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School Board adopts final budget and millage

By ALICIA LEONARD The Walton County School Board (WCSB) held a public hearing on Sept. 9, 2014, for the adoption of a final budget and millage for the fiscal year 2014-15, at the district’s board room in DeFuniak Springs. Three members of the board, Dennis Wallace, Gail Smith and Chairperson Faye Leddon were on hand [...]

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DFS City Council approves tentative budget for fiscal year 2015

By REID TUCKER The DeFuniak Springs City Council turned in straight votes in favor of approving a tentative budget of $23,960,750 and a tentative millage rate of 4.5 mills for fiscal year 2015. That 3-0 vote (Councilmen Mac Carpenter and Mac Work were not present) came at a public hearing held Sept. 11 to present [...]

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Special meeting scheduled on topic of beach access through Topsail Preserve

By DOTTY NIST Official consideration of a letter to the state regarding a potential public beach access through Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has been put off for a Sept. 29 special meeting of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The draft letter, which had been placed on the agenda for the Sept. [...]

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Walton holds off South Walton 27-17

By PATRICK CASEY The Walton Braves rallied from a one-point deficit in the second half on Friday night at Everette Yates Memorial Stadium to capture a 27-17 victory over the South Walton Seahawks. Turnovers plagued both sides at very inopportune times but South Walton could not overcome three interceptions and a pair of fumbles to [...]

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Freeport Council locks in existing building permit fees

By BEN GRAFTON City Planner Latilda Hughes opened the Freeport City Council meeting of Sept. 9 with a request that the Council clarify how building permit fees should be charged. At the present time a $25 fee is charged when an application for a building permit is submitted, but Hughes said, “We are now dealing [...]

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Headline news 9.18.14

BCC SCHEDULES SPECIAL MEETING ON TOPSAIL PRESERVE Will consider letter to state regarding proposed public access _____ STOP-WORK ORDER ISSUED ON EDGEWATER CONDO PROJECT Code Enforcement, DEP concerned about sand, permit _____ ST. JOE’S BAY-WALTON SECTOR PLAN TAKES A STEP FORWARD BCC approves sending plan to state for review _____ DFS CITY COUNCIL VOTES ON [...]

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Headline news 9.11.14

BCC APPROVES PRELIMINARY BUDGET Millage rate raised to fund drainage and infrastructure needs _____ BCC HOLDS SPECIAL SEPT. 3 WORKSHOP Public input on beach nourishment easements _____ DESIGN REVIEW BOARD SEPT. 4 MEETING Approves signs for 30 Avenue, discusses corridor standards _____ DFS CITY COUNCIL SEPT. 8 MEETING Citizens weigh in on blight ordinance draft [...]

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Beachfront property owners still uneasy about easements

By DOTTY NIST A Sept. 3 meeting held to take public input on construction easements for the Walton County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction (beach nourishment) Project was well attended and lively, with many beachfront property owners present. This had previously been billed as a special meeting, but Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) [...]

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Preliminary county budget includes funding for stormwater, infrastructure needs

By DOTTY NIST As discussed at a workshop two months earlier, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has approved a preliminary budget for 2014-15 that edges the millage rate up to provide for stormwater drainage and infrastructure needs facing the county. The budget proposed for the new fiscal year received BCC approval at [...]

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Citizens address DFS City Council regarding blight ordinance draft

By REID TUCKER It was a packed house once more at City Hall as the DeFuniak Springs City Council addressed problems arising from a misunderstanding about the nature of its draft blight ordinance. Principally, a mistake was made in the way the draft was posted to the city website, leading to much public confusion as [...]

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