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Photos of the Week 2.26.2015

FREEPORT FANS FROM NEAR AND FAR CONVERGED on the school’s auditorium on Feb. 19 and 20 to watch the internet broadcast of the Lady Bulldogs’ Final Four appearances. The roar from the crowd was deafening as Freeport surged ahead in the fourth quarter to take the 46-36 win over Wildwood for the title. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

A Community Celebration honoring the 2015 Girls Basketball State Champions, the Freeport Lady Bulldogs was held Saturday Feb. 28 at the Freeport City Hall. Freeport claimed its first girls basketball state championship with a 46-36 victory over Wildwood at Lakeland Canter. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

PONCE DE LEON opened their 2015 softball season with a 7-6 win at home over Laurel Hill as the Pirates had to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally from a 6-3 deficit. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

 

TIM ARD of Emerald Coast Flowers made a floral arrangement using the camellia. Hundreds of visitors from throughout the eastern United States and Canada flocked to Eden Gardens State Park on Feb. 21, for the Friends of Eden sponsored Camellia Festival. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

MISS TIVOLI 1950, Norma Jean Goodson, was part of the Feb. 21 Black History Month parade and celebration held in DeFuniak Springs. (Photo by Bruce Collier)

Photos of the Week 2.19.2015

THE PAXTON LADY CATS EARNED A RETURN TRIP TO STATE with their 38-33 win over 2012 state champ Ponce De Leon in the Region 1-Class A final. Joining the Lady Cats in their post-game celebration was Sarah Infinger, wife of late assistant coach Randy Infinger, who suffered a fatal heart attack days after Paxton won last year’s championship. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

KATIE O’NEAL of Freeport scored 30 points to lead the Bulldogs past Port St. Joe 49-40 last week in a Class A road playoff contest. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

 

TERRY L. RAFFIELD of the Freeport Fire Department at Freeport Middle School’s Career Day. He was one of more than a dozen different career speakers on hand to address students’ questions during the Friday, Feb. 13 morning event. Students rotated between speakers in three organized sessions. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

MARIAH BARLEY (l), COURTNEY EDWARDS AND BUNNIE MCMULLEN are keeping Lily’s Cafe’ operating in the absence of their owner and friend. (photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

THE FEB. 10 BCC meeting plaque presentation. The presentation kicked off a busy Feb. 10 Walton County Board of County Commissioners meeting at the South Walton Annex. From left: Walton County Planning and Development Services Director Wayne Dyess, CRS Coordinator Danny Hinson, and Walton County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Bill Imfeld. (Photo courtesy of Walton County Public Information)

 

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TABITHA GAYDOS, South Walton senior softball player, signed a scholarship deal with Gulf Coast State College last week. Gaydos is pictured with her parents, Edward and Tammy Gaydos, as well as Athletic Director Phil Tisa, South Walton softball coach Bob Hartness and Gulf Coast State College softball coach Beth Wade. (Photo by Barb Stratton)

 

KRISTA MCQUEEN Walton senior center, (33) hit 8-of-9 free throws and scored 27 points in her final game for the Lady Braves. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

 

THIS 1948 TUCKER TORPEDO was used in the Francis Ford Coppola movie Tucker. The automobile is part of the collection at Tallahassee Automobile Museum. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

BRAD PICKEL, (l) coastal management consultant for Walton County and the TDC, was recognized for his almost-15-years’ service at the Feb. 3 tourism council meeting. (Photo courtesy of the Walton County TDC).

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY from Eleanor and Roger Frick, who are celebrating 70 years since their first (blind) date, on Valentine’s Day. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

Photos of the Week 2.5.2015

FIRST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY PRINCIPAL LISA TUCKER gives Oliver a smooch. Tucker made good on a promise. That promise was to kiss a pig if students could raise $1,000 by saving and submitting box tops. Not only did the students reach their goal, they exceeded the mark. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

THE KREWE DE YAK was the guiding spirit behind the Mardi Gras Parade this past Saturday in DeFuniak Springs. (Photo by Bruce Collier)

 

THE DEFUNIAK SPRINGS WOMAN’S CLUB STILL USES the original clubhouse on 6th Street in DeFuniak Springs, which was purchased in 1922. The Woman’s Club is celebrating 100 years of service.

