QUILT WINNER Deb Broxson of Milton, Fla. On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, more than 634 people attended the Chautauqua Quilters Guild’s second biennial quilt show. The theme of this show was “Our Roots & Our Wings.” The show was presented in honor of Cecil and Elisabeth Turner, longtime members of Chautauqua Quilters Guild.
ST. JOE COMPANY Senior Vice President Jorge Gonzalez (right) speaks with Walton County residents at the company’s Feb. 27 open house meeting. Company representatives have indicated that they will be submitting a proposed long-term master plan to the two local governments for some 46,191 acres it owns in Walton and Bay counties later this month. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
AT THE FEB. 27 town hall meeting (from left): County Commissioner Cindy Meadows, Maj. Joe Preston of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, and County Commissioner Sara Comander. Comander joined with Walton County District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadows in hosting a meeting on county issues, with an emphasis on the upcoming spring break. The meeting location was the Seascape conference center in Miramar Beach.(Photo by Dotty Nist)
WALTON’S KIKI BOGART’S SINGLE DROVE IN JADE LARRICK to give the Lady Braves a 5-4 win over Marianna. It was the fifth straight win for the Walton club, which also remains unbeaten in district play. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
WALTON’S STARTING PITCHER ON FEB. 28, TYLER LAWNICZAK, earned the win against Paxton with 12 strikeouts, four walks and two hits in five-and-a-half innings of work. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
MEAGAN ELLISON, South Walton senior pitcher, toiled for seven innings to pick up the win in the Seahawks 10-5 victory over Franklin County on Friday night. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
THE PAXTON LADY CATS ARE THE 2014 CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONS after a thrilling 39-34 victory over Chipley. (Photo courtesy of Paxton School)
PATSY STEPHENS, CARLENE ANDERSON and Dixie Burge (l-r) held a press conference Feb. 20, 2014 to go over the collective bargaining agreement
with the Walton County School District. Employees will vote on the tentative agreement Feb. 27 and if passed, the Walton County School Board will consider it at their March 4, 2014 regular meeting.
VAN NESS BUTLER, Jr., speaks to community members at Scenic Highway Days at Grayton Beach in March 2010. Butler, 83, passed away on Feb. 14, 2014, after a lifetime of service to the Walton County community. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
- WINNERS (l-r) Susan Marino, Emerald Coast Middle School, Teacher of the Year, (l) and Barbara Stratton (r) South Walton High School, Educational Support Professional of the Year.
WILLIAM R “BILL” Elliott, Jr., AIA with Elliott, Marshall, and Innes, P. A. an architectural planning and interiors firm out of Tallahassee presented some options to the school board for trimming costs from the school plan for rebuilding Walton Middle School.
IT WAS ALL SMILES for the Paxton Lady Bobcats after their win over Poplar Springs on Friday night. Paxton(24-3) will travel to Lakeland for the Final Four to face Chiefland(17-1) on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The Class A title game will be on Thursday at 11:05 a.m. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
LOCAL CAR LOVERS enjoyed seeing all the hot rods that came out to
participate. Members of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida(DBCF), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP), Tivoli Historical Society, and hundreds of residents came out the afternoon of Feb. 15, 2014 for a parade and rally to celebrate black history.
CALLING IT A DAY. This Yolo boarder took advantage of the beautiful weather this past weekend. (Photo by Norma Rediker)
THIS VARIEGATED VARIETY OF CAMELLIA is in full bloom. A crisp, clear morning welcomed well more than 100 visitors to the annual camellia festival held at Eden Gardens State Park on Saturday morning, Feb. 15. Those in attendance were able to stroll through the gardens where a number of different varieties of camellia were in bloom.
TEACHER AND DISTRICT NEGOTIATORS, Sandra Butler and Jerry Copeland (l-r) shake hands to agree to a deal that will now go before union members for a vote. A tense start to a meeting that lasted around six hours in all, minus a lunch break and several caucuses, ended with district negotiators and teachers union representatives shaking hands over a tentative agreement for teacher and staff raises.
