage of the time and money you will save by using Chamber endorsed services. Visit the WCC Chambers website at www.washcomall.com and click on ChamberPerks.February 20: Agricultural Hall of Fame Bruce Christmas Presented by Julie Dillard Sponsor: Farm Bureau We Treat You Like Familybetter than 1360 Brickyard Road, Chipley, Florida 850-638-1610 www.nfch.org For your health, for your convenience, for your peace of mind... we are here for you throughout the new year! is year, Florida Farm Bureau Federation celebrates 72 years of service to agriculture. With about 147,000 members, Florida Farm Bureau is the states largest agricultural organization. ere are Farm Bureaus in 60 counties in this state, where agriculture is second only to tourism in economic importance. Chipola Regional Workforce board now CareerSource Chipolae Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board, Inc. is joining Floridas 23 other workforce boards in a new unied brand to improve awareness and access to employment and training services statewide. Eective Feb. 10, the board will begin doing business as CareerSource Chipola. Boards all across Florida will use CareerSource and a regional identier in the new aligned brand. e state workforce board is also changing and will be known as CareerSource Florida. With this new brand Florida employers and residents will be able to more easily identify where they can go anywhere in the state of Florida for employment and job training services, said Richard Williams, executive director of the CRWDB. Locally weve taken this period of rebranding as a time to also review how we serve the business community as well as job seekers. is additional reection has been good for us and has helped us identify areas of need in the region, said Williams. Under the new brand CareerSource Chipola will continue to provide services at no cost to job seekers and employers in Washington, Liberty, Jackson, Holmes and Calhoun counties. Employers and job seekers are encouraged to contact the career center located at 680 Second Street in Chipley or by calling 850-845-0733 for


Page 4 Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2014 Kudos to... Bruce Christmas for his induction into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame. e ceremony is planned for Feb. 11 in Tampa. JimTown, a business intermediary with Business Evaluation & Appraisal, Inc., of Chipley who received the International Business Broker Associations Lifetime Certied Business Intermediary designation. David Solger, the 2013 West Florida Electric Cooperative ird Quarter Power of One Award winner. Solger was recognized for his volunteer spirit. A $1,000 donation was made on his behalf to the Washington County Scholarship Foundation. Hammer & Hearts were nominated and will receive recognition from FEPA, Florida Emergency Preparedness Association,comprised of all emergency managers, at their upcoming conference for all their work in Washington County with the repairs to the homes that were damaged by ooding and high winds back in July. Over 90 homes were impacted.Plug Painting ProgressPlug Painting ProgressThe rst phase of the Chipley Redevelopment Agencys Paint the Plug partnership with the Washington County Arts Council is underway. The Jan. 25 kick-o of the beautication project was a cold one, but well attended by various groups eager to put a personal stamp on the Citys hydrants. Tonya Pippin of Pippin Appraisal Services chose a Dalmation theme for her Hwy. 90 hydrant, while Teen Court representatives, top left, and Lions Club member Manny Garcia prepped their plugs. Take a look around downtown Chipley for more Plug paintings!Photos courtesy of Tonya Pippin


February-March 2014 Washington County Business Advocate Page 5 Jim Brook Florida Rural Broadband Middle-Mile Nears Completion Additional broadband capacity is fast becoming available in the nine county area of northwest Florida served by Opportunity Florida. As the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance (FRBA) becomes operational and commercial over the rst half of 2014, attention now turns to delivering service to the Opportunity Florida region. Over 90 percent of the construction work is completed on the northern middle-mile system which includes 56 towers for wireless, microwave broadband backhaul. At the end of January, 5 sites were ready for last mile distribution and two ber interconnection points were hot, making GigE service possible for the region. is broadband capacity is made possible through a National Telecommunications and Information Administration grant which was awarded to the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance (FRBA) in August of 2010. e $23.6 million grant is intended to provide additional capacity to un-served and underserved areas within the region served by FRBA. Owned jointly by Opportunity Florida in the north and Floridas Rural Heartland Economic Development Initiative (FHREDI) in south-central Florida, FRBA is an open access provider. at means the network is open to negotiate with any and all last mile providers seeking wholesale service through the FRBA network. So, what does this mean for the Opportunity Florida community and service area? First, the FRBA system See FRBA page 10


