Cell Phone and TV Tax Cut Big Win for Families …….

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING… TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida businesses applauded the passage of more than $400 million in tax cuts, mostly in reductions to the state’s cell phone and TV tax. Below is a “What They Are Saying” from Florida business leaders: Kevin Hyman, Executive Vice President Cable Operations for Bright House Networks, said, […]

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Mondays with Pete June 15, 2015 ……….

Good morning; The day had been a long one, but it seems most of them were getting that way. The last meeting of the day was over. I checked all the thermostats, made sure all the lights were out and doors locked and shut. The clunk of the church door locking behind me was a […]

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House Votes to Permanently Extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act ……..

Do you shop online? While many like and understand the need to shop locally, the use of the internet has expanded buying to a worldwide market. One advantage is lower taxes when you shop online. Congressman Jeff Miller likes it too and says government regulations are not needed.   Congressman Jeff Miller says, “H.R.285, the […]

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GAS PRICES FORECAST TO AVERAGE $2.47 THROUGH THE END OF 2015 …….

GAS PRICES FORECAST TO AVERAGE $2.47 THROUGH THE END OF 2015 …….

TAMPA, Fla.  — Motorists across the country saw increases at the pump last week, but that trend is not likely to continue. The EIA updated its forecast, expecting monthly average gas prices to decline through the end of the year, reaching as low as $2.27 in December.  According to the report, the average price of gasoline from June 1 […]

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HHS selects nine regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment centers …….

New network expands US ability to respond to outbreaks of severe, highly infectious diseases   To further strengthen the nation’s infectious disease response capability, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has selected nine health departments and associated partner hospitals to become special regional treatment centers for patients with Ebola or other severe, highly […]

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USDA Begins Accepting Applications from States for $100 Million Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership ……….

WASHINGTON – Following an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack on May 29, 2015, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has announced that all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. may now apply for up to $100 million in grants under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). The […]

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Obituary for Alva R. Baker ……

Alva R. Baker was born November 27, 1939 to Charles Whitfield Baker and Netta Dickerson Baker. On June 13, 2015 he left his earthly home in Choctaw Beach and received his home in heaven. He ran the race one day at a time and blessed all that his life touched. He had the patience of […]

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Obituary for Allie Orene Chesnut …….

Mrs. Allie Orene Chesnut, age 83, of Bonifay, Florida passed away June 12, 2015. She was born April 15, 1932 in Washington County Florida to the late Charles Edward Nalls and Fannie Lou Johns Nalls.   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Chesnut was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Chesnut; one son, Jamie […]

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Obituary for Lillian Jennings Payne ……

Mrs. Lillian Jennings Payne, age 74, of Bonifay, Florida passed away June 13, 3015 at home surrounded by her family. She was born June 9, 1941 in Powder Springs, Georgia. Mrs. Lillian is survived by one son, Henry Brewer of Tallahassee, FL; three daughters, Teresa Johnson and husband Billy of Wetumpka, AL, Lisa Whitehead and […]

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Altha man dies in crash ……….

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that 31-year-old Hector Gonzales Hernandez of Altha, Florida died June 13th from injuries sustained in a crash early Saturday morning on Hwy 71 in Jackson County.   According to the FHP,  Hernandez was driving a 2014 Nissan Altima southbound on State Road 71 before exiting the roadway traveling only […]

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FAMILIES AND VISITORS ENCOURAGED TO VISIT FLORIDA’S BEAUTIFUL BEACHES ……

TALLAHASSEE — This week, several media outlets published stories that contained inaccuracies about the safety of Florida’s beach water related to cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections.   Annually, the department issues a release to remind Floridians of ways to protect themselves and minimize exposure to a naturally occurring bacterium found in warm, brackish seawater called […]

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FLORIDA RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ECOURAGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES …….

TALLAHASSEE— The Florida Department of Health urges all residents and visitors to “drain and cover” to prevent mosquito bites. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water so by eliminating those sources of water it will prevent them from multiplying. Reducing the contact your family has with mosquitoes can reduce the chance for illness.   “Avoiding […]

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CHIPOLA BASEBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-AMERICANS ……..

CHIPOLA BASEBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-AMERICANS ……..

MARIANNA—Two Chipola Indians have been named 2015 NJCAA Baseball All-Americans. Outfielder Isiah Gilliam hit .362 on the year with 52 RBI and 20 doubles. Infielder Lazaro Rivera batted .385 with 42 RBI and scored 49 runs. Both players appeared in all 52 games for Chipola. Both hit 5 homeruns on the season. The Indians finished […]

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APHIS launches new call center ……..

APHIS launches new call center ……..

As part of our commitment to being a customer-focused Agency, APHIS is launching a new, toll-free number to make it easier for stakeholders like you and members of the public to locate Agency resources and information. The phone number is live now, and our program specialists can be reached at 844-820-2234 Monday through Friday from […]

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Jeff Atwater on Insurance Fraud …….

Jeff Atwater on Insurance Fraud …….

Insurance fraud is an elusive, evolving crime. As detection and prevention efforts strengthen, the criminals who seek to defraud change their methods and adapt their schemes. It is only through collaborative efforts that we are able to make a meaningful impact in the fight against this costly crime. We are taking down larger, more complex […]

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EPA Takes First Steps to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft ……..

EPA Takes First Steps to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft  – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to find under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial aircraft contribute to the pollution that causes climate change, endangering the health and welfare of Americans. At the same time, the […]

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