Summit Will Connect Education and Business Leaders TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Scott announced today he will host the Degrees to Jobs Summit to bring together Florida business leaders and education officials to better connect Florida students with meaningful jobs when they graduate. The Degrees to Jobs Summit will be held at Universal Studios in Orlando […]

Statewide Zika Workshops Support Florida Mosquito Control Programs …….

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has hosted a series of Zika workshops for mosquito control programs throughout Florida. During the past two weeks, the department has hosted workshops in seven counties spanning the state. The Florida Department of Health also presented […]

Inspector General Opens Investigation of Alleged Profiling by the Transportation Security Administration …….

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) opened its investigation into an allegation of profiling by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).   OIG initiated the investigation amid a TSA employee’s complaint. The employee alleged that his supervisor advised him to treat members of the Somali community differently from others who visit […]

Vernon Boil Water Notice rescinded ……

Vernon Boil Water Notice rescinded ……

Water safe to drink.  

USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Results ………

More Than 800,000 Acres Selected Through Highly Competitive Application Rounds WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the enrollment of more than 800,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through the program’s 49th sign up period. Through CRP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) helps farmers offset the costs of […]


The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., from the Edward K. Roberts Community College Fund established a scholarship at Chipola College for Fall 2016.   The scholarship fund was created with a $40,000 donation from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with funds from the estate of the late Edward K. Roberts.   The scholarships […]


VERO BEACH – The Chipola College Lady Indians captured a second straight FCSAA State Championship with a 6-2 win over Florida SouthWestern in the title game of the NJCAA District/FCSAA State Softball Tournament on May 1.   The Lady Indians were a perfect (5-0) in the double-elimination tournament held in Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. […]


If you have business at the Caryville Town Hall, you may be waiting – a while. The building has been padlocked according to a report from various news media.  The Town Clerk, Shakayla Everette, reportedly abandoned her post on April 26th. There has been no official city council meeting since January and the town remains under […]

USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment …….

Portable Equipment Can Help Producers, including Small-Scale and Local Farmers, Get Products to Market Quickly U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm […]

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in May …….

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in three counties in May. (List follows). Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.   All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students […]

May “Outta’ the Woods” ……..

May “Outta’ the Woods” ……..

By Tony Young  Apply for gator permits in May!   Happy and proud to report that my wife, Katie, and I enjoyed a great spring turkey season, both tagging out in Florida – me completing a Florida slam with an eastern and an Osceola, and Katie shooting two gobblers in one day (something I have […]

Wausau Garden Club visits Springhill Landfill ……..

Wausau Garden Club visits Springhill Landfill ……..

The Wausau Garden Club recently had the opportunity to visit the Springhill Landfill a facility of Waste Management.   Landfill representative Ashley Pope first introduced the group to the facility through a slide show and described the recycling functions of the site.   Explaining the process of the site, Pope said garbage is distributed on […]

A Free Night of Hymns May 6th at the Vance Theatre in Chipley …….

A Free Night of Hymns May 6th at the Vance Theatre in Chipley …….

A night filled with songs and praise.  

2016 Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens weekends starting May 7th

The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10. The season will also reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for a […]

Apalachicola River JAM 2016 is May 15-20th …….

Apalachicola River JAM 2016 is May 15-20th …….

Paddle “from Dam to Bay” or sign up for a single-day adventure! Grab your paddle and kayak for a week long trip down the beautiful Apalachicola River, and paddle in for the festivities at the Apalachicola River Jam, May 15-20.  Join river and outdoor enthusiast AJ Smith as he leads the way “from dam to […]

Shorebird art contest: Kids celebrating mothers and chicks ……

Just in time for Mother’s Day – the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida are launching an art contest for kids to celebrate moms and raise awareness about beach-nesting shorebirds and seabirds in Florida.   The winning drawing will be announced on Mother’s Day and made into a sign to help […]