Governor Scott Appoints Matilde Miller as Interim Secretary of DBPR ……..

TAMPA, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott appointed Matilde Miller as the interim Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DPBR). She has been at DBPR for more than 16 years and has held numerous positions including Legislative Affairs Director, and most recently, Chief of Staff. As Secretary, she will oversee the licensing […]

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Gov. Scott: We Will Fight to Make Higher Education More Affordable ……..

TAMPA, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced his “Finish in Four, Save More” legislative and budget proposals to encourage colleges and universities to continue to make higher education more affordable for students and also help students graduate in four years. Currently, only 44 percent of undergraduate students at Florida state universities graduate within four […]

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Gov. Scott: Ken Lawson Will Fight for Florida Tourism ………

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement on Ken Lawson being named the new President and Chief Executive Officer for VISIT FLORIDA. The VISIT FLORIDA Board voted today on Ken Lawson’s position. Announcements on leadership for DBPR will be made soon. Governor Scott said, “I am proud that Ken Lawson has […]

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EPA Launches New Program With $1 Billion in Loans Available for Water Infrastructure Projects ……..

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of approximately $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. EPA’s WIFIA program will provide long-term, low-cost credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to creditworthy water projects. […]

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VMS Beta Club recognized at Jan. 9th School Board meeting ……..

VMS Beta Club recognized at Jan. 9th School Board meeting ……..

Students show work at meeting.          

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Teachers of the Year, Rookie Teachers of the Year and Top School-Related Employees introduced at School Board meeting …….

Teachers of the Year, Rookie Teachers of the Year and Top School-Related Employees introduced at School Board meeting …….

School Board congratulates top ranking candidates.   Teachers of the Year   Rookie Teachers of the Year   School Related Employees of the Year

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Sheriff Kevin Crews to work with School Board to re-instate D.A.R.E. program into Washington County schools ……….

Sheriff Kevin Crews to work with School Board to re-instate D.A.R.E. program into Washington County schools ……….

Check presentations made by Forest Service and United Way of Northwest Florida.   by Kathy Foster   Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews said Monday night he wants to work with Board officials to bring back the D.A.R.E., or a similar program, into the local school system.   Talking with Board members,  Crews indicated he felt […]

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One dead, one burned, following Jackson County crash …….

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that 55-year-old Gary Lamar Murphy of Tallahassee died as a result of injuries sustained in a Jan. 9th crash in Jackson County.   His passenger,  50-year-old Pamela Elaine Austin, also of Tallahassee, received burns in the crash and was taken to the Burn Center in Mobile, Alabama.   The […]

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THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL HOSTS LOCAL CAREER FAIR

Statewide Recruiting Efforts for the Florida Highway Patrol   In an effort to fill the Highway Patrol vacant positions we are planning to hold recruitment screening at the below locations. The Career Fair will assist potential applicants in processing and screening for the application process. We plan on targeting individuals who meet the minimum qualifications […]

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Walton County Sheriff still searching for missing man ……..

Walton County Sheriff still searching for missing man ……..

Courtesy WZEP Radio   The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing DeFuniak Springs man who disappeared in August 2015. John Thomas Watson, who also goes by the nickname “JT” Watson, is 6’3”, with brown hair, brown eyes, numerous tattoos, and weighs approximately 200 lbs. Watson was released from prison […]

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Washington County Planning Commission sets Jan. 10th meeting to look at Future Land Use Map ……..

Washington County Planning Commission sets Jan. 10th meeting to look at Future Land Use Map ……..

Will look at ‘Hot Topics’ at February Workshop.   by Kathy Foster   Washington County’s Planning Commission members recently said they will start the new year addressing the county’s Future Land Use Map and ‘Hot Topic’ issues being faced.              

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Free Program: Growing Citrus in the Big Bend ……..

Welcome to 2017!   Free Program: Growing Citrus in the Big Bend   For the Gardening Friends of the Big Bend (GFBB) January meeting, Jonathan Burns from Tallahassee Nurseries will discuss growing various type of citrus in our area. Light snacks before and door prizes after!   Cost: Talk is Free and there will be […]

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‘Hungrytown’ to perform in Chipley Jan. 19th …….

‘Hungrytown’ to perform in Chipley Jan. 19th …….

 Internationally-touring folk duo Hungrytown, will perform a concert in Chipley on Thursday, January 19th at 6:00 PM. Hungrytown’s songs and music have appeared in numerous television programs, including the IFC’s Portlandia, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and Neftlix’s new hit comedy, Lady Dynamite; as well as various documentaries and major sporting events ranging from NASCAR motor […]

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Community march planned for MLK Day in Blountstown ……..

Community march planned for MLK Day in Blountstown ……..

Monday, Jan. 16th at 9 a.m. The Martin Luther King committee of Blountstown invites everyone to the 26th Annual Martin Luther King march and remembrance service for the great Dr. Martin Luther King Monday, Jan. 16. The celebration will begin at Blountstown City Hall, 20591 W Central Avenue, with a march with a community march. […]

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How to Protect Your Data in a Connected World …….

How to Protect Your Data in a Connected World …….

 (NewsUSA) – The phrase ‘six degrees of separation,’ suggests that only a minuscule measurement is what divides one person from another. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) has decreased those degrees dramatically, connecting us not only to each other, but to everything from our fitness trackers to our coffee makers. Consider this: according to a […]

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Obituary for Rita Catherine York ……..

Rita Catherine York, 52 of Vernon, passed from this life on January 5, 2017 at Bay Medical Center’s Covenant Hospice wing. Rita was born on December 24, 1964 in Suffern, New York To Raymond Charles Davis and Mary C. Mydosh. She had lived in the Florida Panhandle for 15 years since coming from New York, […]

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