 

DELILAH BASS, Ponce de Leon senior guard (11) scored 18 points as the Pirates pulled away for a 64-49 home victory over Poplar Springs in a District 1, Class A semi-final on Thursday night. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

 

CRETE ZORN (3) of Ponce de Leon scored 13 points in a 63-53 win over Holmes County in Bonifay on Jan. 27. The Pirates won their first game against their rivals in Bonifay since December of 2006. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

Photos of the Week 1.29.2015

APOLLO 13 ASTRONAUT FRED HAISE (l) was introduced by Florida Chautauqua Assembly President Chris Mitchell. Haise was keynote speaker at the 2015 Florida Chautauqua Assembly, held in DeFuniak Springs. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

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TEACHER OF THE YEAR (l-r) Superintendent Carlene Anderson, Teacher of the Year Carla Griffith, FHS Principal Tripp Hope

 

WHERE IN THE HERALD are Herald-Breeze editor Bruce Collier and his daughter Grace? Bruce and his wife Kim took Grace on a surprise trip to Disney World to celebrate her fourth birthday last weekend. They stopped to take a photo with The Three Caballeros – Jose Carioca, Panchito Pistoles and Donald Duck – at Coronado Springs resort. (Photo by Kim Collier)

 

FREEPORT’S WIN IN THE 2015 DISTRICT 1-2A TOURNAMENT on Jan. 23 is the first soccer title in school history.

 

DELILAH BASS Ponce de Leon senior (11) scored 20 points as the Pirates beat Freeport for the first time in three meetings this season with a 78-59 decision. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

Photos of the Week 1.22.15

SUSAN GIBLIN’S “Great Blue Heron” is a very colorful oil painting. The Arts and Design Society (ADSO) of Fort Walton Beach, is currently presenting their 23rd Southeast Regional juried fine arts exhibition in the McIlory Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing arts center galleries in Niceville. This annual competitive exhibition regularly attracts many top artists and their varied talents and media from throughout the Southeastern United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY ON DISPLAY will be seen at the 2015 Florida Chautauqua Assembly. The 4-day educational and cultural program for families begins on Thursday, Jan. 22 and lasts through Sunday, Jan. 25.

 

STANDING ROOM ONLY was an understatement at the Jan. 14 special meeting of the Planning Commission. Following much commentary and legal argument, the commission voted 3-2 to recommend approval of a 90-room Hampton Inn proposed for CR-30A in Seagrove. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

 

NITRO GEE Walton junior forward (22) had 11 points as the Braves earned their seventh win of the year on Friday night in a home victory over Marianna. (Photo by Jennifer Casey)

 

AMANDA PASCHAL, (12), Chipley senior guard, scored 26 points against Freeport last week but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs avenged one of their two losses on the year with a 61-53 win over the Tigers in overtime to take the top seed in the upcoming District 3 girls basketball tournament. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

 

Photos of the Week 1.15.15

A TESLA MOTORS representative brought this 2014 model S to DeFuniak Springs on Fri. Jan. 9, to commission the new super-charger site. The chargers are located on 10th Street in the downtown area and are ready to be used by Tesla owners. (photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

NOBLE today, after proper care and nutrition. “Noble” was taken from 1426 JW Hollington Road, Freeport, after the owner was charged with multiple felony counts of animal cruelty. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for $8,000.

 

TYLER PEADEN (l) and Robert Ellis, of Crestview’s Peaden Brothers Distillery, display two of their favorite flavors of locally-distilled liquor, variously made up of corn, rye, or other grains. The Peadens hail their business as the first legal distillery in Okaloosa County. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

A PORTION of the bike path at Little Redfish Lake where repairs were recently made. Along CR-30A between Blue Mountain Beach and WaterColor, asphalt was recently added to parts of the multi-use path, a.k.a. the “bike path,” that were in need of repair. The overlay work was a joint effort by the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) and Walton County Public Works. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

 

FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL’S MARY KATE MYRICK, flanked at left by her parents Mike and Patsy and on the right by Taylor Haugen Foundation founders Kathy and Brian Haugen and her brother, past winner Collin Myrick, was presented with the 2015 Taylor Haugen Trophy. Myrick, who plans to attend Auburn University this fall, will receive the award at the annual breakfast hosted by the All Sports Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

Photos of the Week 1.08.15

PLUNGERS HEAD FOR the Gulf of Mexico behind the Watercolor Inn, the main event of the Jan. 1 Polar Bear Plunge. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

IN EXCESS of 150 swimmers took to the gulf in the SWFD plunge, held later the same day as the Watercolor plunge. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

THESE PUPPIES WERE PART OF A GROUP OF 40 RESCUED IN THE JAN. 1 WCSO search made at a property in the area of Girl Scout Road. The photos were taken at the county animal shelter. Photos courtesy of Catherine Rodriguez, WCSO public information officer.

 

FREEPORT’S MEGAN O’NEAL had 31 points as the Bulldogs held off a furious second half rally by Holmes County to improve to 12-2 on the year with a victory over the Bluedevils on Monday night. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

Photos of the Week 1.1.2015

GRANT STEWART GOT HOT FROM 3-POINT RANGE, even over the top of White Plains’ defenders. He scored 21 points on the night, mostly due to long-range efficacy in the first and third periods, as he had a dry spell in Q2. Stewart and his team mates were forced to make some adjustments in the final quarter when White Plains surged from a 41-25 deficit after three to make it a five-point game with 19 seconds remaining. He made 5-of-8 shots at the stripe to give Paxton the edge it needed to secure a close-call W. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

COUNTDOWN ATTENDEES gazed at this view of Eastern Lake during a sunset toast. With 10 years left to go until Walton County’s bicentennial, this year’s gathering to celebrate the county’s Dec. 29 birthday was hosted by Brenda Rees on Eastern Lake.

 

A VIEW of Eastern Lake from the small county park at the corner of Lakewood Drive and Lakeview Drive. Eastern Lake is one of Walton County’s globally rare and unique coastal dune lakes. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

 

BEACH VENDING on Inlet Beach during the 2014 season. The Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) scheduled a public workshop for discussion of possible changes to vending standards, which are found in the Walton County Waterways and Beach Activities Ordinance.

 

A DONATION IN THE NAME OF ALEX BRACK was made to the Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Tech. With continued financial support in the foundation, the family would like to make an annual gift to the center in Alex’s name.

Photos of the Week 12.25.2014

MATT JONES, moderator for the Dec. 16 SWCC forum, speaks with attendees at the close of the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss proposed changes to regulations for lots in the Coastal Dune Lake Protection Zone (CDLPZ). (Photo by Dotty Nist)

 

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE FOUNDER Hilda Coursey (front row-center), surrounded by Friendship House staff. The Masquerade Ball to benefit the Brain Disorder Foundation, held recently at the estate of Dr. and Mrs. Ruben Garcia, of Liberty, was a huge success. The fundraising event raised over $10,000.(Photo by Cathy Mosley)

HOLLEY MOSELEY addressed the Rotary Club on Dec. 17. She addressed the organization on the current regulatory state of medical marijuana, recently legalized for limited therapeutic purposes in Florida. (photo by Jeffrey Powell)

CUT TO RIBBONS, Triangle’s Chevrolet-Buick’s launch was made official. The family-owned and operated DeFuniak Springs business threw an official opening party and ribbon-cutting on Dec. 17.

 

HE MAY BE A mean one, but Walton County Correctional Institute helped put the finishing touches on this year’s Christmas Reflections with an incredibly well done and hand painted Grinch as the last new decoration to be added to this year’s spectacular light display. He might not get to steal Christmas, but the talent and creativity behind him will get many compliments.

 

 

JAMES, MARIE, JACK AND MAX HURLEY are the DeFuniak Herald-Beach Breeze’s 2014 Christmas Family. The Hurleys’ Christmas spirit is undeniable, but their true passion is giving back to the DeFuniak Springs community year-round. (Photo by Reid Tucker)