Walton County Heritage Museum

Learn more about the history of Walton County

Train Depot Museum

Walton County Courthouse

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Lake DeFuniak

One of only two perfectly round lakes in the world

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Hotel DeFuniak

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

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Headline news 1.22.15

BCC PUTS HOLD ON LARGE-SCALE BEACH RESTORATION PROJECT Will send informational letter for property owners along with proposed     easement _____ PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDS HAMPTON INN 30A PROJECT Will go to county commission for final vote _____ FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL JAN. 13 MEETING Utility department receipts reported missing _____ DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY [...]

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Hampton Inn clears planning commission with favorable vote

By DOTTY NIST County commissioners will have the final word on a 90-room Hampton Inn proposed for CR-30A in Seagrove. The project, also known as Chateau 30A, will move forward with a favorable recommendation due to a 3-2 approval vote at a Jan. 14 special meeting of the Walton County Planning Commission. The meeting, which [...]

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Officials put a hold on large-scale beach restoration project

By DOTTY NIST In the face of strong opposition to the Walton County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction (beach nourishment) project, county commissioners have opted to put work leading up to the project on hold in order to determine if there is enough interest among beachfront property owners to warrant continuing to pursue it. The [...]

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Utility receipts missing in Freeport

By BEN GRAFTON At the Freeport City Council meeting of Jan. 13, Mayor Russ Barley reported that a bag containing utility department receipts was discovered to be missing. Barley said that the city has been looking into this matter, but has not been able to determine what happened to the bag and that the incident [...]

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Walton knocks off Marianna

By PATRICK CASEY The Walton boys basketball team earned their first district win of the 2014-15 season with a 43-37 decision over Marianna on Thursday night. The Braves trailed 8-6 after one quarter as both teams struggled to make shots early before the host squad went on a 13-4 run to take a 19-12 lead [...]

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Freeport girls defeat Chipley in OT

By PATRICK CASEY The Freeport girls basketball team won a key district contest against the Chipley Tigers as senior Katie O’Neal scored 42 points, making 25-of-28 shots from the charity stripe, in a game that wasn’t decided until the final two minutes of overtime in a 61-53 victory for the hosts squad. Freeport held a [...]

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Headline news 1.15.15

DFS CITY COUNCIL JAN. 12 MEETING Votes to fire finance director _____ BCC BEACH VENDING WORKSHOP JAN. 6 Multitude of suggestions and ideas presented _____ SCHOOL BOARD JAN. 6 MEETING Accountability measures, proposed policy changes discussed _____ PLANNING COMMISSION JAN. 8 MEETING Most agenda items tabled _____ COUNTY/TDC TEAM UP TO IMPROVE BIKE PATH Asphalt [...]

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WCSD gets down to business in the new year

By ALICIA LEONARD The Walton County School Board (WCSB) got back to business in the new year on the afternoon of Jan. 6. Board member Jason Catalano, the board’s legislative liaison, held a short meeting going over priorities for the Florida School Board Association (FSBA) meeting he attended late in the year, before the board [...]

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DFS City Council votes to fire finance director, no action taken on city manager position

By REID TUCKER The parking lot at City Hall was as packed as the agenda at the first DeFuniak Springs City Council meeting of 2015, but two items in particular loomed large over the proceedings. The holders of the finance director and city manager were both potentially on the chopping block. First, the Council cast [...]

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Officials hold workshop on topic of beach vending

By DOTTY NIST “There are 100 different solutions to this problem we faced last summer…somewhere in the middle we think the answer is,” said Jim Bagby. The Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) director’s remark was made at the Jan. 6 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) workshop at the South Walton Annex on [...]

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