Page 6 Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2014 Chambers Holiday Open HouseSanta and Mrs. Claus were the featured guests at the Chambers annual Holiday Open House in mid-December. If you didnt attend, you missed a great chance to share your wish lists with the big man himself. Pictured, clockwise from top left, the Clauses share a hug with their chief elf, Ted Everett; Sand Hills Santa tucks in to some tasty treats; David Moss tells Santa hes been good this year; Amy Wiwi tells Mrs. Claus shes been extra good this year; Chamber Ambassadors and board members, from left: Wendy White, Jeannie Betts, Cindy Brown, Amy Wiwi and Kathy Rudd greet visitors to the open house; Ted Everett and Dan Duda talk orchids; Anita Baker and Tonya Pippin sign in. Photos courtesy of WCN


February-March 2014 Washington County Business Advocate Page 7 Eleven ways to create employee engagement from the ground upis is a two-part article from authors Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey. e rst four ways to engage employees are outlined below. Look for the remaining seven in the April-May edition of the Advocate. ese days we hear plenty about employee engagement. We know disengaged employees are bad for business. We know an oce full of innovative, collaborative employees who feel like owners is the key to surviving a brutal marketplace. We may even know the statistics like Human Capital Institutes revelations that companies with highly engaged employees enjoy prot growth at three times the rate of their competitors, and that increased engagement reduces turnoverone of the largest hidden costs in businessby 87 percent. So, yes: We know. Why then is it so incredibly tough to move beyond the buzzword phase and truly transform enthusiasm fakers, paycheck collectors, and clock watchers into employees who truly feel like they have a stake in your companys success? Frankly, its because in many cases employees really dont have a stake. Too many companies try to paste engagement initiatives on a foundation thats fundamentally awed. It wont work. True engagement is a natural, organic extension of a companys culture, and people cant be cajoled, tricked, or bribed into feeling it. ere just arent any shortcuts. We speak from experience. We are the founders of Barefoot Cellars, the company that transformed the image of American wine from staid and unimaginative to fun, lighthearted, and hip. When we started our company in the laundry room of a rented Sonoma County farmhouse, we knew almost nothing about winemaking, the wine business, or leading a company. Our book, e Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built Americas #1 Wine Brand, a New York Times bestseller, tells our story in a compelling and colorful fashion and reveals just what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. We learned early on that our growth and success depended on our employees: how hard they worked, the ideas they had, how committed they were when times got tough, the types of relationships they formed with customers, and so much more. Keeping our employees inspired and happy, and honestly acknowledging how much we appreciated their loyalty and eorts, were some of our top priorities as business owners. Here, we share eleven tactics to help business owners create and increase employee engagement in their organizations. First, ask yourself: Would I work for me? Before you can make much progress in increasing employee engagement, you need an accurate understanding of what its like to work at your company right now. We recommend asking yourself the following questions and answering honestlyeven if its uncomfortable: Do I treat my employees labor as a commodity? Do I try to gure out how little they will work for? Or do I see my people as an asset, rewarding them for performance and acknowledging their achievements? Do I acknowledge producers publicly, or am I afraid they will ask for a raise? Do I think that giving time o will cause me to increase or lose production? Do I see medical and retirement benets as a cost or as an investment in long-term stability? Hire smart. Some job seekers are looking for just that: a job. A way to ll their days and pay their bills. Others are looking for something more: a career. Career seekers dont just desire a paycheck; theyre looking for purpose, fulllment, education, and advancement within your company. For that reason, they are much more likely to engage with your company (and stay engaged) as long as you provide them proper See ENGAGE page 12


