Washington County celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Celebration

Live performances were held during Sunday’s event near the old train station in Chipley.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 04:34 PM.

CHIPLEY — Chipley celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an event that lasted for three days; Saturday, Jan. 18 through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Monday, Jan. 20.

The first day of service was held at Gilmore Park in Chipley on Saturday, Jan. 18 were hundreds gathered for food, fellowship and to ponder on what it means to be “living the dream, working the vision.”

One of several guest speakers was Nicole Barefield, Publisher of the Washington County News, member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council.

“It’s a pleasure to be with you today, and share thoughts on how ‘living the dream, working the vision’ relates to a successful economy for Washington County,” said Barefield. “Actually, I think it’s the other way around – working the vision to live the dream. In our vision statement the Chamber says it is dedicated to providing leadership for developing a strong economy where businesses prosper and our communities thrive.”

What does this mean for Washington County?

“It’s fair to say most would take this to mean there are plenty of jobs  -- good jobs with good wages – at least state average or higher; it means businesses and industry are prosperous, and there is enough diversity in jobs and business to balance the ups and downs of economic cycles; our tax base is strong enough to amply support the infrastructure and health and human services we need and expect; we can support our families without being overly dependent on government assistance. It means our county is the best place to live, work and play – to raise our families and enjoy the benefits of small town, rural America.”

She said that “this vision applies to all Washington County businesses … not just some. And this vision supports all Washington county communities – and the people and families who populate them – not just some.”

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