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SPECIAL TO T HE NEW S From left, Tiffany Ayers says her big brother Justin has always had a closeknit relationship with her and her sisters, Ashley (held by Justin) and Wendi. By CAROL KENT 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT Ckent@chipleypaper.com CHIPLE Y While Tuesdays fatal shooting of Steven Justin Ayers, 33, of Panama City continues to make national headlines, Washington County is joining area communities in celebrating his life. Ayers attended Bay County High School, but much of his family lives in Chipley and is well known in the community. His father, Steve Ayers, managed the Winn Dixie store when it was still located in Harrell Square on Main Street for more than two decades, and his stepmother, Tammy, is the proprietor of The Learning Place childcare center on Coleman Ave. Steven Justin Ayers called Justin by family and friends was killed Tuesday night in an incident that one Bay County Sheriffs Ofce rep said had about one in C onnec t with us 24/7 G et br eak ing new s videos e xpanded st or ies phot o galler ies opinions and mor e ... @WCN_HC T CH IPLE Y P APER C OM Phone: 850-638-0212 W ebsite: chipleypaper.com Fax: 850-638-4601 INDEX Local ..................................... A4 Community ............................ A6 NASCAR ................................. A8 Classieds ............................. A9 Faith ............................... A9-10 50 Saturday, JU N E 21 2014 www.chipleypaper.com Volume 89, Number 20 Get your free copy now INSIDE For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Faith Events A9 WEEKEND Washington County News W atermelon Dance CHIPLEY The annual Watermelon Dance will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Panhandle Shrine Club on Brickyard Road. Chad Street is the featured performer. Admission is $10 for individuals and $15 for couples. All proceeds benet the charitable efforts of the Shriners organization. The Lego Movie shows on T uesday CHIPLEY The Chipley branch of the Washington County Public Library will show The Lego Movie at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. For more information, call Zedra at 638-1314. W ausau Fourth of July parade WAUSAU Wausau will host its rst annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. Friday, July 4. The parade will run right through the middle of historic Wausau. Ayers remembered for his love for music, family County may partner with agency after grant writers ring Justin Ayers, center, poses with his father and stepmother, Steve and Tammy Ayers of Chipley. See A YERS A2 Whitson announces candidacy for Clerk of Court From staff reports CHIPLE Y Local edu cator Melissa Whitson formally has announced her candidacy for Washington Countys Clerk of Court. Im very excited for this opportunity, Whit son said. However, I felt it was important to honor my commitment to my students before focusing on my campaign. Whitson goes on to say she feels leadership is her strongest as set as a candidate. This position will require a per son who can exhibit professionalism, integrity, and key leadership skills. In the past, I have always worked diligently to strength en school, parental, and business commu nication in education, Whitson said. I feel this same skill set can aid me in creating an even stronger working partner ship between the clerks office and the community. Whitsons past leadership efforts include assisting in promoting local, state and national projects for organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving the Li brary of Congress Veteran Historical Project and Students Working Against Tobacco. Melissa Whitson has served more than 25 years as a teacher, accumulating numerous awards for her leadership in education. She was named Bartow High Schools Teacher of the Year (1999), Wal-Marts Teacher of the Year (1999), Roulhac Middle Schools Teacher of the Year (2014) and Washington Coun tys Teacher of the Year (2014). Additionally, as a recognized leader in edu cation, she has served on a specialized task force this past year, allowing her direct articulation with the Commissioner of Education. Whitson said, Before an individual can become a leader, they must exhibit characteristics that oth ers aim to possess. I am a MELISSA WHITSON See WHITSON A2 By CAROL KENT 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT Ckent@chipleypaper.com CHIPLE Y Washington Coun ty administrators are remaining tight-lipped about last weeks r ing of county grant writer Stacy Webb, stating the matter is a personnel issue and cannot be discussed. Meanwhile, residents Webb was assisting in her role as ad ministrator for the State Housing Initiative Program, or SHIP, might be wondering where that leaves them. SHIP assists qualied lowincome people with down payments and closing costs in purchasing a home, as well as other ex penses. The program, which has been around since 1994, is fund ed through taxes on real estate transactions. The county hopes to partner with the West Florida Planning Council on an interim basis until further decision can be made about who will administer the program. Its our intent that no one in Washington County who has a cur rent SHIP project open or applied for falls through the cracks, Wash ington County Human Resources representative Marla Hayes said. There shouldnt be any delays, but we will make every effort to contin ue through and see that every need is met. Commissioners are expected to discuss the proposal during the Wednesday, July 24, Washington County Board of County Commis sioners workshop. Webb could not be reached for comment. See GRANT WRITER A2 Its our intent that no one in Washington County who has a current SHIP project open or applied for falls through the cracks. Marla Hayes Washington County human resources representative
Local A2 | Washington County News Saturday, June 21, 2014 879 Us er y Ro ad Chipley FL 32428 (850) 638-4654 wa shingt onr ehabandnursing .c om Re si de nt s go s hin g Re siden ts en jo ye d s hi ng on We dn es da y, Ju ne 18, 2014, at th e ho me of Da n an d Ma ry Ru nn el ls Re siden ts she d till th eir he ar ts we re co nt en t an d th en co ok ed th e s h at th e po nd on th e pr o pe rt y. On e re siden t st at ed I ha ve al wa ys lo ve d to s h, an d I m gl ad th at th is nu rs in g ho me wi ll st ill tak e pe op le li ke me to s h. It wa s ou r pl ea su re 2014 INDEPENDENCE DA Y DEADLINES Pu blishes: We d. July 2 Pu blishes: Sa t. July 5 Deadline: We d. July 2 at no on Pu blishes: We d. July 9 Ou r business oc es will be closed Fr ida y, July 4 AYERS from page A1 innity odds of happening. Ayers and his wife, Jessica, were celebrating the homecoming of their threeday old son, Jax, when a stray bullet red by a neighbor at an adjacent home entered the Ayers residence through a glass door and fatally struck the new father in the back of the head. The neighbor, Charles Edward Shisler, 62, was arrested and charged with manslaughter and possession of a rearm by a felon. He told investigators the gun accidentally discharged when he picked it up inside his house. However, although theres little argument Ayers death was tragic, his family says they prefer to focus on his life. He was such a wonderful, caring, and loving person, said one of Justins younger three sisters, Tiffany Ayers of Chipley. He was a godly man who loved his family, and once he made a friend, that friend was for life. Ayers taught guitar lessons for 20 years, often performing at local venues, such as Margaritaville and Foghorns in Panama City Beach, and wrote and performed music with his wife, Jessica. And its through his love for music and his wife that Tiffany says her brother touched lives. Music and Jessica were his passion, she said. He had worked at the music store in Panama City since he was 14, and Jessica had been his love since they were kids, more than 17 years. We should all be so lucky to have a love like that. They agreed to wait ten years to have a child after getting married because of their career, and Justin was overjoyed when Jax came in this world, she said. Jaxs rst breath literally took Justins away. Tiffany says her family will be sure young Jax knows what kind of man his father was. (If I could tell Jax one thing about his dad), it would be that I had never seen him so happy as the day his son was brought into this world, Tiffany said. He was the best father possible for the very short amount of time he had. Jessica and Jax were his whole world. Those wanting to help the fundraising benets for the Ayers family have several options as the community continues to rally around them. An account created Wednesday in Ayers name on the website gofundme.com had raised almost $16,000 from more than 300 donors by 9 a.m. Friday, exceeding the goal amount of $15,000. Panama City radio station WPAP 92.5, also will host a fundraiser Monday at Cahalls Deli at 416 W. 23rd St. in Panama City. Another event honoring Ayers love of music is set for Tuesday, July 8, at G. Foleys at 3212 W. 23rd St. The fundraiser will last from 7 to 10 p.m. Musicians willing to donate their talent for the evening are asked to contact the business. The business also is accepting baby items and gift card donations for Jessica Ayers and baby Jax Ayers. Justin and Jessicas music also can be downloaded from iTunes. Local favorites by The Ayers are Unusual Love and Make Believe. Both are written and performed by the couple. Meanwhile, Tiffany Ayers says the love and generosity shown by the public hasnt gone unnoticed by the family. We truly appreciate the community coming together for us, Tiffany said. We are very thankful, not only for all the donations to help Jessica and Jax, but also for the prayers, visits, and consideration. We are so blessed to be surrounded by such good people. Ayers mother, Vicki McMichael, lives in Panama City. He also has two other younger sisters, Ashley Ayers of Chipley and Wendi Lewis of Grand Ridge, whose sons, Hayden Ayers and Bryson Lewis, respectively, were their Uncle Justins little buddies. For complete obituary, see the Wednesday, June 25, edition of the Washington County News. SPECIAL TO T HE NEW S Stephen Justin Ayers with his new baby, who was born on Fathers Day. person who is not afraid to speak up and lead by example. If elected, I will continue my service to the community by sup plying citizens with the leadership they deserve as a liaison for the Clerks office. Born and raised in Washington County, Whitson is a 1982 gradu ate Vernon High School. She holds degrees from Chipola College and the University of Florida. She also has completed gradu ate work at the University of South Florida. She cur rently resides in Chipley with her husband, Kent, of 25 years. The couple has two children, Karsten and Kyndall. WHITSON from page A1 Were holding our own By CAROL KENT 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT Ckent@chipleypaper.com WAUSAU Wausau Town Council Members got a snapshot of the towns nancial stand ing Thursday night when Hilton Galloway of Carr Riggs & Ingram present ed the Wausaus audit for the scal year ending Sept. 30, 2013. The towns assets decreased by $39,714. Capital assets decreased primarily because of a depreciation expense. The net decrease was $115,109, with $2,504 cur rent year additions and a depreciation expense of $177,613. Current liabilities in creased to $1,320, and revenue decreased to $243,316, mainly because of a decrease in grant funds. According to Galloways report, dur ing the past two years, the town received a $600,000 Community De velopment Block Grant to acquire a backup well and expended about $1.3 million for wa ter line replacement and extension. Of this amount, about $1 million was funded with grant funds, and the remaining $359,000 was nanced with a low interest loan. The town also received a $250,000 energy efciency grant, which was fully ex pended in the 2012 scal year. Council members were also informed the towns contingency fund for the current scal year has increased to $50,000. Galloway did have some recommendations to improve internal con trols for the council in the groups management letter. The town currently employs only one full time clerical employee (Town Clerk Margaret Riley), the report stat ed. This individuals responsibilities include billing, collecting, re porting, receipting, de positing and recording all revenues. Addition ally, she is responsible for preparing and document ing all revenues. This results in an inadequate separation of duties re lating to the control and recording of receipts and disbursements. The report went on to say the town lacked suf cient clerical personnel to design and implement adequate separation of duties. The rm recognized hiring more staff isnt feasible in a town the size of Wausau, saying optimum segregation of duties isnt obtain able and recommended the council implement detection controls to monitor daily activities. Town Clerk Marga ret Riley explained this isnt uncommon in small towns like Wausau. The council conveyed that in their ofcial response, documented in the man agement letter, advis ing controls are in place, such as all bank state ments being opened by a member of council before being received by the clerk, and all invoices are inspected by the Mayor or Mayor Pro-Tem before payment. Overall, the council was pleased with the ndings. Were holding our own, said Councilwom an Marlene Blount. In other action, the town discussed the need for an animal control ordinance, which is expected to be further discussed when they meet again Monday, June 23. Members also dis cussed the hiring of new maintenance staff and recessed until Mondays meeting, at which time they will conduct interviews. WFPC currently ad ministers the SHIP pro gram for several neigh boring counties, including Holmes and Walton. The West Florida Regional Planning Council is a multi-purpose re gional entity recognized by the state as supporting the Northwest Florida re gion by planning for and coordinating intergov ernmental solutions to growth-related prob lems, providing techni cal assistance to local governments and meeting the needs of communities across the region. Anyone wanting to apply for the SHIP pro gram or wanting more information on how this change affects their ap plication can call WFPC at 850-332-7976. GRANT WRITER from page A1 Wausau hears annual audit Current liabilities increased to $1,320, and revenue decreased to $243,316, mainly because of a decrease in grant funds. According to Galloways report, during the past two years, the town received a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant to acquire a backup well and expended about $1.3 million for water line replacement and extension.
