Walton County Heritage Museum

Learn more about the history of Walton County

Train Depot Museum

Walton County Courthouse

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Lake DeFuniak

One of only two perfectly round lakes in the world

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Hotel DeFuniak

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

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Headline News 7.30.15

DFS CITY COUNCIL JULY 27 MEETING Talks airport site certification, fee rate study _____ DFS BUDGET MEETING JULY 21 Looking at possible shortfall if revenue and expenditure figures are   accurate _____ BCC VOTES TO APPROVE NEW FLAG AT COURTHOUSE MONUMENT First national flag of the Confederacy will replace battle flag _____ SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS AFTERNOON [...]

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WCSB holds afternoon of workshops and meetings

By ALICIA LEONARD Walton County School Board (WCSB) members settled down in the media room of South Walton High School on July 21 for a long afternoon of workshops and meetings pertaining to varied topics concerning the district and students. All members were present. Board members heard from staff on issues surrounding the passing of [...]

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Paxton resident and Town Council clash over Gulf Power utility franchise fee reimbursement

By REID TUCKER The Paxton Town Council and city resident Randy Fuller are again at an impasse after the two parties went the rounds over an agreement to reimburse Fuller for utility fees mistakenly collected by Gulf Power. The electric utility provider is assessed a 3-percent franchise fee by the city for doing business in [...]

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New flag to fly next to courthouse Confederate monument

By DOTTY NIST The first national flag of the Confederacy has been approved to fly on the flagpole next to the Confederate monument on the Walton County Courthouse grounds in DeFuniak Springs, to replace the Confederate battle flag that has been displayed on the pole since 1964. The action was approved 4-0 on July 28 [...]

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DFS City Council talks airport site certification and water and wastewater fee rate study

By REID TUCKER It’s official: the DeFuniak Springs municipal airport is now on the Florida First Sites list. Congratulations were passed around the room on the night of the July 27 meeting of the DeFuniak Springs City Council as Gulf Power marketing executives Jennifer Connolly and Rick Byers gave a presentation on the completion of [...]

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Code board issues orders on white sand protection and entrance gate violations

By DOTTY NIST The Walton County Code Enforcement Board (CEB) recently found violations and issued orders in cases involving the White Sand Protection Zone and setback requirements for subdivision entrance gates. The decisions took place at the county board’s July 16 meeting at the South Walton Annex. Action on the first case called for the [...]

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Headline news 6.18.15

DFS HIRES FINANCE DIRECTOR Joe Brown gets unanimous approval from council _____ GRIEVANCES FILED AGAINST CITY OF DFS Following termination of officers for racial harassment _____ BCC TO CONSIDER ALCOHOL BAN FOR SPRING BREAK 2016 Also plans meeting on policies and procedures at BCC meetings _____ BCC TALKS TAX, REEFS AND TRANSIT Bridge sales tax [...]

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Joe Brown hired as new DeFuniak Springs Finance Director

By REID TUCKER The members of the DeFuniak Springs City Council did not take long making a decision after interviewing finance director candidate Joe Brown, quickly returning a 5-0 vote to offer him the job. Brown, a 15-year resident of Memphis, Tenn., and a longtime employee with the Shelby County Trustee’s Office, was extended an [...]

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An education in safety

By ALICIA LEONARD With future strategic planning for the district and the 2015-2016 budget process before the Walton County School Board (WCSB) during their summer meetings, questions surrounding the best ways to protect students, staff, faculty, and taxpayers’ wallets regarding school security have been recent points of discussion for the board. Controlled access entry points, [...]

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Grievances filed against city of DeFuniak Springs after termination of police officers

By REID TUCKER The Florida Police Benevolent Association issued a formal request for a grievance hearing with the city of DeFuniak Springs after DFSPD officers Anthony Kaiser and Rick Boblitt were terminated for racial harassment of another officer. Kaiser and Boblitt were fired Wednesday, June 3, after an internal affairs investigation upheld allegations made by [...]

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