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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November 2014
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Lady Seahawks head to state final four after historic volleyball win over Baker

By REID TUCKER and PATRICK CASEY Before about 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, no South Walton team had ever beaten Baker in a volleyball contest, regular season or otherwise. The Lady Gators, on the other hand, were riding high on a 19-3 record and their umpteenth straight district championship going into the post-season, with [...]

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Retiring board members depart WCSB, Career Center gets new name

By ALICIA LEONARD Walton County School Board members held a workshop on curriculum for high school sophomores an hour previous to their regularly scheduled board meeting on the afternoon of Nov. 4, 2014. The two meetings were the last Dennis Wallace, Faye Leddon and Sharon Roberts would preside over. Roberts was not present for the [...]

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DFS City Council talks grant writer compensation, Tesla Motors charging station plans

By REID TUCKER The DeFuniak Springs City Council and prospective grant writer candidate Robert McKnight didn’t come to terms at the most recent meeting, but that does not mean they won’t after the first of the year. McKnight, a DeFuniak resident and former University of Kentucky grant-writing specialist with a doctorate in public health from [...]

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Tax Increment Financing could yield $700,000 annually for south Walton projects

By DOTTY NIST The need for crosswalk and roadway improvements, drainage upgrades, and bridge replacements has been identified in south Walton County. According to a consultant’s report, approximately $700,000 a year for such work would be possible through the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) in that area. It was also reported that a similar [...]

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Freeport finishes 2014 football season with 34-33 win against Rocky Bayou

By REID TUCKER Freeport’s 34-33 win over Rocky Bayou Christian on the windy night of Nov. 8 put the wraps on a season that saw the Bulldogs improve 400 percent over last year’s winless campaign. The Knights, who hosted Freeport on their home turf at Destin Middle School, led the visiting side 21-10 at halftime [...]

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South Walton defeats Baker 28-21

By PATRICK CASEY The South Walton Seahawks scored two touchdowns over the final 11 minutes of the fourth quarter as they rallied for a 28-21 victory on their home field over the previously undefeated Baker Gators. Baker entered the contest with a 9-0 mark, winning their last 20 regular season games despite an opening round [...]

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Headline news 11.13.14

DFS CITY COUNCIL NOV. 10 MEETING             Talks grant writer compensation, Tesla charging station             _____   SCHOOL BOARD NOV. 4 MEETING AND WORKSHOP             Curriculum discussed, retiring members honored             _____   BCC HOLDS WORKSHOP ON POSSIBLE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING             Considering TIF as a means to finance south Walton projects             _____   [...]

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Headline News 11.6.14

BCC THANKS SEN. GAETZ FOR HELP WITH COUNTY APPROPRIATIONS Legislature appropriates $89 million for county projects _____ PARKING NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR SOUTH WALTON FINALIZED Finds potentially 453 new spaces _____ WATERSOUND TRAIL OPENS St. Joe holds ribbon-cutting for five-mile trail _____ SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES 2014-2015 BUDGET Board votes 4-0 to adopt, with no public comment [...]

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Gaetz receives thanks for help with Walton County appropriations

By DOTTY NIST In all, $89 million was appropriated by the Florida Legislature this year for Walton County, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) revealed at the outset of the Oct. 28 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting. The senate president was a guest at the meeting, which was held at the South [...]

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Parking needs assessment study for south Walton County is finalized

By DOTTY NIST A year-long study of public parking needs along CR-30A and Scenic Gulf Drive has been concluded with the study firm’s presentation of a final report to county officials. The presentation took place at the Oct. 28 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting at the South Walton Annex. Representing the study [...]

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