Local Washington County News | A3 Saturday, June 21, 2014 By VALERIE GARMAN 747-5076 | @valeriegarman email@example.com PANAMA CITY The St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers Market has seen its share of ups and downs over the last few years, but organizers and vendors agree things are moving in the right direction. With a focus on handmade, homemade and homegrown products, the market recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a huge spike in the number of vendors year over year. Market coordinator John Carbullido took over in spring 2013 and has since seen the average vendor count increase from 22 to 55. The market also has moved from operating three seasons to being open year-round, with record-breaking attendance over the winter months, Carbullido said. Not everyone has what we have in this little community of St. Andrews, Carbullido said. The whole theme is to turn this into a destination. To build on that goal, the Historic St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership, the group responsible for organizing events in the area, recently launched a Sunset Celebration Market, which takes place at the St. Andrews Marina every Thursday through October from 4 p.m. to sunset. Partnership member Rick Ackerman, who runs the Betsy Ann Riverboat, said the event is intended to mimic the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square in Key West, with street performers, entertainers and vendors sprinkled throughout the community. The Sunset Celebration kicked off last week with about 20 vendors, but Ackerman hopes to see gradual growth through October to encourage visitors and residents to enjoy the neighborhoods shopping, dining and night life. Were denitely seeing a re-emergence of tourism and local support as well, Ackerman said. St. Andrews is becoming quite a hot spot for food, entertainment and things to do. Jim Weslowski, a regular vendor at the St. Andrews Saturday market, said he has seen the area become busier and busier, especially over the last year. Its a crowded location, but people love it, said Weslowski, who owns and operates Weslowski Farms outside Vernon with his wife, Delia. We go down there and dont come up for air for four hours. We do extremely well. I give my customers a good product at a fair price. Over the years, the Weslowskis have been able to build up a steady base of loyal customers, many of whom have been invited to the pesticidefree farm to see from where the products come. They get to see the farm and know whats going on, so they become loyal customers for me, Weslowski said. The Weslowskis harvest a variety of produce based on the season basil, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, gs, peppers, oriental eggplant, pears, Chinese chestnuts, Satsuma oranges, Meyer lemons, and plenty of greens in the winter, to name a few. Because it can be grown most of the year, basil is the biggest seller, Weslowski said, but the new winter market in St. Andrews also has added a boost to his sale of winter greens. Year-round helps out big time, he said. People love those greens. No rt hw est Fl orida Co mmunit y Ho spital 1360 Br ick ya rd Ro ad Chipley Fl or ida 32428 (850) 638-1610 NFCH Specialt y Ce nt er Lu nch wi ll be pr ov ided Fr ee to the co mm unit y! Joanie Be ar d at 415-8104 No rt hw est F lorida C ommunit y H ospital 1360 Br ick ya rd R oad Chipley F lor ida 32428 (850) 638-1610 NFCH Specialt y C en te r Lu nch will be pr ov ided Fr ee t o the c omm unit y! Joanie B ear d a t 415-8104 1 out of 3 U. S. adu lts ha s pr edi ab et es on ly 7% kn ow the y ha ve it PHO T OS B Y H EAT H ER LEIP H ART | The News Herald Customers browse items for sale June 14 at the weekly St. Andrews Farmers Market in Panama City. Vernons Weslowski Farms popular at waterfront market
GCSC approves budget, discusses tuition hike By JACQUELINE BOSTICK 747-5081 | @PCNHJBostick firstname.lastname@example.org PANAMA CITY Its almost time to raise tuition, outgoing Gulf Coast State College President Jim Kerley said at Thursdays board of trustees meeting. I think its time to do that, Kerley said. You have to look at the monies and you have to get it from the state or tuition increases. With a recurring at budget and a state government that hasnt doled out new funding, the college might have to look at raising tuition in the near future, Kerley said. Enrollment at the college has steadily decreased since its peak in 2010, according to the National Center for Education Statistics web site. Enrollment dropped from 7,207 students in fall 2010 to 6,030 students in fall of 2012, the website states. Data measures fall enrollment only, up to fall of 2012. After expenditures, the college is set to pocket into reserves about $767,000. Our budget was basically at, Kerley said. I believe we can still keep (tuition) low; we can raise it by 4 percent right now and still be the lowest out of the 28 state colleges in Florida. Trustees unanimously passed the budget, which includes a 2-percent salary increase for employees, a 10-percent hike in health insurance coverage and no tuition increase. Our budget is basically at-lined from last year, said Chairman Ralph Roberson. We did not receive an in crease in funding; we did not increase tuition for students this is the third year in a row that weve been able to accomplish that. A competitive incentive-based compensation pool of $50,000 was included in the approved budget. Details of the new budget item still were unclear as of Thursdays meeting. The next board of trustees meet ing will be at 10 a.m. July 24 in the William C. Cramer Jr. seminar room in Student Union West. Also at the meeting, trustees ap proved a policy amendment that allows students to have rearms as long as they are unseen and concealed in a vehicle. Local A4 | Washington County News Saturday, June 21, 2014 POSTMASTER: Send address change to: Washington County News P. O Box 627, Chipley, FL 32428 USP S 667-360 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN COUNTY 13 weeks: $20; 26 weeks: $28.70; 52 weeks: $48.60 OUT OF COUNTY 13 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. Copy right 2013, Halifax Media Group. All Rights Reserved. COPYRIGHT NOTICE: T he entire contents of the Washington County News are fully protected by copyright and cannot be reproduced in any form for any purpose without the expressed permission of Halifax Media Group. Nicole P. Bareeld, Publisher Carol Kent, Editor Cameron Everett, Production Supervisor Home 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 CONTACT US PUBLISHER Nicole Bareeld: email@example.com NEWS, SPOR TS OR OPINION firstname.lastname@example.org CLASSIFIED & CIRCULA TION 850-638-0212 clamb@ chipleypaper.com Circulation Customer Service 1-800-345-8688 EDITOR Carol Kent: ckent@ chipleypaper.com 850-638-0212 ADVER TISING Jessica Collins: jcollins@chipley paper.com By BRAD MILNER 747-5065 | @PCNHBradMilner email@example.com Gulf Coast State College and minor league base ball could make quite a pairing. Its no secret the school is exploring options for mov ing its baseball and softball elds amid construction of the yover project involv ing 23rd Street and U.S. 98 set to begin next summer. It also has been re vealed that the Dor En ergy Group, which has de signs to bring professional baseball to Bay County, has been in preliminary discus sions for more than a year with Gulf Coast to house the baseball team in the minor league facility. The possibilities for the coupling are slim at this time, mostly because of there being no concrete plans to bring a minor league team to Bay County. The lack of a direct timeta ble also does little to offset the chances, however, as GC isnt ready to immedi ately move the elds. Gulf Coast Athletic Di rector Gregg Wolfe said in March that the teams will play in current locations in 2015 and also during con struction, depending on how much chaos and noise the project creates. Allowing Gulf Coast to play in the minor league fa cility would alleviate some of the nancial stress for the school, which still is in negotiations with the Flor ida Department of Trans portation on compensation for the loss of land, parking spaces and visibility from roadways. GC would only need to allocate funds to move the softball eld, which has a potential new home across 23rd Street on a parcel of land owned by the college. Outgoing GC President Dr. Jim Kerley said playing in a high-end facility would be a boost for the Commo dores bsseball program. There are many ben ets if we had a pro team here and to be able to play in that kind of stadium is a great recruiting tool, Ker ley said. It would put us in good standing as far as our competition in that not many colleges have that kind of facility. It makes us competitive. Local attorney Wil liam Harrison, one of six members of the Dor En ergy Group, said there would be kinks to work out should a pro team come to Bay County. He said an auxiliary eld would be required for GCs practice and when home games overlap for both teams. Dor Energy Group also is proposing a new amateur sports facility in Panama City Beach, and Harrison said its possible to incor porate a larger eld for GC in those plans. That also could turn out to be a new permanent home for the Commodores if the Bay County Tourism Development Council and surrounding city govern ments deem it unfeasible to move a pro team here. Those options, as well as having a different loca tion for a new Bill Frazier Field altogether, are in early stages of planning, albeit the TDC is exploring ways to expedite the ama teur facility per the June 10 meeting. If they build it, GCSC will come Judge Perry Wells and two of his grandsons stopped by the Washington County News Thursday to offer the sweet gift of Washington Countys signature melon. The Judge is among scores of local residents gearing up for and promoting the 58th Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival, set for next weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28. THE W A TERMELONS ARE COMING! P.C. police seek info on shootings By CHRIS OLWELL 747-5079 | @PCNHchriso firstname.lastname@example.org PANAMA CITY Re porters were limited to one question during a press con ference Thursday in which Panama City Police Chief Scott Ervin urged people to share with police informa tion about violent crime in their community. Ervin held the brief press conference to address the recent wave of gun violence in the city after another teen was shot earlier in the day. He read a brief statement prais ing the working relationship PCPD has with other local law enforcement agencies and the news media. He briey addressed the latest shooting, which occurred about 4:30 a.m. in unit C-102 at the Macedonia Garden Apartments on 17th Street. Police found Samuel McGriff, 17, shot in his gut, according to a PCPD inci dent report. Ervin said Mc Griff had just left a nightclub and lamented the failure of McGriffs parents. Where are the parents? Ervin said. Clearly someone has failed this child. The press conference lasted about six minutes. Er vin said he was pressed for time and had training he had to get to, so reporters were allowed to ask him only one question. He didnt elaborate