** Volume 95 Number 31 Phone: 850-638-0212 Fax: 850-638-4601 Local & State ......A3 & A5 Opinion ....................A4 Nation .......................A7 Faith .........................A8 Food .........................A9 Classifieds ...............A10 A8Signs of FaithA10Kids activities @WCN_HCT facebook.com/WashingtonCountyNews.HolmesCountyTimes50 Â¢ chipleypaper.com Saturday, July 28, 2018 Washington County News HOMETIPS TO PREVENT ROOF FLYING OFF IN BAD WEATHER | A15 By Diane M. RobinsonThe News | @HCTA_Diane Drobinson@chipleypaper.comCHIPLEY Â… Washington County Board of County Com-missioners votedThursday to approve the proposed millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year.Set at 8.9735, the rate falls in line with the boards promise to lower taxes for their constituents.ÂWe have lowered taxes again this year,ÂŽ said Commis-sioner Todd Abbott. ÂWe made the promise to do so and we are keeping that promise.ÂŽA budget hearing date has been set for September 5 at 5:05 p.m.A special exception for a cem-etery to be placed off St. MaryÂs Road in Caryville was also approved by the commission. The original application was approved by the Washington County Planning Commission in early June, but was voted down when it went before the Caryville Town Council on June 12.CaryvilleÂs attorney Jerry Miller advised the board to approve the measure on legal grounds.ÂThere is nothing in the evidence presented to you that shows you shouldnÂt approve the request,ÂŽ said Miller. ÂWhile I cannot tell you how to vote, but you have competent, substantial evidence before you from county staff to approve the request.ÂŽMiller went on to talk about voting based on emotion rather than law.ÂWe are a part of a process and I would suggest to you that the difficulty you are having is emotional and not a matter of law and fact,ÂŽhe said.Chairman Tray Hawkins spoke on the matter, stating while he is a firm believer in Âhome rule,Â the board must follow the countyÂs compre-hensive plan.BOCC approves tentative millage rateWashington County Board of County Commissioners pictured from left: Steve Joyner, Todd Abbott, Tray Hawkins, Alan Bush and Charles Kent. [DIANE M. ROBINSON | THE NEWS] See BOCC, A2By Jacqueline BostickThe News 850-630-6167 | @_JBostick firstname.lastname@example.orgWAUSAU It has been rumored this year's festival is the harbinger to next year's 50th anniversary of the Wausau Possum Festival. Attendees can expect more fun and entertainment than previ-ous years."Our whole goal is family to get the kids off of the laptop and get them outside," said Wausau firefighter, Captain Adam Smith.The free festival kicks off 7 a.m. Satur-day, Aug. 4 with the pancake breakfast and the parade at 10 a.m., culminating with the old fashion square dance. The event is held at the Possum Palace.Smith's sure words rings true to the letter.Possum Festival is next Saturday[SPECIAL TO THE NEWS] Wausau Quilters will auction off this quilt at the 2018 Possum Festival to be held Saturday, Aug. 4 at Possum Palace. The funds from the ÂGone FishinÂ quilt will be used for expenses for the year, which include purchasing supplies to sew with and to make lap quilts for nursing home residents and a donation to the library. [DIANE ROBINSON | THE NEWS] See FESTIVAL, A2By Jacqueline BostickThe News 850-630-6167 | @_JBostick email@example.comCHIPLEY Washington County Tourist Development Council is eyeing it's future in it's new strategic plan.The TDC met Thursday in a special session to discuss the strategic plan. While the bulk of the conversation was in regards to updating language, it was evi-dent the council was concerned about centering it's objective on economic impact and broaden-ing its tourist base."If we get a chance to work with any county within the Northwest Florida rural areas, that's what we should do to attract new visitors from any Northwest Florida beaches," said TDC council member Ted Everett. "We want a greater opportunity," TDC Chairman Bill Maphis added.The TDC has been anchored in bringing tourists from Bay and other coastal counties. A recent report showed the bulk of Washington County visitors are day-visitors and seek spontane-ous activities.While there weren't a lot of changes to the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan which was the guiding document for the new one, TDC Director Heather Lopez reminded the council that social media and user generated content play a major role in pro-moting the tourists attractions for the area. The TDC will meet again for a special meeting at 10 a.m. Thurs-day, Aug. 2. The next workshop and meeting will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.TDC strategic plan centers on economic impact By Jacqueline BostickThe News 850-630-6167 | @_JBostick firstname.lastname@example.orgCHIPLEY Chipley City Council committed to paying in $50,000 in matching funds for a water line replacement project.At Thursday's special city council meeting, the council heard from Fred Fox Enterprises regarding submitting a Community Development Block Grant Neighborhood Revitalization application. At the meeting, unanimously approved the motion.The grant is for $750,000 with Chipley contributing $50,000 and covers the water line replacement, engineering and adminis-tration costs.According to the appli-cation, the project includes Brickyard Road between Fourth Street and Main Street service areas, which currently experiences low water volume and pressure. The project would replace the existing water lines with twelve-inch potable water lines and install about 676 feet of replacement potable water lines. The grant states the installation will include all components, including fire hydrants, required for a complete installation.Fred Fox Enterprises anticipates the project is slated to be complete in two years.Chipley to apply for $750k CDBG grant
** A2 Saturday, July 28, 2018 | Washington County NewsÂFollowing home rule is something I fiercely believe in,ÂŽ said Hawkins. ÂBut it is our responsibility to also follow our comprehensive plan as it is laid out.ÂŽPastor Tony Howard of Spirit Filled Church of God in Christ, who filed the application spoke to the board, explaining that they have followed the letter of the law while pursuing approval.ÂWe have complied with everything we are supposed to do,ÂŽ said Howard. ÂWe have followed all the guidelines and done everything we were sup-posed to do according to the law. I donÂt think its fair to people who follow the law and do things right.ÂŽThe board voted unani-mously to allow the cemetery to be constructed.In other business, the board approved to permanently transfer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program to the Northwest Florida Regional Housing Authority to be effective October 1.Also at the meeting, approval was given for the board to deed a .21 acre parcel of land to the City of Vernon in order for a land swap with Jim Harris to take place where Harris will deed the parking lot of the Sportsplex in Vernon to the city.Commissioners gave their approval to sell the Big Bend building on South Boule-vard to Washington Human Services,LLC for $200,000 subject to a commercial con-tract/ purchase agreement.Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in workshop at 9 a.m. on August 15. BOCCFrom Page A1 PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTSÂ€ Saturday, July 28 "Little King & Queen" Pageant Â€ Friday, Aug. 3 "Possum King & Queen" ContestPOSSUM FESTIVAL AND FUN DAY EVENTS SATURDAY, AUG. 47 a.m. Pancake breakfast 10 a.m. Parade 8 p.m. Old Fashioned Square Dance Â€ Entertainment and activities run all day long; the event is free.2018 Wausau Possum Festival line-up of activities[SPECIAL TO THE NEWS PHOTOS] This year's festival adds a junior firefighter obsta-cle course for grouped ages 0-5, 6-9, and 10 and up. The winner of each set gets a trophy and the coveted opportunity to shoot the fire hose off the truck.In addition to the obsta-cle course, other activities include a cross-cut saw contest, sack race and greasy pole contest; also the hog callin', rooster crowin' and cow lowin' contest. Dozens of vendors will sell unique items; that is, no two vendors will sell the same things.Smith also pointed out "it's going to be a good year" because two gubernatorial candidates Gwen Graham and Adam Putnam will attend and participate in the festivities.To find out more about the Wausau Possum Fes-tival, go to townofwausau.net. FESTIVALFrom Page A1News Service FloridaMore than 2.3 million ballots have been sent out for the Aug. 28 primary elections, accord-ing to the Florida Division of Elections.As of Thursday afternoon, 2,361 had been returned, 1,064 from Republicans, 920 from Democrats, 39 from third-party voters and 338 from people without party affiliation. Republicans had requested 913,071 vote-by-mail ballots and Democrats had asked for 933,777, according to the Division of Elections. The rest had been sent to people registered with third parties or without party affiliation.The county with the most ballots out was Miami-Dade with 287,443, of which 88,677 had been sent to Republicans and 124,879 to Democrats. The GOP had a slight edge in Pinellas County, where of the 256,906 vote-by-mail ballots sent out, 100,866 had gone to Republicans and 100,083 to Democrats. In Hillsborough County, with 197,525 vote-by-mail ballots sent out, 84,634 had gone to Democrats and 71,229 to Republicans.Of the 183,408 ballots out in Broward Coun ty, 109,702 were requested by Democrats and 43,020 by Republicans. Of the 135,184 ballots so far requested in Orange County, 65,481 were sent to Democrats and 39,278 to Republicans.The state had more than 12.9 million registered voters as of June 30.Voter registration numbers will be updated after Monday, the final day in which people can register to vote in the pri-mary. The last day for voters to request vote-by-mail bal-lots is Aug. 22, and the last day for supervisors to send out the ballots is Aug. 24. Voters can also pick up vote-by-mail ballots from local election supervisors up to the day before the election.Requested vote-by-mail ballots top 2 millionNews Service Florida TALLAHSSEE Floridi-ans face a Monday deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 28 primary elections, which will include high-profile races for governor, Cabinet seats and, in many areas, congressional and legislative seats.Voters who want to change party affiliations before the primaries also must do so before the Monday deadline. As of June 30, Florida had more than 12.9 million registered voters, with registered Democrats slightly outnumbering registered Republicans, according to the state Division of Elec-tions website.Miami-Dade County had the largest number of registered voters at 1.39 million, while Broward County was next at more than 1.14 million. Lafay-ette County had the fewest registered voters at 4,297, while Liberty County had 4,341.Voter registration deadline nears Jim Turner and Dara KamNews Service FloridaTALLAHASSEE Former state Sen. Jack Latvala wonÂt face criminal charges after the Leon County state attorney announced Thursday there was insufficient evidence the Clearwater Republican promised legislative favors to a lobbyist in exchange for sex.Jack Campbell, state attorney in the 2nd Judicial Circuit, said Thursday there was not enough "evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Latvala was unlawfully compensated or rewarded for his official behavior as a Florida senator.""Since criminal charges are not warranted, this office will take no further action on the matter," Campbell wrote in a brief summation to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which reached the same conclusion after investigating a possible quid pro quo. ThursdayÂs announcement closed months of investigations into Latvala, a veteran lawmaker who decided to resign from the Senate in December following the release of a report by Senate Special Master Ronald Swan-son, a retired judge. The probe was sparked by allegations that Latvala, who was serving as the powerful Senate budget chief, had sexually harassed Rachel Perrin Rogers, a Senate aide.Latvala has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing but admitted he had an extramar-ital affair with former lobbyist Laura McLeod, whose testimony prompted Swanson to recommend a criminal probe into whether Latvala had broken state laws by promising legislative favors in exchange for sex."Basically, what weÂve had here with FDLE and the state attorney is weÂve had profes-sional law enforcement people who arenÂt tainted by Senate politics, who have looked at something and made a good judgment on it. TheyÂve done their job and I commend them for doing their job," Latvala told The News Service of Florida on Thursday. "It took a little longer for FDLE to get that report done than I would have liked, but I think they saw through a lot of this stuff."The state law enforcement agency launched its investigation sometime in December, according to a report released by CampbellÂs office Thursday.In a brief statement, Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stu-art, thanked the FDLE and Campbell for "their fair, thorough, and independent investigation."Swanson found probable cause to support allegations that Latvala had repeatedly groped Perrin Rogers and engaged in a pattern of making unwelcome remarks about women's bodies. Perrin Rogers set off the inquiry into Latvala, who denied her allegations, by filing a complaint with the Senate Rules Committee.The FDLE report was focused on the testimony of McLeod, who quit lobbying and went to work as an aide to Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plan-tation, in September. McLeod stepped down in April.Prosecutor: no charges against ex-lawmaker Latvala
** Washington County News | Saturday, July 28, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATEBy Matt BruceGateHouse Media FloridaDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Â„ They come in the night, voracious eating machines that can cause massive damage to expensive landscaping.They are wild hogs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates they cause about $1.5 billion in damages and control costs each year.Residents of a Flagler County neighborhood are the latest to fall prey to their destructive nature. Feral pigs have ravaged several yards in the Hidden Lakes community in Flagler County over the past several weeks, ripping up manicured lawns in a relentless search for food. ItÂs a problem that has some residents in the resort-style develop-ment that abuts Graham Swamp, a 3,000-acre preserve that serves as a natural habitat for the animals, asking for help.