Man pleads guilty to bank fraud

Courtesy of WZEP Radio 1460     A former mortgage broker, Randolph Branham, 46, of Destin, was sentenced in federal court to two years in prison and ordered to pay over $1.8 million in restitution, having been adjudicated guilty of multiple bank fraud violations.   In December of last year, Branham pled guilty to a […]

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Business Leaders on Commonsense Immigration Reform

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ March 13, 2013 Readout of the President’s Meeting With Business Leaders on Commonsense Immigration Reform   This afternoon, the President met with business leaders to discuss the importance of commonsense immigration reform. In the meeting, the President reiterated his belief that any bill must strengthen border […]

Attorney General Pam Bondi comments on alleged activities of Allied Veterans of the World

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Statement on the “Operation Reveal the Deal” Investigation of Illegal Activities by Allied Veterans of the World …   TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement regarding the multi-state, multi-agency investigation, called “Reveal the Deal,” into Allied Veterans of the World.   “It is shameful that Allied Veterans of […]

Statement from Senate President Gaetz Regarding Legislation to Ban Internet Cafes

Tallahassee–Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) today released the following statement regarding his support for legislation to ban Internet cafes in Florida.   “The Senate Gaming Committee will meet on Monday, March 18, for the purpose of considering legislation to ban Internet cafes in Florida. I fully support such a ban as a precursor to […]

Statement from the President on His Holiness Pope Francis

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary     Statement from the President on His Holiness Pope Francis   On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy.  As a champion of […]

Governor Rick Scott Statement on the Resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott today made the following statement at a media availability, following the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll: “Local, state and federal law enforcement officials just held a press conference in Orlando, announcing that 57 individuals were charged with illegal activity linked to a $300 million conspiracy orchestrated by Allied Veterans […]

Florida’s Lt. Governor resigns – Alleged possible links to gambling

Florida’s Lt. Governor resigns – Alleged possible links to gambling

Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned her position on Tuesday after she was questioned about possible illegal gambling at an Internet cafe company that she once represented.   According to reports, the head of Allied Veterans of the World has been accused of using the cafes as an illegal front for veterans’ charities and keeping […]

Al Keown elected WC Planning Commission Chairman: Tonya Pippin to resign in May …

Al Keown elected WC Planning Commission Chairman: Tonya Pippin to resign in May …

  by John V. Foster The first major action of the Washington County Planning Commission at their March 12th meeting, was to hear longtime member and current Chair , Tonya Pippen read her resignation letter, effective May 8, 2013.     Outgoing Chair Tonya Pippin read her letter of resignation at Tuesday’s meeting.     […]

Vernon elects three council members in March 12th election

Vernon elects three council members in March 12th election

Four candidates ran for the three council seats on the ballot in the Vernon election   * Incumbent councilwoman Tina Sloan who retained her seat with 74 votes.   * Shawn  Sanders took the seat vacated by Bryon Biddle with 46 votes.   *  Former councilman John Hawkins III, who came in third with 42, […]

Chipley Council moves toward ‘Living Component’ for downtown

Chipley Council moves toward ‘Living Component’ for downtown

In a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, the Chipley City Council approved the first reading of  Ordinance No. 924,  which when it receives final approval will allow the use of the upstairs in the downtown buildings for residential purposes.  The measure adds to the current ordinance and requires that second floor units will have to be […]

‘Tonto’ The Red Crape Myrtle That Everyone Needs

‘Tonto’ The Red Crape Myrtle That Everyone Needs

by John V. Foster   There only a dozen or so Crepe Myrtles that flower a rich red color and Tonto is one of the best. Developed by the National Arboretum in the 1970-1980 eras, Tonto is a hybrid between L. indica and L. faurei, but has a dozen parents in order to achieve its […]

Department of Agriculture Now Accepting Specialty Crop Grant Applications

Funding Would Help Support Florida’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry, Provide Access to Healthy Foods in Underserved Communities   Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $4.2 million in federal funding for specialty crops, Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam has announced.   The grant, from the U.S. […]

Covenant Hospice Celebrates National Social Work Month

Covenant Hospice Celebrates National Social Work Month

Marianna, Fla. – Covenant Hospice proudly celebrates National Social Work Month throughout the month of March. The 2013 theme, “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy,” promotes the mission of social work which is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable.           […]

Obit for Donald Dewayne Dukes

Donald Dewayne Dukes, 46 of Vernon passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013 at his residence.   He was born July 5, 1966 in Donaldsonville, Ga. He had lived in Vernon for the past 12 years coming from Panama City.   He is survived by his father Wesley Donald Dukes Sr of Bainbridge, Ga.; mother: Grace […]

Obit for Gary Marshall Steverson, Jr.

Mr. Gary Marshall Steverson Jr., age 43, passed away March 9, 2013 in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He was born May 27, 1969 in Graceville, Florida. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mila and Esther Steverson and maternal grandparents, Hillary and Virginia Jenkins. Mr. Steverson is survived by his father, Marshall Steverson […]

Over 200 Spring Breakers arrested over a 3 day period

Walton County deputies have been extremely busy over the past few days. As Spring Break kicks into high gear, the numbers of calls and arrests have soared. Starting on Friday and ending on Monday, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Communications Center answered approximately 1494 calls for service. Last year’s numbers for the same weekend: […]