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Photos of the Week 8.27.2015

WALTON'S DEFENSE held Mosley scoreless in the first half while allowing the Dolphins only 13 passing yards in the entire contest. Walton opens the 2015 regular season on Friday night at Everette Yates Memorial Stadium as the Braves face off with the Blountstown Tigers at 7 p.m. (Photo by Jennifer Casey)

WALTON’S DEFENSE held Mosley scoreless in the first half while allowing the Dolphins only 13 passing yards in the entire contest. Walton opens the 2015 regular season on Friday night at Everette Yates Memorial Stadium as the Braves face off with the Blountstown Tigers at 7 p.m. (Photo by Jennifer Casey)

JIM BAGBY, Executive Director of the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC),  at the Aug. 25 meeting of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC), announced that his attorney and the Walton County attorney had negotiated a separation agreement. The agreement will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the BCC. Bagby said, "It's been my honor and pleasure to serve as TDC director," adding that he felt it was "time to do something else."  His last day of employment will be Oct. 16.

JIM BAGBY, Executive Director of the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC), at the Aug. 25 meeting of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC), announced that his attorney and the Walton County attorney had negotiated a separation agreement. The agreement will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the BCC. Bagby said, “It’s been my honor and pleasure to serve as TDC director,” adding that he felt it was “time to do something else.” His last day of employment will be Oct. 16.

FLORIDA STATE SURGEON GENERAL Dr. John Armstrong addressed the gathering of more than 40 health care officials, local dignitaries and first responders at Grayton Beach State Park on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The Health in All Places event was sponsored by the Florida Department of Health.

FLORIDA STATE SURGEON GENERAL Dr. John Armstrong addressed the gathering of more than 40 health care officials, local dignitaries and first responders at Grayton Beach State Park on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The Health in All Places event was sponsored by the Florida Department of Health.

FLORIDA SENATE PRESIDENT Don Gaetz addresses attendees and board members at Triumph Gulf Coast's inaugural meeting on Aug. 18 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

FLORIDA SENATE PRESIDENT Don Gaetz addresses attendees and board members at Triumph Gulf Coast’s inaugural meeting on Aug. 18 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

 

 

 

CHRIS DECKER SCORED FREEPORT’S LONE TOUCHDOWN on the night of Aug. 21, but he could have scored another had the Bulldogs not gotten the score called back due to a penalty. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

CHRIS DECKER SCORED FREEPORT’S LONE TOUCHDOWN on the night of Aug. 21, but he could have scored another had the Bulldogs not gotten the score called back due to a penalty. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of the Week 8.20.1015

LYNN THOMAS (no relation to Dr. Richard Thomas), DOC HOLLIDAY’S COUSIN THREE GENERATIONS REMOVED, a native of Valdosta, Ga., made the trip down to Crestview to participate in the birthday celebration held annually in honor of his famous family member. Dentist Dr. Richard Thomas has a collection of Doc Holliday and Old West memorabilia. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

 

MAGIC ACADEMY in session, with Jeanette Andrews teaching a young student a basic card trick. Professional magician and illusionist Jeanette Andrews is finishing up a summer-long run at The REP at Seaside.
TANK PALMER, PARENTS HEATHER AND DAVE AND SISTER MARGOT were the guests of honor at the grand opening of Thomas Land USA, the country’s first theme park dedicated to the characters and setting of the popular children’s book and television series Thomas the Tank Engine. Tank, the 4-year-old son of Paxton’s Florida Farmers Market owners Dave and Heather Palmer, is so “Thomas-obsessed” that he won a national prize for it. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

 

 

 

Photos of the Week 8.7.2015

USA TRACK & FIELD NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPICS DECATHLON CHAMP Christian Friis posed with coach Willie Parker and team mate Sam Morgan after the completion of the grueling two-day, 10-event meet. Friis, now competing in the boys 17-18 division, also won last year’s Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics decathlon. (Photo courtesy of Willie Parker)

 

THE 11 DEFUNIAK SPRINGS STUDENTS THAT PARTICIPATED in the weeklong day camp held at the Northwest Florida State College Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs took a bow alongside Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Education Director Melanie Moore and other program leaders. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

GARRETT MCDONALD holds his 2015 National Championship saddle. Garrett McDonald and his team mate Luke Taylor placed first in the National High School finals in team roping.