Page 8 Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2014 ADAM J. PEADEN, DPM, AACFASGulf Coast Podiatry Chipley Oce 1360 Brickyard Ave. Chipley, FL 32428 850-638-FOOT (3668)Specializing in the evaluation and treatment of the ankle and footIncluding Diabetic Wound Care Sports Medicine Ankle and Foot Trauma FDA Approved Toenail Fungus Laser Trained in Reconstructive and Trauma Surgery Dr. Peaden has privileges at Northwest Florida Community Hospital.Most insurance accepted including TRICARE Wendy White has been elected as the 2014 chairperson of the Chamber Ambassadors. Sheila Barbee was elected vice-chair. White is the Financial Center manager of First Federal Bank of Floridas Chipley Branch. She is a long time resident of Washington County and graduate of Chipley High School. Following graduation she continued her education at Chipola College. After working in nance for many years, White stepped into the world of banking. She enjoys the daily interaction with customers and coworkers and the fast-paced work schedule that banking oers. She has a passion for helping people both in and outside of the workplace. White is married to her high school sweetheart, Clint. Together they have three children: Clay, 14; and Haylee and Ryan, 10. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and traveling to new places, as well as scuba diving, deep-sea shing, and scrapbooking. White new Ambassador Chair


February-March 2014 Washington County Business Advocate Page 9 We Can HelpIf your employees need help paying for child care or assistance nding a child care provider, contact us at 850-638-6343, ext. 115 We exist to grow healthy children, parents and the relationship between them.680 2nd St., Rm. 7, Chipley www.elcnwf.org C 1012 M S. (850) 638-7892 BANKING INVESTMENT with us is an in youB 300 N. W S. (850) 547-3624 M 4215 L S. (850) 526-4411 FOR OVER 50 YEARS FIRST FEDERAL HAS BEEN COMMITTED TO BUILDING VIBRANT COMMUNITIES THROUGH OUR SUPPORT OF EDUCATION, SPORTS, THE ARTS AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LI FE F OR ALL. www.sb.com EQUAL HOUSINGLENDERM 4701 H 90 (850) 526-4411 SHELLY BURNS, WENDY WHITE, SANDY SPEAR, WESLEY WHITAKER AND DEBBIE MOXLEY PHILIpP D. PIppPPIN State-Certied General Real Estate Appraiser, #RZ776 Email: / info@pippinappraisal.com Peoples Choice Champion ABC Chili (Absolutely the Best Chili) Best Hometown Chili Sizzlin Seniors Chili Best Showmanship/Best Name Goner and Blitzen Chili Most Unique Chili Rubys Christmas ChiliPhotos courtesy of Metric Engineering and Ted Everett