ÂEverybodyÂs flipping out,ÂŽ said Rachel Huzior. ÂEverybodyÂs going crazy. TheyÂre saying someone needs to be accountable for this.ÂŽHogs, most likely rooting for grubs, have dug up most of the sod in HuziorÂs backyard, knocked down several lawn lights and ripped holes in her screened-in pool enclosure. She estimates it will cost at least $1,500 to repair the damages. Widespread problemHuzior and her neigh-bors have plenty of company. Over the last year, reports of wild hog damage have bounced around in Flagler and Volusia counties. Packs of feral pigs struck the Woodlands area of Palm Coast in late 2017 and their devastation is hardly limited to Fla-gler. Edgewater officials in June hired a trapper to capture and remove hogs last month after a pack of them were sighted in that city.ÂItÂs a sense of help-lessness,ÂŽ an exasperated Alberto Jones said in late November when hogs were plowing through his Palm Coast yard on a regular basis. ItÂs a problem nearly as old as Florida, dating back to the 16th Century when Spanish explorers brought domestic pigs to the New World as food provisions. Today wild hogs occupy all 67 Florida counties, and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates their population has grown to more than 500,000 in the state. In the U.S., only Texas has more.Even state agencies appear short on answers when it comes to reducing such a huge hog population. The conservation commissionÂs website concedes itÂs Âusually futileÂŽ trying to keep wild pigs off private property, but suggested installing fencing as a way to mitigate the invasion. ÂTheyÂre just too driven, like a lot of wildlife,ÂŽ FWC spokesman Greg Workman said. ÂWhenever they have their minds set on getting somewhere that has a good food source, theyÂll find a way to get to it. TheyÂre resourceful and determined to get that meal.ÂŽ Latest outbreakResidents in Hidden Lakes say hogs began targeting their yards about four weeks ago. In fact, the animals dug craters into the lawn in front of the communal pool and park area late last week.Paytas Homes, the exclusive homebuilder in Hidden Lakes, hired trappers to set up cages throughout the neighborhood and they had captured at least 17 hogs by last Friday, residents said. Trapped hogs legally cannot be released onto public property. Arnie Roma said six feral pigs were nabbed in his backyard, which has been attacked almost nightly. He spent a day last week resodding deep crevices in his front yard.ItÂs a fix Roma says is required by the homeown-ers association that governs his stretch of the neighborhood, one thatÂs going to cost him about $1,500. He plans to install a temporary fence to keep the hogs at bay, but expressed frustration at being forced to restore the aesthetics of his property before property managers have addressed the problem.ÂIf they want us to fix the front, IÂve got no problem with that. But what happens if they (pigs) come again and dig up?ÂŽ he wondered aloud. ÂIÂm just supposed to keep throwing $1,500 away? IÂm not an idiot.ÂThey want their cake and they want to eat it too, and they want it both ways besides that,ÂŽ he added. ÂYou canÂt have it both ways.ÂŽ Eliminate food sourceRepresentatives from Paytas Homes could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Hidden Lakes property managers attribute the most recent outbreak to two hurricanes striking within 11 months and norÂeasters throughout the year that have raised the water table in the Graham Swamp preserve.Earlier this year, there were claims of extensive damage in the Grand Haven gated community, and marauding hogs also have been blamed for damage in Edgewater and Port Orange in Volusia County. Residents in the Woodlands neigh bor-hood on the northern end of Graham Swamp com-plained that construction along Colbert Lane was displacing hogs and forcing them into their neighborhood.Buddy Smith, a chief development officer for Tuscan Gardens, which is building a senior-living facility near the Wood-lands, worked with those residents last year to help them get a handle on the ongoing issue. He said the hogs eventually moved on to fresher ground on their own terms.The most effective solution, he suggests, is to identify the food source that is attracting the ani-mals and remove it.ÂTheyÂre coming in there for one thing and thatÂs to eat,ÂŽ he said. ÂIf theyÂre in my yard, itÂs because IÂve got something in my soil that they like, and itÂs prob-ably grubs Âƒ So youÂve got to eliminate whatever it is that theyÂre eating.ÂŽ Matt Bruce is a staff writer for The Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal.Wild pigs wreak havoc in Fla. neighborhoodsA wild pig scurries through a yard recently in the Forest Lakes Preserve neighborhood of Port Orange, Fla. [AARON LONDON/GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA] GateHouse Media FloridaDESTIN, Fla. Â„ The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently approved the record status for an 826-pound, 8-ounce bluefin tuna caught by a Sandestin-based charter boat last year.A fisherman aboard the You Never Know caught a record-break-ing 826-pound, 8-ounce bluefin tuna off the coast of Destin in May 2017. The fisherman who caught the large tuna was Rick Whitley of Destin, with help from Capt. Joey Birbeck and mates Dennis Bennett and Josh Goodson.This catch is one of five new Florida saltwa-ter fishing records that were approved in the past year, according to FWC.Other record catches approved in the past year include a 4-pound, 8-ounce hardhead catfish caught by Ethan Pillitteri; a 35-pound, 9-ounce almaco jack caught by Lewis Sapp; a 2-pound kingfish (whiting) caught by Ray-mond A. Hathorn, Jr.; and a 26-pound horse-eye jack caught by Sharon Kartrude Pryel, an FWC news release said.Saltwater record hold-ers receive a certificate of accomplishment and a prize pack, and begin-ning this year will be awarded a custom ink fish print to memorial-ize their catch, courtesy of Fish Print Shop. From the Northwest Florida Daily News.Destin shermanÂs tuna ruled a Florida recordRick Whitley and his record blueÂ“ n tuna, along with Capt. Joey Birbeck and mates Dennis Bennett and Josh Goodson, of the vessel You Never Know. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO] Chipley Housing Authority seeking applicantsChipley Housing Authority is currently seeking applicants for the Public Housing program. Applicants must complete an application and meet income guidelines based on family size as required by HUD. Appli-cations are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the office located at 1370 Old Bonifay Road in Chipley. For more information call 850-638-0134. Rental units wantedTri-County Community Council is looking for rental units for the Section 8 program. The Section 8 program provides assistance for low income families in the private renal market through the Housing Assistance Payments Program. Renter voucher holders select a unit from the private market. Requirement of a unit to be rented to an assisted family are as follows: the unit must meet HUD housing quality standards and the rent must be approvable within HUD Fair Market Rents and market rate. When a Section 8 voucher holder is inter-ested in your unit contact Steve Henderson at 638-4520 ext 103. Section 8 wait list closedTri-County Community Council has announced the Washington County Housing Authority (Section 8) Rental Assistance Program waiting list is no longer accepting applica-tions at this time.HOUSING BRIEFS
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BareÂ“ eld EDITOR Jacqueline Bostick PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Cameron Everett If you were embroiled in a dispute over claims for benefits or federal enforcement actions, your caseprobably would end up before an administration law judge (ALJ). These judgesÂ„ of whom there are more than 1,900 across the federal government, 1,600 in the Social Security Administration aloneÂ„ oversee trial-like hearings and adjudicate a range of administrative and regulatory questions. They have traditionally been subject to a merit-based hiring system led by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). But after a Supreme Court decision in June raised constitutional questions about the hiring of ALJs, the Trump administration revamped the appointment systemÂ„ and in the process made it easier to politicize the administrative judiciary. On July 10, the White House issued an executive order giving agency heads the authority to select their own ALJs. Instead of having the OPM create a central list of qualified candidates, agencies can now design their own hiring protocols. This has given rise to concerns that political appointees will pick like-minded ALJs to better serve their agendas. One can envisage an anti-welfare Social Security chief selecting an ALJ who is skeptical of benefits claims, or a pro-union National Labor Relations Board chairman appointing someone who has championed workersÂ demands, to name just a couple of potentially fraught appointments. The executive order also waters down the qualifications needed to become an ALJ. Previously, candidates for these positions needed to have at least seven yearsÂ experience, pass written and oral examinations, and appear before a panel of OPM and American Bar Association staffers. Now, the only credentials necessary are to Âpossess a professional license to practice law and be authorized to practice law,ÂŽ opening the door to candidates with no litigation experience whatsoever. Worse, the executive order dismantled regulations that limited the removal of these judges. While there are still statutes in place curbing at-will removals of ALJs, the deregulationÂ„ coupled with administration attempts to get the Supreme Court to weaken the statutory protectionsÂ„ has heightened fears of politically motivated hiring and firing. The courtÂs ruling in June made it clear the appointment process for ALJs needed to change, but the executive order does far more than fix an inefficient and potentially unconstitutional process. It threatens the independence and professionalism of those charged with overseeing thousands of administrative decisions a year. In response to the executive order, Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Gerald Connolly, D-Va., have requested a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee or subcommittee hearing to explore alternative appointment processes for ALJs. Democratic representatives have unsuccessfully tried to block federal funding toward implementing the order, but Congress still can set minimum standards for these positions and take steps to preserve their independence. This may be the only way left to prevent the politicization of what used to be a proudly nonpartisan position. This editorial originally appeared in The News Herald, a Gatehouse Media sister paper.A x worse than the problem ANOTHER VIEW Every time Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens his mouth he somehow manages to stick his foot in it. It's not so much what he says that is harmful to both himself and his company, it's how he says it. Last week, Zuckerberg managed to infuriate a large segment of the population by defending Facebook's policy to permit blatantly anti-Semitic posts on the site. His rationale for allowing hate speak to continue unfettered was a veritable cornucopia of double-speak; the kind that is both acceptable to and tolerated by an ever-increasing number of Americans. During an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher which alluded to Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists a group that includes Infowars host Alex Jones Zuckerberg seemed to liken those who push alternative realities (i.e. that the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School never happened) to Holocaust deniers. While Zuckerberg pointed out that he is Jewish and that he finds those who propagate lies regarding the Holocaust offensive, he also said that he didn't believe they were "intentionally getting it wrong" by misleading readers, nor that those who disseminated this type of misinformation should be taken off his platform "if they get things wrong, even multiple times." Like many public figures prone to confounding or deliberately misleading statements, Zuckerberg found himself under fire for his comments and attempted to walk them back. He even resorted to having his sister, Randi, come to his defense as his surrogate. Randi Zuckerberg is active in Jewish organizations so she lends credibility to her brother's position when she says "those bent on lying, sowing misunderstanding, and breeding hate will never be truly silenced." She went on to say that, "Unfortunately, when we give a voice to everyone, we give it to people who use that voice for good and to people who abuse that voice." Fair enough. But again, it's not so much what was said, rather how it was said; and in Zuckerberg's case, stated somewhat cavalierly. One of the things that has always made America great (always, not "again") has been the freedom its citizens and its press have possessed to voice their opinions and observations, to report the news, keep us informed, and share ideas. Sadly, the very thing that makes us great can sometimes contribute to our vulnerability as well. The First Amendment and our open, uncensored channels of expression are part of the reason Vladimir Putin's regime was so easily able to meddle into the 2016 presidential election. They provided Russia's security services and intelligence apparatchiks access to the hearts and minds of the American people through the deployment of highly effective disinformation, or dezinformatsiya as the Kremlin calls it.And they did so through outlets like Facebook. While Russian stage-management of public opinion is not the sole reason for Mr. Trump's current occupation of the White House, it certainly contributed to the American people's opinion of him and his opponent which, in turn, may or may not have led to a favorable outcome for Vlad's favorite marionette. More significantly, the propaganda and disinformation promulgated by Russian intelligence was highly effective in re-opening festering cultural wounds and in manipulating the emotions and reason of the American people. As evidence continues to mount that Russian dezinformatsiya played a significant role in influencing public opinion leading up to the 2016 election, we are faced with a larger dilemma: namely, can we combat future intrusions into the American psyche without sacrificing a cornerstone of our democracy? The answer fortunately is no. The First Amendment sets us free, but it also leaves us susceptible to those who wish to manipulate the beliefs and values that have long set this nation apart. At a time when the current administration is disseminating "alternative facts," and while they continue to accuse the mainstream media of spreading "fake news," it's up to all of us individually to dig deep and verify what we read and see online and on-air rather than blindly accept that which is placed before us. And while it is not Mark Zuckerberg's obligation to protect us from the ills of the world, it is his responsibility to be more introspective when assessing the impact his creation has on the nearly 2.2 billion active monthly Facebook users around the globe.Facebook's O the Mark ZuckerbergWhile self-proclaimed Âdemocratic socialistsÂŽ win Democratic primaries in America, actual socialists in Cuba finally arebacking away from some of the ideas that kept Cubans poor. Sunday, CubaÂs National Assembly approved a draft of a new constitution that recognizes a right to own private property. ThatÂs progress. Would Sen. Bernie Sanders and celebrityof-the-moment Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez approve? IÂm not sure. Instead of saying ÂcommunismÂŽ is the purpose of the state, Cuba will now say ÂsocialismÂŽ is the basis of the economy. ThatÂs an ambiguous difference, but ÂsocialismÂŽ tends to mean a larger private sector. CubaÂs new leaders also say they welcome foreign investment. Maybe this will bring some prosperity to the long-suffering Cuban population. It may bring more freedom, too. The new draft says a criminal defendant is innocent until proven guilty. ThatÂs progress. It also sets term limits on presidents Â„ no more than two consecutive five-year terms. Fidel Castro ruled for 50 years. The new Cuba also may permit gay marriage. The draft defines marriage as being between two individuals, not necessarily a man and a woman. ThatÂs a big step for a country that recently locked gay people up in ÂworkÂŽ camps. On the other hand, the staterun newspaper says Cuba Âwill never return to capitalism.