CHRISTOPHER MITCHELL, JERRY “THE BEAVE” MATHERS, Dennis Ray and Mayor Bob Campbell plant a tree in the lakeyard, one of many events at the Florida Chautauqua 2016 Assembly, Jan. 28 – 31, in DeFuniak Springs. (Photo by By Jeffrey Powell)
TEAM AND TROPHY: SWHS Competitive Cheerleading Team took the title at the 2016 Florida High School Athletic Association Competitive Cheerleading State Championship.
THE SOUTH WALTON LADY SEAHAWKS won the District 3, Class A crown on Saturday night on their home floor with a 63-34 victory over the Chipley Tigers. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
WALTON’S BOYS basketball team has posted a 12-7 mark so far this season and will host the District 1, Class 4A boys basketball tournament next week. The Braves need a win over West Florida on Tuesday night to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
HIGH WINDS on Thursday evening, Jan. 21, caused some light damage in and around DeFuniak Springs. Here a large portion of an oak tree crashed to the ground off of Live Oak Ave. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
BRIAN S. ASSELSTINE, Petty Officer 3rd Class (l) was named Warrior of the Day Jan. aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), where he currently serves.
Asselstine, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., has served in the Navy for three years as a personnel specialist. He is a 1999 Walton High School graduate.
BOB MCKNIGHT WORKS WITH the DeFuniak Springs Economic Development Committee (EDC) on a mapping exercise to pinpoint unique points of interest about the city. The EDC convened the evening of Jan. 14 to discuss plans for their Competitive Florida Grant kickoff.
AIDAN COLLINS OF SOUTH WALTON (24) worked to stop Chipley’s E’Naj Reed (25) during the second half of the Seahawks’ 61-38 win over the Tigers in a game played on Jan. 12. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
FREEPORT’S CASE WOODARD (10) scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half as the Bulldogs eked out a 33-32 win over South Walton on Monday afternoon to split the regular season series in 2015-16. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
WESLEY MYERS has begun work as new park manager for Camp Helen State Park and Eden Gardens State Park. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT – $10,000. The “Shave Dave” Palmer campaign aims to raise $10,000 for Cancer Freeze. Noah Leonard, 8, vowed to raise $10,000 for Cancer Freeze 2016 if Palmer agreed to volunteer to put the fate of his voluminous locks on the line.
NEW DISPLAY: The Walton County Heritage Museum has a new display for January 2016 – the Krewe De Yak display. Grasfest 2016 will take place Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 1140 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, and is open Tues – Sat, from 1 – 4 p.m.
THE OLD HIDE-A-WHILE CAMPGROUND and lodge was inundated by last week’s flood. The campground has been closed for some time but this is a good example of the extent of the flooding. As of Tuesday, Jan 5, the river was slowly receding. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
HEAVY RAIN in Alabama and Georgia over the past few weeks has caused the Choctawhatchee River to leave its banks. The waterway crested on Saturday, Jan 2, at approximately 19.2 feet. The flooding caused many residents along the river in the Cowford area to leave their homes or commute by boat. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
BRENDA REES (right) and daughter Lauren Rees display images of Henry Marie Brackenridge and live oak trees on his Alaqua property. The anniversary of Walton County’s founding was celebrated on Dec. 29, as has been the tradition since 2004. Brenda Rees, initiator of the event, hosted the celebration at her Eastern Lake home. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
SEAGROVE GARDEN CLUB raised $7,300 at its Dec. 9 Christmas Auction. With these funds their Christmas Charity Committee was able to purchase $7,300 in gift cards which were presented to 23 local individuals and families including 53 children. (Photo from Seagrove Garden Club)
FIRST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY students and parents, along with National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella, join Walton County Commission Chair Sara Comander and District 2 Commissioner Cecilia Jones for a photograph at the Dec. 22 Walton County Board of County Commissioners meeting. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
WAYNE DYESS, Walton County planning and development services director, brings forward planning items at the Dec. 22 meeting. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
LARAMIE SHOVER has attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the fourth scout to achieve the highest rank from Troop 525 and makes the success of achieving the rank at 100 percent for the troop.
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BAGS OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS AND GOODIES were collected by Santa’s Helpers, and distributed to some 500 Walton County children. This year the Community Christmas event was able to provide gifts and meals for 151 Walton County families. Local churches prepared food and fed more than 700 people at the CHELCO building on 331 North.
DeFuniak Springs Herald Christmas Family of 2015: Michael and Michelle Schack, standing from left, Zane, Madeline and Michael
Front from left, Marianne, Xavier, Brooklyn and Adrianne.
ALYS BEACH lit up its tree complete with gifts. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
LIVING FAITH DREAM TEAM of Niceville conducted a Christian outreach event at WeeCare Park in DeFuniak Springs. Gospel rap, a bike giveaway, and family games were part of the day’s activities.
