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Headline news 5/18/17

May 22nd, 2017 | Comments Off on Headline news 5/18/17

BCC APPROVES ALAQUA ANIMAL SHELTER RELOCATION
More space for new features and programs
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PLANNING COMMISSION MAY 11 MEETING
Approves five requests, votes against two amendments
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SANDESTIN HOMEOWNERS SUE WALTON COUNTY
Regarding recent Sandestin DRI amendments
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DFS MAYOR CAMPBELL ON TRADING OFFICE SPACES
Talks with Herald – Breeze
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REFOCUSED SOUTH WALTON BLASTS LIBERTY COUNTY
Seahawks baseball wins 13-2 in first round of Region 2 playoffs
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PAXTON PLAYOFF RUN ENDS SOFTBALL SEASON
Loses 5-0 to Wewahitchka
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PAXTON BASEBALL KNOCKS OFF BLOUNTSTOWN
Semifinal win against favored opponent
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WALTON SOFTBALL OUTLASTS MARIANNA
Braves win 12-inning thriller
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WALTON SOFTBALL WINS REGION 1 TITLE
Off to Final Four in Vero Beach
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Sandestin homeowners sue Walton County over recent Sandestin DRI amendments

May 22nd, 2017 | Comments Off on Sandestin homeowners sue Walton County over recent Sandestin DRI amendments


By DOTTY NIST 
The Sandestin Owners Association (SOA) has filed a legal challenge to Walton County’s recent adoption of an amended development order for the Sandestin Development of Regional Impact (DRI).
The SOA complaint was filed on May 9 in Walton County Circuit Court.
On April 11, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) had voted 3-2 for final approval by ordinance of a thirteenth and fourteenth amendments to the Sandestin DRI development order. This was in response to the filing by Sandestin Investments, Inc., (SDI) owner of Sandestin Resort, of a Notice of Proposed Change (NOPC) application, read more » »

Walton County Planning Commission votes against two amendments, approves five other requests  

May 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Walton County Planning Commission votes against two amendments, approves five other requests  

THE WALTON COUNTY Planning Commission moves through agenda items at the May 11 regular meeting. Two proposed amendments, the Hicks Large Scale Amendment and the Cassine Station Planned Unit Development (PUD) Amendment, got thumbs down from the Walton County Planning Commission, with five other proposals clearing their hearings by the county board with favorable votes. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

By DOTTY NIST 
Two proposed amendments, the Hicks Large Scale Amendment and the Cassine Station Planned Unit Development (PUD) Amendment, got thumbs down from the Walton County Planning Commission, with five other proposals clearing their hearings by the county board with favorable votes.
The decisions took place at the Walton County Planning Commission’s May 11 regular meeting at the South Walton Annex. read more » »

Walton Softball wins Region 1 title – Lady Braves off to Final Four in Vero Beach

May 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Walton Softball wins Region 1 title – Lady Braves off to Final Four in Vero Beach

THE WALTON LADY BRAVES are off to the Final Four in Vero Beach after defeating Baker County 2-1 this past Friday night. Walton will play Coral Springs Charter on Friday morning at 7:35 a.m. in a Class 5A state semifinal. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

By PATRICK CASEY
Macy Jackson struck out on a 1-2 pitch from Walton junior pitcher Hannah Poole with runners on second and third base in the top of the seventh inning as the Lady Braves softball team won their first Region 1 title in the sport and earned a trip to Vero Beach and the Class 5A Final Four this week with a 2-1 victory over the Baker County Wildcats.
It was sweet revenge for the squad that lost the 2016 Region championship by a 4-0 score to the Wildcats in DeFuniak Springs last season.
Walton plated a run in the bottom of the second inning as the Braves loaded the bases with one out off of pitcher Liz McGovern. Celeste Truett then hit a one-hopper to first baseman Hayleigh Mulkey who fired home to force Kelee Mosley with the return throw read more » »

Alaqua Animal Refuge Relocation gets final approval  

May 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Alaqua Animal Refuge Relocation gets final approval  

LAURIE HOOD, Alaqua Animal Refuge president and founder, addresses the Walton County Board of County Commissioners on May 9. Final approval has been granted, setting the stage for Alaqua Animal Refuge to relocate and expand with new features and programs. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