 

A THIRTEEN-STAR flag, the first national flag of the Confederacy, is being flown next to the courthouse Confederate memorial, as approved by county commissioners on July 28. (Photo courtesy of Walton County Public Information)

 

Photos of the Week 7.30.15

NICK’S KIDS CATFISH TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
IT’S GOOD TO BE DA KING (AND QUEEN), as the newly crowned Mardi Gras royalty found out at the 2015 RHD Values Day party on Thursday, July 23, held in conjunction with the Krewe de Yak. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Hinson)
AS THE CONFEDERATE FLAG ISSUE was being discussed on Tuesday, July 28, within the Walton County Courthouse members of both factions gathered outside. A few words were exchanged between the camps but there was no disorder. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
NINETY-NINE golfers teed up golf balls on Saturday at the DeFuniak Springs Country Club to take part in the first Alex Brack Foundation Golf Tournament. Thirty-three teams battled it out in four separate flights to help raise money will be used to assist families with special needs children with over 250 hours of professional ABA therapy that these kids deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of the Week 6.18.2015

DRONE PHOTO OF WALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL. (Photo by Ryan Newell, Lord & Son Construction)

 

DE FUNIAK SPRINGS HAD TWO TEAMS entered into last week’s 7-8-9 year old tourney in Shalimar with the White squad posting a 4-0 mark to win the event. Pictured are: Jaden Stevenson, Graison Dorr, Haley Reddick, Makayla Hogg, Nicole Foushee, Mayah Barrineau, Grace Harrington, Shaechaniah Tucker, Alionna Jones, Alaysha Jones and Landry Carroll along with Coach Brady Beardon, Manager Craig Stevenson, Coach Vernon Jones.

 

NEWLY HIRED DEFUNIAK SPRINGS FINANCE DIRECTOR JOE BROWN (l), seen here with City Manager Sara Bowers and Mayor Bob Campbell, was selected for the job by the DeFuniak Springs City Council at a special meeting on the evening of Monday, June 15. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

ROY BROWN PERFORMS “You Can’t Take You Out of My Heart” for Freeport library employees Debbie Peeper and Dollie Jones. Brown enjoys playing with others and is a prolific songwriter. He performs at Casey’s Gospel Barn in Ebro on the first Saturday of the month and participates in Picking on the Porch in Freeport. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

WALTON WINNERS at Tropicana District II Speech Contest. Pictured here are Elissa Rodriguez-Lombardo, Catherine Coble and Ellie Wilder.

Photos of the Week 6.4.2015

ROY WALKER, KAREN MCDONALD, SHARON GRENET, JO ANN CROOK and Mayor Bob Campbell gathered recently at the Walton County Heritage Museum to accept the loan of Walker’s Chautauqua house of brotherhood replica. Grenet won the 1/33 scale replica at the recent pig roast fundraiser.

 

ONE OF THE COOLEST ATTRACTIONS AT LAKEFEST was the sky board – basically a jet ski-powered hover board that allows its rider to soar high into the air. The second annual Lakefest event was held May 30 in DeFuniak Springs. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

A SEMI-TRAILER HAULER CARRYING A LARGE WELL-DRILLING MACHINE OVERTURNED at the intersection of U.S. 331 and U.S. 90 in the early afternoon of Friday, May 29. Traffic needed to be redirected around the crash for several hours while crews worked to aright the toppled equipment and trailer and repair the damaged asphalt. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

THE NEW 50-percent rule for vending is seen here in operation at Blue Mountain Beach Regional Beach Access, with vendor set-ups limited to the eastern 50 percent of the public beach access property. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

 

JAKE HILL, South Walton senior, signed a scholarship offer last week to continue his golfing career at Martin Methodist this fall. Pictured are: (Back Row) Josh McClendon (brother-in-law), Jimmy Ross, Matt Rackley (golf coach), Scott Michie and Bert Hill (Dad). (Front Row) Judah McClendon (Nephew), Valerie McClendon (sister), Mira McClendon (niece), Stephanie Hill (mom), Jake Hill and Amy Mathes (Step-mom).

Photos of the Week 5.29.15

A VIEW OF Alligator Lake, one of Walton County’s coastal dune lakes. After hearing from county staff and 22 members of the public at a two-hour special meeting on May 18, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) opted to put off a decision on proposed changes to county regulations for lots within the Coastal Dune Lake Protection Zone (CDLPZ).(Photo by Dotty Nist)

 

WALTON HIGH SCHOOL BAND MEMBER BLAINE STAPP played the haunting notes of “Taps” at the conclusion of the Memorial Day observances at Gum Creek Cemetery. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

EMERALD COAST YOUNG MARINES assist World War II veteran Vernon Bishop in laying a memorial wreath Gulf Cemetery. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

LT. DANNY GARNER (center) is congratulated for his years of service by Walton County Posse members Chuck Ebbecke (l) and Joe Stanko (r). Garner is the longest-serving Walton County Sheriff’s officer in the history of Walton County.

