PAXTON’S BETHANY NEALE LED HER TEAM with 15 points on the night, doing most of her work in the lane and under the basket, but she nailed a 3-pointer with less than a minute to put Paxton on the road to its eventual one-point win over Freeport. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
WALTON’S JAMIE STANLEY (4) had 11 points against Crestview last week but 26 turnovers kept the Braves out of the win column in the contest. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
SHOPPERS CONTINUED IN a steady crowd all day. The DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association(DPBA) along with an army of volunteers and craftsmen, put the cheer back in Christmas this past weekend with a well attended Hometown Christmas market. (Photo by Alicia Leonard)
ALL MARCHING, ALL DANCING – kids were a big part of the South Walton Holiday Parade, as always. (Photo by Kurt Lischka, SoWal.com)
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS rode in state through the scenic streets, on the way to receive little petitioners. (Photo by Kurt Lischka, SoWal.com)
SOUTH WALTON MONTESSORI ACADEMY students decorated the children’s bedroom of the historic Wesley mansion at Eden Gardens State Park. The mansion in Point Washington is looking a lot like Christmas thanks to dozens of volunteers representing 10 separate businesses and organizations. The decorating took place on Nov. 19, with a flurry of activity and good will. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
LINDA (l) AND CODY STRICKLAND stand next to a 22-foot tall Southern Red Cedar. Started in the 1960s, Strickland’s tree farm is one of the largest Christmas tree farms in Florida. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
A FANCY HAT OR BONNET IS AS IMPORTANT as Earl Grey or scones with clotted cream if one is to enjoy a proper English tea. The Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood in DeFuniak Springs was packed with visitors for a traditional English afternoon tea, itself a yearly tradition in DeFuniak Springs as holidays approach.
(Photo by Reid Tucker)
KRISTA MCQUEEN LED THE LADY BRAVES with 26 points against South Walton. South Walton saw their early-season record fall to 1-4 after the visiting Walton Lady Braves posted a 57-36 win on the Seahawks’ home floor, advancing their own record to 4-1. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
PAXTON’S JAMIE CARROLL (15) goes up for a shot during the Bobcats victory over Poplar Springs. The Bobcats are off to a 2-0 start. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
FREEPORT’S MARY KATE MYRICK (5) had 13 points against Holmes County and 16 versus Baker as the Bulldogs defeated district foes on back-to-back nights to move to 6-0 on the year. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
THE NO LIMITS THEATER COMPANY gets a lot of love from its audiences. The theater began at The Arc of Walton county, collaborating with The Chautauqua Learn and Serve Charter School, also in Walton county.
THIS BUILDING, THE FORMER SITE OF MICROSPINE laser surgery center, which closed for good in 2011, will soon be the new home of the Lake Erie School of Osteopathic Medicine’s School of Dental Medicine. The forthcoming school, located just off U.S. 331 South in DeFuniak Springs, is slated to admit its first class of 40-plus students in March of 2015. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
A “SORRY we are closed” sign sits at the entrance of the Santa Rosa Beach Murphy Express station, which was completed over a month ago. Located on the southeast corner of the U.S. 98/West Hewitt Road intersection near the Santa Rosa Beach Walmart, the gas station has not been issued a certificate of occupancy by Walton County.
FREEPORT GUARD MEGAN O’NEAL scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half of a 77-45 win over South Walton on November 12. Laia Burton(5) and defending Class A state champion South Walton are off to a 1-2 start this season. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
FREEPORT’S KATIE O’NEAL (2) had to work the ball up against PDL’s defense in a hard fought 60-57 win over the Pirates on Monday night. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS CITY Manager Sara Bowers along with members of the Walton and DeFuniak Springs Fire Departments welcomed Bob and Conrad Quick as they journey across the country for a good cause.
FREEPORT TOWN PLANTER PRESIDENT Eleanor Turner (l) and Mayor Russ Barley place a wreath at the Veterans Memorial. Each of the 150 chairs set up for the city of Freeport Veterans Day ceremony was filled and a standing room only crowd enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon for Monday’s event. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
THE WALTON COUNTY High School AFJROTC presents a solemn shadow before performing the posting of the service flags and colors. The city of DeFuniak Springs and the American Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with program participants produced a memorable and very well attended program to honor those who fought for the freedom of our nation.
(Photo by Alicia Leonard)
PLAQUE OF APPRECIATION presented to WZEP. Pictured (l-r) are WZEP owners Art Dees, Marti Dees, DeFuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell, business leader J.W. Adkinson, and County Commissioner Sara Comander.
