DAN AND SHERRY COSSON’S LIVE OAK AVENUE HOME will become DeFuniak Springs’ first solar-powered house once construction is complete. The Cossons will retire within two years’ time, and after that look to enjoy life in the city’s historic district while also paying 40 percent less (or more) on their utility bill each month. (Photo courtesy of Dan and Sherry Cosson)
BARB WILSON prepares to make a landing. On Sept. 23, a group of 21 seniors from Life Enrichment Senior Center (LESC) in DeFuniak Springs set out to go zip lining at Baytowne Wharf. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
STATE ATTORNEY Bill Eddins (right) and Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson at the Sept. 24 press conference on the released report by the grand jury that was impaneled to investigate alleged miscalculations made in the Planning Department. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
WALTON COUNTY Tax Collector Rhonda Skipper accepts a plaque presented by Phil Van Stavern of LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services honoring a 4-percent increase in organ donor registration in 2014 as part of her office’s driver’s license services. The office’s current organ donor enrollment rate in connection with driver’s license services is 70 percent. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
ANN ROBINSON stands next to her newly unveiled plaque. Robinson was honored by the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club as a Woman of Light on Sept. 11.
THIS 1960’s VINTAGE AC/SHELBY COBRA 427 was the most expensive and rarest vehicle in the long line of cars to arrive at the DeFuniak Springs checkpoint out front of the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood on Sept. 12. High-end sports cars rolled through DeFuniak in the inaugural BlackTie Classic Rally (Photo by Reid Tucker)
PLAYWRIGHT NANCY HASTY (center) with her mother Rogene (l) and actress Ann Robinson (r). Hasty’s play “We Were Soldiers Too” was performed Sept. 13 by members of the No Limits Theatre Company at Everlasting Word Church, Conference and Training Center in DeFuniak Springs.
WALTON’S AZENDE REY had 152 total yards in the win over Arnold on Friday night. The Braves will go on the road to Baker the week of Sept. 14 to face the Gators in a non-district clash at 7 p.m. (Photo by Jennifer Casey)
SOUTH WALTON’S JIREH CRITTENDEN (5) had a 28-yard touchdown run to go with a 59-yard touchdown reception as the Seahawks rolled up 366 yards in total offense on Friday night (Sept. 11) against the Hornets. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
JACE FIELDER, Walton senior quarterback (12) threw for 145 yards and ran for 82 while dodging leaping defenders to lead the Braves to a win in their 2015 regular season opener. (Photo by Jillian Casey)
A TURN OF THE CENTURY turpentine still can be seen near St. Andrews Bay. St. Andrews State Park consists of 1,200 acres located on the eastern terminus of Panama City Beach. The state park offers a little something for everyone. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
THE LONG-AWAITED Freeport Village Shopping Center, home of the new Freeport Publix finally began a couple of weeks ago after years of anticipation by Freeport area residents. H&T Contractors were awarded the job to clear and get ground preparation ready for construction to begin. The center is located just south of SR-20 on U.S. 331. (Ard Gallery photo)
THE WALTON GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM posted a 4-0 mark on Saturday to win the Chipley Invitational Volleyball Tournament for the second time in four years.
WHEEL DAMAGE to green area on golf course at Sandestin. Unknown vandals inflicted some $15,000 in damage to tees and greens over the weekend of Aug. 29-30.
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.
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)
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)
- 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)
- 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)