ÂŽ And while some open speech is permitted, crackdowns against dissidents, even ones who just sing angry rock songs, continue. Still, the U.S. should be happy about the changes, and the last thing we should do when we want to encourage free market changes in a country is slap an embargo on it. Yet some conservatives want to do that, and President Trump reversed some of President ObamaÂs ÂCuba opening.ÂŽ This is a bad idea. Nothing gets a population accustomed to decentralized, nongovernmental commercial activity like commercial activity. The more we restrict trade, the more we drive a countryÂs population into the hands of the state. If you canÂt sell your products to American customers, you might just work for your countryÂs corrupt state-run enterprises. Instead of having casual contact with customers who live outside your countryÂs political system, that system becomes all you know. Your idea of whatÂs possible shrinks. Embargoes favored by the right are just one wrong approach. Learning from less-Communist Cuba B l a i r B e s s Blair Bess John Stossel
** Washington County News | Saturday, July 28, 2018 A5 LOCAL & STATENews Service FloridaTALLAHASSEE Facebook said this week it mistakenly banned an ad by Republican Matt Caldwell, but not before the candidate for Florida agriculture commissioner was able to score plenty of statewide free media on the issue.Caldwell, a state House member from North Fort Myers, couldnÂt have asked for better pre-pri-mary publicity than for Facebook --under fire from conservatives for its perceived liberal adver-tising rules --to reject a 15-second ad in which an armed Caldwell brags of his National Rifle Asso-ciation endorsement.Caldwell is running in the Aug. 28 GOP primary against Sen. Denise Grimsley of Sebring, former Rep. Baxter Troutman of Winter Haven and Plant City businessman Mike McCalister, as they seek to replace outgoing Agri-culture Commissioner Adam Putnam.According to CaldwellÂs campaign, the ad was banned under a Facebook guideline that ads canÂt promote the sale of guns or ammunition.ÂIÂm Matt Caldwell. I like guns. I love the Second Amendment. And I support our president,ÂŽ Caldwell says in the video ad while seated on the edge of a pickup truck tailgate. ÂThatÂs why IÂm endorsed by the NRA.ÂŽÂIÂm Matt Caldwell,ÂŽ Caldwell continues before locking a gun used for skeet shooting. ÂAnd thatÂs all there is too it.ÂŽAfter Facebook looked into the ad, spokesman Devon Kearns said Tues-day it was Ârejected in error.ÂŽÂWe review millions of ads each week, and sometimes we make mistakes,ÂŽ Kearns said. ÂWe have overturned the incorrect decision and the ads are now running live on Facebook.ÂŽBefore FacebookÂs admission, Caldwell sent out a news release proclaiming, ÂFacebookÂs liberal agenda is keeping our campaign for commissioner of agri-culture from sharing our message.ÂŽÂThe U.S. Constitu-tion could not be clearer: our Second Amendment rights are inalienable,ÂŽ Caldwell said in the release. ÂThese Godgiven rights were enshrined in the Consti-tution by our Founding Fathers and FacebookÂs censorship regime cannot get away with waging a war against conservative ideals and our pro-liberty message. Washington, Jefferson, and Madison are the names on the U.S. Constitution, not Zuckerberg.ÂŽA number of media outlets, from the Tampa Bay Times to the online Sunshine State News, blogged CaldwellÂs initial claim, with a link to the ad, before Facebook announced its mistake. DEMS FUNDRAISING ON TRUMPÂS RALLYFlorida Democrats wasted little time in trying to cash in on Presi-dent Donald TrumpÂs plan to stump next week in Tampa.ÂHeÂs flying in to pick his puppet for Florida governor,ÂŽ the Florida Democratic Party said in a fundraising email Monday, shortly after TrumpÂs campaign announced the Tampa trip.The email later stated: ÂWe need to fill our Rapid Response Fund with $25,000 in the next 24 hours.ÂŽTrump will be in Tampa on Tuesday to reaffirm support for gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, as well as Gov. Rick ScottÂs run for U.S. Senate and Congressman Matt GaetzÂ re-election effort.TrumpÂs campaign announced that the pres-ident will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds, where he is Âexpected to address the latest record-break-ing jobs and economic data from the booming Trump economy, his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and the importance for Floridians to get out and vote this fall for key races to support his agenda; including to support Rick Scott who is running to defeat Ben Nelson in the U.S. Senate, Matt Gaetz for re-election to the U.S. House, and Ron DeSantis for Governor.ÂŽOne problem: Ben Nelson is a former Nebraska governor who served in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2013.Scott is challenging Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.Scott, a booster of Trump during the 2016 campaign, wonÂt be at the rally. His campaign said he has a fundraiser that night. But Scott will saddle up with Trump at an education event earlier in the day in Tampa.Donald Trump Jr., the presidentÂs son, is expected to also be in the state Aug. 2 to pitch for Gaetz and DeSantis during an event at North-west Florida State College in Niceville. That is in the heart of GaetzÂs Panhan-dle district. Besides the fundraising request, Florida Democratic Party spokesman Kevin Donohoe reacted to the news of the presidentÂs visit with a tongue-in-cheek email: "Our condolences to Adam Putnam."Trump is backing DeSantis over Putnam in the Republican primary for governor. GREENE MONEYPalm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, one of the five Democrats running for governor, flew through Tallahassee this week, making numerous stops to garner media good will.While talking up issues such as his education cre-dentials --he founded The Greene School for Âfor bright, curious and joyful learnersÂŽ in Palm Beach County --gun legislation, the environment and differences between himself and the rest of the Demo-cratic field, he also talked money. Specifically, $10.6 mil-lion heÂd already put up for the contest, with a vow that more is to come.ÂAs of now, I know that IÂve probably spent a little more than (former Congresswoman) Gwen Graham, less than (former Miami Beach mayor) Philip Levine,ÂŽ Greene said. ÂThere are only five weeks left, I donÂt have any idea what it will take.ÂŽIf he advances to the general election, could he reach the $76 million that Scott spent of his own cash in 2010?ÂHopefully not. I donÂt want to throw money away,ÂŽ Greene said. ÂBut weÂll spent whatever is needed to get our message out in the primary and definitely in the general election. IÂll do absolutely whatever is needed, because IÂm absolutely certain that with Donald Trump and Rick Scott run-ning, there is going to be a lot of money on that side. And IÂm prepared to do what it takes. IÂm not doing this to go halfway. IÂm not running the marathon so I can come in 10th place.ÂŽ TWEET OF THE WEEK: ÂMy thoughts and prayers are with @ scottplakon and his family during this di cult time. Susie was a wonderful woman and she will be greatly missed.ÂŽ Chief Financial OfÂ“ cer Jimmy Patronis (@ JimmyPatronis) on the death of Susie Rushing Plakon, who suffered from AlzheimerÂs disease and was the wife of Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood.Backroom brie ng: a gi from ZuckerbergLloyd Dunkelberger News Service FloridaTALLAHASSEE Arguing that it is misleading, the Florida Greyhound Association on Thursday asked a judge to remove from the November ballot a constitutional amend-ment that would ban dog racing in Florida.ÂThe (ballot) title and summary must be accurate. It must be informative. The title and summary cannot be mis-leading either expressly or by omission,ÂŽ Major Harding, the lawyer rep-resenting the greyhound group, told Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers. The association represents greyhound owners, breeders and trainers.Harding, a former Florida Supreme Court justice, argued that the ballot title and summary for Amendment 13 is misleading on several grounds, including the fact that it would not ban all dog-race wagering in the state.The measure, placed on the ballot by the state Constitution Revision Commission, would still allow tracks to conduct betting on dog races that are broadcast from outside the state, Harding argued.ÂThe title ÂEnds Dog RacingÂ is false and will mislead Florida voters as to the breadth of the proposed amendment,ÂŽ he said.Harding also said the title and summary make no mention of a provision in the amendment that establishes Âthe humane treatment of animalsÂŽ as a Âfundamental valueÂŽ of the people of Florida. That provision could be broadly applied and impact other activities involving animals, such as university research, he added.ÂFundamental value language is important and has significant legal effect,ÂŽ Harding said, noting the only other mention of a Âfunda-mental valueÂŽ in the state Constitution is related to public schools.Jordan Pratt, a deputy solicitor general representing the state, said the ballot language for Amendment 13, which would ban commercial dog racing after Dec. 31, 2020, is neither misleading nor fails to state its main purpose.As for misrepresenting the racing ban since ÂsimulcastingÂŽ of out-of-state dog races would still be allowed, Pratt said prior court decisions on amendment ballot language have presumed Âvoters have a certain amount of common knowledge and common sense.ÂŽÂOne of the things that Florida voters cer-tainly understand is that in voting on a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution they are voting on what the law should be in Florida and not any other state,ÂŽ Pratt said.Pratt and other lawyers defending the proposed dog-racing ban said the Âfundamental valueÂŽ language was part of an introductory phrase for the amendment and would not have the wide-ranging impact claimed by the opponents.ÂThe fundamental value language in proposed Amendment 13 is simply a declaration,ÂŽ Pratt said. ÂThere are no judicially ascertainable standards by which a court could, as plaintiffs speculate, enforce that free-stand-ing language to other contexts.ÂŽGievers specifically questioned the lawyers about the opponentsÂ claim that the ballot lan-guage fails to disclose its impact on another provision in the Constitution that allowed slot machines at dog tracks and other pari-mutuel facilities in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.Harding said the slot-machine language, which was approved by voters in 2004, allowed the expanded gambling at facilities with live racing. If Amendment 13 is passed, it would break Âa compact with Florida votersÂŽ by allowing slot machines at dog tracks that would become stand-alone casinos without any racing, Harding said.But Pratt said the 2004 amendment was focused on Âthe original authorizationÂŽ of the slot machines in the two counties and that Amendment 13 would have no impact on that activity.The ballot summary, which specifically says Âother gaming activitiesÂŽ are not affected, exceeds the disclosure standards and Âcorrectly advises voters on its lack of impact on existing slot machines,ÂŽ Pratt said.Gievers said she expected to issue her opinion Âquickly,ÂŽ after reviewing the arguments submitted by both the opponents and oppo-nents of the amendment.The proposed dog-rac-ing ban is one of 13 state constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 general-election ballot. Eight of the amendments, including Amendment 13, were put on the ballot by the state Constitution Revision Commission.In order to be enacted, each amendment must win support from at least 60 percent of the voters.Greyhound group asks judge to remove racing ban from ballotGievers speci cally questioned the lawyers about the opponentsÂ claim that the ballot language fails to disclose its impact on another provision in the Constitution that allowed slot machines at dog tracks and other pari-mutuel facilities in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. ÂThe U.S. Constitution could not be clearer: our Second Amendment rights are inalienable. These God-given rights were enshrined in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers and FacebookÂs censorship regime cannot get away with waging a war against conservative ideals and our pro-liberty message. Washington, Je erson, and Madison are the names on the U.S. Constitution, not Zuckerberg.ÂŽMatt Caldwell ÂThe (ballot) title and summary must be accurate. It must be informative. The title and summary cannot be misleading either expressly or by omission,ÂŽ Major Harding, the lawyer representing the greyhound group, told Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers. The association represents greyhound owners, breeders and trainers.