By DOTTY NIST 
Final approval has been granted, setting the stage for Alaqua Animal Refuge to relocate and expand with new features and programs.
The approval came at the May 9 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) regular meeting at the South Walton Annex.
“This is one we really like,” Mac Carpenter, Walton County planning and development services director, said of the project. read more » »

Headline news 5/11/17

May 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Headline news 5/11/17

BEACH CUSTOMARY USE BILL DIES IN LEGISLATURE
Would have prohibited local governments from enacting customary use ordinances
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COMANDER HOLDS VISIONING MEETING
First of proposed series of meetings on future county goals
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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MAY 8 MEETING
Office trading, video streaming, city manager job discussed
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FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL MAY 9 MEETING
Pool may open – maybe
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SCHOOL BOARD MAY 2 MEETING AND TRANSPORTATION WORKSHOP
Honors academic team, continues discussion of zoning
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WALTON SOFTBALL CLUBS GODBY
Lady Braves win 15-0 in home game
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PAXTON SOFTBALL VICTORIOUS OVER SNEADS
Lady Bobcats stage a 5-3 “Camback”
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SEAHAWKS BASEBALL UPSET IN DISTRICT FINAL
Wins over Jay, loses to Chipley
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SOUTH WALTON SOFTBALL FALLS 5-2
Against Franklin County
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PAXTON BASEBALL DISTRICT CHAMPS – AGAIN
Eleven straight titles for Bobcats
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Paxton Baseball District Champs Again – 11 straight district titles in baseball

May 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Paxton Baseball District Champs Again – 11 straight district titles in baseball

THE PAXTON BASEBALL TEAM won their 11th consecutive district title in the sport on Friday night in Santa Rosa County with a 13-0 pasting of Central in the District 1, Class A championship game. The Bobcats host Blountstown on May 10 at 7 p.m. in an opening round state playoff game. (Photo courtesy Nate and Jessica Moore)

By PATRICK CASEY
Paxton freshman Connor Varnum hit a grand slam to finish off the Central Jaguars on Friday night as the Bobcats baseball team posted a convincing 13-0 shutout of the Santa Rosa County team in just five innings of play to capture the District 1, Class A championship for the 11th consecutive season.
Head Coach Nate Moore saw junior starter Gabe Nelson pitch all five innings while recording six strikeouts. read more » »

Comander kicks off new series of visioning meetings

May 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Comander kicks off new series of visioning meetings

SARA COMANDER AND COUNTY staff assisting at the public meeting. (From left) Sidney Noyes of the Office of the County Attorney; Commissioner Comander; Louis Svehla, county public information manager; and Melinda Wickham, commissioners’ aide for District 4. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

By DOTTY NIST
A May 3 public meeting hosted by Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander included highlights of recent progress by Walton County and a chance for the public to share ideas for future goals.
The first of a series to be held in different locations throughout the county, the meeting took place at the Coastal Branch Library. read more » »

Freeport officials move to open municipal pool, maybe

May 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Freeport officials move to open municipal pool, maybe

Story by JEFFREY POWELL
The Freeport City Council held their first regularly scheduled meeting of the month on May 9, 2017, at the Freeport City Hall. All council members were present with under a dozen members of the general public in attendance.
After approving a consent agenda council members heard from Freeport City Clerk Becky Podraza concerning several issues. First of all she briefed the council about an upcoming waiver of fees workshop which will be held on May 16. read more » »

Headline news 5/4/17

May 12th, 2017 | Comments Off on Headline news 5/4/17

BCC VOTES TO TRANSFER FIRE RESCUE OPERATIONS TO WCSO
Vote is 3-2 following public discussion and debate
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BCC APRIL 25 MEETING COVERS BROAD AGENDA
Hires planning director, accepts Davis resignation, approves property purchase
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ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT APRIL 27 MEETING
Affirms appeal withdrawal, approves variances
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CITY MATTERS: DFS GRANT WRITER HITS THE GROUND RUNNING
Hall of Brotherhood and Amtrak update
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FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL APRIL 27 MEETING
Discusses upcoming election, cancer benefit dinner
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PAXTON CLAIMS DISTRICT 1 SOFTBALL CROWN
Camryn Brazile tosses no-hitter in title game
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SEAHAWKS SOFTBALL MAKES PLAYOFFS
Team headed to region semifinal
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SOUTH WALTON BEATS FREEPORT 12-2
Walton County Baseball Tournament
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WHS SOFTBALL DISTRICT REPORT
Walton beats Bay 3-0 for district championship
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