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Headline News 8.28.2014

BCC DISCUSSES BEACH ACCESSES AND REGIONAL PARKING Conflicting opinions on neighborhood beach accesses _____ BCC HEARS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PARKING RECOMMENDATIONS Area from CR-395 to Bay County line subject of comments _____ DFS CITY COUNCIL AUG. 25 MEETING Will develop strategic plan with ISP _____ WCSB AUG. 19 MEETING Land deal, hiring practices dominate meeting [...]

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Parking recommendations for southeastern Walton County draw public comment

By DOTTY NIST Recommendations for public parking were provided on Aug. 12 for southeastern Walton County. Applying to the area from CR-395 to the Walton-Bay County line, this set of recommendations was part of the last of a series of three presentations by county consultants AVCON. The presentation took place at a Walton County Board [...]

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Paxton Council and FDOT reps lay groundwork for U.S. 331 four-lane project studies, workshops

By REID TUCKER The Paxton Town Council hashed things out with representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation, putting together a plan of action for public workshops regarding the imminent four-laning of U.S. 331. FDOT’s Peggy Kelley and Ralph Bove, assistant VP with Parsons Brinkerhoff, Florida’s contracted construction consultation firm, attended the Town Council’s Aug. [...]

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DFS City Council to develop strategic plan with Institute for Senior Professionals

By REID TUCKER DeFuniak Springs resident J.B. Hillard at last got his chance to address the City Council on a topic near and dear to his heart – the development of a long-term strategic plan for the city. The Council’s enthusiastic and unanimous vote in support of the suggestion made at the Aug. 25 meeting [...]

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Officials discuss need for more beach accesses, beach parking

By DOTTY NIST County commissioners recently discussed future needs in connection with beach accesses and beach parking. District 3 Commissioner Bill Imfeld brought up the topic at the Aug. 12 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting at the South Walton Annex. Imfeld noted that the commissioners had received a lot of information at [...]

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Offenses excel in 2014 Kickoff Classic

By PATRICK CASEY Walton junior Cody Phillips caused two fumbles and had an interception in a little over one half of play while junior running back Azende Rey scored three touchdowns as Walton posted a 41-28 win over South Walton in the exhibition game played on Friday night that is known as the Kickoff Classic. [...]

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We do not support U.S. 331 project plan with delay/bottleneck, hospital says

By DOTTY NIST “We do not support this in any way,” a Healthmark Regional Medical Center representative recently told county commissioners in reference to new plans for the U.S. 331 expansion project that had been announced by the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) three weeks earlier. Healthmark Regional spokesman Ron Kelley brought this message to [...]

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New Walton County business openings roundup

By REID TUCKER with photos by JEFFREY POWELL The next few months should be busy ones indeed for the growing business community in northern Walton County, as several major retailers are set to open in Mossy Head and DeFuniak Springs. However, it’s easy for the facts to get lost amid the deservedly excited speculation, so [...]

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Sept. 3 public meeting set on topic of easements for beach nourishment project

By DOTTY NIST After four beachfront property owners targeted construction easement language proposed for the Walton County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction (beach nourishment) Project with criticism, a decision on the easement language was put off, and a public meeting was scheduled on the topic of the easements. The input and decision took place at [...]

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Walton County challenges order of contempt

By DOTTY NIST Walton County has challenged an Aug. 6 judge’s order finding the county in contempt of court for failure to comply with a court order issued three months earlier. The challenge is in the form of a Motion to Vacate Order of Contempt filed in Walton County Circuit Court by Mark Davis, Walton [...]

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