Letter to the Editor from Ted Everett …. A step in the right direction for Florida forests

A step in the right direction for Florida forests By Ted Everett As a Florida landowner and forester, I appreciate that state lawmakers value the importance of the timber industry in our state. Claiming 48 percent of Florida’s land mass, generating approximately $5 billion of our gross domestic product (GDP) and $581 million in local, […]

PRESIDENT’S WEEKLY ADDRESS: Giving Thanks to our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day ….

  WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country. The President said that America has always risen to meet and overcome its challenges because of their brave sacrifice, and asked all Americans […]

Governor Scott: Florida Families First Budget Invests to Protect Florida’s Natural Resources

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today highlighted the Florida Families First budget investments to protect Florida’s natural treasures. Governor Scott said, “This budget makes important investments to protect our natural treasures for future generations. From our beaches to the Everglades to our natural springs and parks, Florida has been blessed with a multitude of […]

Letter to the Editor …. USPS Food Drive Update ….

On behalf of the Chipley Post Office, the Care and Share Food Pantry, and the Sheppard’s Gate Food Pantry, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Washington County for their generous donations of food during the past two weeks.   The final numbers are in with a total of 9,002 […]

Weekly eNewsletter from Florida’s Chief Financial Officer

  David Green, a man who truly embodies the American Dream, created Hobby Lobby in his garage and turned it into a nationwide chain. Now his dream is threatened. Dear Fellow Floridian: Mr. Green has been free to run his business for more than 40 years according to his personal religious convictions. Now the federal […]

Older Americans Month 2013 – Unleash the Power of Age! ….

By Carol M. Crecy, Director of External Affairs, U.S. Administration for Community Living   For 50 years, May has been the month we celebrate older adults across the nation. You could say that Older Americans Month is coming of age. This year’s theme—“Unleash the Power of Age!”—emphasizes older Americans’ potential for energy and activism and […]

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Growing the Housing Market and Supporting our Homeowners

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ______________________________________________________________________________  Growing the Housing Market and Supporting our Homeowners   WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama said seven years after the real estate bubble burst, our housing market is healing. The administration’s policies have helped responsible homeowners save money on their mortgages and stay in […]

Governor Scott Challenges Florida Colleges and Businesses to Partner Together to Hire Florida Graduates …

HireFloridaGrads.com to help match Florida graduates with jobs. TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott has  issued a challenge to Florida businesses, workforce and education leaders to connect graduating college students to job interviews and employment opportunities as the state’s economy continues to grow. Workforce Florida Inc., the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and regional workforce boards […]

President Obama’s Weekly Address

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ______________________________________________________________________________ Fixing our Immigration System and Expanding Trade in Latin America   WASHINGTON, DC—In his weekly address, President Obama spoke to the American people from Mexico City, Mexico about the incredible opportunities to create middle-class jobs in America by deepening our economic ties and expanding trade in […]

Message from Commissioner Adam Putnam

   Commissioner Putnam Thanks Legislature for Funding to Support Agriculture and Protect Florida’s Land, Water and Wildlife   Department’s Budget Allows State to Fight Citrus Greening, Support Water Supply Planning, Protect Land from Wildfires   Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam recognized the House and Senate today for passing a budget that will […]

Letter to the Editor from Commissioner Lynn Gothard

Dear Editor, Over the past few days several news media reports have been published accusing me of threatening, harassing, bullying and discriminating against employees including the former County Manager. I strongly and categorically deny ever engaging in any of these behaviors. I have never used my position as a newly elected County Commissioner to ask […]

American Businesses Have Hired or Trained 290,000 Veterans and Military Spouses

President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr. Jill Biden Announce that Since President Obama’s Challenge in August 2011, American Businesses Have Hired or Trained 290,000 Veterans and Military Spouses THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the First Lady _____________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New announcements  total an additional 435,000 veterans and military spouses […]

CFO Jeff Atwater Launches Operation S.A.F.E. to Stop Adult Financial Exploitation

TALLAHASSEE – In honor of Older Americans Month in May, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is launching Operation S.A.F.E., a new initiative to “Stop Adult Financial Exploitation” and turn the tables on fraud artists who target Florida’s seniors. CFO Atwater is seeking to combat statistics that estimate at least one in five seniors has […]

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden: Businesses must hire more vets

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the First Lady _____________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2013 The following op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden appeared this morning on Fortune.com Michelle Obama, Jill Biden: Businesses must hire more vets Two years ago, we launched Joining Forces, a nationwide campaign to rally all Americans […]

A message from Senator Bill Nelson

A message from Senator Bill Nelson

Last weekend marked the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 people and caused 4.9 million barrels of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico.     While regulators and the oil industry have made some changes to boost the safety of offshore drilling since the nation’s worst oil spill three […]

President O’bama’s Weekly Address

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ______________________________________________________________________________ WEEKLY ADDRESS: Time to Replace the Sequester with a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction   WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama said that because Republicans in Congress allowed a series of harmful, automatic budget cuts—called the sequester—to take effect, important programs like Head Start […]