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TALLAHASSEE --- After high-profile disputes in various parts of the country about shuttering churches during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Senate is poised to take up a proposal that would help …
The Holmes District School Board has announced that schools will be closed on Friday, Jan. 14 due to an increase in COVID cases and other seasonal illnesses.  In a statement released on …
Reports of a suspicious person led to the arrest of two people in Ponce de Leon on Jan. 11 by Holmes County Sheriff’s Office on drug and contributing charges. A call from the Big Boss store …
On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Devin Collier to fill the vacancy on the 14th Judicial Circuit left after the retirement of Circuit Judge John Fishel II.  Collier, 38, a …

Esto fires clerk amid embezzlement allegations

ESTO – The Town of Esto held an emergency meeting Tuesday, voting to fire the town clerk and ask that a criminal investigation be launched into allegations of embezzlement. The council voted …

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Holmes County's Colby Jones signs with Northwest Florida State College

BONIFAY – Holmes County shortstop Colby Jones signed to play baseball for Northwest Florida State College on Wednesday.  In his junior year with the Blue Devils, Jones had a batting …

Will Tiger Woods ever play again? Let’s hope

Tiger Woods, who became his own cautionary tale, made his redemptive comeback in 2019 when he won the Masters. It had been 3,950 days since his last major win. It was probably the best comeback story …

Holmes County freshman advances to 1-A state golf tourney

Savannah Goodman fought back from a slow start to earn one of three individual qualifying spots in Tuesday, November 2, Region 1-1A golf tournament at St. Johns Golf and Country Club in …
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Opinion
Aunt Lillian's timely grace
Seventeen years ago, I reprised a Christmas column I'd written in the 1990s for a Texas newspaper.  The original column and the 2004 interpretation celebrated a holiday prayer conceived by my …
The swarm war future?
Aggravated bees attack unfortunate honey seekers from all directions. The mad birds in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" mastered the tactic, attacking en masse residents of a small Northern California …
Smollett: Liberal elites' demand for hate not met by supply
Call it a supply chain issue, but the demand for hate and homophobia of the left has not nearly been met by our country. All the conjured-up narratives by the Hollywood …
A former judge sums it up, and gives me a week off
On a recent visit to Atlanta it occurred to me that, as a newly single male, I need to do my own Christmas shopping this year. My situation got more urgent when Atlanta Mayor …
A date which will live in infamy
December 7, 1941. "A date which will live in infamy," President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it. The attack's 80th anniversary is this month. Infamy. Webster's Dictionary defines infamy as: "evil …
Entertainment
A Ponce de Leon Christmas
The Town of Ponce de Leon held their annual Christmas event on Saturday, Dec. 18 where special guests Santa Claus and The Grinch made an appearance. Santa and Mr. Grinch arrived on a fire truck …
Churches host Fall Fest for community
Three Holmes County churches came together on October 24 to host a Fall Festival for their community.Hickory Hill Baptist, Leonia Baptist and West Pittman Baptist Churches hosted the event where …
76th Annual Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo
BONIFAY - The Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo was held this past weekend, October 7-9 at Memorial Field in Bonifay. The rodeo included all the events  one would expect to see, such as barrel …
Break a leg: Theatre students perform with gusto
Artistically inclined students in the Holmes and Washington County School Districts can find an outlet for their creative spirit, within the community’s school-led theatres, whether their talents …
Touch a Truck a success
WESTVILLE – The West Pittman Baptist Church held a Touch A Truck event on Saturday September 25 as a way to bring the community together, allow children to learn about all sorts of heavy equipment …
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