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Headline news 10.30.14

DFS CITY COUNCIL OCT. 27 MEETING Votes 3-2 to make counteroffer on City Hall sale _____ PAXTON TOWN COUNCIL OCT. 21 MEETING Discusses revising water connection and fee rates _____ FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL OCT. 23 MEETING Discusses city clerk job, Sports Complex lights, golf carts _____ SCHOOL BOARD OCT. 21 MEETING Hears concerns over curriculum, [...]

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DeFuniak Springs City Council to counter-offer $2.75 million on sale of City Hall

By REID TUCKER It was a close vote, but the DeFuniak Springs City Hall property is back up for sale. The City Council was narrowly in favor of counter-offering $2.75 million to the Alabama-based T Investments, LLC, which made an introductory offer of $2.45 million for the 4.2-acre plot containing City Hall. According to the [...]

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SW volleyball wins district title

By PATRICK CASEY The South Walton Seahawks needed five sets as they rallied from a 2-1 game deficit to defeat Liberty County in the District 4, Class A volleyball title game played in Port St. Joe on Thursday night. The Seahawks (12-10) earned their second consecutive district title in the sport and defeated the Bulldogs [...]

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Freeport’s Council talks city clerk job, Sport Complex lighting issues

By BEN GRAFTON Freeport City Planner Latilda Hughes opened the business portion of the City Council meeting with a request for approval to purchase a GIS (Graphic Information System) Program License to use with planning computer system. The Council approved the request. Hughes reported that a Relay for Life team out of DeFuniak Springs wants [...]

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Paxton Town Council to look into revising city’s water connection and fee rates

By REID TUCKER The Paxton Town Council directed city staff to draw up an amendment reevaluating how much to charge for connection to the water system under the water and sewer ordinance.         The Council voted 3-0 (Councilmen Charles Cook and Travis McMillan were not present at the Oct. 21 meeting) to approve the motion [...]

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Record tourism numbers announced at TDC annual meeting

Story and photos by DOTTY NIST With 3 million visitors welcomed to south Walton County this year, Jim Bagby recently announced the destination as number two statewide in bed tax collections for June and July 2014. The Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) director gave a glowing report on local tourism at the TDC’s Oct. [...]

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South Walton gets 35-7 homecoming win against arch-rival Freeport

By REID TUCKER There was a time when South Walton didn’t hold out much hopes of beating Freeport in their yearly football meeting. There was a time when the “Battle of the Bay” was almost a sure win for the Bulldogs. All that changed in 2013, when the Seahawks stunned the Freeport home crowd with [...]

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Headline news 10.23.2014

    BCC APPROVES LAND SALE IN MOSSY HEAD             Industrial Park would have large distribution center             _____   DEFUNIAK CITIZENS DISCUSS PROPOSED “BLIGHT ORDINANCE”             Public meeting finds common ground on approaches             _____   APPELLATE COURT REVERSES SANDESTIN INVESTMENTS INJUNCTION             Remands to judge to review required criteria for injunction             _____ [...]

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Commissioners approve sale of land for distribution center

By DOTTY NIST Development at the Mossy Head Industrial Park looks likely to move forward in a big way with county commissioners’ recent approval of the sale of land for a large distribution center. At an Oct. 17 special meeting at the Walton County Courthouse, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the [...]

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Freeport’s Council talks about a non-voting mayor

By BEN GRAFTON At the beginning of a longer than normal meeting for the Freeport City Council on Oct. 14, City Planner Latilda Hughes-Neel recommended acceptance of a revised entrance landscaping plan for the property being developed as Cross Creek Phase I. The Council approved the recommendation. Interim Fire Chief Tom Palmer reported that 45 [...]

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