Page 10 Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2014 HastyHeating & Cooling 850-638-36111050 Main St., Chipley, FL 32428CAC 1814468 ER0013265 New HVAC Equipment Residential/Commercial Commercial Kitchen Hoods & Refrigeration Serving the Tri-County Area Over 19 Years HHC TDC looks at new ways to attract visitorse Washington County Tourist Development Council (TDC) has been developing new ways to increase awareness of its signicant heritage and untamed natural beauty to potential tourists. One way is through the change in the way the TDC funds advertising for events. is success is reected in the increase in number of attendees to the events that have taken advantage of the new program already this scal year. In the new grant programs rst quar ter, the TDC has already seen great results. Our rst event of the scal year, Fall into History had an attendance of 348 guests this year, representing a 27 percent in crease over last year. Following suit, the North Bay Clan of Lower Creek Muscogee Tribes Veterans Day Powwow with an attendance of 810 guests representing an amazing 170 percent increase over last year. Also, in November was a new event called the Survival, Preparedness, and Homesteading Expo which drew 622 guests to the Possum Palace in Wausau over two days. e Seacrest Wolf Preserve also hit high numbers with 1,126 guests at its HowlO-Ween event in October. In the rst quarter of this scal year, we have seen a total attendance of 2,906. e second way the TDC is spreading the word is through its promotion to the snowbird crowds escaping the cold weather and snow by vacationing on Panama City Beach, Ft Walton Beach and Destin during the months of DecemberMarch. e TDC partners with Jackson County to distribute rack cards with listings of activities to resorts and the Convention & Visitors Bureau on Panama City Beach, to encourage self-guided day trips. New to this year, Washington and Jack son County TDCs are testing a pilot day trip tour for the snowbird crowd in the Ft Walton Beach-Destin area. e tours are set to take place on February 27 and 28. If the tours are a success, the TDCs plan to do multiple tours in this new market in the 2015 snowbird season. Initial promotion of the tour at the Winter Guest Fest in Ft Walton Beach, provided a large, positive response to the tour. e Washington County TDC is funded solely from bed tax dollars collected on overnight stays in the area hotels/motels, RV parks, campgrounds and other forms of transient housing. is is a special purpose tax to be used only for tourist development for Washington County. For more information on whats happening in Washington County, visit our website at www.VisitWashingtonCountyFL.com or contact our oce at (850) 638-6013. Heather Lopez TDC Executive Directorprovides lower cost, high capacity broadband to Community Anchor Institutions, commonly referred to as CAIs. CAIs include local government and public agencies including schools, libraries and hospitals. e NTIA grant was initiated with these un-served or underserved CAIs as the intended target. Most government and public services are in the process of moving to paperless transactions and record-keeping and need the additional broadband and Internet based capabilities. Another benet of the FRBA system will be capacity to schools and libraries as both those institutions face online and digital mandates. Finally, more capacity to the area will bring a greater prospect of jobs and economic development. Broadband can be the great equalizer for business and industry as the world becomes completely digital and businesses are less dependent upon higher cost, traditional, metro areas in which to conduct commerce. Expanded broadband becomes the invisible highway infrastructure on which business now travels. e WE PRINTBUSINESS FORMS ALL TYPES BROCHURES NEWSLETTERS POSTCARDS LETTERHEADS ENVELOPES LABELS POSTERS TICKETS FLYERS INVITATIONS DOOR HANGERS RACK CARDS COPYING RUBBER STAMPS SPECIALTY ITEMS AND MOREMORE THAN JUST NEWSPAPERSCALL OR STOPY BY FOR A FREE QUOTE 850.638.0212 wireless FRBA system is seeking relation ships with CAIs and last mile providers to deliver this additional capacity to the Opportunity Florida service area. rough June 2014, FRBA construction will be completed and last mile distribution points will be made ready to provide services to the community. Opportunity Florida is hopeful that this new asset and the expanded capabilities that it brings will provide a higher quality of life and economic benets to the nine county area of Opportunity Florida. For more information about the Florida Rural Broadband Allliance, wireless, middle-mile, broadband system, visit weconnectorida.com or contact Opportunity Florida at 850.633.4118. Jim Brook is Executive Director of Opportunity Florida, the Northwest Florida Business Development Council and Co-managing partner of the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance. Opportunity Florida serves the northwest Florida Rural Area of Opportunity (RACEC), of Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Franklin, Liberty, Gadsden and Wakulla Counties. FRBA from page 5


February-March 2014 Washington County Business Advocate Page 11 RENEWALS Bill Cramer Chevrolet/Cadillac/Buick/GMC (1989) Chipley Florida & Gifts (2010) Circle H Convenience Store (2009) Coopers Funeral Home (1987) Hatch Mott McDonald (2011) Hy-Temp Gas (2009) James A. Clemmons (2008) NFCH Community Home Health (2010) NW FL Special Clinic (2010) NW FL Community Hospital (1980) Orange Hill Express (2008) Panhandle Forestry Services (2002) Piggly Wiggly (1980) Richard Williams Financial Services (1980) Sangaree Oil Company (1980) The Westerner (1980) Townsend Building Supply (1980) Membership Vernon Clinic (2011) Wound Healing Institute (2011) Gil Carter O.L. Ole Ellis, Jr. Larry Ennger Linda MacLellan Perry Wells EDC INVESTORS & RENEWALS: Capital City Bank (1980) NEW MEMBERS: Granger, Thagard & Associates (2014) Mark E. Bush Total Members: 319 Schools benet from supply donations AT&T Pioneers representatives presented donated school items for students to the Washington County Schools Districts during the Chambers January Third Thursday members breakfast meeting. Pictured, from left: School Board member Wayne Saunders, Ray Walker and Ray Dubuque representing AT&T Pioneers and School Superintendent Joe Taylor.Photo courtesy of WCNRegister to attend the Economic Development Symposium, Feb. 13 at 6 pm 638-4157