** A6 Saturday, July 28, 2018 | Washington County News COMMUNITYSpecial to The News Gulf Power is celebrating the five-year renewal of the conservation part-nership between Southern Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). For over 15 years, the partnership has funded more than 300 projects restoring, sustaining or enhancing more than 1.7 million acres of wildlife habitat in the Southeast.Through this partnership, Gulf Power has supported nearly 100 con-servation projects funded with $5.8 million across Northwest Florida.This investment has benefited thousands of acres of conservation and countless species in the Gulf Power service area. Among the projects: shoreline stabilization on Bayou Grande in Pensac-ola; native longleaf pine forest restoration from Perdido River to Blackwa-ter River State Forest and east through Apalachicola; recovery efforts of the red-cockaded wood-pecker, gopher tortoise and indigo snake; and coastal and wetland res-toration in South Walton County and elsewhere.ÂOur work with Southern Company exemplifies the public-private partnership model we employ to gen-erate measurable results for wildlife and habitats across the country,ÂŽ said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. ÂThis enduring partnership Â„ one of the FoundationÂs longest-running Â„ reflects Southern CompanyÂs strong commitment to the conservation of natu-ral resources in the local communities it serves.ÂŽOver the past 15 years, NFWF has leveraged Southern CompanyÂs contributions to generate more than $126 million for on-the-ground conserva-tion impact.ÂGulf Power's support of environmental stewardship grants have kick-started or enhanced many communityinvolved environmental education and restoration projects that otherwise might not have gotten off the ground,ÂŽ Jeff Cole, Gulf Power Stewardship coordinator, said. ÂThese local level and regional projects benefit the area we live in by enhancing recreational areas and improving air and water quality. ItÂs important to be a leader by being out investing and participat-ing in the community in which we live, work and recreate.ÂŽMany conservation professionals credit Southern Company with being the first major private funder to invest in longleaf restoration work, helping catalyze the historic public-private partnership known as AmericaÂs Longleaf Restoration Initiative.Vernon Compton, director of the Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosys-tem Partnership, said the Longleaf Stewardship Fund grants the group of private and public landowners has received are critical to restoring the longleaf pine ecosystem in Northwest Florida, which once dominated in the Southeast. This yearÂs grant of $300,000 will restore 333 acres of long-leaf pine and improve an additional 55,350 acres of existing longleaf habitat, mostly in the Blackwater River State Forest in Santa Rosa County. The grant also funds a gopher tortoise project on Eglin Air Force Base reservation aimed at preventing it from becoming listed under the Endangered Species Act.ÂThis partnership with NFWF is very important to the restoration effort and a critical component of the many success weÂre seeing on the ground across the longleaf pine range and habitat improvement,ÂŽ Compton said. ÂThanks to habitat restoration on these sites, they are ready for the keystone species like the gopher tortoise to be reintroduced.ÂŽGulf Power celebrates the renewal of conservation partnership with NFWF1. When an acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide, it puts out about how many tons of oxygen? 1, 4, 6, 12 2. In auto-racing flags, what color with yellowdiagonal stripe means Âmove to the outsideÂŽ? Red, Blue, Black, Green 3. Who has been the heaviest of all U.S. presidents? Hayes, Coolidge, Taft, Eisenhower 4. Whose address is 1 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY? Trump Tower, Empire State Building, Central Park, Yankee Stadium 5. What poet was known as ÂThe Canadian KiplingÂŽ? Service, Kirby, Henry, Wilshire 6. Whose Latin name is ÂGallus domesticusÂŽ? Cat, Dog, Hamster, Chicken ANSWERS: 1. 4, 2. Blue, 3. Taft (William Howard, more than 350 lbs), 4. Yankee Stadium, 5. Service (Robert W.), 6. ChickenÂTrivia FunÂŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or suggestions? WC@ TriviaGuy.com.TRIVIA FUN W i l s o n C a s e y Wilson Casey If you would like your events included in this list, email information to: firstname.lastname@example.org Food Coupons still available WASHINGTON COUNTY Â… Washington County Council on Aging still has Farmer's Market Nutrition Program Coupons available. If interested and have not already received coupons this year, contact Wash-ington County Council on Aging at 850-638-6216 for more information on how you can participate in this program. Spanish Trail Playhouse to Present CharlotteÂs WebCHIPLEY The Spanish Trail Playhouse will hold performances of CharlotteÂs Web at 7 p.m. Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 5. The playhouse is in the His-toric Chipley High School, located at 680 Second Street in Chipley. Tickets go on sale soon and will be available online at www.spanishtrailplayhouse.com, and the Spanish Trail Playhouse office by calling 850-638-9113. The ticket office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information email@example.com. HCSO to host a free food distributionPONCE DE LEON Â… Holmes County SheriffÂs Office will host a free food distribution at 8 a.m. Sat-urday, August 11 at Ponce de Leon High School. This will be a "drive-thru" event to help accommodate those with disabilities or small children. There will be someone there as long as there are supplies. For more information call the Holmes County SheriffÂs Office at 850-547-4421. FTR representative to be at WCCOACHIPLEY A representative from Florida Telecommunications Relay, INC. will be at Washington County Council on Aging at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, August 16, 2018. Seniors will be assessed to determine eligibility to receivean amplified or specialized telephone at no cost. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 850-638-6216. HOSO to offer concealed weapons classBONIFAY Â… The Holmes County SheriffÂs Office will present a Concealed Weapons Class at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 18, in the Holmes County Jail classroom, located at 3207 Lonny Lindsey Drive in Bonifay. Sheriff John Tate will instruct the class, which is expected to last about two hours. This class will meet the firearms training class requirement mandated by the Florida Department of Agriculture concealed weapon permit application. The class is open to ages 18 and up; however the minimum age to be granted a permit from the state is 21. Participants ages 21 and up may bring their own gun and rounds or use those provided by the sheriffÂs office. Participants under the age of 21 are asked to use the provided gun and rounds. No pre-registration is required, and the cost is $25 per person. All proceeds will benefit Holmes County High School Proj-ect Graduation. WCCOA to hold pampering dayCHIPLEY In recognitionof National Senior Citizen'sDay on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Washington County Council on Aging in partnership with Interim Healthcare, will be hosting a pamperingsession to seniors 60 and older. Manicures and hand mas-sages will be provided. This event will begin at 10 a.m. and will take place at 1348 South Boulevard in Chi-pley. For more information on this or other events call 850-638-6216. PDL Â“ re to host RTIC rafÂ” ePONCE DE LEON Â… Ponce De Leon Volunteer Fire Department will host a raffle for a 65 Quart RTic cooler. The raffle will run through Thursday, August 23. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $12. There are only 300 tickets available. All pro-ceeds go to benefit the fire department. Contact any member of the PDL fire department or contact the department on Facebook. Hearing life representative to be at WCCOACHIPLEY A represen-tative with Hearing Life will be at Washington County Council on Aging from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thurs-day, August 23 to conduct hearingscreenings. This event is open to seniors 60 or older. For information call 850-638-6216.COMMUNITY EVENTS
** Washington County News | Saturday, July 28, 2018 A7 NEW YORKBidenÂs niece gets probation in $110,000 credit card caseThe niece of Democratic Vice President Joe Biden who racked up $110,000 in charges on someone elseÂs credit card has been sentenced to two years of probation. Caroline Biden told a New York judge on Thursday she takes respon-sibility for her conduct and deeply regrets the harm it caused.The New York Post says Biden has paid back the money and completed com-munity service. Biden says Ânothing like this will ever happen again.ÂŽProsecutors say the unidentified victim had given Biden permission to charge $672 at an upscale store where face creams can run hundreds of dollars.MADISON, WIS.Wisconsin ordered to pay for gender reassignment surgeriesA federal judge has ordered Wisconsin to pay for the gender reassignment surgery for two transgender Medicaid recipients.Cody Flack, 30, and Sara Ann Makenzie, 41, filed a lawsuit in April, saying a state rule denying coverage for surgeries to treat gender dysphoria violates the Affordable Care Act and their right to equal protec-tion, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. By Marcio SanchezThe Associated PressIDYLLWILD, Calif. Â„ Fire stoked by hot and windy weather raged through a forest in far northern California on Thursday. In mountain communities east of Los Angeles, calmer condi-tions aided firefighters on the lines of a suspected arson wildfire that forced thousands of people to flee.California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday issued emergency procla-mations in both Riverside County in the south and Shasta County in the north. The declarations authorize the state to rally resources to local government.In the north, new evac-uations were ordered for communities in the wil-derness recreation region near Whiskeytown Lake as that wildfire tripled in size to more than 31 square miles. It had already forced residents out of French Gulch, a hamlet dating to the Gold Rush.French Gulch resident Raquel Hines said she had two hours to evacu-ate and that others in the former mining town had as little as 30 minutes to leave.The community has faced two wildfires in the last two weeks, Hines said.ÂItÂs terrifying. You know youÂre frightened a little bit because you donÂt know if youÂre going to come back to your house and the town is going to be different,ÂŽ she told KRCR-TV.Cal Fire Unit Chief Mike Hebrard told the Record Searchlight news-paper that the blaze made a huge push overnight and that engine crews were in the community of Old Shasta trying to save structures.Hundreds of miles to the south, winds were absent over the fire in Southern CaliforniaÂs San Jacinto Mountains. But temperatures were rapidly rising, and forecasters said highs could hit 100 degrees. They also warned of possible afternoon wind gusts that could create dangerous fire conditions.Elsewhere in the state, a huge forest fire continued to grow outside Yosemite National Park. A total of 100 homes were still considered under threat in the San Francisco Bay community of Clayton, although fire-fighters had stopped the progress of a small fire there after one house burned.The blaze in the San Jacinto Mountains erupted Wednesday and quickly turned into a wall of flame that torched timber and tinder-dry brush. In a matter of hours, it grew to 7.5 square miles.About 3,200 people in the town of Idyllwild and nearby communities were ordered to evacuate. An estimated 600 homes were threatened.The fire was the largest of at least five that police believe were purposely set Wednesday by a man whose car was reportedly spotted at the starting point of the blaze in Riverside County, offi-cials said.Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula was booked on suspicion of five counts of arson, state fire officials said. It wasnÂt clear whether he had an attorney.Authorities ordered residents to leave Idyllwild and several neighboring communities, home to about 12,000 people.William Blodgett of Idyllwild said he couldnÂt get home because of the fire and had to wait along with others at a gas station in nearby Mountain Center Â„ until the fire hopped a highway and began to move in his direction.ÂWe were all peeling out of there as fast as we could,ÂŽ he told KNBC-TV. ÂIt was apocalyptic.ÂŽHorses and other animals were taken to shelters, as were several hundred children who were evacuated from summer camps. About 200 were at a local high school serving as a shel-ter, KCAL-TV reported.The fire in the San Bernardino National Forest sent up a cloud 50,000 feet high that was so enormous it created its own weather in the form of lightning, the National Weather Service reported.Throughout the day, helicopters and planes dumped water and fire retardant that turned swathes of land and homes pink. Fire engines also were stationed to protect homes.Yosemite Valley, the scenic heart of the national park, was closed at noon Wednesday during the height of tour-ist season as smoke cast a pall on the region from a fire in the Sierra Nevada. The closure was heartbreaking for travelers, many of whom mapped out their trips months in advance to hike and climb amid the spectacular views of cascading waterfalls and sheer rock faces.ÂWe had one guest who planned a weeklong trip,ÂŽ said Tom Lambert, who owns a vacation rental property near Yosemite Valley. ÂIt was a fatherdaughter trip, for her high school graduation ... Now itÂs done. ItÂs sad.ÂŽAnother guest had to delay plans to climb Half Dome.Officials emphasized that Yosemite wasnÂt in imminent danger from the fire, which grew to more than 67 square miles in the adjacent Sierra National Forest. Authorities decided on the shutdown to allow crews to perform pro-tective measures such as burning away brush along roadways without having to deal with traffic in the park that welcomes 4 million visitors annually.Yosemite Valley will be closed until at least Sunday, along with a winding, mountainous, 20-mile stretch of CaliforniaÂs State Route 41 that leads into the area, Gediman said.At least 1,000 campground and hotel bookings were canceled Â„ to say nothing of the impact on day visitors, park workers and small businesses along the highway, Gediman said.The last time the 7.5-mile-long valley was closed because of fire was 1990, he said.Over nearly two weeks, flames have churned through 60 square miles of timber in steep ter-rain of the Sierra Nevada just west of the park. The fire was just 25 percent contained.More than 3,300 firefighters are working the fire, aided by 16 helicop-ters. One firefighter was killed July 14, and six others have been injured.Governor declares emergency as Calif. res rage NATION & WORLDA Â“ reÂ“ ghter hoses down hot spots along Highway 243 on Thursday near Idyllwild, Calif. A fast-moving wildÂ“ re tore through trees, burned several homes and forced evacuation orders for an entire mountain town as California sweltered under a heat wave and battled ferocious Â“ res at both ends of the state. [MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]
** A8 Saturday, July 28, 2018 | Washington County News FAITHSubmit your sign of faith at photos@ chipleypaper.com. Washington County News StaffWASHINGTON COUNTY While driving on the long country roads, you're bound to see a sign of faith some-thing that can take away 'the Mondays', remind you of your many blessings or give inspiration to you for some-one else.Washington County News wants to share this positivity with our readers!We've launched 'Signs of Faith,' which runs in each Saturday's edition. We want you to send in your 'Signs of Faith' to us to share with the community!In the photo, a marquee at an old convenience store near Caryville reads: "Coming soon: a spiritual filling sta-tion." And we've now shared that message with you.Send in your photos to photos @chipleypaper.com. Be sure to include a statement that tells the name of your faith organization and address.Signs of FaithConvenience station located near Caryville area [JACQUELINE BOSTICK | THE NEWS] If you would like to see your vacation bible school on this list email them to firstname.lastname@example.org Blue Lake Baptist to host VBSCHIPLEY Â… Blue Lake Bap-tist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday August 1. Family day will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, August 5 during the regular service. A meal will follow with activities for the kids. The focus will be the importance of worship and the true meaning. For more information call the church office at 850-638-1034Vacation Bible SchoolsIf you would like to include an event in this list, email information to: news@ chipleypaper.com Sunny Hills Chapel to host The Masters Men Plus OneSUNNY HILLS Â… Sunny Hills Chapel Church will host The Masters Men Plus One at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29. Lunch will be served at noon. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the Christian fellowship. The church is located three miles south of Wausau on Highway 77. For more information call the pastor at 850-548-5649. Klondyke Gospel Music Center to host concerts in JulyOZARK, ALABAMA Â… The following gospel music min-istries will appear in concert during the month of July as indicated, at the Klondyke Gospel Music Center. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge. Saturday, July 28, Rickey Ward of the 4 Calvary Quartet from Bonifay. The center is located half way between Newton, Alabama and Ozark, Alabama at 3885 Highway 123 South. For more information call Ron Jeffers at 334-797-9862. Mt. Olive to host Back to School Fun DayBONIAY Â… Mt. Olive Bap-tist will host a Back to School Fun Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29. There will be games, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream, school supplies and backpacks. The church is located at 3187 Mt. Olive Road. New Bethany Assembly to hold Â“ fth Sunday singVERNON Â… New Bethany Assembly of God will hold a fifth Sunday sing at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29. Special guests will be The Fortners. Lunch will be served in the fel-lowship hall at 12:30 p.m. The church is located at HinsonÂs Crossroads in Vernon. For more information call Brother Leon Jenkins at 850-773-3003 Bonifay First United Methodist to host USDA Food DistributionBONIFAY Â… Bonifay First United Methodist Church will host a USDA Food Distribu-tion at 9 30 a.m. at the church on the following Wednesdays: August 15, October 17 and December 19. This is for Holmes County residence only. The church is located at 202 N Oklahoma Street across from the courthouse.FAITH EVENTSI typically donÂt think much about sleep. But when you fly through seven or more time zones in a single day, you think about it. When everyone else is getting up, your body is begging to go to bed. When everyone else is settling down for a good nightÂs sleep, your body is wide awake and looking for something to do. It takes a few days, at least, to Âreset the body clock.ÂŽ Sleep is an amazing thing. We all require it, including the animals. Even my dog sleeps. I know, I have spent the night camping in a tent with him. He snores. Sleep appears to be a requirement for all animal life, though it may vary in intensity and method. Something mysterious and magical happens when we sleep. Kenneth Cooper, the world-famous physician who set us on the path for aerobic health more than 40 years ago, maintains that adequate sleep, like adequate exercise and diet, is essential to balanced health. He states, ÂMost studies indicate that the average person needs somewhere between the traditional seven and eight hours a night. If you get much more sleep than that ... you feel sluggish and fuzzy-headed during the day. ... if you get too little sleep ... you tend to feel like death warmed over.ÂŽ Sleep deprivation has been used as a means of interrogation and even torture. In some cases, the inability to sleep has had catastrophic consequences. Many think the popular actor, Heath LedgerÂs tragic death from a prescription drug overdose may have been caused by his ongoing battle with chronic insomnia. Scientists have a pretty good idea of what goes on during sleep, but no one seems to know exactly how it happens. According to the Sleep Foundation, the body and the brain are repaired and nourished during the phases of non-rapid eye movement and rapid-eyemovement. Somehow the body repairs its muscles, consolidates memory and releases hormones that regulate growth and appetite. Even Jesus slept. His 12 disciples found it incredible that he could sleep in the bow of the boat during a raging storm. Frantic with fear, they woke him. Awakened from his sleep, Jesus asked, ÂWhy are you afraid, you men of little faith?ÂŽ He then rebuked the winds and the waves, and the place where they were became perfectly calm. His disciples were astonished and looking at one another asked, ÂWhat manner of man is this, that even the wind and the waves obey him?ÂŽ (Matthew 8:23-27). The need to sleep recognizes our mortality. For seven to eight hours of every day, between a fourth and a third of every 24 hours, the world continues without us. During that time, we are totally and completely dependent upon others and upon God for our existence and our well-being. We are not the masters of our fate. The Scripture states, ÂIn vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat Â„ for he grants sleep to those he loves.ÂŽ (Psalm 127:2)While you were sleeping B i l l T i n s l e y Bill Tinsley If you would like your Washington County church listed here, please send information to: email@example.com. Due to space limitation, please only send regular church services. For special services, please send separate submission. ASSEMBLY OF GODCorbin Road Assembly of GodMorning Worship is at 10 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at 105 Corbin Road in Chipley.Cords of Love Assembly of GodSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study is a 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 2060 Bethlehem Road in Cottondale.Grace Assembly of God @ ChipleyMorning Worship is at 10 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 567 North Main Street, ChipleyNew Bethany Assembly of GodSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located on Shaky Joe Road just off Hig hway 280 at HinsonÂs Crossroads.New Life Fellowship Assembly of GodSunday School is at 9 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 695 5th Street, Chipley. Wausau Assembly of GodSunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 3537 Washington Street in Wausau.BAPTISTAbigail Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located on Dawkins Street in Vernon.Berean Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1438 Nearing Hills Drive in Chipley. Blue Lake Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday services are at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 1405 Blue Lake Road in Chipley.Chipley First Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service is at 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Discipleship Training is at 5 p.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday AWANA is at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Prayer Meeting Is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1300 South BoulevardCountry Oaks Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 7 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at 574 Buckhorn BoulevardEastside Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at Highway 277 in Vernon.First Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1387 South Boulevard.Gap Pond Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 1980 Gap Boulevard in Sunny Hills.Grace Baptist Chapel MissionSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 440 Lot E Second Street, Chipley.Holmes Creek Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service AWANA is at 5:30 p.m. and Bible Study is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 335 Cope Road in Chipley.Holyneck Missionary Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located 3395 Cemetery Lane, Campbellton.WASHINGTON COUNTY CHURCH LISTINGSSee CHURCH, A11
** Washington County News | Saturday, July 28, 2018 A9 Whether you enjoy them fresh from the picking or baked in muffins, cobblers, cakes or pies, I think we all agree the Âsummer sapphiresÂŽ of the berry family are a special taste treat. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins A and C, and they are not as perishable as most other berries. While blackberries keep their quality only about a day or two after they are purchased or picked, blueberries will keep about two weeks, if they are handled properly. Do not wash blueberries until you are ready to use them. Also, the Blueberry Association advises you should not wash the berries before freezing them, as this toughens the skins. My husbandÂs all-time favorite was Fresh Blueberry Pie, and I havenÂt made one in years. When a friend gave me some blueberries recently, I decided to try my hand at making this classic dessert. Fresh Blueberry PiePecan pastry: Â€ 3 cups all-purpose Â” our Â€ 1/ 2 cup ground pecans Â€ 1/ 2 teaspoon baking powder Â€ 1/ 2 teaspoon salt Â€ 1 /2 cup chilled shortening Â€ 1 /2 cup chilled butter or margarine Â€ 5 to 6 tablespoons ice water Filling: Â€ 4 cups fresh blueberries, washed and drained Â€ 1 cup sugar Â€ 1/ 4 cup all-purpose Â” our Â€ 2 tablespoons butter or margarine Combine Â” our, pecans, baking powder and salt in bowl of food processor Â“ tted with the steel blade. Add shortening and butter. Process by pulsing until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal with just a few lumps the size of peas. Gradually add ice water and mix until dough forms a ball. Remove from bowl and divide the dough in half, making two disks each about an inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to sit until soft enough to roll without tearing. Roll each disk to a circle an inch or two larger than a 9-inch pie plate. Fit one circle of dough in pie plate. Combine berries, sugar and Â” our in medium bowl. Toss lightly to coat berries. Pour into pie crust. Dot with butter. Top with the second circle of dough. Trim and Â” ute the edges of the crust. Cut 5 or 6 small slits in top crust to allow steam to escape. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees, then lower temperature to 350 degrees. Continue baking for about 30 minutes. If the edges of crust seem to be browning too quickly, cover them with aluminum foil the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking. Allow to cool completely before slicing.This column was originally published on July 30, 2008. Prudence Hilburn has won more than 30 national cooking awards and written several cookbooks, including, ÂSimply Southern and More.ÂŽ Write her at prudencehilburn@ aol.com or visit www. prudencehilburn.com. ENTERTAININGQUICK, EASY SNACKSAs you entertain during summer, itÂs convenient to keep on hand easy-toprepare snacks for your guests. Consider these suggestions from Simply Organic: Â€ Guacamole and chips: You only add two ripe, peeled, pitted avocados (organic is best) and break open a bag of tortilla chips. PREGNANCYFEELING YOUR BESTTo feel your best and support health during pregnancy, try some of these nutrition tips. Â€ Take your prenatal vitamin with food to combat queasiness. Â€ Avoid the Âeating for twoÂŽ mindset because excessive weight can lead to complications. IN THE KITCHENÂSummer sapphiresÂ go great in pie FOODBy Ari LeVauxMore Content NowThe expression Âcool as a cucumberÂŽ was bound to exist. The cooler the better, in fact, as nothing beats a cold one straight out of the fridge. But even a warm cucumber, freshly picked in the middle of a hot field, can be gloriously refreshing. The impossibility of a cucumber gathering and stashing all that water is as cool as the hydration itself. People make a big deal about the different kinds of tomatoes they can buy during tomato season, but the same can be done over cucumbers. The differences are more subtle, but no less enjoyable. Variations in flavor, water content, crispiness and how it explodes in your mouth all add up to myriad gastronomic experiences. Discovering health bene ts Cucumbers are considered a physiologically ÂcoolingÂŽ food in the Aryuvedic medical philosophy of India, where the plant is thought to have first been cultivated. I canÂt comment on the physiology here, but I do know that if you cool your cucumbers first, they will be a cooling food. And beyond the relationship between cucumbers and temperature, cucumbers are proving potentially cool in other ways as well. Pharmacological researchers have zeroed in on several chemical compounds found in cucumbers for potential medical applications. Many of these are found in cucumber seed extract, but interesting compounds have been isolated elsewhere in the fleshy fruit, such as the peel and the blossom end of the cucumber, also known as the bitter end, which contains cucurbitacin C, a toxin created by the plant to ward off predators like spider mites that attack the flowers. Chemically, cucurbitacin C is a steroid molecule, though it isnÂt currently banned by any sports leagues, so it must not be much good in, you know, that department. At low doses, results are promising in many arenas, with cucurbitacin C showing potential antitumor, anti-diabetic, anti-atherosclerotic and anti-inflammatory activities. The cosmetics industry, meanwhile, has latched onto some other molecules in cucumber seeds, promoting their ab ility to hydrate, elasticize and Â„ you guessed it Â„ cool and calm the skin. Try Âem all Now is peak cucumber appreciation season at the farmers market, with each farmerÂs every variety of cucumber all hitting. Last week I brought home five different varieties from three different vendors, and let the comparisons begin. The highlight was the ÂChinese cucumber,ÂŽ which had such a pale shade of green it was almost gray, with a thin, spiky skin like a pickling cuke and an explosive, watery crisp. Another great cucumber is the Armenian, which is as delicious as it is enormous. And donÂt sleep on the normal, plain-Janelooking dark green slicing cucumbers. There are some really fine varieties out there. P r u d e n c e H i l b u r n Prudence HilburnA cool drink FLASH IN THE PANHydrate with summerÂs refreshing green treatof cucumber FREEPIK/BIGSTOCK IMAGES
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** Washington County News | Saturday, July 28, 2018 A11Jerusalem Missionary Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 5 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 614 Bennett Drive in Chipley.Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1233 Old Bonifay Road in Chipley.New Orange Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday services are at 6 p.m. The church is located on Alford Road in Washington County.New Prospect Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship services are at 11 a.m. Sunday evening services are at 5 p.m. Wednesday services supper is at 5 p.m. Wednesday prayer meeting, bible study and childrenÂs classes start at 5:45. The church is located at 761 New Prospect Road in Chipley. Oakie Ridge Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Orange Hill Road and Gilberts Mill Road. Orange Hill Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:45 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer and Bible Study is as 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 3485 Gainer Road in Chipley.Orange Hill Missionary Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship on the Â“ rst and third Sunday of the month is at 11 a.m. Wednesday night prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 816 Sunday Road in Chipley.Piney G rove Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1783 Piney G rove Road south of Chipley.Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located south of Bonifay at 1900 Pleasant Hill Road.Poplar Springs Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1098 Lovewood Road two miles east of Highway 77.Poplar Head Independent Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located on Poplar Head Road.Sand Hills Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 6758 Highway 77.Shiloh Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 5:45 p.m. The church is located on Highway 277, three miles south of Hig hway 90 in Chipley.Shiloh Missionary Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 3013 Moss Hill Road in Vernon.St. John Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m.St. Matthews Missionary Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 4156 St. Matthews Road in Caryville.Salem Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Worship service is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. Church is located at 2555 Kynes ville Hig hway in Alford. Sunny Hills First Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m.Unity Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 5 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 3274 River Road in Vernon.Vernon First Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6 p.m. The church is located at 2888 Church Street in Vernon.Wausau First Baptist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 3493 Washington Street in Wausau.CATHOLICSt. Joseph The Worker Catholic ChurchSunday Mass is at 11 a.m. Tuesday Mass is at 9 a.m. The church is located at 1664 Main Street in Chipley.St. Theresa Catholic ChurchSunday Mass is at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday Mass is at 8 a.m. Saturday Mass is at 5 p.m. Adoration is the Â“ rst Friday after 8 a.m. Mass. The church is located at 2071 Sunny Hills Blvd and the Rectory is located at 2056 Sunny Hills Boulevard in Sunny Hills.CHURCHOF CHRISTChipley Church of ChristSunday morning bible study is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship is at 5 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1295 Brickyard Road in Chipley.Spirit-Filled Church of God in ChristSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Tuesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 2128 Pate Pond Road in Caryville.EPISCOPALGrant Tabernacle AMESunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 577 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Chipley.St. John AMEMorning Worship is at 11:30 a.m.St. Joseph AMESunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 5 p.m. Tuesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1401 Monroe ShefÂ“ eld Road, Chipley.St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located on Jackson Community Road.St. Mary African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 1035 St. Mary Road, in Caryville.St. Matthews Episcopal ChurchMorning worship is at 9 a.m. The church is located on Highway 90 west in Chipley.EVANGELISTICVernon Evangelistic ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located on Highway 79 in Vernon.Caryville Evangelistic CenterSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located on Wrights Creek Road in Caryville, just north of Highway 90.HOLINESSHarris Chapel Holiness ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located eight miles north of Caryville on Highway 179.Johnson Temple First Born HolinessSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11:30 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6 p.m. Friday services are at 6 p.m. The church is located at 793 Orange Street, Chipley.Miracle Valley Spirit of HolinessSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located 3754 Bunyon Drive, off Hig hway 77 near Sunny Hills.METHODISTChipley First United Methodist ChurchSunday School is at 9:50 a.m. Morning Worship is at 9 a.m. (contemporary service) and 11 a.m. (traditional service). The church is located at 1285 Jackson AvenueEast Mount Zion United Methodist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship is at 10 a.m. Evening Worship is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday fellowship meal and Bible study is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1590 Hig hway 173 in Graceville.Lakeview United MethodistMorning Worship is at 9 a.m. Thursday morning Bible Study 9 a.m. The church is located on Hig hway 279 near Five Points.New Hope United Methodist ChurchMorning Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study is at 10 a.m. The church is located at on Highway 79 in New Hope.New Vision United Methodist ChurchSunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday night supper is at 5:45. Wednesday Bible Study is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Hig hway 77 and BlockerChurch Road in Greenhead.Orange Hill United Methodist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located on Sunday Road just off Orange Hill Road.Vernon United Methodist ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m.Wausau United Methodist ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located on State Road 77PENTECOSTALHouse of Healing United Pentecostal ChurchSunday School is at 1 p.m. Worship is at 2 p.m. Thursday Bible Study is at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1816 Hig hway 90 in Chipley.Wausau Pentecostal HolinessSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:55 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6 p.m. The church is located at 2201 Pioneer Road in Wausau.Rock Hill ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Friday Night Worship is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 339 Rockhill Church Road in Chipley.Trinity Pentecostal TabernacleMorning Worship is at 10 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. Turnin Point Home of the First United Pentecostal Church Sunday School is at 1 p.m. Worship Service is at 2 p.m. Bible Study Thursday is at 7 p.m.PRESBYTERIANChipley First Presbyterian ChurchSunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, night sing-along is at 6 p.m. The church is located at Fifth Street and Watts Avenue Sunny Hills PresbyterianMorning Worship is at 9 a.m. Sunday School is at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 3768 Country Club BoulevardOTHERBonnett Pond ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 2680 Bonnett Pond Road in Chipley.Christian Fellowship CenterSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1458 Monroe ShefÂ“ eld Road in Chipley.Christian HavenSunday school is h at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m.Church of God by FaithSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday service is at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 3012 Church Street.Church of God of ProphecyMorning Worship is at 9:45 a.m. Evening Worship is at 5 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1386 W. Jackson Avenue in Chipley.Courts of PraiseMorning Worship is at 10 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 1720 Clayton Road in Chipley.Cypress CreekSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at1772 Macedonia Road.Faith Covenant FellowshipMorning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located on Hig hway 277 mile south of I-10.Family Worship CenterMorning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located 531 Rock Hill Church Road, Chipley.Graceville Community ChurchSunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1005 E. Prim AvenueGrahamÂs ChapelMorning worship at 11 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study at 7 p.m. The chapel is located ate 1218 Campbellton Avenue in Chipley.Hard Labor Creek Community ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1705 Pioneer Road three miles east of caution light.Holmes Valley Community ChurchSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located at 3550Fannig Branch Road in Vernon.House of Prayer Worship CenterSunday School and Children's Church is at 9 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Youth activities on Wednesday begin at 4:30 p.m. Praise and worship services are at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The church is located at 763 West Boulevard in Chipley. Impact Worship CenterSunday. Morning Worship is at 10 a.m. Thursday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 3006 New Hope Road Marianna.LibertySunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 3983 Creek Road in Vernon.McQueens Temple First Born Church of Living GodSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at 5681 Hig hway 79 South, Vernon.NEW FAITH TEMPLESunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 841 Orange Hill Road.New Foundation FellowshipMorning Worship is at 10 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located on Rock Hill Church Road.Northwest Florida Christian ChurchMorning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 4465 Hig hway 77.Rhema Praise and Worship CenterMorning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located 763 West Boulevard in Chipley.Sunny Hills ChapelSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening Worship is at 5 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 4283 Hig hway 77. Pleasant Grove ChurchMorning Worship is at 9 a.m. The church is located at 2430 Shakey Joe Road in the HinsonÂs Crossroads Community.Tabernacle of Praise Church of GodSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:45 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located on Highway 77 South.The Living WordMorning Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Hig hway 77 and Blocker Road in Greenhead.White Double PondSunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church is located on Creek Road in Vernon.Yes Lord Deliverance COGICSunday School is at 10:30 a.m. Worship is at noon. Tuesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is located at 739 Seventh Street in Chipley. CHURCHFrom Page A8
** A12 Saturday, July 28, 2018 | Washington County NewsHouston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V Â“ ghts for position with cornerback Jonathan Joseph during the teamÂs NFL training camp Thursday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. [CHRIS TILLEY/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] By Josh DubowThe Associated PressSANTA CLARA, Calif. Â„ The Philadelphia Eagles went from playoff spectators to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, an impressive one-season turnaround that was far from unprecedented in the modern NFL.The Eagles were the seventh team in the past 19 seasons to pull off that trick in a sport that always goes through some significant playoff turnover each season.There have been at least four new playoff teams each year since the NFL went to the 12-team format in 1990, including eight new postseason participants last season when the Eagles won it all.With new blood coming into the playoffs each year, there are just as many teams heading another way, doomed by injuries, age, bad luck, poor coaching or other reasons.HereÂs a look at three teams that could go from playoff spectators to participants, and three others that could go the opposite direction: Trending upHouston Texans: Deshaun Watson showed Â” ashes of becoming a star quarterback in six starts as a rookie before getting hurt. With the dynamic Watson on offense and a healthy J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus back on defense, the Texans could be in position to get back into the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. The Texans scored at least 33 points in WatsonÂs Â“ nal Â“ ve starts and then went 1-8 after he had a seasonending injury in practice. Keeping Watson healthy will be necessary it the Texans are going to rebound. Green Bay Packers: Green BayÂs run of eight straight playoff appearances ended last season thanks mostly to a collarbone injury that limited star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to seven games. With Rodgers again healthy, the Packers should be among the contenders in the NFC, as they usually are. Green Bay was much more active this offseason under new GM Brian Gutekunst, adding prominent free agents like Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson. New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine should bring a more aggressive approach that could help support Rodgers and the offense. San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco won its Â“ nal Â“ ve games last year after making the switch to Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. With Garoppolo signed long term and poised to take his 7-0 career record into his Â“ rst full season as an NFL starter and coach Kyle Shanahan having much more talent in Year 2 at the helm, the Niners could have the pieces to get back to the playoffs for the Â“ rst time since 2013. Free-agent running back Jerick McKinnon should spark the offense, and the defense has some key building blocks in DT DeForest Buckner and LB Reuben Foster. Richard Sherman could provide a defensive boost at cornerback if his Achilles tendon injury is healed.Trending downBuffalo Bills: The Bills ended the longest playoff drought in North AmericaÂs four major sports leagues when they made the postseason for the Â“ rst time since 1999. Repeating that in coach Sean McDermottÂs second season will be a more difÂ“ cult trick, especially with the change made at quarterback this offseason. Tyrod Taylor was traded to Cleveland, leaving either career backup A.J. McCarron or raw rookie Josh Allen as the top two options. Making the playoffs with one of those two at the helm would be a long shot, even in the weaker AFC. Tennessee Titans: The Titans also ended a playoff drought last season, making the postseason for the Â“ rst time since 2008 under third-year quarterback Marcus Mariota and coach Mike Mularkey. Even winning a postseason game wasnÂt enough for Mularkey to keep his job and Tennessee is now retooling under new coach Mike Vrabel. The Titans are in a tough division with Houston and Indianapolis likely taking big steps forward if Watson and Andrew Luck are healthy, and Jacksonville having one of the leagueÂs most talented rosters. That makes a return to the postseason a difÂ“ cult proposition in Tennessee. Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons took a step back last year after their Super Bowl collapse the previous season but still made the playoffs as a wild-card team. The offense regressed a bit after losing Shanahan as coordinator. There still is plenty of talent in Atlanta led by quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones, but the NFC is stacked, leaving little margin for error.Texans poised for playo s after missing out last yearIN BRIEFBARCELONA, SPAINRonaldo reaches deal with SpainÂs Tax OfÂ“ ceSpainÂs Tax Office has accepted a deal with Cristiano Ronaldo to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of close to 19 million euros ($22 million) in exchange for a reduced prison sentence that will likely be suspended.A source with knowledge of the deal confirmed to The Asso-ciated Press on Thursday the agreement will be finalized in the coming days.The deal was first reported in Spanish media.In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.Ronaldo had already reached a tentative deal with the state prosecutorÂs office, but SpainÂs tax authorities had yet to sign off on the agreement.BERLINFootball chief admits mistakes with Ozil photoThe president of GermanyÂs football fed-eration conceded he made mistakes in handling a controversy over Mesut OzilÂs photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but strongly rejected accusations of racism on Thursday.Ozil announced his retirement from GermanyÂs national team on Sunday. He criticized the federation (DFB), president Reinhard Grindel, fans and media for what he regarded as racism in treating people with Turkish roots. He defended the pre-World Cup meeting with Erdogan, who draws widespread criticism in Germany for being increasingly authoritarian.Ozil was particularly scathing about Grindel, who accused him and teammate Ilkay Gundogan of allowing themselves to be ÂexploitedÂŽ by Erdogan for political purposes. After GermanyÂs embar-rassing first-round exit from the World Cup, Grindel called for Ozil to provide an ÂanswerÂŽ on the photo.MIAMIGolf carts dest royed where Beckham wants stadiumFire rescue officials say around 40 golf carts were destroyed in a fire at the Miami golf course where David Beckham wants to build a soccer stadium.Capt. Ignatius Carroll tells the Miami Herald that crews found a Âlarge body of fireÂŽ near the golf clubhouse at Melreese Country Club on Tues-day night.Carroll says fire crews contained the fire in the parking lot, keeping it from spreading to the pro shop. No one was injured, and the cause is under investigation. The 911 call about the fire came in about an hour and a half after the golf course closed on Tuesday night.The Miami City Com-mission agreed last week to let voters decide in November whether the golf course should be developed into a soccer and retail complex. The Associated Press By Tim ReynoldsThe Associated PressLAS VEGAS Â„ Kyle Lowry had the ball in the right corner. He was well-defended and not able to shoot or drive, so he fired a crosscourt diagonal pass to DeMar DeRozan.For years, that was a fine idea.This time, it became a turnov er. They were on different teams during this particular scrimmage, which seems fitting.USA BasketballÂs first minicamp of this Olympic cycle started Thursday in Las Vegas, with DeRozan and Lowry Â„ longtime teammates in Toronto Â„ both wearing the same uniform again. DeRozan is now with the San Anto-nio Spurs and set to be coached by Gregg Popovich, who just happened to be running his first national team practice Thursday.DeRozan has made no secret: He wasnÂt happy getting traded out of Toronto. But if thereÂs a consolation prize to be had, itÂs that he now gets Popovich.