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Headline news 6.18.15

DFS HIRES FINANCE DIRECTOR Joe Brown gets unanimous approval from council _____ GRIEVANCES FILED AGAINST CITY OF DFS Following termination of officers for racial harassment _____ BCC TO CONSIDER ALCOHOL BAN FOR SPRING BREAK 2016 Also plans meeting on policies and procedures at BCC meetings _____ BCC TALKS TAX, REEFS AND TRANSIT Bridge sales tax [...]

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Joe Brown hired as new DeFuniak Springs Finance Director

By REID TUCKER The members of the DeFuniak Springs City Council did not take long making a decision after interviewing finance director candidate Joe Brown, quickly returning a 5-0 vote to offer him the job. Brown, a 15-year resident of Memphis, Tenn., and a longtime employee with the Shelby County Trustee’s Office, was extended an [...]

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An education in safety

By ALICIA LEONARD With future strategic planning for the district and the 2015-2016 budget process before the Walton County School Board (WCSB) during their summer meetings, questions surrounding the best ways to protect students, staff, faculty, and taxpayers’ wallets regarding school security have been recent points of discussion for the board. Controlled access entry points, [...]

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Grievances filed against city of DeFuniak Springs after termination of police officers

By REID TUCKER The Florida Police Benevolent Association issued a formal request for a grievance hearing with the city of DeFuniak Springs after DFSPD officers Anthony Kaiser and Rick Boblitt were terminated for racial harassment of another officer. Kaiser and Boblitt were fired Wednesday, June 3, after an internal affairs investigation upheld allegations made by [...]

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Commissioners call for a look at alcohol ban on beach, meeting procedures

By DOTTY NIST Discussion at the June 9 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting resulted in direction for a look at BCC meeting procedures and at a possible ban on alcohol on the beach during spring break 2016. The meeting took place at the South Walton Annex. District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander brought [...]

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Officials set course for sunset of bridge tax, artificial reef deployment, grant application for innovative transit solutions

By DOTTY NIST On the horizon as a result of recent county commission action are a sales tax rate reduction, deployment of artificial reefs in a permitted snorkel reef area off Grayton Beach, and a possible world-class meeting to examine innovative transit options for CR-30A. These were items on the agenda for the June 9 [...]

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WCSB workshops future plans, finance and safety

By ALICIA LEONARD The Walton County School Board (WCSB) started early on the afternoon of June 2 with an evening of workshops outlining strategic plans and staffing for the district, before holding their regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. The first workshop covering strategic planning for the district brought out most of the major department [...]

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Beach Management Committee members get update on beach project

By DOTTY NIST Easement language and cover letters are expected to go out by the end of June to property owners in the Walton County Hurricane & Storm Damage Reduction (WCH&SDR) Project area, Jim Bagby told members of the Beach Management Committee on June 1. This was part of the Walton County Tourist Development Council [...]

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Two DFS police officers fired after internal affairs investigation into racial harassment

By REID TUCKER DeFuniak Springs Police Sgt. Anthony Kaiser and officer Rick Boblitt were fired last week for the racial harassment of fellow officer Chuwan Boros. The Wednesday, June 3, termination of Kaiser and Boblitt came after an internal affairs investigation conducted this April, but the alleged harassment of Boros, who is of Asian descent, [...]

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TDC recommends funding for water rescue equipment, artificial reef deployment

By DOTTY NIST The Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) has voted in favor of expenditures from its bed tax revenue for new water rescue equipment and for deployment of artificial reef structures off Grayton Beach. The decisions took place at the TDC’s June 2 bimonthly meeting at the TDC office meeting room. Capt. Audie [...]

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