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Headline news 12.11.14

DFS CITY COUNCIL DEC. 8 MEETING Discusses choosing future site for new City Hall _____ WALTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DEC. 8 MEETING Approves Freeport land purchase for bus facilities _____ SCHOOL DISTRICT WORKSHOPS PRE-ENGINEERING/MACHINIST ACADEMY At Freeport High School _____ TDC DEC. 2 BIMONTHLY MEETING Proposed additions to unimproved beach accesses, vendor ordinances _____ BEACH [...]

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WCSB approves Freeport land purchase for bus maintenance facilities, appreciates the arts

By ALICIA LEONARD The Walton County School Board (WCSB) met for the only regularly scheduled meeting for December 2014 on Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. in the board room of the district offices located in DeFuniak Springs. On the agenda before the board were contracts, personnel recommendations, construction contracts and land purchases. Under the opening [...]

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School district workshops pre-engineering and machinist academy for Freeport High School

By ALICIA LEONARD Freeport High School Principal Tripp Hope brought an exciting grant proposition in front of the Walton County School Board (WCSB) during a workshop, held before their regular meeting on the evening of Dec. 8, 2014. Hope told the board, “We want to make sure the kids have choices. This is not about [...]

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TDC proposes additions to three unimproved beach accesses, vendor ordinance changes

By DOTTY NIST At the request of staff, the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) has voted to begin the process for approval of boardwalks and other additions at three unimproved beach accesses and for consideration of changes to regulations for vending on the beaches. There will be a public meeting and input process for [...]

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Settlement between state and condo association reached regarding retaining wall

By DOTTY NIST Issues raised by the state Department of Environment Protection (DEP) regarding a retaining wall constructed by the Edgewater Beach Owners Association (EBOA) have been resolved through a settlement agreement. The agreement, termed a consent order, was executed on Dec. 2, according to Brandy Smith, external affairs manager for DEP’s Northwest District. The [...]

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DFS City Council discusses how to choose future site for new City Hall

            First, the land purchase agreement to buy the current City Hall property is chugging right along. Second, the DeFuniak Springs City Council spent a sizable portion of its December meeting discussing how to go about selecting property upon which to build a new City Hall. Every member of the Council put in [...]

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Representatives of state and federal agencies attend workshop on beach project

By DOTTY NIST A lengthy question and answer session on the Walton County Hurricane and Storm Reduction Project took place at a Dec. 2 county workshop at the South Walton Annex. Along with the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC), Walton County Tourist Development Council Executive Director Jim Bagby, and Brad Pickel, beach management [...]

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Headline News 12.04.2014

BCC DISCUSSES USE OF “SPECIAL MASTERS” To assist in hearing quasi-judicial matters _____ BCC APPROVES REVIEW FOR TAX EXEMPTION APPLICATIONS Process involves two-tiered analysis _____ HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS IN DEFUNIAK SPRINGS Shopping local theme keeps crowds close to home _____ SOUTH WALTON HOLIDAY PARADE From Seagrove to Seaside, biggest parade ever _____ PAXTON BOYS OVER WALTON [...]

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Officials to continue look at using special master to hear some decision-making board items

By DOTTY NIST Over the past decade there has been discussion in Walton County of enlisting the assistance of a special master or magistrate for handling of some of the hearings that are currently held by decision-making boards appointed by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC). In some areas, special masters, who are [...]

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Commissioners approve process for reviewing tax exemption applications

By DOTTY NIST Criteria and a process for reviewing applications from companies for tax exemptions have been approved by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The approval was granted at the Nov. 25 BCC regular meeting at the Walton County Courthouse. Walton County Administrator Larry Jones made recommendations for the process as a [...]

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