ÂIt means everything,ÂŽ DeRozan said. ÂI could have ended up in the middle of nowhere with Joe Blow. I ended up in a great place that wanted me that strives for greatness. You canÂt ask for nothing better than that.ÂŽDeRozan was sent to the Spurs on July 18, along with center Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first round pick, for Kawhi Leonard and wing Danny Green. Leonard was one of the 35 players invited to attend this minicamp; he was one of roughly a dozen who didnÂt show, a list that also includes LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.Popovich didnÂt seem bothered that there were no-shows.ÂPeople have lives,ÂŽ Popovich said. ÂWe had a good number of people here and the people who were invited that arenÂt here have reasons, whether itÂs injury or per-sonal things going on in their lives. And we understand that.ÂŽThis two-day camp that ends Friday is little more than a get-to-know-you-better event for the players and Popovich. There are no games to play, and technically there arenÂt even future tournaments to prepare for Â„ under the new qualifying rules, the U.S. isnÂt yet assured of having a spot in either the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China or the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The task of making sure the Americans get to China next year has fallen to G League players, who are being coached by Jeff Van Gundy and went 5-1 in the first round of qualifying. The second round of quali-fying starts in September.Popovich is taking over the national team reins from Mike Krzyzewski, the Duke coach who led the U.S. to Olympic gold in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Krzyzewski was in the gym to watch Thursday.ÂHeÂs been great,ÂŽ Popovich said. ÂI would be remiss if I didnÂt bug him to death, ask him millions of questions and try to learn from him.ÂŽÂIt means everythingÂ SPORTS TICKER Green Bay PackersÂ Aaron Rodgers runs a drill during NFL training camp Thursday in Green Bay, Wis. [MORRY GASH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] DeRozan eager to work with Popovich
** Washington County News | Saturday, July 28, 2018 A13 By Liz WestonNerdWallet.comMany people are desperate to shed their timeshares. That provides bargains for timeshare enthusiasts like Angie and Mike McCaffery of Los Angeles. The retired couple have paid as little as 50 cents for ÂusedÂŽ timeshares. TheyÂve parlayed their timeshare weeks at four mainland U.S. resorts into affordable stays in England, Spain, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. ÂYou hear all the nightmare stories, but if you know how to work it and you can plan ahead, itÂs the best thing ever,ÂŽ says Angie McCaffery, 71. Timeshares are a way to use vacation property, typically resort condominiums with bedrooms and kitchens, for a week each year. In addition to the upfront cost of buying, owners must pay annual maintenance fees, which average about $900 but can total $3,000 or more for higher-end properties. Timeshares may be a speciÂ“ c week each year, or ÂÂ” oating weeksÂŽ that can change from year to year, or ÂpointsÂŽ that can converted into reservations for days or weeks at timeshare resorts. Most timeshares offer exchange opportunities that allow owners to stay at other resorts if they plan well in advance. The details can vary quite a bit, but people who are satisÂ“ ed with their timeshares tend to have several things in common, says Brian Rogers, owner of Timeshare Users Group, one of the oldest forums for timeshare owners.Not an investmentHappy timeshare owner understand that timeshares arenÂt an investment. The average cost of timeshares sold by resort developers has risen over time and now tops $20,000, according to the American Resort Development Association, an industry trade group. Unethical salespeople use that fact to imply, or even assert, that the timeshare you buy will increase in value. ThatÂs not true. On the resale market, the typical timeshare sells for 10 percent or less of what the original owner paid, Rogers says. TUG, eBay and other sites are full of Âfor saleÂŽ ads from owners willing to sell for just a penny.DonÂt buy on vacationTimeshare salespeople are often much better at selling than you are at resisting Â„ especially when youÂre relaxed and having a great time. ThatÂs no state of mind to be in when you need to scan the details of a contract, assess potential exchange options and uncover things that can go wrong, such as rising annual maintenance fees or problems trading your share. If youÂre interested in a property, Rogers recommends renting from an existing timeshare owner to see how much you like it. DonÂt pay retailThe McCafferys bought their Â“ rst timeshare in 1994 from a developer, paying $15,000 for a two-bedroom condo in Palm Desert, California. Later they learned they could save thousands buying directly from other timeshare owners who no longer wanted to pay their annual maintenance fees. (People who simply stop paying their fees risk having the debts turned over to collection agencies, which can sue them and trash their credit.) Developers often offer incentives for buying retail, such as frequent traveler points or VIP treatment, but Âthose are almost never worth paying $19,000 or $20,000 extra for,ÂŽ Rogers says. ÂFor that money, IÂll get my own limo from the airport.ÂŽ SHOPPING&SAVING By Deena Bouknight | More Content NowBefore technological abundance, which includes cars equipped with DVD players, satellite radio, smartphones and tablets, children may have played I Spy road sign or license plate games, caught up on reading, or played endless rounds of tic-tac-toe with fellow passengers. Now, however, the list of must-haves for a pleasurable long-distance trip with children has changed. This monthÂs Parents magazine cautions, Â20 Questions and I Spy wonÂt get you there.ÂŽ Instead, consider these modern diversions: Â€ Binge-worthy, age-appropriate shows: The magazine suggests ÂDuckTalesÂŽ for 6 and older. And, 2016Âs ÂMoanaÂŽ is this summerÂs multipleview flick. Â€ Downloaded, fascinating podcasts, such as NPRÂs ÂWow in the World,ÂŽ which gets kids 5 and older inquiring about everything from ÂDo birds of a feather flock together?ÂŽ to ÂDo you see what I hear?ÂŽ Â€ Programmed, sing-along, satellite radio music; or, check out fun kid CDs from a local library. SiriusXMÂs Kids Place Live ÂThe Animal FarmÂŽ radio show has songs, skits and games. Parents, children and their friends tend to minimize inhibitions and make room for silliness when entertaining music is playing. But donÂt give up on books! Parents lists Â50 States of the U.S.A.ÂŽ to interest everyone. Also, go to the library a day or so before the road trip departure date and load up. Place all the books in bags immediately upon leaving the library and store in the car so that kids wonÂt be tempted to dive in before the car is out of the driveway. Plenty of picture books are vital for the younger set, while fascinating, fact-filled non-fiction books and age-appropriate fictional series are best for elementary and middle schoolers. If high school teens will be car captives, get them to knock out their required summer reads. Besides entertainment essentials, kidsareatrip. com reminds parents to pack a bag with grocery store plastic sacks to use as trash bags, tissues, wipes, paper towels, water, snacks, chargers, a first-aid kit and pillows. Must-packs for the modern road tripBy Richard ReadNerdWallet.comHow do you know whether food certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is actually organic? You donÂt, according to Costa Rican lawmakers who investigated bogus organic pineapple exports to the United States. A Costa Rican congressional committee says American consumers paid premium prices for more than $6 million in pineapples sold as organic but grown with banned chemicals. The findings confirmed NerdWalletÂs own investigation into the pineapple scheme last year and flaws it revealed in the USDA organics labeling process. NerdWallet reported conflicts of interest and mismanagement in USDA regulation of the $43 billion U.S. organics industry. A report by the Costa Rican legislators blasted one particular pineapple producer and two companies that certified the exports as organic, accusing one of them of colluding with the producer and lying during sworn public testimony. The certifiers Âassumed the role of defense counsel for these companies that committed a large number of irregularities,ÂŽ the committee report said. ÂThe Ministry of Agriculture seems incapable of sufficient basic coordination with U.S. authorities Â„ in the case of organic pineapple, and most likely many other products Â„ to prevent illegal activities affecting producers and consumers.ÂŽ Lawmakers forwarded their findings to Costa Rican prosecutors for possible criminal action against a representative of the certification companies and against the countryÂs former agriculture minister, Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini. Concerns about USDA program The legislatorsÂ findings undermine USDA officialsÂ assertions that they are eradicating fraud, leaving U.S. consumers in doubt about ÂorganicÂŽ food often sold at twice regular prices. Under the USDA system, the agency approves various companies around the world to inspect, monitor and certify whether foods bound for U.S. consumers are produced according to organic standards. The agency announced recently that it would crack down on fraudulent imports by tracing imports electronically and would increase training of certifiers. USDA managers defend their certification process, even as U.S. farmers disenchanted with the agency roll out an alternate organic seal. An agency spokesman sidestepped NerdWalletÂs questions concerning USDA failings and the Costa Rica case, instead saying consumers show confidence in the official seal. ÂThe continued doubledigit growth in organic sales is a strong indicator of the trust American households have in the USDA organic seal,ÂŽ David Glasgow, USDA agricultural marketing service public affairs director, wrote in an email. Glasgow has declined NerdWalletÂs requests for nine months to interview Betsy Rakola, USDA organics enforcement chief, and other National Organic Program officials. Rakola closed the Costa Rica pineapple case last summer. CertiÂ“ ers, g rower accused of violations The two certifiers criticized in the legislatorsÂ report Â„ PrimusLabs of California and Kiwa BCS Oko-Garantie GmbH of Germany Â„ approved production of Costa Rican pineapples allegedly grown with chemicals forbidden in organics. Humberto Gonzalez Guerrero, who certified Costa Verde-brand pineapples as organic for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is accused of lying during sworn testimony to lawmakers, a charge he denies. The congressional committee found that Primus violated USDA regulations by certifying farms run by Del Valle Verde Corp. while the companyÂs processing plant was suspended by Costa Rica for organic production. Lawmakers concluded that Valle VerdeÂs pineapple operations did not meet organic standards. The committeeÂs report noted that Luis Barrantes Quesada, Valle Verde chief executive officer, repeatedly refused to respond to their questions. Gonzalez, speaking for Kiwa, and Barrantes deny the accusations, as does Arauz, who stepped down as minister of agriculture in May when a new administration took office. The lawmakers called on Costa RicaÂs Ministry of Agriculture to stop allowing Primus and Kiwa to certify organic operations in their country. Executives at Primus AuditingOpsÂ Santa Maria, California, headquarters have not responded to repeated requests for comment. U.S. groups call for changes The Organic Trade Association, the main U.S. organic industry group, recently announced an anti-fraud initiative. Under the pilot project, organics companies will trace individual ingredients through the supply chain, using anti-fraud guidelines recommended by an association task force. The Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit watchdog organization, has criticized the effort. Anne Ross, Cornucopia farm policy analyst, says that Âwithout regulatory changes that require all entities in the supply chain be certified, backed by strict USDA National Organic Program enforcement, there is no guide or task force that will deter and stop fraud.ÂŽ Report: $6M in bogus organic fruit sold to US Luis Barrantes Quesada slices a pineapple on a Costa Rica farm owned by his company, Del Valle Verde Corp. He says the fruit is organic, but Costa Rican lawmakers found otherwise. They have asked the countryÂs attorney general to determine whether Barrantes, fruit certiÂ“ ers and ofÂ“ cials committed fraud. [RICHARD READ, NERDWALLET] How to maketimesharesworth it BIGSTOCK
** A14 Saturday, July 28, 2018 | Washington County News By Melissa EricksonMore Content NowMen who take a once-daily aspirin have nearly double the risk of melanoma compared with men who are not exposed to daily aspirin, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study. Women who take a daily low-dose aspirin are not at increased risk. ÂGiven the widespread use of aspirin and the potential clinical impact of the link to melanoma, patients and health-care providers need to be aware of the possibility of increased risk for men,ÂŽ said senior study author Dr. Beatrice Nardone, research assistant professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in a news release. ÂHowever, men should not stop aspirin therapy to lower the risk of heart attack.ÂŽ Men should follow recommended guidelines for melanoma prevention such as avoiding sunburns, avoiding sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and regularly using sunscreen, Nardone said. ÂAvoiding tanning beds and getting skin checks by a dermatologist, particularly for individuals who are already at high risk for skin cancers, is also recommended,ÂŽ she said. While melanoma is the rarest form of skin cancer, it causes the majority of skin cancer deaths, Nardone said. The link between melanoma and aspirin is surprising because aspirin is reported to reduce risk of gastric, colon, prostate and breast cancers, Nardone said. The study, published April 27 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, looked at almost 200,000 patients ages 18 to 89, with no history of melanoma. Data collection began in January 2005, with a follow-up after at least five years in the study. ÂOut of a total of 195,140 patients, 1,187 were aspirinexposed. Of these 1,187 patients, 26 (2.19 percent) (both men and women) had a subsequent diagnosis for melanoma compared to 1,676 (0.86 percent) in aspirin-unexposed (men and women) patients,ÂŽ according to a press release. ÂWhen the groups were separated into men and women, men exposed to aspirin had almost twice the risk for diagnosis of melanoma (adjusted relative risk: 1.83) compared to men in the same population who were not exposed to aspirin.ÂŽStudy: Daily aspirin linked to melanoma in menBy Deena BouknightMore Content NowThe American Academy of Dermatology estimates a staggering 9,500 Americans are diagnosed daily with skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that one person dies from melanoma every hour. Smart measures are crucial to protect sun-exposed skin. However, myths abound regarding how, when and where to use sunscreen. Medical News Today, last July, shed some light on the right information. Here are four myths, busted: 1. Sunscreen is not necessary on cloudy days: Wrong. ÂThe truth is that any time the body is exposed to light from the sun, it is exposed to UV rays, even if it is an overcast day.ÂŽ2. A body cannot absorb necessary vitamin D if covered in sunscreen: In theory, yes, but sunlight penetrates through clothing, and sunscreen diminishes in effectiveness over time and allows absorption of vitamin D. Plus, a body beneÂ“ ts from vitamin D if out in sunlight just Â“ ve to 30 minutes daily. 