PAXTON’S GENESIS LONG (15) works the ball around South Walton’s Megan O’Neal(10) on Saturday night as two of the top teams in Walton County met to do battle in Paxton. The Seahawks moved to 16-0 with a 42-27 victory over the Bobcats while Paxton dropped two games in two days, also losing to Geneva County to fall to 10-2 overall. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
SNOWBIRDS PREPARING to march in the Destin Christmas Parade.
THERE WAS LITERALLY NO CHANCE FOR SNOW on the day of the 2015 DFS Woman’s Club Christmas Parade, so Santa Claus had to make do with a grounded horse-drawn carriage instead of the usual airborne reindeer-pulled sleigh. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
FREEPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL’S girls basketball team won their conference championship with a 17-9 victory over Emerald Coast on Saturday. Freeport captured the 5-team tournament title that was played in Crestview at Davidson Middle School.
PARENTS AND STUDENTS participated in small groups addressing a variety of math-related applications. Walton Middle School’s families showed their commitment to their children’s education by attending the school’s second Title 1 Parent Training Night of the year. The event, “Making Math Matter,” occurred on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS MCDONALD’S GENERAL MANAGER ANTONIO PORTUGAL presented a check for $1,000 to Ponce de Leon Elementary School Assistant Principal Tonya McInnis on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The money will go toward paying for the school’s participation in the Accelerated Reader program and other online learning tools. The top readers in grades 1 through 5 were also in attendance at the presentation of the check. Josh Evans, Lillian Sutton, Dylan Baldwin, Noah Hartzog, Samantha Bohannon, Noah Chapman, Sage Galloway, Eli Contreras, Curtis Galloway, Stephanie Strickland, Wyatt Alford, Brianna Archer, and Colby Stapp are pictured. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
SOUTH WALTON’S JOHN WOOLF WAS FOULED A FEW TIMES in the final quarter, helping him to 13 points on the night and pushing the Seahawks to a five-point margin of victory. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD or too young to tell Santa what you want for Christmas. The Walton County Fair Grounds saw huge crowds on Nov. 28 as the traditional Hometown Christmas event filled the fair building with vendors, craftsmen, volunteers, shoppers and even Santa Claus.
DBPA HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS is always a hometown hit. Pictured are (l-r) Carla Hulion DBPA board member, Mike Bagley, Gerry Bagley (winner) and Alicia Ammons DBPA board member. (Photo by Cathy Mosley)
CROMWELL LETCHER (l) and Maggie Lee Letcher admire the Building Homes for Heroes tree at the Nov. 24 Festival of Trees kick-off. The youngsters are the grandchildren of Chip and Betty Letcher of Inlet Beach
CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS got off to a great start Friday, November 27, on Circle Drive. Pictured are (l-r, front row) Mary Chris Murray, City Councilwoman Janie Griffith, Zach Bencoczy, Jan Kinney, Carla Brown and Carolyn Mora, (L to R, Back row) City Manager Sara Bowers, Ellen Mayfield, Councilman Henry Ennis, Councilman Ron Kelley and Ben Nelson were on hand as the lights went on in the Lakeyard. (Photo by Cathy Mosley)
AMICALOLA FALLS is the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Located in the foothills of northern Georgia the falls are named after a Cherokee term Um-Ma-Calo-La meaning “Tumbling Waters.” (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
THE 2015 WALTON BRAVES football team is 10-0 after their win over Bay High on Thursday night (Nov. 5). (Photo by Patrick Casey)
ENERGY EXPO Committee Members and City Council members (l-r) Monda Duncan, Stewart Duncan, Councilwoman Janie Griffith, Councilman Ron Kelley, Kevin Campbell, Sara Bowers, Cindy Permenter. The city of DeFuniak Springs held its Energy Expo on Onv. 7. (Photo by Cathy Mosley)
WHAT YOU’RE SEEING HERE IS EASILY MORE THAN $1 MILLION in high-end sports cars, and this was only about a fourth of all those participating in the second BlackTie Classic Rally held in DFS Nov. 7. Some cars, like the gray Ford GT located second from the right, are worth almost half a million dollars on their own. (Photo by Reid Tucker)
TOYS OF CHRISTMAS PAST: Everyone is invited to visit Walton County Heritage Museum, 1140 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs to see their new “Toys of Christmas Past” exhibit and dollhouse all decorated for the Holidays now on display. Mark your Calendars for Dec. 5 to tour the Caboose from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with The Tour of Homes and the Festival of Trees at the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood.
MAJ. DAMIAN OCHS, USAF, told stories about the gratitude civilians extend to members of the military, at Walton Area Chamber’s First Friday Breakfast honoring the military.