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Headline news 1/28/16

Feb 2nd, 2016 | 0

DFS CITY COUNCIL JAN. 25 MEETING

Discusses possible local road and bridge tax agreement with county
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CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD HOLDS FIRST MEETING OF 2016
Change of law on setting fines for violations
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SANDESTIN INVESTMENTS PROPOSAL HEARING CONTINUED
BCC asks for transportation impact study before ruling
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SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS JAN. 19 WORKSHOP
Talks funding for WHS Athletic Complex
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SCHOOL BOARD JAN. 19 MEETING
Teachers receive grants, Evan Cowie honored for achievement
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WALTON BOYS BASKETBALL TAKES TOP SEED
Braves post 70-56 home victory over Pensacola Catholic
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PONCE DE LEON GIRLS BASKETBALL TAKES RIVALRY CONTEST
Lady Pirates earn 60-53 win over Holmes County Blue Devils
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CORRECTIONS LITERACY PROGRAM HELPS INMATES GET IT RIGHT
ABE/GED classes prepare men and women to succeed outside jail
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Walton teachers receive grants, Cowie honored for achievements

Feb 2nd, 2016 | 0
WALTON HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL Russell Hughes shares in the celebration of Evan Cowie's latest academic achievement along with his parents, George and Terri Cowie. Evan was named Walton County's Sunshine State Scholar.

WALTON HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL Russell Hughes shares in the celebration of Evan Cowie’s latest academic achievement along with his parents, George and Terri Cowie. Evan was named Walton County’s Sunshine State Scholar.

By ALICIA LEONARD
The Walton County School Board (WCSB) held their regularly scheduled meeting on Jan 19, 2016 at South Walton High School at 5p.m. The meeting was sandwiched between workshops dealing with utility easements and discussions on the completion of phases concerning the athletic fields at Walton High School. read more » »

ABE/GED Preparation program helps inmates get it right

Feb 2nd, 2016 | 0
TEAM GED: (l-r) Instructor Tiffany Shaw, Transition Advisor Stephanie Bailey, Director of NWFSC Chautauqua Center & Adult General Education Julie Terrell, instructor Sean Tabor, and staff assistant Cheryl Hall. (not pictured is tutor Carla Vivrette). NWFSC currently has three Adult Education/GED classes held at the Walton County Jail. The college and the Walton County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) have an agreement for Corrections Literacy Education. The agreement provides Adult Basic Education as well as GED preparation (ABE/GED).

TEAM GED: (l-r) Instructor Tiffany Shaw, Transition Advisor Stephanie Bailey, Director of NWFSC Chautauqua Center & Adult General Education Julie Terrell, instructor Sean Tabor, and staff assistant Cheryl Hall. (not pictured is tutor Carla Vivrette). NWFSC currently has three Adult Education/GED classes held at the Walton County Jail. The college and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) have an agreement for Corrections Literacy Education. The agreement provides Adult Basic Education as well as GED preparation (ABE/GED).

By BRUCE COLLIER

In the effort to avoid recidivism and prepare people released from incarceration to find a productive place in society, a program at the Walton County Jail has been especially successful. read more » »

Headline news 1.21.16

Jan 25th, 2016 | 0

 

BCC ADDRESSES LONG LIST
Lengthy public hearing on Gulf Place development, RESTORE Act, et al.
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PLANNING COMMISSION JAN. 14 MEETING
Two controversial proposals continued
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FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL JAN. 12 MEETING
Water and sewer rates discussed
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DFS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETS
Maps out city’s strong points for visitors and investors
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MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY CELEBRATED
Everlasting Word Church hosts brunch with guest speakers
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MASTER GARDENERS TREE SALE AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Shoppers lined up for popular sale
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LADY SEAHAWKS FINISH DISTRICT 10-0
Defeat Chipley, Baker, Holmes County for perfect regular season
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FREEPORT BOYS EDGE SOUTH WALTON
Tight game ends in 33-32 win for Bulldogs
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Freeport City Council discusses water/sewer rates