Page 12 Washington County Business Advocate February-March 2014 Presorted Standard U.S. PostagePAIDPermit #57 Chipley, FL 32428 Washington County Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 457 Chipley, Florida 32428ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED MARCH Every Tuesday Noon Kiwanis Luncheon Every Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday (7-12) 12-5pm Farmers Market Open, 685 7th St., Chipley Every Wednesday 9-2pm Vernon Hist. Historical Society Open Every Friday and 1st Saturday 9-2pm W.C. Historical Society Museum OpenFEBRUARYEvery Tuesday Noon Kiwanis Luncheon Every Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday (7-12) 12-5pm Farmers Market Open, 685 7th St., Chipley Every Wednesday 9-2pm Vernon Hist. Historical Society Open Every Friday and 1st Saturday 9-2pm W.C. Historical Society Museum Open 2 Groundhog Day! Super Bowl XLVIII 3 6 pm. Vernon Town Council Workshop 4 5 pm WC Planning & Zoning @ Annex 5 10:30 am Chipley Garden Club 6 Noon Friends of Library @ Chipley Library 5 pm Chipley City Council Workshop 6:30 pm Sunny Hills Civic Association Mtg. 10 5:30 pm WC School Board Meeting 7 pm Vernon Council Meeting 11 6 pm Chipley City Council Meeting 6 pm Caryville Town Council Meeting 6 pm Ebro Town Council Meeting 12 Noon Chipley Womans Club Mtg @ Clubhouse 13 6 pm Economic Development Symposium, 6pm, PAEC. Must register, 638-4157. 14 Happy Valentines Day! 6 pm Wausau Town Council Meeting Full Snow Moon 17 Presidents Day! (Chamber Closed) WC Schools Closed 6 pm Vernon Town Council Workshop 19 10:30 am Wausau Garden Club 20 7:30 am Chamber 3rd Thursday @ NFCH SC 24 4 pm WC TDC Workshop/Boad Meeting 7 pm Vernon Council Meeting 26 4 pm CRA Workshop/Meeting @ Chamber 27 9 am Wash. Co. Commission Mtg @ Annex Noon Chipley Lions Club @ Skins & Bubba 4 6pm -Vernon Town Council Workshop Mardi Gras! 5 Ash Wednesday 6 6:30pm Sunny Hills Civic Association 5pm Chipley City Council Workshop 9 Daylight Savings Time Starts 10 5:30pm WC School Board Meeting 7pm Vernon City Council Meeting 11 6pm Chipley City Council Meeting 6pm Ebro Town Council 6pm -C aryville Town Council 13 Noon Chipley Womans Club Mtg @ Clubhouse 15 Purim Begins 16 Full Worm Moon 17 St. Patricks Day 6pm Vernon Town Council Workshop Noon Chamber Ambassador Mtg. 20 7:30am Chamber 3rd Thurs. Mtg @ NFCH Sp Ctr 24 4pm WC TDC Workshop/Meeting @ Chamber 7pm Vernon Town Council Meeting 27 4pm CRA Workshop/Meeting @ Chamber 9 am Wash. Co. Commission Mtg @ Annex incentive. Go overboard with orientation. After bringing new employees on board, dont stop with job-specic orientation training and a quick tour of the oce. Make sure that each person understands how the money gets into their paycheck, who the customer is, and the process by which those customers are provided with goods and services. When everyone clearly understands whats going on both inside and outside of their own areas of responsibility, theyll be more invested in the overall organization. Share the wealth (as long as people are helping create it, that is). No worker is going to turn down a generous paycheck. And yes, a higher-than-average salary will often prevent employees from jumping ship and going over to the competition. But employees who stay with you solely for the sake of money are merely mercenaries. To create true engagement, you must tie money, employees personal success, and the future of your company inextricably together. About the Authors: Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are the authors of the New York Times bestseller e Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built Americas #1 Wine Brand, (Evolve Publishing, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-988-22454-4, $15.95), available at bookstores nationwide and from major online booksellers. ey started the Barefoot Wine brand in their laundry room in 1986, made it a nationwide bestseller, ENGAGE from page 7