on the training, and no re porter raised the question. By the time three report ers had asked their allot ted question, Ervin had not provided any information on McGriffs medical condi tion, whether police had any suspects or any information about a potential motive in any of the recent shootings. Bay Medical Center spokeswoman Christa Davis said a patient listed as un known who came in Thurs day morning with a gunshot wound was in stable condi tion in the hospitals inten sive care unit. The police department has been sporadic in releas ing information about the re cent gun violence, which has claimed four lives in Panama City in a month. The depart ment did not issue a press release on McGriffs shoot ing Thursday, although it did release an incident report when it was requested. After a teen was shot and killed outside a nightclub last week, police didnt issue a press release or return at least three messages from The News Herald seeking information. A press release issued the following day an nouncing the arrest of two suspects in the shooting was the departments rst acknowledgement of the incident. We try to do our best to make sure that were giving statements to the media and making sure that those me dia releases are going out, Ervin said. The position of public information ofcer, which traditionally is the primary point of contact between the department and news me dia, was eliminated about the time Ervin was appoint ed chief of police in February 2013. Ervin said Thursday none of the shootings was random, and police have made arrests in each case except McGriffs shooting Thursday. Ervin did not say if police had any leads in McGriffs shooting, but said he was condent the inves tigation would be resolved quickly. My hope is that our shared community values will result in parents, family members and other commu nity members continuing to contact us with information about crimes, preferably be fore they occur, but certainly after a crime occurs so that no violent criminal has a safe haven, Ervin said. Re member, when you possess information and you dont share it, you condone the acts of violence that are tak ing place. H EA TH ER LEI PH AR T | The News Herald Panama City Police Chief Scott E rvin reads a written statement during a press conference Thursday. Florida drivers can save $0.69 per gallon by choosing renewable fuels Special to the Press Gazette As turmoil in Iraq push es Florida gas prices up, American ethanol brings relief to consumers. As the situation in Iraq comes home to motorists paying higher prices at the pump, the Fuels America coalition is urging greater reliance on less expensive, homegrown fuels as op posed to reliance on the vol atile market for foreign oil. In fact, an analysis of state data covering the past year from E85prices.com shows that drivers with Flex Fuel vehicles in Florida can pay an average of $0.69 less per gallon by lling up with E85, which contains up to 85 per cent American ethanol. Ethanol is a higher oc tane fuel that improves en gine performance. Thats why it has been added to gasoline for decades and is now being blended at higher levels into the fuels used throughout profes sional auto racing. Prices for American-grown re newable fuels like ethanol and advanced biofuels have grown increasingly com petitive thanks to Americas Renewable Fuel Standard, which ensures that home grown renewable fuels are available as an option to American consumers. The analysis of data from E85 Prices also revealed that drivers have saved as much as $1.20 per gallon at the pump over the past year by lling up on E85. And because ethanol increases the available fuel supply, it helps to drive down the price of gasoline for all driv ers regardless of whether they choose a higher blend fuel like E15 or E85. In addition to saving American drivers money, the RFS has helped to support 852,000 jobs and $184.5 billion in economic output in the U.S. The re newable fuels industry supports 20,073 jobs and $1.1 billion in wages in Florida alone, as well as $4.4 billion in economic output. Meanwhile, violence in Iraq is driving high gas pric es even higher than predict ed. Mere worries about oil supply issues have already helped drive world and U.S. prices to their highest lev els since September. Ameri cans could see prices for regular gasoline jump more than $0.20 per gallon over the next couple weeks as violence in Iraq continues.
Local Washington County News | A5 Saturday, June 21, 2014 So we ll Tra ctor Co ., Inc. 2841 Hwy 77 North, Pa nama City www .so we lltr actor co .com So we ll and Ku bota 40 Ye ars of Tr usted Pe rf or manc e We Tr ade for Any thin g That Don t Eat! Financing Arranged (W AC) MONDAY 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. 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. TUESDAY 8-9 a.m.: Tai Chi Class at the Washington County Public Library, Chipley Branch 8-10 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. 6 p.m.: Holmes County Commission meets second Tuesdays. 6:10 p.m..: BINGO at St. Joseph Catholic Church games start at speedball 6:10 p.m., Early bird 6:20, session 6:50 p.m. Call Peg Russ at 638-7654 or 638-7654 7 p.m.: Narcotics Anonymous meeting, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on County Road 177A WEDNESDAY 10 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. 5 p.m.: New Hope United Methodist Church Bible Study 7 p.m.: Depression and Bipolar Support Group meets at First Baptist Church educational annex building in Bonifay. Call 547-4397. THURSDAY 7:30 a.m.: Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast every third Thursday 9-11 a.m.: Amazing Grace Church USDA Food Distribution every third Thursday (Holmes County Residents Only) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Money Sense at Goodwill Career Training Center; call 6380093; 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 second Thursday of each month. The public is invited to attend. 6 p.m.: TOPS meets at 7 p.m. with weigh in at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church 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 177A FRIDAY 6 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 p.m.: 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 September. 6-8 p.m.: Washington County Council on Aging 50+ dance club for more information call 638-6216 6-8 p.m.: Mariannas Gathering Place Foundation has a get-together for 50+ senior singles, widowed or divorced on last Fridays at Methodist Youth Center in Marianna. Come join the fun for games, prizes and snacks. For more information, call 526-4561. 8 p.m.: Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting at Chipley Presbyterian Church. SATURDAY 8 a.m.: North Bay Clan of The Lower Muskogee Creek Yard Sale rst Saturday of the month until 2 p.m. 1560 Lonnie Road. Free Medical Clinic in Graceville Opens 10 a.m. third and fth Saturday of the month. Call 263-6912 or 272-0101 for information. The Holmes County Community Health Clinic at 203 W. Iowa St., Bonifay, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the rst and third Saturday The Alford Community Health Clinic will be open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, from 10 a.m. until the last patient is seen. 10 a.m. to noon: Childrens education day fourth Saturday of every month North Bay Clan Tribal Grounds, 1560 Lonnie Road. SUNDAY 11 a.m.: New Hope United Methodist Church Worship Service 5 p.m.: New Hope United Methodist Church Worship Service 8 p.m.: Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in the board room at GracevilleCampbellton Hospital in Graceville. SP E C IA L TO T HE N EWS Hollywood costume designer Ret Turner recently toured the Chipola College Center for the Arts. He is the brother-in-law of Pauline Turner of Marianna. Pictured from left, are: Rets friend Tom Wilkinson, Chipola Technical Theatre director, Connie Smith, Ret Turner and Chipola Theatre Director, Charles Sirmon. Turner has been nominated for 21 Emmys with ve wins. His work includes The Jim Nabors Show, The Andy Williams Show, Sonny and Cher, Carol Burnett, Donny and Marie, and Mamas Family, just to name a few. He headed NBC Studios wardrobe department for 20 years before entering into a partnership with Bob Mackie and Ray Aghayan for Elizabeth Courtney Costumes. Special to The News ATLANTA The U. S. Small Busi ness Administration (SBA), has approved more than $50 million in disaster assistance loans to hom eowners, renters and businesses in parts of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi that were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and ooding that occurred in late April. The deadline for each declaration is fast approaching. Currently, 1,140 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $51,191,400 for affected survi vors, said Frank Skaggs, director of SBAs Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. SBAs disaster loans for physical damages are available to homeowners, rent ers and businesses of all sizes. Small businesses and private nonprot organizations of all sizes are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL as sistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. SBAs disaster loans provide much needed money to help indi viduals and business owners pay for disaster related repairs and re placements that were not covered by insurance, including their de ductible and business interruption needs. These specialty loans are only available when there is a de clared disaster. I encourage those with eligible disaster damages to apply, even if you think you might not qualify or do not want to take out a loan. There is no obligation to accept the loan if it is offered, said SBAs Regional Administra tor for Region IV Cassius Butts. Survivors may apply online us ing the Electronic Loan Applica tion (ELA) via SBAs secure web site at https://disasterloan.sba. gov/ela. We are already into the 2014 Hurricane season and although there has not been a major hur ricane event in the South for sev eral years, it does not mean that we should not be vigilant. Take time to become disaster-ready. Prepare or update your familys disaster preparedness kit, backup your computer system often and visit www.ready.gov for more tips and ideas. For information on free business seminars visit: www.Pre pareMyBusiness.org and www. sba.gov says Cassius Butts, Re gional Administrator, SBA Region IV. Disaster loan information and application forms can also be ob tained by calling the SBAs Cus tomer Service Center at 800-6592955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerser email@example.com. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba. gov/disaster. Completed appli cations should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. More than $50 million in SBA disaster loans approved RET TURNER VISITS CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS COMMUNITY CALENDAR LIBRARY HOURS Wausau Library Monday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday: 1-6 p.m. Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 1-6 p.m. Friday: Closed Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed Holmes County Library (Bonifay) Monday: Closed Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon Sunday: Closed Washington County Library (Chipley) Monday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed V ernon Library Monday: Closed Tuesday: 1-6 p.m. Wednesday: 1-6 p.m. Thursday: Closed Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed Sunny Hills Library Monday: 1-6 p.m. Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 1-6 p.m. Thursday: Closed Friday: Closed Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed
Local A6 | Washington County News Saturday, June 21, 2014 DESCEN D ANTS OF DOUGAL D MCKAY D OT H AN ALA Descendants of Dougald McKay, who settled in Dale County, Ala., about 1851, will hold a reunion today, June 21, at 1 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Center, 909 S. St. Andrews St., Dothan, Ala. Larry McKay, chairman of the reunion, and a descendant of Dougald McKay through Dougalds son, John Calvin McKay, requests, Please bring photos, old letters and documents as well as VCR tapes and CDs that youd like to share. Tables will be available for the various branches of the family to display their memorabilia. If you descend from John Calvin McKay or his sisters, Margaret Baxter, Mary Stewart or Eliza Bass, you are invited to attend. Snacks will be served. For more information, send email to larry. firstname.lastname@example.org or bvann@centurytel. net, or call Betty Vann at 334792-0216. G RITNEY R EUNION CARY V ILLE The Gritney reunion will be held at 10 a.m., today, June 21, at the Harris Chapel in Caryville. Please bring a covered dish. For more information call 535-6338. F INC H C URLEE REUNION W AUSAU The annual Finch-Curlee Reunion will be held Sunday, June 22, at the Wausau Town Hall. Please bring a covered dish and enjoy a day of fun and fellowship with family and friends. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. For further information, contact Margaret Riley at 703-9873. F OXY R E D HATTERS TO M EET C H I P LEY The Foxy Red Hatters will meet at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, at Pizza Hut in Chipley. A RT SH O W AN D S ALE C H I P LEY The Washington County Arts Council is calling all artists to participate in the upcoming Art Show and Sale at the 58th annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival in Chipley, Saturday, June 28. The council encourages all area artists to submit their paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and pottery. The best of show prize is $250. The cost to enter is $25 and includes up to four items. The deadline for entry is June 24. For more information, call Martha Nebel at 638-4039 L UNC H AN D L EARN C H I P LEY Northwest Florida Community Hospital will host a Lunch and Learn Tuesday, June 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the NFCH Education Center. Lunch and a program on the basics of Type-2 Diabetes will be provided at no charge to the community. E AT AN D M EET LUNC H EON C H I P LEY /M ARIANNA Emerald Coast Hospice is hosting a free Meet & Eat luncheon to support those who have experienced a recent loss. The community is invited to the Marianna or Chipley ofces. The luncheon is on Wednesday, June 25, at 11 a.m. If interested, call the Marianna ofce at 5263577 or the Chipley ofce at 638-8787 to RSVP so adequate lunch amounts can be prepared. F REE ZU M BA C LASS BONIFAY The Florida Department of Health in Holmes County is offering free Zumba dance tness classes on Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m. Classes will be held at the Bonifay Recreational Center. Everyone is invited to participate. For more information, contact Leann Jones at 547-8500 ext. 240. No person shall, on the grounds of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion or sex be excluded from participation in, be denied benets of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving or beneting from federal nancial assistance. Sensory impaired or LimitedEnglish Prociency patients will be provided with necessary aids and interpreters at no cost by calling Fran Amerson at 547-8500 ext. 234 F REE SM O K ING C ESSATION C LASS BONIFAY Big Bend AHEC along with The Florida Department of Health in Holmes County will be offering a free smoking cessation class on Monday, June 23, from 4-6 p.m. Class will be held at the Florida Department of Health in Holmes County, 603 Scenic Circle, Bonifay. Free nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges are available. Class covers all forms of tobacco. For more information, contact Leann Jones 547-8500 ext. 240 or email jlewis@bigbendahec. org.No person shall, on the grounds of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion or sex be excluded from participation in, be denied benets of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving or beneting from federal nancial assistance. Sensory impaired or LimitedEnglish Prociency patients will be provided with necessary aids and interpreters at no cost by calling Fran Amerson at 547-8500 ext. 234 G IRL S COUTS G OL D IBLOX C H I P LEY The Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle is hosting a Goldiblox event from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, June 26 in Chipley at St. Matthews Church. The Girl Scouts can only accept the girls, so no parents are allowed at this event. This is for all girls in second through fth grade; they do not have to be a Girl Scout to participate. Registration is only $5 per girl. The event is limited to 25 girls. To register, or for more information, call 726-6119. TH E L EGO MO V IE C H I P LEY The Chipley branch of the Washington County Public Library will show The Lego Movie at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. For more information, call Zedra at 638-1314. 58T H ANNUAL WATER M ELON F ESTI V AL C H I P LEY The 58th annual Watermelon Festival will be held Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28. Fridays events will be held at Pals Park on Rustin Drive in Chipley. Gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday, with Ashton Shepherd taking the stage at 6 p.m. followed by Jeff Bates and John Anderson; seating will be festival style. No coolers are allowed. Saturdays events will begin at 7 a.m. at the Shrine Club with a pancake breakfast, followed by the Hot Trot at 7:30 a.m. at the Washington Holmes Tech Center. The Watermelon Parade will be held at 10 a.m. in downtown Chipley. At 11 a.m., Crossroads will take the stage at the Washington County Agriculture Center, followed by queen introductions at 11:45, the annual Watermelon Auction at noon and Daily and Vincent will close out the festival at 1:30 p.m. The antique car show will be held all day on the lawn of the WHTC. For more information, visit www. pandlewatermelon.com. PAR K INSONS SU PP ORT GROU P TO M EET M ARIANNA The Parkinsons support group will meet at noon, Monday, June 30, in the Education Classroom on the ground oor of Jackson Hospital, 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Jackson Hospital. Those diagnosed with Parkinsons and their caregivers are invited to attend. Amy Riley, admissions and marketing director, Chipola Nursing Pavilion, will educate attendees on rehab therapies available at the pavilion, and occupational therapist Athena Glisson will share helpful tools and tactics for Parkinsons patients. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact Kathryn Jordan, community/staff educator, at 718-2661. G UAR D IAN A D L ITE M SEE K S V OLUNTEERS H OL M ES /W AS H INGTON COUNTY Guardian ad Litem is currently seeking volunteers to go to court, to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children from our area. Volunteers are needed in Holmes and Washington counties. There are currently 35 children without volunteer representation who are currently going through court proceedings. Training is scheduled to begin in July. For more information or to volunteer in this special and unique way, call 747-5180. S U MM ER F OO D PROGRA M H OL M ES COUNTY The Holmes District School Summer Food Program is going on now and will end Thursday, July 3. This program is free to all school age students and will include breakfast and lunch. It will be offered at Bonifay Elementary, Ponce de Leon Elementary, Bethlehem and Poplar Springs schools. WAUSAU F OURT H OF JULY P ARA D E W AUSAU Wausau will hold its rst annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m., Friday, July 4. The parade will run right through the middle of historic Wausau. VARNU M R EUNION SUNNY H ILLS The 27th annual Varnum reunion will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday July 5, at the Sunny Hills Community Center. Bring a covered dish and a healthy appetite for a day full of family, fellowship, food and fun. The center is 2.3 miles off of State Road 77 on Challenger Boulevard in Sunny Hills. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gloria Clark (daughter of Evelyn Varnum) at 703-9840 or email her at email@example.com. C ULLIFER R EUNION W EST V ILLE The Cullifer reunion is at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 5, at Evergreen Baptist Church, 2156 Highway 179A in Westville. Please bring a covered dish to share. Also bring any photos and family history to share. For more information, call Carol at 956-2752. KOL M ET Z S ING V ERNON The Kolmetz Sing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Live Oak Baptist Church in Vernon. The church is on River Road. For more information, call Bertha Padgett at 535-2737. KOL M ET Z R EUNION V ERNON The 50th Kolmetz Reunion is at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 12, at the Hinson Crossroads Fire Department on Douglas Ferry Road in Vernon. Please bring a covered dish to share. For more information, call Bertha Padgett at 535-2737. F I ZZ BOO M REA D W AS H INGTON COUNTY Fizz, boom, read is sparking imaginations all across Washington County. Six weeks of radioactive fun underway, the Chipley main branch, Sunny Hills and Country Oaks branches of the Washington County Library and at the Vernon City Hall are all laboratories for this summer fun. This event will be held at the Chipley branch every Monday at 10 a.m. for pre-K through second grade and at 3 p.m. for third through eighth grade, through Monday, July 14; at the Vernon City hall in room three every Tuesday at 3 p.m. through Tuesday, July 22; at the Country Oak branch every Wednesday at 10: 30 a.m. through Wednesday, July 23 and at the Sunny Hills branch every Wednesday at 3 p.m. through Wednesday July 23. If you would like to pictures of our summer reading mix, check out the kids blog at http://wcplkidsrule. blogspot.com For more information, call Zedra Hawkins at 638-1314. H C P L SU MM ER P ROGRA M S BONIFAY Holmes County Public Library will hold their summer programs Fridays beginning June 27 and run every Friday through July 28. All programs will be held at the library except the program on Friday, July 25. The program on July 25 will be held at the Holmes County Agricultural Center. Programs will begin at 10 a.m. each day. Friday, June 27, children will be able to attend Touch a Truck and have the chance to look at large service vehicles up close. Friday, July 11 during the Mad Scientist program, children will have the chance to participate in games