THE WALTON HIGH SCHOOL AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC had the responsibility of posting and retiring the national an state flags as well as the service flags of the individual military branches. The Junior ROTC cadets also performed a flag-folding demonstration. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
THE FLUTTERBY FESTIVAL held on Nov. 9 had the advantage of good weather at Rosemary Beach.
BECKIE BUXTON, TO WHICH THE DAY WAS DEDICATED, cuts the ribbon officially opening the Heritage Center of Freeport. Well upwards of 175 people gathered at the old Freeport Post Office for the opening of the Heritage Center of Freeport Museum and Welcome Center. The ceremony took place on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
FEMALE BLACK BEARS have their first litter at about 3 ½ years old and usually have one to three cubs every other year. The black bear population in Florida is reported to have increased 10 fold since the early 1970s. Community members recently received details on— and an invitation to assist with— a Bear Management Unit (BMU) encompassing a five-county area that includes Walton County. The information was provided locally at a public meeting hosted by the FWC on Oct. 29 at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach.
AIR FORCE LT. COL. JASON BURCH, was the keynote speaker at the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday Breakfast, held Nov. 1 at the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood in DeFuniak Springs. Burch, who commands the Air Force’s 20th Space Control Squadron, located at Eglin Air Force Base’s Site C6, recognized the services of America’s veterans, including the late Gen. George Everett “Bud” Day, who lived in Shalimar, and his own father, both of whom served in Vietnam, in his speech. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
MOM-STERS AND THEIR little ghouls enjoyed scaring up some treats! Little goblins and superheros didn’t let a little rain scare them away from lots of candy and fun on Halloween night. Many hit the streets early and lined up for the DeFuniak Springs Business Professional Association’s (DBPA) costume contest and Halloween Happening on Oct. 31. (Photo by Alicia Leonard)
South Walton receiver Sage Roberts(40) was a busy man on Friday night (Nov. 1) as he caught eight passes for 111 yards with five touchdowns. Roberts has 61 receptions for 855 yards with 12 touchdowns this season. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
South Walton receiver Vinnie Ciurleo(10) hauled in a pair of receptions as junior quarterback Johnathan Ortner threw for 296 yards with six touchdown passes on the night. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
CAROL FITZGERALD spins sheep fiber from the farm sheep into yarn.
The Choctawhatchee Bay Spinners Guild members traveled to Twin Oaks and
produced yarn while teaching visitors how it is made. New Leaf Market farm tour organizers and Twin Oaks Farm owner Renee Savary could not have picked a more perfect day to open their doors than Sunday, Oct. 20. (Photo by Alicia Leonard)
STEVEN COZZIE APPEARED STOIC AS HE WAS LED from the courtroom following his sentencing. Cozzie was sentenced to die for the slaying of 15-year-old Courtney Wilkes, murdered while she and her family vacationed in Walton County during the summer of 2011.The death sentence carries with it an automatic appeal. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
SOUTH WALTON’S CHANDLER PARRETT (13) worked his way into the endzone for a touchdown as the Seahawks rolled up 650 yards of total offense in a high-scoring affair against Holmes County on Friday night. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
THE BIG DRAW OF THE 2013 HARVEST FESTIVAL was the free wine-tasting, which gave visitors the chance to sample the product of the local vineyard. The overcast and drizzly weather of Saturday, Oct. 19, did little to dampen the spirits of local wine enthusiasts who turned out for Chautauqua Vineyards’ 2013 Harvest Festival. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
SOUTH WALTON honored their seniors associated with the volleyball program in their win over Panama City Bay on Oct. 16. Pictured are Sarah McManus, Katie Logan, Hannah Crawford, Casey Perot and Taylor Scott. (Photo by Barb Stratton)
STEVE HUFSTETLER of Teramore Development, applicant for the project, made the case that the proposed Dollar General at Inlet Beach store would be compatible with the community and urged for approval. The BCC denied the application 3-2. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
THE WALTON COUNTY EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION celebrated the debut of the repainted and redesigned compass rose at the DeFuniak Springs Airport with a ribbon-cutting hosted by the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and the city on Saturday, Oct.12. Members of the newly formed club chapter also held a Young Eagles event at the airport later that day, with 20 members of the Walton County Junior ROTC taking part in the program, which aims to introduce young people to aviation by letting them see what it’s really like to take to the sky. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
THINGS BIG AND SMALL and all in between, including this sail boat
were just waiting for shoppers to pick them up and take them home. St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church in DeFuniak Springs held a Sale Around the Circle on Oct. 12 to raise funds for the church. (Photo by Alicia Leonard)
THE END OF A BEAUTIFUL DAY adjacent to St. Joseph Bay. Herald Breeze reporter Jeffrey Powell took this photo on a visit to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, a perfect place to spend an early autumn day. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
THE WALTON VOLLEYBALL TEAM holds a 13-5 record through Monday night and will travel to Pensacola next week to take part in the District 1, Class 4A tournament at Catholic High School. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
ZACH REESE (26) South Walton running back, ran for 131 yards to help the Seahawks total 548 yards of total offense as the Walton County squad improved to 4-2 on the year. South Walton will travel to Bonifay to take on Holmes County on Friday night at Memorial Stadium in an important district contest that is set to kickoff at 7 p.m. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
MORE THAN 20 members of the 1985 state championship football team returned to Walton High on Friday night for their induction into the Walton Sports Hall of Fame. (Photo by Jennifer Casey)
MANY TOOK PART in the Blessing of the Animals. Pictured (l-r) are Alisa McLeod, Shelby Skipper, Gary Woodham and Rev. Dr. Sandra McLeod. (Photo provided by Carrie Dockery.)