3. People with dark skin do not need sunscreen: Wrong. While darker skin is less susceptible to sunburn as lighter skin, having darker skin does not protect against skin cancer.4. All sunscreens are the same and only need to be applied once daily: Wrong on both counts. Check ingredients and read reviews before purchasing a sun-protection product. Look for a full-spectrum sunscreen, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration recommends regularly (at least every two to four hours) applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Also, some believe that sunscreen application is not necessary in higher, cooler elevations. Yet, ultraviolet exposure actually increases with elevation. DonÂt let the cool mountain air fool you. A body can even become sunburned while cooling off in water. Medical News Today advises not only applying sunscreen to all areas exposed to sunlight, but to wear a hat. The Skin Cancer Foundation lists Âseek the shadeÂŽ as a top skin cancer prevention guideline. Sunscreen myths and factsBIGSTOCK IMAGES HEALTH&FITNESS By Melissa EricksonMore Content Now I tÂs not easy to find the right words when you want to tell a loved one he or she needs to lose weight. You might even wonder, is it right to say something? If you are concerned for a loved oneÂs weight and health, Dr. Vijaya Surampudi, a physician with the Risk Factor Obesity Weight Management Program at UCLA Health, can offer some advice. ÂCome from a place of love and concern. Go in with an open-ended question, and donÂt be confrontational,ÂŽ Surampudi said. Discussions about a personÂs weight can be conversational landmines, and the best-laid plans can quickly unravel into frustration, self-doubt and tears. ÂWeight is an extremely sensitive topic. When you encourage a loved one to talk about their weight, be prepared for the c onversation to get emotional and difficult, ÂŽ Surampudi said. Give them control Open-ended questions such as ÂWhat did your doctor say?ÂŽ or ÂDo you think you would feel better if you lost some weight?ÂŽ give the other person some control over the direction of the conversation, Surampudi said. Usually, a personÂs physician has already brought the subject up, she said. DonÂt judge, nag or preach Instead of focusing on the problem or pointing out negatives, approach the subject in a considerate way. ÂNo one wants to be scolded,ÂŽ Surampudi said. Strive not to be accusatory or to use prescriptive language. ÂYouÂll just end up arguing,ÂŽ she said. Being judgmental can make a loved one more defensive and possibly bring about feelings of shame, she said. If that happens, a loved one may exclude you in the future for fear of what you will say and how that will make them feel. Make it a group activity Making weight loss a group activity is often successful because it gets couples to be proactive, Surampudi said. Approach the topic as a mutual goal rather than something that is just about your partner or loved one. For example, you can talk about your own weight-loss goals and ask your partner for help. You could say, ÂIÂd like to be healthier so IÂm going to work on losing weight, and IÂm going to need some support.ÂŽ DonÂt focus on looks The goal of weight loss is not about how a person looks but how a person feels, Surampudi said. ÂWhat we put into our mouths affects how we feel. You are what you eat,ÂŽ she said. Share your story Â„ eventually If youÂve experienced successful weight loss, be patient before sharing your story, Surampudi said. When a person is first starting a new healthy living regimen, they donÂt want to hear how you lost 40 pounds, she said. No oneÂs weight loss journey is the same, she said. Be supportive Encourage your loved one to set manageable goals so that measured progress inspires them to continue, Surampudi said. Small goals can have a big impact for those working to lose weight, too; a loss of 10 pounds, for example, takes 40 pounds of pressure off the knees and ankles. ÂThe biggest thing is to celebrate the successes, even the small 1or 2-pound ones,ÂŽ Surampudi said. ÂAnd, donÂt take the grumpiness to heart. Weight loss is hard.ÂŽHow to talk about weight loss
** Washington County News | Saturday, July 28, 2018 A15 Reader question: I am interested in starting a career as a real estate investor. Both remodeling to flip or hold homes for the long-term interest me. How would you compare flipping houses to being a landlord?MontyÂs answer: Both methods can be solid roads to wealth-building, and both share similar strategies in the acquisition phase. A keen understanding of the market dynamics in the location you choose to invest, knowing how to evaluate a property and selecting the improvements to add value are the keys to minimizing risk. Pros of ipping Flipping provides quick returns in the world of real estate. From the purchase to the sale of a home may be within six months. The yield on invested capital is not tracked independently for flippers; anecdotally, 15-25 percent gains are not unusual for skilled practitioners. As a cautionary note, flipping and remodeling may not be as easy as television shows make it appear. The absence of property management is appealing to many flippers. Minor maintenance done while workers complete the necessary fixes and keeping the lawn mowed are the main tasks. Flippers see the lack of duties commonly found in non-owner occupied housing as an advantage. No rental showings, vetting tenants, collecting rent, and other activities present in rental property is attractive. Pros of buying to hold One builds a portfolio of property. This method translates to an annual income stream over time that generates cash flow. Renting is lower risk than flipping because there are likely more renters in the market than buyers. The population of qualified sellers is higher because buying to hold the property allows more flexibility on the purchase price. Unlike the flipper, when they make a mistake, they have time to recover through rental income and appreciation. Finally, when it comes time to sell, they have had depreciation to recapture part of their improvement cost and qualify for capital gain treatment. Richard Montgomery is the author of "House Money An InsiderÂs Secrets to Saving Thousands When You Buy or Sell a Home." HOME DECORATINGPOP OF PRINCEÂS PURPLEIn August 2017, the Pantone Color Institute came out with a purple hue, ÂLove Symbol #2,ÂŽ in honor of Prince, based on the color of one of his Yamaha pianos. And craveonline. com recently o ered places that could use a pop of purple in your home: Â€ Front door: A bold greeting to visitors. Â€ One wall: Add a vibrant, but subtle, pop of color. Â€ Bed: Add color to a vintage headboard. Â€ Bookshelf: Elevate a cheap bookshelf with a coat of paint. TIP OF THE WEEKKEEP PESTS AWAY FROM THE PARTYWith a few tips from Terminix, you can help keep your backyard the perfect place for all your celebrations. Â€ Reduce standing water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Â€ Inspect for wasp nests and contact a professional to remove them. Â€ Keep outdoor surfaces clean. Mop up spills to avoid attracting pests like bees. REDESIGNSKITCHEN ADD-ON FOR IN-LAWSYou donÂt need existing drainage to create a kitchen in a mother-in-law suite, according to Sani o. You can still remodel without costly demolition, just add a modest kitchen setup using drain pump technology. It will pump wastewater away from a variety of sources such as a kitchen sink, laundry sink and washing machine. Â„ Brandpoint DEAR MONTYFlip or hold real estate? R i c h a r d M o n t g o m e r y Richard Montgomery By Laura FirsztMore Content NowThe headlines are impressive: ÂNorÂeaster literally blew the roof off!ÂŽ Â86-year-old had his roof blown off!ÂŽ ÂRoof blown off Kansas school!ÂŽ When accompanied by video, theyÂre even more impressive Â„ downright frightening, in fact. YouÂre left wondering if this could happen to you Âƒ and how to prevent it. LetÂs find out what happens when a roof is blown off. What happens when a roof blows o During a severe weather event, such as a tornado, thunderstorm, or hurricane, high-velocity winds cause shifts in air pressure, creating suction that can literally Âraise the roof.ÂŽ Shingles or even the entire roof can be blown off as if lifted by giant hands. Although there have been cases where the roofing is temporarily lifted and then dropped right back down onto the house, usually it ends up being deposited nearby, potentially damaging vehicles, landscaping and more, as well as destroying the roofing material itself. Repair your roof If the wind has contented itself with taking off just a few shingles, consider yourself lucky. A small shingle replacement is usually a simple and relatively inexpensive roof repair. DonÂt delay, though, because even a small hole in the roof will lead to leakage and worse damage over time. In the case of larger-scale damage (more than 30 percent of the shingles are cracked or blown off), youÂll have to weigh whether roof repair or replacement is the better option. The age of your roof could be the deciding factor Â„ lifespan depends on the roofing material. If your whole roof has been blown off, you will need to evacuate your home and find a qualified roofer for immediate emergency roof repair. A missing roof will not only expose your furnishings to the elements but also weaken the structure of the entire building. Roo ng disaster prevention Maintain your roof. Inspecting the roof regularly for cracked, worn, curled, or missing shingles and signs of water damage will help reduce the risk of having your roof blown off. Replace the roof as it approaches the maximum lifespan for your particular type of rooÂ“ ng material. Especially if you live in an area prone to severe winds, donÂt push your luck by trying to get a few more years out of the roof. Check that your roof is installed according to code or better. This is particularly important with an older roof because: 1) if previous homeowners installed it, you may not know whether they hired a reliable, licensed roofer and 2) local building codes change over time, and may be upgraded after a disaster. For example, FloridaÂs post-Hurricane Matthew building code speciÂ“ es closer spacing of rooÂ“ ng nails to best keep roofs in place during severe weather. Seal your roof properly. Make sure that the e dges of your roof are properly sealed with a rooÂ“ ng cement to prevent galeforce winds from penetrating underneath and blowing off your shingles. Seal the decking, as well. Add roof clips. These galvanized steel clips will attach your roof to the rafters or trusses of your house to protect it from being blown off in wild weather. The clips come in uplift protection strengths ranging from 300-1500 pounds; choose which to install according to the hurricane danger in your locality. Install windproof sheathing. When you have a new roof installed, be sure that the sheathing used is windproof. This sheathing is a Âsecond line of defense,ÂŽ which will protect against heavy winds even if the shingles themselves are blown away. Rope your roof down. If a hurricane is predicted to hit your home, anchor your roof even more tightly in place. Hold your roof down with a system of ropes, attached at both ends to concrete blocks on the ground. Do NOT open windows when a major windstorm is expected. Snopes has debunked the popular misconception that doing so will help equalize the indoor and outdoor pressure to prevent your roof blowing off. In fact, opening windows before a storm only exposes your home to more damage, from both wind and rain. Laura Firszt writes for networx.com. Roof blown o During a severe weather event, such as a tornado, thunderstorm, or hurricane, high-velocity winds cause shifts in air pressure, creating suction that can literally Âraise the roof.ÂŽ [WIKIMEDIA COMMONS PHOTOS] Tips for prevention and making repairs after a severe weather event
A A 1 1 6 6 Saturday, July 28 2018 | Washington County News CLASSIFIEDS Chipley Housing AuthorityMaintenance Mechanic AssistantChipley Housing Authority has a Maintenance Mechanic Assistant position available immediately. Duties include: Assist in making repairs on electrical systems, plumbing, refrigerators and gas equipment. Operation of proper tools, equipment, etc. to assist in performing necessary work needed to maintain the units, grounds and equipment. Assist with any contracted personnel. Perform roofing repairs, painting, grass cutting, making units ready for prospective tenants and assist with inspection of grounds and buildings. Submit written reports as required, attend meetings as assigned and other duties as assigned by supervisor. Must have and maintain a valid Florida Drivers License at all times. Must have dependable transportation. Must complete a physical exam and pre-employment drug test. Applications may be made at the office located at 1370 Old Bonifay Road in Chipley, Florida. Applications will be accepted until Monday July 30, 2018 at 2:00pm. Chipley Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. is currently seekingFull Time Counselors, Case Managers, and Nursesto work with children and adults in Bay, Gulf, Calhoun, Jackson, Holmes and Washington Counties. For more details on these and other positions, please visit us online at: http://lmccares.org/careers/employment opportunities 7-3493 SALE A Safe Storage 1333 Main St. Chipley, Fl. 32428 850.638.3839 This sale is to be conducted in accordance with Florida Statutes 83.801 -83.809 Â“Self storage Facility ActÂ”. The goods and chattels belonging to the following individual will be sold for cash to satisfy the storage bill owed to A Safe Storage. F115, F16, F17, and X108 Robert Finch, Antonio Robinson, Meredith Hansel. Household goods and miscellaneous Items: Contents maybe redeemed by owner prior to sale. A Safe Storage reserves the right to cancel sales without notice and to refuse any bids offered. This sale is scheduled for August 13th, 2018 at 1:00 PM, at A Safe Storage, 1333 Main St., Chipley, Florida 32428. July 28, Aug 4, 2018 Free Lab/mix puppies If interested call 443-8760721 Indoor Plus Size Yard Sale 3280 Highway 2 in Bonifay (Esto Community) Plus size clothes new or like new condition. Smoke and pet free home. Nothing over $10. Call for Appointment 547-4591 or 730-6919. K&LFarm, LLCGreen Peanuts for Boiling!!1567 Piney Grove Rd in Chipley Mon-Fri 8-6pm Sat 8-4pm 850-638-5002 260-5003/527-3380 DotÂ’s Caring Hands Senior care available 24/7. Call Dorothy Peacock at 850-482-1781. License# 233976 For Sale 2014 Murry Lawn Tractor Like New 6-speed 38-inch cutting deck $650. 850-547-0560. Log Truck Driver wanted with a clean driving record. Call 850-956-2266 or 850-956-2215. Seeking Admin. Asst / Receptionist for small, non-profit. Must have excellent organizational skills, can multi-task, be customer service oriented, proficient with MS Office Suite and have solid written and verbal communication skills. Professional attitude and appearance. Call Chris @ 850.638.4157 The Holmes County Board of County Commissionersis currently accepting applications for the part-time position of4-H Program AssistantApplicants must apply in person at County Commissioners Office, 107 E Virginia Ave, Bonifay, FL 32425, by 4:00 PM on August 13, 2018. Holmes County is a Drug-Free Workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer. Executive OfficeSpace for rent downtown Chipley. (850)638-1918 Retail Store Space available.Main Street. Downtown Chipley. 850-638-1918 For Rent 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments in Vernon. Clean, stove, refrigerator, central heat/air, convenient to Panama City Beach, section 8, Rental assistance. 850-638-4640 For Rent One Bedroom apartments for rent in Chipley. Convenient location. Stove and refrigerator furnished. No Pets. Smoke free environment. Call 850-638-4640. PublisherÂ’s NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise Â“any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discriminationÂ” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. For Rent 3, 4 and 5BR fully furnished, CH/A, 6 Miles from time, very private, no pets. 850-547-2096. 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. Rooms For Rent By Week.Comfortable rooms with microwave & refrigerator. All utilities paid. Cable and internet. Pet friendly at extra charge. Economy Lodge, Bonifay. 850-547-4167. 2BR/2BA Mobile Home. Quiet country setting, garden spot. No pets. Reference. $500/mth plus deposit. Ponce de Leon. 850-830-1505. 2/3/BR Mobile Homes For Rent $500/MO up. Cottondale area. Includes Garbage/ sewage/ lawn service. Electric $57 turn on fee. www.charloscountryliving.com 850-209-8847 2BR/1.5BAMH For Rent $400.00/month, $400.00/deposit. No pets. In the country. 547-2043 or 768-9670. For Sale Two acre plot and one acre plot in Jacob City, FL. Call 850-849-9338. Highway 77 2 miles south of Chipley 4-8 acre tract Bedie Road. 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