Gov. Scott: Florida’s Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop Below the National Average

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott today announced Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for May 2013 dropped to 7.1 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008. Florida’s rate was down 0.1 percentage point from April’s rate of 7.2 percent and continues to fall below the national average, which went up to 7.6 percent in May. Governor Scott […]

Al Gothard rebuffs Nan Thompson’s allegations at June 20 BOCC meeting

Al Gothard rebuffs Nan Thompson’s allegations at June 20 BOCC meeting

At last month’s meeting of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners county resident Nan Thompson raised a number of questions concerning operation of the Washington County Fire Department; however, at that time Fire Chief Al Gothard (shown at right) was not permitted to respond to the allegations.   His time came at the June […]

Lynn Able new Washington County Public Safety Director … Highlights of June 20 County Commission meeting.

Lynn Able new Washington County Public Safety Director … Highlights of June 20 County Commission meeting.

by Kathy Foster   In a 5-0 vote at their June 20th meeting, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to name Lynn Able as the county’s new Public Safety Director.  Commissioners said the job had been advertised and it was their decision that she is well qualified to handle  the job.   […]

Chipley Garden Club recognized at Chamber Third Thursday meeting

Chipley Garden Club recognized at Chamber Third Thursday meeting

by Kathy Foster   Chipley Garden Club President Karen Roland (shown below at right) was one of the featured speakers at Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting hosted at the Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley.  Roland and ten other members of the garden club were on hand to be recognized after the club was named […]

Helping sick children …..

Helping sick children …..

You’ll be ready to replenish vital nutrients and prevent dehydration as soon as it’s needed. Remember, to prevent dehydration, encourage your little one to drink slowly as opposed to big gulps, and avoid sugary and sweetened beverages. For an extra treat, try freezing the beverage and creating an ice pop.   * Measurement That’s on […]

Woman Slashed During Carjacking …..

Courtesy of WZEP Radio 1460     The DeFuniak Springs Police responded to an armed carjacking just after 10am Thursday. A woman says a man covered in red clay had carjacked her at knifepoint while she was in the parking lot of Express Health and Fitness in the Walton Plaza. In the process of preventing […]

Cozzie Gets Death

Courtesy of WZEP Radio 1460      We invited the family to our home, but one of our residents took their daughter’s life. Now other residents have decided to recommend the death penalty for Steven Cozzie, the man found guilty of murdering 15-year-old Georgia teen Courtney Ann Wilkes.   Thursday morning, the jury came back […]

Caryville man arrested for distribution of obscene material to minors ….

Caryville man arrested for distribution of obscene material to minors ….

(Chipley, FL; June 20, 2013) —  The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports the apprehension of a Caryville man for the distribution of obscene material to minors.   WCSO was alerted to the incident by a neighbor of the victims who observed pornographic materials being displayed while minors were present. These materials were viewed by children […]

Morrison Springs opened

Courtesy of WZEP Radio 1460    Wednesday Walton County officials reopened Morrison Springs to swimmers, but will continue to keep an advisory due to elevated bacteria levels. The park was closed to swimmers on June 3rd due to high levels of enteric bacteria (enterococci). Though levels have dropped and the waters will be open to […]

BOCC holds all day workshop and things get lively ….

BOCC holds all day workshop and things get lively ….

by Kathy Foster   Tempers flared at Wednesday afternoon’s workshop held by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)  when county resident Sal Zurica was not allowed to speak before the board.   Zurica referred to an email allegedly circulated by County Commission Lynn Gothard, which he said accused him of wrong doing.   […]

Washington County new home construction still in the dumpster ….

Washington County new home construction still in the dumpster ….

by John V. Foster   According to data from the Washington County Building Department, only seven stick-built residences have gotten a building permit in the first five months of 2013 and mobile home permits are almost as bad with eight permits so far this year.   However, two other criteria regarding home construction, E911 issuances […]

Obituary for Renne G. McDougald ….

Mrs. Renne G. McDougald, 60 of Chipley, Florida, passed away in the Northwest Florida Community Hospital on June 15, 2013.  She was a native of Bay Shore, New York, and resided in Chipley a large number of years.  She was a CNA and a LPN.   Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m. (CST) […]

Florida DOH to enhance privacy safeguards & accountability for prescription drug monitoring program users ….

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is strengthening privacy and accountability measures for the safekeeping of confidential prescription information after release from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database. The Department is collaborating with law enforcement agencies and the Attorney General’s office to strengthen existing policies established to protect health information.   “The PDMP […]

Could Florida’s Failure to Expand Medicaid Lead to an Economic Slump?

League of Women Voters of Florida and National Experts Weigh In.   Tallahassee, FL – In a call this morning hosted by the League of Women Voters of Florida, national and state business experts warned that the state’s rejection of Medicaid expansion funds could harm an already anemic economy and damage Florida’s businesses. Abundantly clear: […]

Senator Don Gaetz talks one-on-one with local constituents ….

Senator Don Gaetz talks one-on-one with local constituents ….

Florida Senator Don Gaetz (R – District 4)  was in Washington County June 18th to gain insight from constituents  as to their ideas concerning what will make Northwest Florida a better place to work, raise a  family, do business and enjoy life.   Individuals meeting with Senator Gaetz brought forth a number of issues including […]

The Choking Game – A Game with Deadly Consequences

Provided by the Florida Department of Health   Blacking out, asphyxiation, unconsciousness, passing out- this may sound extremely dangerous to parents, yet some adolescents and teenagers consider it exhilarating. The choking game, an activity played to get a brief high, has become a craze among youth from ages six to 19.   According to the […]