GLORIA KOKOWICZ (l) ENJOYED meeting author Martha Kotite (r) at the author signing event, Oct. 5. At the Walton County Library, local authors set up shop to meet with readers and fans. Nine authors were present for the event and brought copies of their work for sale.
DISPLAY OF SEA TURTLES hatching and leaving nest, at a special program held last weekend at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. (Photo by Ben Grafton)
JOHNATHAN ORTNER (15), South Walton junior quarterback, threw for 324 yards and had five touchdown passes but also added 66 yards on the ground as this first half scamper helped the host squad rally from a 24-14 deficit. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
MOSSY HEAD WATER WORKS PRESIDENT Tom Terrell received recognition for his 30-plus years of service to the community at a surprise retirement party on Oct. 4. Several members of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners and Water Works Line Operator Josh Hayes presented Terrell with plaques in honor of his many achievements as head of the organization. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
ON BEHALF of the Walton County Small Business Association, Gary Shipman and Mark Schnell address county planners at the Sept. 17 parking ordinance workshop. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
SGT. NICK BEARDEN AND K9 LEE. K9 Lee will be retiring on Sept. 29. He began his law enforcement career with the sheriff’s office in 2004. K9 Lee has worked with two handlers and has been Sgt. Nick Bearden’s partner since 2007.
CHEERLEADERS of all ages motivated the crowd at the Walton Vs. Chipley game.
KING AND QUEEN: Walton senior Christina Graves was named the 2013 Homecoming Queen with Levico Thompson crowned the King at halftime of Walton’s 33-31 overtime win over Chipley. (Photo by Jennifer Casey)
IT WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY at Everette Yates Memorial Stadium on Friday night as the Walton Braves hosted Chipley for their 2013 Homecoming game. The Braves 33-31 overtime win was a thriller and saw Walton improve their record in Homecoming games since 1944 to 40-29-1. (Photo by Jennifer Casey)
THIS PILE-UP was indicative of the battle between the Braves and the Tigers on Friday night. Walton captured their sixth consecutive win in the series but had to overcome a rough start and a two-year hiatus versus Chipley to capture the intense rivalry game. (Photo by Jennifer Casey)
WALTON’S NEW HEAD COACH, MARY “ROONIE” SCOVEL, won numerous conference, region and state championships as the coach of Gulf Coast State College, taking the Lady Commodores to two national championships over her 16 years with the program. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
REVISED PLANS for the Inlet Beach Dollar Store were brought forth at the Sept. 5 Walton County Scenic Corridor Design Review Board (DRB) meeting. The plans were approved, with conditions.
CITIZENS AND county staff members at the BCC’s Sept. 9 budget hearing. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
WALTON COUNTY AG INNOVATORS: Mr. and Mrs. Ron Prokop were recognized as the Walton County Agriculture Innovator of the Year. Mr. and Mrs. Prokop were recognized as the Walton County Agriculture Innovator of the Year by Mindy Hittle-McNair and Mike Goodchild, Walton County Extension Agents. Ron Prokop operates R & R Ranch located near the Gaskin Community.
ZACH REESE, South Walton running back (26) led the team with 78 rushing yards on last Friday night’s game against North Bay Haven, a 47-20 victory for the Seahawks. The Seahawks host the Walton Braves on Friday night at 7 p.m. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)