Letter to Editor form Jennifer Griffin …..

Dear Editor:   On the afternoon of Thursday, June 18, 2015 the Department of Justice released a statement regarding errors in Covenant Hospice billing methods during 2009 and 2010. The language used in the press release from the Department of Justice was very harsh, rigid, and not 100% accurate. While it is true that errors […]

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Commercial development at the I-10-Hwy77 junction could mean increased tax revenue and more jobs …….

Commercial development at the I-10-Hwy77 junction could mean increased tax revenue and more jobs …….

Noting that commercial development  at the I-10/Hwy 77 interchange in Chipley could mean substantial tax revenue increase to Washington County,  Jim Town  said growing the county’s tax roll is where the county needs to go.   by Kathy Foster   Town, guest speaker at Thursday’s Third Thursday meeting of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, […]

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Gov. Scott: Florida’s Real GDP Growth Rate Exceeds the Nation’s ………

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott announced yesterday that Florida’s real gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014 was $769.7 billion, up 2.7 percent from 2013. This growth rate exceeded the national growth rate of 2.2 percent. Among all states, Florida had the fourth largest real GDP in the nation in 2014. Governor Scott said, “With […]

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Southern Light completes school builds ………

Mobile, AL. — Southern Light, a provider of fiber-optic networks and high-capacity transport solutions, announced today that the networks connecting schools in both Jackson County, FL and Washington County, FL are complete and ready for service.   “Education is increasingly dependent on bandwidth and connectivity, and we are always proud when we get to meet […]

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National Medicare fraud takedown results in charges against 243 individuals for approximately $712 million in false billing …….

Most defendants charged and largest alleged loss amount in Strike Force history   WASHINGTON – Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced yesterday  that a nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 17 districts, resulting in charges against 243 individuals, including […]

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Help Kids Handle Bullying ……..

Help Kids Handle Bullying ……..

(NAPSI)—There’s good news, bad news and better news when it comes to children being bullied. The good news is that the incidence of bullying among teens is at an all-time low. The bad news is that one in five kids still experiences bullying. The better news is that there are steps that parents, teachers and […]

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Gaetz: State Budget Includes $700 Million in NWF Priorities ……….

Tallahassee, Florida– The 2016 state budget to be voted on tomorrow will include an estimated $700 million for Northwest Florida education, transportation, economic development, environmental and cultural projects. “I am very grateful to our legislative delegation and to President Gardiner and Speaker Crisafulli for their help,” said Senator Don Gaetz, in announcing the appropriations. “Each […]

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Covenant Hospice self-reports billing errors

PENSACOLA , Fla. – This afternoon the Department of Justice released a statement regarding errors in Covenant Hospice’s billing methods during 2009 and 2010. While it is true that errors were made, they were unintentional and immediately self-reported to the Department of Justice by Covenant Hospice. Hospice care is provided at four different levels: routine […]

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CBP Agriculture Specialists at Miami Seaport Catch First-in-Nation Pest …….

CBP Agriculture Specialists at Miami Seaport Catch First-in-Nation Pest …….

 MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) agriculture specialists at the Miami Seaport intercepted an unusual pest identified as Lissomus sp. in the family Elateridae during an intensive inspection of a container of ginger from Ecuador. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed this week that this marks the first nationwide […]

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Double-take: Angler lands same trophy bass twice practicing catch-and-release ……….

Robert Burnett, 55, from Inglis, is one of the most productive participants in TrophyCatch, with 26 Lunker Club (8 to 9.9 pounds) and one Trophy Club entry (10 to 12.9 pounds). His story and videos highlight the success of catch-and-release. On June 1 around 11:15 a.m., he was fishing with a shiner when he caught […]

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A Message from Jeff Atwater ……

A Message from Jeff Atwater ……

Florida’s 2014 GDP figures were released late last week and once again Florida’s exceptionalism shined through. While recession recovery efforts continue, our economy has been growing since 2011, and we continue to outpace the nation. Not only have we grown each year since 2011, each year has brought faster, stronger growth. Higher still than the […]

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Commissioner Putnam Expands Concealed Weapon License Partnership to Walton County-Area Residents …….

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FLA. – Local residents around Walton County can now go to the Walton County Tax Collector’s office to apply for a state concealed weapon license. Walton County Tax Collector Rhonda Skipper is the 12th county tax collector in Florida whose office is now part of this partnership with tax collectors, the first of […]

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“Section 8” Scams Cheat People Looking for Housing Assistance …….

People looking for Housing Choice Voucher Program (“Section 8”) housing assistance should know that scammers sometimes use websites that claim to offer registration for public housing waiting lists.   The sites may ask you to pay a fee, when no fee is actually required to apply for the Housing Choice Voucher program.   Some of […]

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HHS Proposes Vision for the Future of Head Start, Releases New Performance Standards …….

Raises the bar on quality, expands program to full school day, full school year, reduces regulatory burden by one-third The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced  important steps to improve the quality of services at Head Start programs across the country. HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell unveiled the first comprehensive revision of […]

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Understanding Interest Rates …….

Understanding Interest Rates …….

(NAPSI)—If you’ve ever had a mortgage, a car loan or a student loan, you know that today’s economy is fundamentally linked to interest rates—and understanding them can make a difference in your own finances. To help, one of the world’s leading derivatives exchanges created a new video to explain interest rates and the economy. Called […]

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United Airlines to Pay over $1 Million to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit ……….

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination lawsuit with United Airlines Inc. The EEOC charged United with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by making employees with disabilities compete for vacant positions. The airline’s competitive transfer policy often prevented employees with disabilities from continuing employment with United. If a disability prevents an employee from returning to […]

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