AZENDE REY Walton running back, had a 10-yard touchdown run to help the Braves to an early 7-0 lead against Chipley on Friday night (May 22). (Photo by Reid Tucker)

Photos of the Week 5.14.15

EMERALD COAST MIDDLE SCHOOL STATE QUALIFIERS, pictured here are: Spencer Burden, Tbar Keepman, Eyin Cole, Bryce Short, Owen Wellborn, Travis Blech, Anthony Bryan, Minh Nguyen, Patrick Hughes, Madison Peele, Mckenna Mears, Hannah Carmichael, Jielle Paul, Elisabeth Connell, Chloe St. Aubin, Maddy Kish, Emma Gibson, Melissa Diciaula, Kate Dargavell, Jacob D’Aleo, Alex Kilpatrick, Tanner Thede, Tyler Mitchum, Tanner Martin, Lindy Arthur, Nylah Timberlake, Kaylah Timberlake, Cameron Montz, Hannah Taylor, Hanna Sumpter, Kayleigh Walker, William Strain, Luke Johnson, Hannah Norton, Luke Rookis, Spencer Wiechman

WALTON HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH LANGUAGE Arts Teacher Tracy Nick accepts a grant from Janet Greeno, executive director of the St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc.

 

CANCER SURVIVORS take the first lap of the evening. A large group of cancer survivors and Relay for Life participants gathered on Friday evening, May 8, for the annual North of the Bay relay walk. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

MAY DAY FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MARCUS BALDWIN took a ride on Peanut the elephant, who, in her own way, also waved for the camera. The year 2015 marked the ninth-straight iteration of DeFuniak Springs’ May Day Festival, and it was the biggest yet in more ways than one. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

GLADYS MILTON’S DAUGHTER MARIA WORKED ALONGSIDE HER MOTHER FOR 15 YEARS at the Milton Memorial Birthing Center in Flowersview, founded in 1976, and runs the facility to this day. Walton County midwife Gladys Milton was selected as the second DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club “Woman of Light” for her contributions to local medicine and community advocacy. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

Photos of the Week 5.7.2015

SPRING FOOTBALL PRACTICE is underway throughout Florida as teams begin to prepare for the upcoming 2015 high school football season. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

 

SISSI WEDGWOOD looks over a Brugmansia seed pod. This Ponce de Leon woman’s passion is the propagation and preservation of Brugmansia plants and flowers. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

FLORALA INVENTOR WALTER OWENS HAS BEEN PERFECTING the engineering behind his radical static electricity motor for the better part of 10 years, but, at last, he’s very close to getting the invention certified and put into production. (Photo courtesy of Walter Owens)

 

JOSEPH AND JEREMIAH REGISTER work a bee hive in Freeport. A few years ago the Register family obtained two honeybee colonies to pollinate their personal garden and fruit trees. From those humble beginnings has sprung a 317 colony, and growing, bee farm that keeps the family as busy as their bees. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

AWARD FOR VALOR: On Thursday April 23 at the regular bi-monthly council meeting, Freeport Mayor Russ Barley presented a certificate of valor to city of Freeport employee Addison Parker. On April 8, 2015 during work hours, Parker came opon a severe automobile accident on U.S. 331 at Bay Grove Road. He immediately responded with a fire extinguisher to the burning vehicle, pulled the occupant out to safety and then continued fighting the blaze until help arrived. Mayor Barley commended Parker on his heroic actions stating “Addison Parker saved a life that day.” (Courtesy of Ard Gallery)

GULF CEMETERY ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS and volunteers gathered on Saturday, May 2 for their annual cleanup day. Their efforts are both intended to police the historic cemetery and prepare for Memorial Day. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

 

Photos of the Week 4.30.2015

NEWLY ELECTED CITY COUNCILWOMAN JANIE GRIFFITH was sworn in to office by Mayor Bob Campbell at the April 27 meeting of the DeFuniak Springs City Council. Griffith was joined by her daughter and father, as well as numerous other family members and friends. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

 

THE HISTORIC HOME AT 676 CIRCLE DRIVE, site of the April 25 Pig Roast to benefit the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. The historic 1910 French Colonial-style home was opened for ticketed tours, and visitors had the chance to view not only the interior but also a display of painted porcelain and art provided by Chautauqua Porcelain Artists and the Walton County Art League. Local craftsman Roy Walker’s dollhouse-sized replica of the Hall of Brotherhood – which was to be raffled off – was on display on the porch.

 

THE SOUTH WALTON SOFTBALL TEAM captured the District 4, Class A crown with a 10-1 win over Franklin County last week. The Seahawks won their fourth district title in the program’s history and first since the 2010 season. Head coach Bob Hartness’ squad is in the playoffs for the second consecutive season, and, with a win over Chipley, would host the Region 2 Final on Friday. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

 

THE PAXTON BOBCATS WON THE PROGRAM’S NINTH-STRAIGHT District 1-A championship on the evening of Thursday, April 23, with a 2-1 victory over Central. Paxton won every district title since 2004 other than in the ’05 and ’06 seasons, when the team was the runner-up. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

WALTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Amante’ (l) and Randi Tolbert with their first book “The Token.” The young ladies and their work were profiled in the April 30 edition of the Herald Breeze. (photo by Jeffrey Powell)

 

THE GOODYEAR BLIMP made a trip past Walton County on Wednesday, April 22. Here the aircraft is proceeding west past the Whale’s Tail restaurant. (photo by Jeffrey Powell)