Jan 25th, 2016 | 0

By JEFFREY POWELL 

 

The Freeport City Council held its first regularly scheduled meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Freeport City Hall. All council members and the mayor were in attendance. The meeting was also attended by approximately 25 people and covered a wide range of topics. read more » »

BCC decisions on trolley advertising, RESTORE funding; Gulf Place proposal to be revised for Feb. 9

Jan 25th, 2016 | 0

By DOTTY NIST 

 
A lengthy public hearing on the Gulf Place Lots 19 & 20 development proposal resulted a representative of project applicant Lagoon Manor Development agreeing to revise and bring back the project plans. read more » »

South Walton girls finish District 10-0

Jan 25th, 2016 | 0

By PATRICK CASEY

The South Walton girls basketball team posted wins over Chipley, Baker and Holmes County in a span of four days to improve to 21-2 overall and wrap up District 3 of Class A with a perfect 10-0 mark in the regular season heading into next week’s district tournament that the Seahawks will host. read more » »

Martin Luther King day observed in DeFuniak Springs

Jan 25th, 2016 | 0
ATTORNEY FRANZ CHAVANNES was one of two guest speakers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event honoring the civil rights leader. The event was held at Everlasting Word Church in DeFuniak Springs. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

ATTORNEY FRANZ CHAVANNES was one of two guest speakers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event honoring the civil rights leader. The event was held at Everlasting Word Church in DeFuniak Springs. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

Story and photos by JEFFREY POWELL

On Monday, Jan. 18, residents of DeFuniak Springs came together to observe the federal holiday dedicated to honoring civil rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Although his actual birthday is on Jan. 15, this is the day that was designated as a holiday by then-president Ronald Reagan in 1983. The event was sponsored by Everlasting Word Church and was well attended by people of various ethnic backgrounds. After a brunch was served Pastor Russell Hughes introduced the day’s first guest speaker, Pastor Kenneth Harrison. Harrison was a pastor in Selma, Ala. from 1961-1971 and met Dr. King before the 1963 march to Montgomery. read more » »

Planning Commission continues proposed Portland amendment, Fox Lake development proposal

Jan 25th, 2016 | 0
THE GULF PLACE Lots 19 & 20 proposal is presented by Brian Underwood of Walton County Planning and Development Services. A lengthy public hearing at the BCC Jan. 12 meeting on the development proposal resulted a representative of project applicant Lagoon Manor Development agreeing to revise and bring back the project plans.(Photo by Dotty Nist)

THE GULF PLACE Lots 19 & 20 proposal is presented by Brian Underwood of Walton County Planning and Development Services. A lengthy public hearing at the BCC Jan. 12 meeting on the development proposal resulted a representative of project applicant Lagoon Manor Development agreeing to revise and bring back the project plans.(Photo by Dotty Nist)

 

By DOTTY NIST 
Two proposals attracting a lot of community interest ended up being continued by the Walton County Planning Commission on Jan. 14. Four other proposals were continued, as well, and abandonment, a small-scale amendment and another development proposal got favorable votes. read more » »

Headline news 1/14/16

Jan 18th, 2016 | 0

DFS CITY COUNCIL JAN. 11 MEETING

Talks Chautauqua building rental fees, drone use in city limits
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SCHOOL BOARD JAN. 5 WORKSHOP AND MEETING
Discusses construction methods for new school
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SOUTH WALTON REPUBLICAN CLUB JAN. 7 MEETING
All five commissioners attend, Meadows featured speaker
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FREEPORT SPLITS SOCCER DOUBLE-HEADER AGAINST ROCKY BAYOU
Boys win, girls lose in back-to-back games
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PAXTON GIRLS LOCK IN TOP SEED AT DISTRICT 1A TOURNAMENT
Defeat Ponce de Leon 40-29 in Jan. 8 basketball game
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WALTON BOYS EARN 10TH HOOPS WIN
Braves down West Florida 65-52
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WALTON GIRLS EDGE NORTH BAY HAVEN 44-40
Lady Braves earn district victory with critical free throw