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Barbara Bush Foundation fundraiser for new Walton County intensive reading program raises $40,000

Aug 29th, 2016 | Comments Off on Barbara Bush Foundation fundraiser for new Walton County intensive reading program raises $40,000

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Walton County, Fla. (August 29, 2016) – The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy celebrated a new partnership with the Walton County School District on Friday at a sold-out community fundraiser that raised more than $40,000 and fully funded what will be a three-year intensive reading pilot program at Van R. Butler Elementary School.

The community still can help by donating to the “reading rally” and book-giveaway at Butler Elementary coming up in September for all third-graders. read more » »

A sweet arrival

Aug 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on A sweet arrival

By ALICIA LEONARD

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DeFuniak Springs – Dunkin’ Donuts, headquartered in Canton, Mass. serves sweet treats and baked goods to over three million customers per day, and if the stars align correctly DeFuniak Springs residents will be added to that list in the near future.
Planning Director of DeFuniak Springs Kelly D. Schultz, AICP, CPM said her point of contact with the company has said the that their corporate office has approved a store in DeFuniak Springs, and the city’s development review has been over a preliminary plan and she had completed a pre- application conference via a teleconferance as well. read more » »

Headline news 8/25/16

Aug 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on Headline news 8/25/16

 

DFS CITY COUNCIL AUG. 22 MEETING
Talks possible changes in ordinances and codes
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SCHOOL BOARD AUG. 16 MEETING
Student population up, first day of school a success
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WALTON REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED AUG. 17 MEETING
Tax collector, superintendent candidates speak
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RULING IN GULF TRACE LAWSUIT
Customary use question left open
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BRAVES FALL IN EXHIBITION GAME
Mosley Dolphins victorious 37-0
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FREEPORT AND CHIPLEY PUT ON A SHOW
Bulldogs narrowly lose 22-21 in “thriller” Kickoff Classic

DFS City Council discusses possible changes in codes, ordinances

Aug 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on DFS City Council discusses possible changes in codes, ordinances

By ELIZABETH SINCLAIR


DeFuniak Springs – Discussion of possible changes in municipal codes and ordinances began when DeFuniak Springs Planning Director Kelly Schultz brought the city council the results of a sign survey at the council’s Aug. 22 meeting.
More than 300 people responded to the survey sent out in utility bills. Because utilities are used by customers outside the city limits as well as within the city, the survey asked for responses that included owning property in the city and shopping or working in the city. Of the 330 respondents, 255 felt it is important to have a clear consistent sign ordinance. Of the types of signs that should be regulated, the majority felt damaged signs, flags and signs left by closed buildings should be banned. Very restorative regulations for temporary signs, off-premise signs and billboards received the most responses. Sandwich board signs appeared to be the least offensive. The general consensus would be to consider limiting billboards and avoiding clutter. read more » »

Freeport and Chipley put on a show in Kickoff debut

Aug 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on Freeport and Chipley put on a show in Kickoff debut

 

By BLAKE MCCORMICK

FREEPORT LOST A SQUEAKER - Freeport lost a 22-21 squeaker at Chipley in the final minute of their 2016 Kickoff Classic. (Photo by Hillary Williams)

FREEPORT LOST A SQUEAKER – Freeport lost a 22-21 squeaker at Chipley in the final minute of their 2016 Kickoff Classic. (Photo by Hillary Williams)

Chipley –   The 2016 Kickoff Classic between the Freeport Bulldogs and the Chipley Tigers this past Friday night was turning into such a thriller that even a large full moon snuck out from behind the home stands at Chipley’s Phillip Rountree Stadium to check out the second half.
Unfortunately for Bulldog fans, the Earth’s closest neighbor showed up in time to see the home team Tigers throw a 31-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds remaining in the game to pull out a 22-21 victory. read more » »

DeFuniak Springs Rotary Club

Aug 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on DeFuniak Springs Rotary Club

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY student Lia Wolfe visited the DeFuniak Springs Rotary Club on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and spoke to the club about a subject she knows all too well. She addressed the gathering about her struggles with depression and societal stigmas related to mental illness. She is currently pursuing a double major in phycology and biology and is an aspiring neuroscientist. “Sadness is a feeling but depression is a mental illness, You can not tell how someone feels from the outside,” Wolfe stressed. “Society is so empathetic and accepting to any part of the body breaking down unless it is the brain, we have to eliminate the stigmas surrounding mental illness.” (photo by Jeffrey Powell)

WCSB Aug. 16 meeting notes increased student population, transfers Tivoli gym property

Aug 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on WCSB Aug. 16 meeting notes increased student population, transfers Tivoli gym property

By ALICIA LEONARD

SUPERINTENDENT CARLENE ANDERSON, Tivoli Historical Society President Eddie Williamson, and board chair Jason Catalano (l-r) Williamson with the keys to the old Tivoli school gym, to be used as a community center.

SUPERINTENDENT CARLENE ANDERSON, Tivoli Historical Society President Eddie Williamson, and board chair Jason Catalano (l-r) Williamson with the keys to the old Tivoli school gym, to be used as a community center.

South Walton – Superintendent of Schools Carlene Anderson opened the Aug. 16 meeting of the Walton County School Board by telling the board that student population had grown by about 600 this year in Walton schools. She added that the first day of school, thanks to all the parents, staff, teachers, and drivers, went off very well and they had been able to accommodate everyone without issue.
The board approved the agenda before it for the Aug. 16, 2016 regular Walton County School Board( WCSB) meeting held at the South Walton High School in the media room. Next came approval read more » »

Court rules that 10-foot-wide walkway to beach doesn’t create easement to subdivision beachfront

Aug 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on Court rules that 10-foot-wide walkway to beach doesn’t create easement to subdivision beachfront

 

By DOTTY NIST

"NO TRESPASSING" sign placed by beachfront property owners near a walkway to the beach in the Gulf Trace subdivision.

“NO TRESPASSING” sign placed by beachfront property owners near a walkway to the beach in the Gulf Trace subdivision.

WALTON COUNTY – A recent court ruling has rejected the argument of homeowners in the interior of the Gulf Trace subdivision that the dedication of a 10-foot-wide walkway to the beach created an easement for all subdivision lot owners to access and use the subdivision beachfront.
In a July 28 order, Walton County Acting Circuit Judge David W. Green found that the 10-foot-wide strip recorded in the subdivision plat “creates an easement read more » »

THE WALTON BRAVES

Aug 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on THE WALTON BRAVES
THE WALTON BRAVES will begin their 96th season of football this week with the regular season opener set for August 26 at Blountstown. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

THE WALTON BRAVES will begin their 96th season of football this week with the regular season opener set for August 26 at Blountstown. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

Planning Commission votes to deny Highland House request  

Aug 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on Planning Commission votes to deny Highland House request  

By DOTTY NIST

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South Walton –      Highland House Bed & Breakfast’s request for approval of a restaurant open to the public was denied by the Walton County Planning Commission on Aug. 11 at the South Walton Annex
The request by the bed and breakfast, located on CR-30A just east of Gulf Place, had been continued from the planning commission’s July 14 meeting after some discussion on the proposal.
In comments at that meeting,Vivian Shamel of Walton County Planning and Development Services explained that applicant Highland House Bed & Breakfast’s request was for a change of use from Bed and Breakfast to Bed and Breakfast with a restaurant open to the public. read more » »