Walton County Heritage Museum

Learn more about the history of Walton County

Train Depot Museum

Walton County Courthouse

Growing to meet the needs of the community


Lake DeFuniak

One of only two perfectly round lakes in the world

Fun and relaxation

Hotel DeFuniak

Built in 1920, completely restored, the perfect place to stay!

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Headline news 10.16.14

DFS CITY COUNCIL OCT. 13 MEETING Proposed plan to bring zoning designations into compliance _____ SCHOOL BOARD OCT. 7 MEETING New math standards, board spending addressed _____ TDC OCT. 7 MEETING GETS UPDATE ON DECK GRAPHICS SIGNS Safety messages in use at beach accesses maintained by TDC _____ BEACH RESTORATION WORKSHOP OCT. 7 Proposed storm [...]

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WCSB meets, new CFO addresses board spending, parents question new maths

By ALICIA LEONARD The Walton County School Board (WCSB) met for a series of workshops and their regular meeting on the afternoon of Oct. 7, 2014. All board members were present with the exception of Sharon Roberts. The board moved quickly through the opening agenda items, including approval of the agenda itself and the adoption [...]

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TDC deck graphics safety signs now available for walkovers

By DOTTY NIST Signs, displaying beach safety messages directly on the floor planks of dune walkovers, are now in use at beach accesses maintained by the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC). These unique signs are also being made available to local properties for their own walkovers. Developed by TDC staff, the signs are the [...]

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Funding for Walton County projects announced through NRDA Phase III

By DOTTY NIST More than $1 million of funding has been announced for Walton County projects as part of the third set of early restoration projects approved through the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. NRDA is a legal process that seeks to compensate the public in five Gulf Coast states for harm to natural [...]

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Possible collaborative solution to grant writer conundrum presented to DFS City Council

By REID TUCKER DeFuniak Springs resident Bob McKnight and Preble-Rish, Inc.’s Cliff Knauer proposed to work together to fulfill the duties of the vacant grant writer position with the city, and the Council got on-board. The City Council had, at a Sept. 23 workshop related to filling the grant writer position, asked McKnight and Knauer, [...]

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Reasons for beach restoration project discussed at workshop

By DOTTY NIST There have been a number of theories on the reason for the proposed Walton County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project. Brad Pickel, Walton County beach management consultant, provided the official reasons for the project at an Oct. 7 public workshop at the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) office. Pickel, who [...]

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Seahawks Squash Hornets 53-12

By PATRICK CASEY South Walton quarterback Johnathan Ortner threw for 251 yards and five touchdowns as the Seahawks rolled to a 53-12 road victory on Friday night at Hornet Field in Cottondale. The Seahawks jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter as Ortner connected with senior receiver Alex Smith on a 56-yard [...]

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Headline news 10.9.14

UPDATE ON IN-WATER CONSTRUCTION OF U.S. 331 BRIDGE Set to begin in December _____ FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING OCT. 2 Discusses city clerk position, personnel policies _____ JUDGE DISMISSES CITATION IN BEACH PROPERTY MARKER CASE Poles and chains not specifically prohibited in ordinance _____ WALTON GETS HOME-COURSE WIN AT CROSS COUNTRY MEET Braves’ first [...]

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In-water construction to start in December on U.S. 331 bay bridge project

By DOTTY NIST Test piles have been installed in the water in connection with the U.S. 331 bay bridge expansion project in Walton County, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT). Piles are postlike supports for structures. Ian Satter, DOT District Three information director, said that the test piles are being used to evaluate [...]

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Seahawks roll over Tigers 42-6

By PATRICK CASEY The South Walton Seahawks earned their second district win of the season as their defense shut down the Chipley Tigers’ offense in picking up a 42-6 road victory on Friday night. The game featured a dominant performance by South Walton as the visiting team rolled up 360 yards of offense while limiting [...]

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