and activities that involve experimentation. Friday, July 18, Balloon man will be at the library to make balloon animals and tell stories. The nal program will be held Friday, July 25, and will be a day of food, fun and games with friends and family. A LLM ALE SOFTBALL TOURNA M ENT GRACE V ILLE An allmale softball tournament will be held Saturday, June 28, in Graceville. This is a fundraiser for the Graceville All-Stars nine and ten year olds state tournament fundraiser. If interested in playing, contact Alicia Brininger 866-4228 for more information. SW I MM ING LESSONS SET AT CH I P OLA M ARIANNA Chipola College will offer Childrens swimming lessons for ages 4 and up on the following dates: Session 1: Monday, June 16 through Thursday, June 26 with a registration deadline of Thursday, June 12; Session 2: Monday, July 14 through Thursday, July 24, with a registration deadline of Thursday, July 10; Session 3: Monday, August 4 through Thursday, August 14, with a registration deadline of Thursday, July 31. Classes are available at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions include eight 45-minute classes which meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally recognized methods. Cost of each two-week session is $55. Pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. For more information, call 718-2473 or visit www.chipola.edu. F REE F A M ILY HISTORY C LASS SUNNY H ILLS Whos your Daddys Daddy? For those who have wondered who they are and why theyre here, and how they can nd out free of charge: two sister missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints are hosting a weekly class providing introduction, instruction, and assistance in using the Churchs free family history website, FamilySearch.org, from 4:30-6 p.m. every Wednesday, at the Sunny Hills Library located at 4083 Challenger Blvd. For more information, call the sister missionaries at 5259768. If no one answers, be sure to leave a message. Special to The News June is Mens Health Month and Jackson Hos pital is proud to increase awareness or problems that could be prevented and encourage early detec tion and treatment of mens diseases. This month gives Jackson Hospital an oppor tunity to encourage men to seek medical treatment for health maintenance. According to the Mens Health Network, One in two men is diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime compared to one in three women. Prostate cancer is the most common can cer in men and the second leading killer of men, be hind lung cancer. Prostatis can be an issue for males of all ages and affects 35 percent of men aged 50 and older. Mens Health Network states, Each year over 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 30,000 will die of it. Jackson Hospital urolo gist, Dr. John Chacko states, The slowing of the urinary stream, having to get up at night to urinate, and increased frequency are common symptoms of prostate cancer. A simple blood test called Pros tate-specic antigen and a digital rectal exam are the two most commonly used tests. If you would like to schedule an appoint ment with Dr. Chacko, call Chipola Surgical & Medical Specialties at 482-0017. SP ECIAL TO TH E N E W S The Marianna Lions Club recently added funds to their endowment in the Chipola College Foundation. Above, Lions Scholarship chairman Dave Nicholson presents a donation to Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director. The Lions Club provides scholarships to Chipola students each year through proceeds from the Jesse Hoy Memorial Endowment. This year, the club will award a $1,500 scholarship MARIANNA LIONS CLUB ADDS FUNDS TO ENDOWMENT AT CHIPOLA Jackson Hospital partners with Mens Health network to heighten awareness of Mens Health Month Community BRIEFS
Local Washington County News | A7 Saturday, June 21, 2014 Operation Avalanche nets 22 drug suspects By TRISTA PRUETT Halifax Media Group DeFUNIAK SPRINGS The arrest of former public defender Lenny Platteborze on Monday night was part of a much larger investigation that took down a massive drug ring. By Wednesday after noon, 22 people had been arrested in a multi-tiered organization that dealt in marijuana, prescrip tion pills and metham phetamines, according to authorities. This is probably the largest single felony arrest in the history of Walton County, Sheriff Michael Adkinson said during a press conference at the sheriffs ofce in DeFuni ak Springs on Wednesday afternoon. While Platteborze was taken into custody at the public defenders ofce in DeFuniak Springs, oth ers were arrested at their homes or at meth labs. Operation Avalanche, the investigation that started in October, is ongo ing and more arrests are possible, ofcials say. The scope of this is go ing to extend past Walton County, Adkinson said. Theres just a limit to the number of people you can get to in a short amount of time. State Attorney Bill Ed dins, who also was at the press conference, said the amount of meth being spewed into the commu nity was incredible. A major methamphet amine operation has been shut down, he said. The intelligence gained as a result of this investigation is going to make the com munity safer. Adkinson described a full spectrum of drugs found during the arrests, including prescription pills, meth and marijuana. Were sad to see the addiction caused by prescription drugs and methamphetamine, but were happy to be able to do something signicant about it, Adkinson said. The extent of Platte borzes involvement with the ring has not been es tablished. However, he was shown as being in the rst tier, the highest in the hi erarchy, outlined on three poster boards displayed at the press conference. He was, at a mini mum, friends with two of the leaders. Thats really about as far as we can go, Eddins said. Platteborze has worked on several high-prole cases in recent years. He negotiated the plea for Dannie Baker, who killed two Chilean students and seriously wounded three others in Miramar Beach in February 2009. He also was one of the attorneys who rep resented Steven Cozzie, who attacked and killed a 15-year-old Georgia girl in Seagrove Beach in June 2011. Eddins said Platte borzes prior cases should not be affected by his arrest. He also said he appre ciated how cooperative elected Public Defender Bruce Miller was with the investigation. We believe that this was an isolated incident that involved only that employee of that ofce, Eddins said. Authorities: Public defender part of organizations hierarchy UNACCEPTABLE By ZACK McDONALD 747-5071 | @PCNHzack firstname.lastname@example.org PANAMA CITY Retired Capt. David Holt Smith was wheelchair-bound when he arrived in Bay County in February. Hes homeless, terminally ill and seeking veter ans medical assistance. But he still is waiting for his rst medi cal appointment with Veterans Affairs. Smith, 77, had served during U.S. wars in Korea and Vietnam when he encoun tered such dangerous chemicals as Agent Orange. He now suffers with prostate can cer and, like several thousand others across the country, is stuck in the slow-grinding gears of the Veterans Affairs health care system. But his ght is not over. Its unacceptable, Smith said. We need to get all these congressmen to get in there and preach for all of us veterans who need help. Get on the ball, dont just sit there. We need the help. Smith has seen some aspects of his life improve since arriving in Panama City: He is mobile, has acquired an indispensable friend and has a job at the Panama City Rescue Mission helping other homeless veterans begin the process of getting VA assistance. But appearances often are misleading. Smith said after seeing his health improve, the momentary hope for treatment slipped away and his health began to rapidly de generate over the past few weeks. Smith received a letter from the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System March 21 that told him an initial exam would be scheduled in two weeks. Almost three months later, Smith has not seen treatment or positive signs of his health returning. Representatives of the Gulf Coast VA headquarters in Biloxi, Miss., conrmed Smith has been scheduled for an appoint ment in July, but said they were unable to comment further. Heather Birch, a Utah native who be friended Smith after a chance encounter, has assisted him with the seemingly nev er-ending VA phone calls. We are a country that is not taking care of the ones who deserve it, Birch said. Its crazy the walls you come up to over and over. Its been hard and it makes me sad and so angry because its not fair. The scandal surrounding long wait times within the VA system has garnered national attention recently. One third of homeless Americans are veterans. Local ly, they turn to the Rescue Mission. As hor ror stories pour in from across the country about VA care, areas such as Bay County which court military service members to become residents are not immune. This is a real problem and it does af fect the ve terans of Panama City, said Amanda Bawn, director of the missions developmental programs, speaking about delays in VA benets. The mission is lim ited to the services we can provide. Although the Rescue Mission is where homeless veterans are directed to initially get help, it isnt equipped to handle serious physical issues or mental health issues from which combat veterans often suffer. The Rescue Mission is mostly geared to treat people struggling with chemical or alcohol dependence. Rescue Mission policy allows veteran medical holds of up to 24 months. Smith still resides at the Rescue Mis sion. He was given a date of July 27 for an appointment with the VA. Although his health continues to deteriorate, Smith said he hopes his assistance at the Res cue Mission will help younger veterans receive much-needed medical and mental treatment. A lot of doors have opened, but the right door hasnt opened yet, Smith said. I cant do enough, but I want to open more doors for our veterans. The younger ones out there need our help. I cant do enough, but I want to open more doors for our veterans. The younger ones out there need our help. Capt. David Holt Smith Terminally ill veteran of 2 wars waits for VA treatment P hotos by A NDRE W WARDLO W | The News Herald Top veteran David Smith is seen Tuesday near his bunk at the Panama City Rescue Mission. United Way Suncoasts early literacy initiative successful in preventing summer slide TAMPA According to the U.S. Department of Education, a student in poverty loses approximate ly two months of reading achievement every year over summer break. On average, middle and high income students dont ex perience the same read ing loss due to greater ac cess to summer learning opportunities such as camps, educational activities and books, which reinforce reading and lan guage skills. Summer learning loss, also known as summer slide, has the greatest cu mulative effect on students from low-income families where children can fall three to ve years behind in reading by the end of el ementary school. Students who continue to struggle to read at the end of fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school, which can lead to life-long nancial struggle. Research also shows a lack of education is often at