FREEPORT’S GABE MOORE WON THE BOYS’ HIGH JUMP competition with a 6-02 mark, beating his next-nearest competitor by 5 inches. The weather was cool last weekend, but the action was scorching at the 2014 Seahawk Open track meet. The first-annual event, held Saturday, Feb. 15, at Emerald Coast Middle School, drew teams from 12 north Florida high schools from the Panhandle to the big Big Bend area and a stadium-full of fans. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
Walton’s Krista McQueen(33) and Kayla Jackson(31) work to trap an East Gadsden guard during the first half of the Braves 82-73 victory over the Jaguars. Walton(18-9) faces Tallahassee Godby on Feb. 11 and could host the Region Final on Saturday night with a win over the Cougars. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
GABE MOORE SIGNED A FOUR-YEAR TRACK SCHOLARSHIP with the University of Arkansas at a National Signing Day ceremony held Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Freeport High School. Accompanying Moore was his mother, Chris Pulsifer, Principal Shirley Foster, Mayor Russ Barley, Athletic Director Jim Anderson and Moore’s private track coach Willie Parker. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
PAXTON’S DESMOND MOORE SCORED 18 POINTS in the District 1-A championship game against Malone on Saturday, Feb. 8. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
HERE COMES THE KREWE DE YAK! DeFuniak’s own Krewe de Yak invited friends, fellow krewes from the area, honored guests and the general public to a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, Feb. 8, on Circle Drive around the lake.
A WHITE HERON searches for an easy meal along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay. (Photo by Norma Rediker)
THE WALTON LADY BRAVES girls basketball team earned their third consecutive district crown on Saturday night after defeating Pensacola Catholic and West Florida over a span of 26 hours. Walton will host East Gadsden on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in an opening round state playoff game. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
THE LADY CATS MADE IT 10 STRAIGHT TITLES, once more taking the district hoops trophy back to Paxton. Paxton outlasted Poplar Springs 36-34 and overcame new district rival Ponce de Leon 36-30 to win the District 1-A tournament, held at Central High School in Santa Rosa County. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
IN A BATTLE of two of the Area 5′s top scorers, Freeport’s Mason Hall(21) put up 26 points while Ponce de Leon’s Zach Johnson(12) tallied 14 as both squads closed out the regular season on Friday night. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
A SHOT OF U.S. 331 WEDNESDAY morning (Jan. 29) shows the sand put down by FDOT to keep drivers from sliding off the road. Unusual precipitation and freezing temperatures ground business as usual in northwest Florida to a halt during the last week of January 2014. A wintry mix with a good layer of ice built up on local roads, causing emergency conditions, and shutting down interstate travel as well as bridge crossings in the area for close to 48 hours. (Photo by A.J. Fulcher)
WINTER SUNSET captured by Norma Rediker at the U.S. 331 South bridge.
EMERALD COAST MIDDLE School’s Sesame Street and PBS helped kids everywhere to learn in a fun way, but Big Bird seemed like a big draw to many. The theme of this year’s Florida Chautauqua Assembly was “A Journey into the World of Motion Pictures,” (Photo by Alicia Leonard)
CANNONS BLAZED AND crowds enjoyed watching the skirmish that usually winds up the Chautauqua Assembly festival weekend. (Photo by waltonoutdoors.com)
VISITORS ADMIRE PERIOD firearms while visiting a Civil War encampment on the lake Friday afternoon, part of the Chautauqua Assembly 2014. (Photo by Alicia Leonard)
CATHY MOSLEY AND TERRY DAWKINS PRESENTED A PHOTO OF DEFUNIAK taken from Dawkins’ airplane to the City Council. Mosley, the photographer, said images like this one are a crucial part of maintaining the city’s rich history and cultural heritage. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
WALTON’S CARETHA PAUL (11) worked to keep the ball away from PDL’s Brittany Chapman(25) during last week’s game between the Pirates and the Braves. The two players are a pair of the better point guards in the region as the rivals have split their last 34 meetings in the series. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
LISA GIERLINSKI (l) AND LACEY WOODHAM , dressed in period attire, greeted guests at the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. The guests signed their names and from where they were visiting. This was part of the DeFuniak Springs Snowbird Day on Jan. 16, where the city showed its appreciation of the area’s winter visitors.
SHOPPERS LOOK OVER and pick through trees for their landscaping needs. Fruit trees are always a big seller for the yearly event, the Master Gardeners Tree Sale.
READERS AND LIBRARY supporters filled the side room at the fairgrounds, searching through thousands of books to feed their brain. The Friends of the Library held a book sale on Jan. 18.
KELLY POWELL, GRACIE York and Denise Sorrells (l-r) welcomed hungry shoppers to the 4H Club pancake breakfast that the group produces every year to raise money for guide dogs for the blind.
