Walton County Heritage Museum

Learn more about the history of Walton County

Train Depot Museum

Walton County Courthouse

Growing to meet the needs of the community


Lake DeFuniak

One of only two perfectly round lakes in the world

Fun and relaxation

Hotel DeFuniak

Built in 1920, completely restored, the perfect place to stay!

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We do not support U.S. 331 project plan with delay/bottleneck, hospital says

By DOTTY NIST “We do not support this in any way,” a Healthmark Regional Medical Center representative recently told county commissioners in reference to new plans for the U.S. 331 expansion project that had been announced by the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) three weeks earlier. Healthmark Regional spokesman Ron Kelley brought this message to [...]

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New Walton County business openings roundup

By REID TUCKER with photos by JEFFREY POWELL The next few months should be busy ones indeed for the growing business community in northern Walton County, as several major retailers are set to open in Mossy Head and DeFuniak Springs. However, it’s easy for the facts to get lost amid the deservedly excited speculation, so [...]

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Sept. 3 public meeting set on topic of easements for beach nourishment project

By DOTTY NIST After four beachfront property owners targeted construction easement language proposed for the Walton County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction (beach nourishment) Project with criticism, a decision on the easement language was put off, and a public meeting was scheduled on the topic of the easements. The input and decision took place at [...]

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Walton County challenges order of contempt

By DOTTY NIST Walton County has challenged an Aug. 6 judge’s order finding the county in contempt of court for failure to comply with a court order issued three months earlier. The challenge is in the form of a Motion to Vacate Order of Contempt filed in Walton County Circuit Court by Mark Davis, Walton [...]

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School bus accident simulation held at SWHS

Story and photos by JEFFREY POWELL The 2014-2015 school year is upon us. Throughout  this election season much conversation has taken place about students and teachers in the classroom. These conversations are for the most part productive and meant to serve students well in their respective schools. One subject that could be overlooked during these [...]

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Headline News 8.21.2014

WALTON COUNTY NEW BUSINESSES UPDATE             Love’s, Triangle and Taco Bell all making progress             _____   NEW SOUTH WALTON LOGO GETS FINAL APPROVAL             BCC votes 3-2 to adopt Sun Wave logo             _____   HEALTHMARK DOES NOT SUPPORT NEW U.S. 331 PLAN FROM FDOT             Cites “negative impact” on health care for north [...]

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Headline News 8.14.2014

DFS CITY COUNCIL AUG. 11 MEETING Votes to accept bid on CNG fueling station _____ SCHOOL BOARD AUG. 5 MEETING Approves dual enrollment program, hires new CFO _____ AUG. 6 CANDIDATE FORUM, PART ONE Audience “by far the biggest” yet for this election. _____ JUDGE FINDS COUNTY IN VIOLATION OF COURT ORDER Sandestin Investments seeks [...]

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DFS City Council awards contract on compressed natural gas plant

By REID TUCKER After years of on-again, off-again talks, the DeFuniak Springs City Council voted to accept a bid of nearly a million dollars for the construction of a compressed natural gas fueling station. Though the motion moved forward, it wasn’t a unanimous call. Councilmen Ron Kelley, Mac Work and Kermit Wright voted in favor [...]

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Freeport Council approves four-day work week trial

By BEN GRAFTON At a special Aug. 7 Freeport City Council meeting attended by a number of city employees from the Water, Sewer and Fire Departments and from the office staff, Councilwoman Janice McLean initiated a discussion about changing employee work hours to a 10-hour day, four days per week. To cover essential services some [...]

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Biggest-ever bed tax collection month reported at tourism council meeting

By DOTTY NIST For the first time ever, monthly bed tax revenues have exceeded $4 million in Walton County, tourism council members heard on Aug. 5. This was part of a financial report presented by Jennifer Vigil, Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) director of administration, at the TDC’s bimonthly meeting at the South Walton [...]

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