CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Another Record Breaking Year for Unclaimed Cash and Property Returns

~ More than $212 million in cash and unclaimed property returned to families in Fiscal Year 2012-13 ~ TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced another record breaking year for unclaimed cash and property returns. During the 2012-13 Fiscal Year, CFO Atwater’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property returned more than $212 million in unclaimed […]


TALLAHASSEE— The Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) West Palm Beach and Miami Unlicensed Activity Units conducted investigations in partnership with local law enforcement that have resulted in arrests for the unlicensed practice of dentistry. Rosa Maldonado of Miami was arrested on July 3, 2013 and Ubaldo Bittencourt of Boca Raton was arrested July 18, 2013. […]

One dead and four injured in I-10 crash in Holmes County

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that 57 year old Dwight Knowles of Gainesville, Florida died in a two vehicle crash at Mile Marker 101 on I-10 in Holmes County Sunday afternoon around 5:30 p.m.   Knowles was a passenger in a car driven by 24 year old Fredrick Singleton, also of Gainesville. Singleton was […]

Washington County elementary schools score adequately on school grades

Washington County elementary schools score adequately on school grades

By John Foster  

Plan at day at Florida Caverns in Marianna, Florida

Plan at day at Florida Caverns in Marianna, Florida

If you are looking for a safe place to take the family that has a multitude of things to do then come to the Florida Caverns State Park and make a day of it. Choose anything from fishing, canoeing, biking, and swimming to our famous cavern tour. Florida Caverns is certainly known for its highly […]


The Chipola College Appreciation Club recently selected officers and directors for the current year. Officers are: President, Robert Trammell; Vice President, Ronnie Myers; Treasurer and Secretary, Joc Calloway. Outgoing president Terry Allen was thanked for his service to the club.   Directors include: Terry Allen of Graceville, Leroy Boone of Marianna, Doyle Bosse of Marianna, […]

Collaborative habitat improvement project benefits sensitive species on Apalachicola National Forest and City of Tallahassee

Recently, a collaborative effort was undertaken to improve habitat surrounding two ephemeral wetlands along U.S. Highway 319 south of Capital Circle on the Apalachicola National Forest. This was the first in a series of habitat improvement projects involving the USDA Forest Service, the City of Tallahassee and The Nature Conservancy. Ephemeral wetlands are temporary or […]

2013 ‘Miss Funday’ Pageant in Wausau, Florida Draws Large Crowd

2013 ‘Miss Funday’ Pageant in Wausau, Florida Draws Large Crowd

Courtesy of  The Goulding Agency, Inc.    Despite hot temperatures and sporadic rain showers, a standing-room-only crowd packed the Possum Palace in Wausau, Florida on Saturday, July 27 for the 2013 ‘Miss Funday’ Pageant. With a large field of almost 50 contestants from several surrounding counties and at least two states, the pageant was successful […]

Class being offered on Fertilizing Properly …..

The class will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Bay County PublicLibrary meeting room.   Part of the University of Florida’s IFAS Bay County Extension’s Lawn and Garden series, the class will focus on fetrilizer types for lawns, ornamental beds and specialty plants, rate of application and timing   For more information call 850-784-6105.   […]


~ With the support of teachers, superintendents and civic leaders, Commissioner Bennett continues to prepare for transition to Common Core standards in 2014-15 ~   Tallahassee, Fla., July 26, 2013 – After considering input from education leaders around the state and recommendations from the State Board of Education, Florida Department of Education Commissioner Tony Bennett  announced […]

Washington County middle schools get a ‘C’ grade for 2013 …..

Washington County middle schools get a ‘C’ grade for 2013 …..

The scores for the middle schools in Jackson, Holmes, Walton and Washington counties are shown here.  

U.S. Chamber to Host Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair for Veterans and Military Spouses in Montgomery

Event to Include More Than 40 Employers with Jobs Available.   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Montgomery,” a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses. More than 40 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. […]

Visit ZooWorld In Panama City Beach

Visit ZooWorld In Panama City Beach

ZooWorld is open to the public daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. ZooWorld is home to over 260 animals including exotic and endangered species. In addition to daily admissions, we are supported through public donations and programs. Any donations are tax deductible. MONDAY THRU SUNDAY 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Last […]

President’s Weekly Message ……

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ___________________________________________________________________________ WEEKLY ADDRESS: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class   WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama told the American people about his speech at Knox College on Wednesday, where he discussed the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class, including having a […]

Can Culturing Oysters Be Part of the Fishery Recovery? …..

What: A Conversation About Oyster Aquaculture When: Monday, July 29, 2013, 2 to 5 p.m. Where: Community Center, Apalachicola (Ten Foot Hole)   In June, the Florida Cabinet modified state regulations to allow owners of two existing oyster aquacultureleases in Franklin County to locate growing cages up off the bottom and into the full water […]

Obituary for Shirley Mae Hayes …..

Shirley Mae Hayes, 70 of Chipley, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Gulf Coast Medical Center.   Shirley was born December 9, 1942 in Alford to Willie and Ruby Velma Lee (Davis) Corbin. A lifelong resident of the panhandle, she worked as a technician for Cross Country, and was a member of Rock Hill […]