the root of the cycle of generational poverty. United Way Suncoasts Early Literacy Initiative supports children by help ing to build the necessary reading skills essential to a childs continued growth and success in school. This initiative aims to increase year-round reading activity for children up to 12 years old to improve reading skills and prepare them for further academic success. Through its Summer Care program, children are granted scholarships to quality summer programs emphasizing literacy with daily structured reading lessons, as well as rein forcing basic skills in writ ing, math, science, social studies and tness. The curriculum includes preand post-program evalu ations of the students literacy levels. Students with the greatest literacy deciencies also are pro vided intensive reading tutoring with pre-service education students from St. Petersburg College and USF Sarasota-Manatee. In 2013, every student in the Summer Care program was reading below grade level at the beginning of the summer. By the end of the program, the majority of students showed signi cant improvement with 69 percent reading at grade level. Ninety-seven percent of those receiving intensive tutoring maintained or in creased their overall read ing levels. Our early literacy ini tiatives and programs have helped thousands of children become more procient readers, said United Way Suncoast CEO Diana Baker. This year, more chil dren than ever are spend ing their summers in a reading-rich environment thanks to our Summer Care program and partners. Baker said every parent and caregiver can make effects to help a child in their life become a more procient reader and of fers the following tips to ensure children are as engaged as possible in whatever they read this summer: When shopping, build language skills and engage your child by reading signs aloud and asking ques tions about surroundings such as, Where is the red apple? or Show me the green shoe. Provide access to books and reading materials at home and on the go. The library, bookstore and online reading sites are helpful places to nd free or inexpensive reading material. Introduce your child to new environments such as parks, community fairs or other locations where he or she can observe new surroundings. Talk about what you see and ask your child to describe some of the shapes or colors in the area. Reading aloud is an essential component to language develop ment. Whether its a la bel at the grocery store, a menu at a restaurant or an article on your phone, nd the opportunity to read with your child. For more suggestions and simple strategies to build early literacy, visit www.unitedwaysuncoast. org or call 813-274-0900. Introduce your child to new environments such as parks, community fairs or other locations where he or she can observe new surroundings. Talk about what you see and ask your child to describe some of the shapes or colors in the area.
Local A8 | Washington County News Saturday, June 21, 2014 1. Jeff Gordon 537 2. Jimmie Johnson 522 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr 514 4. Matt Kenseth 513 5. Brad Keselowski 490 6. Carl Edwards 462 7. Joey Logano 454 8. Kyle Larson 454 9. Kevin Harvick 447 10. Kyle Busch 446 11. Ryan Newman 440 12. Denny Hamlin 435 13. Paul Menard 420 14. Clint Bowyer 417 15. Greg Bif e 409 16. Tony Stewart 402 17. Austin Dillon 400 18. Brian Vickers 394 19. Kasey Kahne 391 20. Jamie McMurray 384 21. AJ Allmendinger 382 22. Aric Almirola 379 23. Marcos Ambrose 370 24. Casey Mears 342 25. Martin Truex Jr 331 26. Kurt Busch 315 27. Ricky Stenhouse Jr 307 28. Danica Patrick 273 29. Justin Allgaier 269 30. Michael Annett 235 31. Cole Whitt 211 32. David Gilliland 209 33. David Ragan 190 34. Reed Sorenson 187 35. Alex Bowman 173 36. Josh Wise 169 37. Ryan Truex 108 38. Travis Kvapil 98 39. Michael McDowell 63 40. Parker Kligerman 54
Faith Washington County News | A9 Saturday, June 21, 2014 Faith EVENTS From staff reports Otter Creek to host Four Calvary PONCE DE LEON Four Calvary will be singing at 7 p.m. today, June 21, at Otter Creek Methodist Church in Ponce de Leon. The church is 4 miles north of Ponce de Leon off U.S. Highway 81 at 1492 Jack Johnson Lane. Grace Assembly Golf T ournament BONIFAY Grace Assembly at Chipley will host a golf tournament today, June 21, at Dogwood Lakes in Bonifay. Little Rock AOG homecoming BONIFAY Little Rock Assembly of God will host its 97th homecoming festivities Sunday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker for the event will be the Rev. Dewey Myers. Special music will be provided by former members of the Little Rock Youth Choir, as well as songs led by the current choir members. A covered dish Sunday Dinner will round out the activities after the conclusion of the worship service. Bonifay First United Methodist VBS BONIFAY Bonifay First United Methodist Church will host Vacation Bible School from 4:30 to 7:50 p.m., Monday, June 23, through Friday, June 27. The program will include Bible study, arts and crafts, music, games, snacks and much more. For more information, call the church ofce at 547-3785. Wausau Assembly of God VBS WAUSAU Wausau Assembly of God will host Vacation Bible School at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 23, through Friday, June 27. The church is on U.S. Highway 77 at the caution light. For more information, call 638-0883. New Prospect Baptist Church VBS New Prospect Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. June 2327 for children age 2 through the eighth grade. For more information, call Tracy Barbee at 260-5226 or by emailing email@example.com Shiloh Baptist Church VBS CHIPLEY Shiloh Baptist Church will host a Vacation Bible School program titled Weird Animals from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27. At Weird Animals, children will learn about some of Gods most creative creations. They will participate in Biblelearning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a kind, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they will take home and play with all summer long. Children also will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with The Tail End, a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they have learned. Fourth Sunday mission supper BONIFAY Red Hill United Methodist Church will host its Fourth Friday Mission Supper, Friday, June 27 at Red Hill United Methodist Church. The menu is fried catsh llets, smoked chicken, baked beans, cheese grits, coleslaw, hushpuppies and dessert. We will begin serving at 5 p.m. First Free Will to host One Heart BONIFAY The First Free Will Baptist Church of Bonifay will host the Christian band One Heart at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 28. Refreshments will follow the concert. The church is at the corner of Oklahoma and Kansas in Bonifay. Gospel sing WESTVILLE Limestone Community Church will hold a Gospel Sing at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28. The church is at 92 Beck Bridge Road in Westville; in the Darlington Community area. For more information, call Pastor Randon Carroll at 307-2609. Annual panhandle patriotic celebration BONIFAY The Holmes County Ministerial Association, along with numerous area churches, businesses and individuals, will host the Annual Panhandle Patriotic Celebration Sunday, June 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Recreation Complex in Bonifay. The event will begin with the Posting of the Flag by cadets from West Florida Teen Challenge. The National Anthem will be presented by Amy Alderman, who then will join with the Chipola Shanakies for opening music. Additional musical entertainment for the night will include Four Calvary, The Drummond Family and Chris Lauen and Friends. Immediately after the singing of the National Anthem, booths offering free food, games, desserts, and other items will open. Later in the evening, a special patriotic video will be presented. The event will culminate with a spectacular reworks display. The public is cordially invited to bring their lawn chairs and join in as we celebrate the freedom and liberties that are afforded to us as citizens of this nation. Although this event is offered free of charge to area residents, individuals who wish to make nancial donations to help defray the cost of future celebrations will be given the opportunity to do so. Gates will open at 5:45 p.m. New Bethany AOG fth Sunday sing VERNON New Bethany Assembly of God Church will host a 5th Sunday sing at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 29, featuring the Hendersons. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall at 12:30 p.m. The church is at Hinsons Crossroads in Vernon. For more information, call Brother Leon Jenkins at 773-3003. Bonifay Southern Gospel Sing The Bonifay Southern Gospel Sing will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Holmes County High School. This years lineup will include Kevin Williams (guitarist for the Gaither Vocal Band), Wes Hampton (Tenor for the Gaither Vocal Band), the Nelons, Four Calvary and One Heart. Adult tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, ages 6 to 12 are $5 advance and $8 at the door and admission is free for ages 5 and younger. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 547-1356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Art day camp CHIPLEY Chipley First Presbyterian Church will hold an art day camp from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25 at the church. At the art day camp, children will celebrate those gifts that are directly related to the visual arts, drawing, painting, sculpture and so on. The camp is limited to 20 students ages eight to 14. Students must be registered by July 10. The church is at 658 5th St. in Chipley. For more information or to register, call 638-1653. Northside Assembly of God VBS BONIFAY Northside Assembly of God will host Vacation Bible School from 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 14 through July 18. This years theme is Sons Surf Beach Shop. St. Anne to host Life Line Screening MARIANNA St. Anne Catholic Church located at 3009 5th St., Marianna will host Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings Thursday, July 24. In order to register for this event, and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, call 888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening. com/community-partners. Back to school clothes give away CHIPLEY Oakie Ridge Baptist Church will be giving away back to school clothes for all ages from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 at the church. The church is 11 miles south of Chipley on the Orange Hill Highway. For more information, call Lori at 638-2340. Unity Faith Riders The Unity Faith Riders would like to invite everyone to their monthly community breakfast at 7 a.m. every fourth Saturday in the month at the Vernon Fire Department. Breakfast is free, but donations to the ministry are accepted. For more information, call Johnathan Taylor at 768-2444. CLASSIFIEDS Saturday, June 21, 2014 Washington County News | A9 6-3364 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2012-CA-000305 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. BARBARA K. TAFELSKI; WIKTOR PTASZYNSKI; UNKNOWN TENANT I; UNKNOWN TENANT II; WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under any of the above-named Defendants, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court of Washington County, Florida, will on the 2nd day of July, 2014, at12:00PM on the front steps of the Washington County Courthouse in Chipley, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following-described property situate in Washington County, Florida: Lot 1, Block A, according to plat of OAK HILL UNIT ONE, a subdivision of part of Section 27, Township 2 North, Range 14 West, as recorded in plat on file in Plat Book 3, Page 158, of the Public Records of Washington County, Florida. pursuant to the Final Judgment entered in a case pending in said Court, the style of which is indicated above. Any person or entity claiming an interest in the surplus, if any, resulting from the foreclosure sale, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim on same with the Clerk of Court within 60 days after the foreclosure sale. WITNESS my hand and official seal of said Court this 13 day of May, 2014. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: K. McDaniel Deputy Clerk (COURT SEAL) BILL: DefaultLink, Inc. 13800 Montfort Drive, Suite 300 Dallas, TX 75240 DLIPublications@defaultlink.com (954)-779-2766 ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF Brian T. Dunmire Butler & Hosch, P.A. 3185 S. Conway Rd., Ste. E Orlando, Florida 32812 (407) 381-5200 June 14, 21, 2014 6-3375 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 2014-0041-CP IN RE: ESTATE OF FRED VAN STANLEY Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Fred Van Stanley, deceased, whose date of death was January 2, 2014, is pending in the Circuit Court for Washington County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1331 South Blvd., (Post Office Box 647) Chipley, FL 32428. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the 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 A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.302 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is June 14, 2014. Todd C. Brister Florida Bar No. 24522 P.O. Box 1759 Panama City, FL 32402 Tel. 850-215-7885 Fax 850-215-0379 email@example.com Melissa Doreen Johns Personal Representative 235 NE 5th Avenue Lake Butler, FL 32054 June 14 and 21, 2014 6-3388 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 2012-CA-0378 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff Vs. BEVERLY CATES AKA BEVERLY L. CATES AKA BEVERLY LEE CATES, ET AL., Defendants NOTICE OF SALE CHIPLEY PAPER NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Default Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated MAY 31, 2013, in the above-styled cause, the Washington County Clerk will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Washington County Clerk of Court, 1331 South Blvd., Chipley, FL 32428 on July 16, 2014, the following described property: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 26, TOWNSHIP 5 NORTH, RANGE 13 WEST, WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N90 Degrees 00`00E 738.32 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE N90 Degrees 00`00E 296.01 FEET; THENCE N02 Degrees 12`13W 146.39 FEET; THENCE N9000`00W 299.53 FEET; THENCE S03 Degrees 34`49E 146.57 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. SUBJECT TO ROAD RIGHT OF WAY OF PLEAS CIRCLE. SUBJECT TO AND TOGETHER WITH A 30 FOOT INGRESS AND EGRESS EASEMENT LYING 15 FEET EAST AND WEST OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED COURSE: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 26, TOWNSHIP 5 NORTH, RANGE 13 WEST, WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N90 Degrees 00`00E 1034.33 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE 02 Degrees 12`13W 639.51 FEET TO TERMINUS OF SAID EASEMENT. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 2007 CLAYTON MANUFACTURED HOME, SERIAL NUMBER CLM087989TN. Property Address: 458 PLEAS CIRCLE, CHIPLEY, FL 32428 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: May 23, 2014 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days.If you are hearing impaired, please call 711 or email ADARequest@jud14.flcour ts.org. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on May 23, 214. CLERK: K. McDaniel Deputy Clerk of Court Please Bill: (COURT SEAL) UDREN LAW OFFICES, P.C. 2101 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 5000 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 June 21, 28, 2014. 6-3389 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 12000220CA BANK OF AMERICA,
A10| Washington County News Saturday, June 21, 2014 CLASSIFIEDS N.A. Plaintiff, vs. SAMUEL W. SLATER; SAMUEL SLATER; DEANNA NELSON; THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF DEBORAH J. SLATER A/K/A DEBBIE HUTCHINS SLATER A/K/A DEBBIE J. SLATER, DECEASED; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2 Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO:Samuel W. Slater and The Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Lienors, Creditors, Trustees, and all other parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Estate of Deborah J. Slater a/k/a Debbie Hutchins Slater a/k/a Debbie J. Slater, De Last Known Address: 3060 Chequamegon Ave, Alford, FL 32420 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Washington County, Florida: A PARCEL OF LAND BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NE OF THE NE OF SECTION 27, TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 13 WEST, WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA, RUN NORTH ALONG THE EAST LINE OF THE SAID NE OF THE NE A DISTANCE OF 260.80 FEET, THENCE RUN WEST A DISTANCE OF 2.75 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTINUE WEST A DISTANCE OF 330.00 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH PARALLEL TO THE EAST LINE OF THE NE OF THE NE A DISTANCE OF 264.40 FEET, THENCE RUN EAST PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH LINE OF THE NE OF THE NE A DISTANCE OF 330.00 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTH 260.80 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Kathleen Pierrilus, Esquire, Brock & Scott, PLLC., the Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 1501 N.W. 49th Street, Suite 200, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33309, on or before July 16, 2014, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED on 6/11/14 Harold Bazzel As Clerk of the Court By K. McDaniel As Deputy Clerk THIS NOTICE SHALL BE PUBLISHED ONCE A WEEK FOR TWO (2) CONSECUTIVE WEEKS PUBLISH IN: Washington County News June 21, 28, 2014 6-3397 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 10-000043 CA BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. JAMES SCOTT PALMER A/K/A JAMES S. PALMER; DESIREE PALMER; LEISURE LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.;UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE, Defendants, NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE (Please publish in THE WASHINGTON COUNTY NEWS) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 15, 2014, and Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated May 19, 2014, both entered in Case No. 10-000043 CA, of the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in and for WASHINGTON County, Florida. BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is Plaintiff and JAMES SCOTT PALMER A/K/A JAMES S. PALMER; DESIREE PALMER; LEISURE LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; JOHN DOE and JANE DOE; are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the front Courthouse steps at 1331 South Boulevard, Chipley, FL 32428, at 11:00 a.m., Central Time, on the 2nd day of July, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT B-140, FIRST ADDITION TO LEISURE LAKES, A SUBDIVISION AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 179 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 3377 CARDINAL PLACE, CHIPLEY, FL 32428 Dated this 3 day of June, 2014. HARROLD BAZZEL As Clerk of said Court By K. McDaniel As Deputy Clerk Persons with a disability needing special accommodation in order to access court facilities or participate in a court proceeding at any courthouse or court program, should within two (2) days of receipt of notice, contact Court Administration to request such an accommodation. Please contact the Bay County Courts, Court Administration, P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, Florida 32402, Phone: 850-747-5327, Hearing & Voice Impaired: 1-800-955-8771, Email: ADARequest@jud14.flcour ts.org Submitted by: Heller & Zion, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, 1428 Brickell Avenue, Suite 700, Miami, FL 33131, Telephone: (305) 373-8001, Facsimile: (305) 373-8030 June 21 & 25, 2014 6-3387 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 14-12-CA GRASSY POND RANCHES HOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida non profit corporation, Plaintiff, vs. JACK BURT YOHN, MILLIE RENEE YOHN, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JACK BURT YOHN, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MILLIE RENEE YOHN, FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY, UNKNOWN TENANT #1, and UNKNOWN TENANT #2, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO:JACK BURT YOHN and UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JACK BURT YOHN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a lien on the following property in Bay County, Florida: Lot 6 of Lakeview Estates, a subdivision according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 163-A of the public records of Washington County, Florida. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Timothy J. Sloan, the Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 427 McKenzie Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401, on or before July 21, 2014, and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. DATED on June 12, 2014. CLERK OF THE COURT By K. McDaniel Deputy Clerk June 21, 28, 2014 6-3575 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice Is Hereby Given that County of Washington, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number,Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number 2582 Year of Issuance 2007 Parcel 14-1195-0006 Assessed to: Stein Giraldo, Inc, Description of Property: LOT 6, BLOCK 1195, SUNNY HILLS UNIT 14, as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 10-25. All of said property being located in the County of Washington, State of 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 Washington County Government Complex main entrance, 1331 South Blvd, Chipley, Florida, on June 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Harold Bazzel, Clerk Ad Interim, Washington County, Florida. By: Kay Haddock, Deputy Clerk June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014 6-3576 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice Is Hereby Given that County of Washington, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number 2583 Year of Issuance 2007 Parcel 14-1197-0005 Assessed to: Richard P. Duffield, Description of Property: LOT 5, BLOCK 1197, SUNNY HILLS UNIT 14, as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 10-25. All of said property being located in the County of Washington, State of 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 Washington County Government Complex main entrance, 1331 South Blvd, Chipley, Florida, on June 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Harold Bazzel, Clerk Ad Interim, Washington County, Florida. By: Kay Haddock, Deputy Clerk June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014 6-3578 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice Is Hereby Given that County of Washington, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number 2544 Year of Issuance 2007 Parcel 13-1138-0009 Assessed to: Richard P. Duffield, Description of Property: LOT 9, BLOCK 1138, SUNNY HILLS UNIT 13, as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 1-9. All of said property being located in the County of Washington, State of 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 Washington County Government Complex main entrance, 1331 South Blvd, Chipley, Florida, on June 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Harold Bazzel, Clerk Ad Interim, Washington County, Florida. By: Kay Haddock, Deputy Clerk June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014 6-3396 Notice of Final Agency Action Taken by the Northwest Florida Water Management District Notice is given that stormwater permit number 1585 was issued on May 30, 2014, to Florida Department of Transportation for construction of 15 surface water management systems in Washington County for the widening of State Road 79 along a 4.95 mile long section of the highway from the intersection of Johnson Road, then north to the Washington/Holmes county line. The file containing the application for this permit is available for inspection Monday through Friday (except for legal holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Northwest Florida Water Management Districts ERP Office, 180 E. Redstone Avenue, Crestview, FL 32539. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the District permitting decision may petition for an administrative hearing in accordance with Sections 120.569 and 120.57 F.S., or may choose to pursue mediation as an alternative remedy under Section 120.573, Florida Statutes, and Rules 28-106.111 and 28-106.401-404, Florida Administrative Code. Petitions must comply with the requirements of Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 28-106 and be filed with (received by) the District Clerk located at District Headquarters, 81 Water Management Drive, Havana, FL 32333-4712. Petitions for administrative hearing on the above application must be filed within twenty-one (21) days of publication of this notice or within twenty-six (26) days of the District depositing notice of this intent in the mail for those persons to whom the District mails actual notice. Failure to file a petition within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right(s) such person(s) may have to request an administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 129.57, F.S., concerning the subject permit. Petitions which are not filed in accordance with the above provisions are subject to dismissal. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency action, the filing of a petition means that the Districts final action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice of intent. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such final decision of the District on the application have the right to petition to become a party to the proceedings, the accordance with the requirements set forth above. June 21, 2014 6-3577 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice Is Hereby Given that County of Washington, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number 2649 Year of Issuance 2007 Parcel 14-1281-0006 Assessed to: Richard P. Duffield, Description of Property: LOT 6, BLOCK 1281, SUNNY HILLS UNIT 14, as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 10-25. All of said property being located in the County of Washington, State of 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 Washington County Government Complex main entrance, 1331 South Blvd, Chipley, Florida, on June 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Harold Bazzel, Clerk Ad Interim, Washington County, Florida. By: Kay Haddock, Deputy Clerk June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014 6-3365 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 14000046CAAXMX BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF JAMES A. MALEY, DECEASED. et. al. Defendant(s), NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF JAMES A. MALEY, DECEASED whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: LOTS 1 AND 3 IN BLOCK 24, IN THE SE 1/4 OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 13 WEST, ACCORDING TO THE L.W. MORDT PLAT OF THE CITY OF CHIPLEY, IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 6409 Congress Avenue, Suite 100, Boca Raton, Florida 33487 on or before July 11, 2014 (30 days from Date of First Publication of this Notice) and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition filed herein. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at Washington County, Florida, this 6 day of June, 2014 CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: K. McDaniel DEPUTY CLERK June 14 and 21, 2014 Got Bad Credit? Buy here/ pay here. $99.00* ride today. Pass repos & past BKs ok. VA & SSI ok. Call Steve 334-648-5302. *Call for more info. Are you pregnant? A childless loving married couple seeks to adopt. 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Case Managers without a bachelors degree shall have a minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience. Please apply in person at Holmes Council on Aging, Inc. 210 West Kansas Ave Bonifay, Florida Web ID 34292270 YES Were Having it AGAIN! 5 Family Yard Sale Sat. & Sun., June 21 & 22. 7 till 2:00. 1/4 mile west of 79 on Hwy. 2 at Esto. Clothing-infants to plus sizes, household furnishings, books, knick-knacks. If raining, June 27 & 28. GUN SHOW FORTWALTON FAIRGROUNDSJune 21st and 22nd SAT. 9-5 & SUN. 10-4 FREE PARKING Info. (407) 275-7233 floridagunshows.com Text FL91070 to 56654 Sweet Corn for Sale! Call 850-956-4556. Are you writing a book?Do you need help in editing, illustrating or publishing your book? Call experienced published author at (850) 547-5244. Looking for maid for house cleaning, washing clothes, odd jobs around the house, cooking. 850-388-2061. Install/Maint/RepairHVAC Service Techswith experience. 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Must be eligible for a D.O.C. Inmate Supervisor Card. Deadline: Deadline to apply is Friday, June 27, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. EOE/Drug Free Workplace Web Id 34284933 Logistics/TransportDrivers CDL-A:Home EVERY Weekend! ALL Loaded/ Empty Miles Paid! Dedicated Southeast! Or Lease: No Money Down, No Credit Check. 1-888-880-5911 Web Id 34292586 AIRLINE JOBS Start Here Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Financial aid for qualified students. Housing and Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 844-210-3935 AVERITT EXPRESS New Pay Increase For Regional Drivers! 40 to 46 CPM + Fuel Bonus! Also, Post-Training Pay Increase for Students! (Depending on Domicile) Get Home EVERY Week + Excellent Benefits. CDL-A req. 888-362-8608 Apply @ AverittCareers.com Equal Opportunity Employer -Females, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Experienced OTR Flatbed Drivers earn 50 up to 55 cpm loaded. $1000 sign on to Qualified drivers. Home most weekends. Call: 843-266-3731 / www. bulldoghiway.com EOE TRAIN FROM HOME MEDICAL BILLING, ACCOUNTING ASST, CUSTOMER SERVICE NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. HS/GED NEEDED TO APPLY Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers. 1-800-451-0709 Executive OfficeSpace for rent downtown Chipley. (850)638-1918 Retail Store Space available.Main Street. Downtown Chipley. 850-638-1918 1 Bedroom Apartment, in Chipley, covenant location, no pets. 638-4640. Ridgewood Apartments of Bonifay Studio And 2 bdrm $375-$500 Includes City Utilities (850)557-7732 SpaciousOne Bedroom Apartment $450.00 Stove/Refrigerator. Free W/S/G No Pets Convenient location Downtown Chipley 638-3306. 3BR/1BA Brick Home, no pets, deposit, available early June. In Chipley 638-1918. Beautifully Furnished 2/BR,2BAcottage style home with huge front porch & large fenced backyard. No smoking or pets permitted located within city limits of Bonifay $1,000/ Moth references required. Water, sewage & lawn maintenance included. Contact after 6 p.m. 850-687-5080. House For Rent 2BR/1BA, Aproxx. 1500 sq ft 41/2 miles east of Chipley McDonalds. Stove, fridge, DW, lawn maintenance, water and pest control included. Application required. No smoking. $600/month plus,$600/Deposit. 850-638-4228. Nice cleanhouses, apartments & mobile homesfor rent in Bonifay area. HUD approved. Also, homes for sale, owner financing with good credit. Call Martha (850)547-5085, (850)547-2531. Mobile Home for Rent in the Bethlehem area. 2BR, furnished, single wide, includes washer & dryer. Call Zen Riley 850-547-2068. 2/3/BR Mobile Homes For Rent $500/MO and up. Includes Garbage, sewage, and lawn service. Electric $57 turn on fee. www.charloscountryliving.com 850-209-8847 3/2 Doublewide with working fireplace, $575/MO. 3/1.5 singlewide, $400/MO. Water included, section 8 accepted, Chipley city limits. 850-260-9795. Mobile Home for rent. South of Bonifay in Washington County. 3BR/2BA Doublewide. $600.00 per mo, $600.00 security deposit. Call Progressive Realty, 638-8220. Mobile Homes For Rent 2 and 3 Bedrooms in Cottondale, Central Heat and Air. $400 -$500 a month. 850-258-1594 or 850-638-8570. Newly Renovated 3BD/2BA MH 3/4 mile from Elementary School. On Hwy 177A. Family oriented park. $500/mth. Call (850)547-3746. Country Living, 4Bdrm, 3Ba Home near Poplar Springs School. Two acres with a 32X60 Covered out building. $189,900. Call Curtis Phillips 850-814-0298 Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. Prime Property. Two 8 acres on Bedie Rd, Two 9 acres on Bedie Rd. 5 acres on Hwy 77. Some owner financing For more info call Milton Peel @ 850-638-1858 or 850-326-9109. NC MOUNTAIN FINAL CLOSEOUT -save over 60% on these properties with waterfront, stunning vies, EZ access, wooded, level building site and more 2.57acs 15,900 or 1.84acs 23,900. 1-866738-5522 Hurry Wont Last! Brkr 1980 ClassicAntique Mercedes 450 SL. like new interior, xtra clean, very low mile tires, always stored inside, looks/runs/drives great, 2-tops, Kelly BB high/$33K, great buy asking/$13K. 850-415-7119. 1988 GMC 6000 Farm/Moving Truck or potential billboard for business. was Supermover Uhaul. cranks/runs great. Very good watertight cargo box w/over cab also. Very low mile tires. Great for moving or hauling. Asking $3300. 850-415-7119. 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-4:00pm. Call (850)638-1483 Cleaning in Detail by Barbara. Its more than just a clean! 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