SOUTH WALTON HEAD COACH ROBERT PEREZ AND HIS TROOPS won the school’s first district soccer title in four years, felling arch rival Pensacola Catholic 2-1 on the cold, windy night of Jan. 17. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
ASHLYN SACHENBACHER (14) prepares to take a long-distance shot after getting a screen from Mackenzie Perot(15) during the second half of the Seahawks game with Port St. Joe on Friday night. Seahawks hosted a pair of important district games on Friday night against the Port St. Joe Sharks with both varsity squads coming away with victories.(Photo by Patrick Casey)
WHERE IN THE HERALD IS DYLLON REDIKER? He is in downtown Enterprise, Ala. next to the world famous boll weevil monument. The monument was erected in 1919 to recognize the agricultural pest which spurred farmers to diversify their crops. The weevil had decimated much of Coffee County’s cotton crop and led to the introduction of peanut production. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
MAYOR BOB CAMPBELL SIGNED A PROCLAMATION establishing Jan. 16 as Snowbird Day in the city of DeFuniak Springs. Festivities were scheduled to be held that day at the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
EMILY MURRAY KNOCKED DOWN A 3-POINTER and went 2-for-2 at the foul line in the first quarter to help Katie Sebastian’s pair of 3s take Paxton to a 13-0 first-quarter lead against Ponce de Leon. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
PONCE DE LEON’S BOYS PLAYED HARD DEFENSE, but Paxton’s deft shooting on the night of Jan. 10 proved way more than the Pirates could handle. Paxton won the game 65-23 and had a running clock most of the fourth quarter. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
WALTON COUNTY SNOWBIRDS welcomed their 1000th member this year. Her name is Tammy Stelling, and she is from Missouri. Dom Trolian, president, is shown presenting Tammy a welcome gift basket from Newman-Dailey Resort Properties.
A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE of 18 degrees was recorded for the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 7, leaving this fountain at the DeFuniak Springs Lakeyard frozen over. Near record lows have been forecast for the next few days. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
THE FREEPORT LADY BULLDOGS WON IT ALL at the 19th Annual Hilton Sandestin Beach Basketball Blowout, the final game of which was played before a near-capacity crowd on New Year’s Eve. Mary Kate Myrick scored 23 points on the night and went 6-for-6 at the foul line in OT to win the game for Freeport, the first such tournament win in the history of the Lady Bulldogs basketball. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
PAXTON GIRLS BASKETBALL team took third place at Destin Holiday Classic.
THE MAD SCIENTIST HIMSELF – Director Paul Arthur. In spite of the cold on Saturday, Jan. 4, the E.O.Wilson Biopilia Center on SR-20, east of Freeport, delivered an exciting and fun filled “mad science” program to a large appreciative audience. (Photo by Ben Grafton)
ATTENDEES DRESSED AS THE VILLAGE PEOPLE prepare to swim in the SWFD plunge, a chilly annual event in south Walton County (Photo
PERHAPS BEING HUMAN is not a Polar Bear Plunge requirement. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
DR. SCOTT RUNNELS Orthodontics and Lilybell Hope Foundation donated $7,400 to the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, a 501c3 registered as Nokuse Education, Inc. The funds were used to purchase an all-terrain wheelchair from Beach Scoot. The Beach Scoot allows people who may have difficulty navigating some of the trails an opportunity to participate in some of the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center’s outdoor ventures. This aids the Center in being able to advance its mission to educate students and visitors on the importance of biodiversity, to promote sustainability, and to encourage conservation, preservation and restoration of ecosystems. Pictured here are Allyson Runnels, Lily Isabella Runnels, and Dr. Scott Runnels
CHELCO employees send Christmas cheer to Afghanistan. The following CHELCO employees helped make Christmas brighter for our troops in Afghanistan. Homemade cookies, candies and cards were shipped to Camp Integrity in Kabul, Afghanistan. A total of four boxes were sent filled with goodies. Without these ladies, some of our service men and women might not have received Christmas treats this year. Pictured here are: Ruth Edwards, Audrey Bronk, Kelly Vickers, Pam Burns, Cindy McCombs, Kathy Epperson, Audrey Morris, Amy Hart, Pam Yates, Betty Sims, Denise McKinion, Not pictured: Wanda Edwards, Sharon Collinsworth, Cathlynn Messer, Tiffany Murphy, Donna Hughes, Mary Head.
Members of the Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution enjoyed a Christmas Tour and Luncheon at the Richards D.A.R. House Museum donated to the City of Mobile in 1972.