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Headline news 2/2/17

Feb 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Headline news 2/2/17

 

BCC STUDYING QUESTION OF SPECIAL MAGISTRATE
Would preside at quasi-judicial hearings
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SPECIAL BCC MEETING SET FOR BEACH ACTIVITIES ORDINANCE
Proposed revisions to be considered Feb. 7
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SANDESTIN INVESTMENTS NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGE HEARING CONTINUED
Open space proposal denied after hearing
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DFS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
Mears resigns as interim city manager
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FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL JAN. 26 MEETING
Discusses medical marijuana moratorium, park improvements
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TEACHER AND EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL AWARDS
Educators honored for achievement and service
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PAXTON WRAPS UP 12-0 DISTRICT RUN
Wins 57-54 “squeaker” against Malone
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Mardi Gras comes a little early to DeFuniak Springs

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KING ROBIN AND QUEEN TERESA of the Krewe de Yak. Mardi Gras came a little early to DeFuniak Springs when the Krewe de Yak, Krewe of Patriots and Krewe of St. Andrews paraded around Circle Drive, dancing, singing and tossing candy and beads to spectators.

Walton County Courthouse shuttle service

Feb 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Walton County Courthouse shuttle service

WCSO BUREAU CHIEF Russell Beaty (l) and Arc shuttle drivers Christopher Johnson and Tiffany Graham. Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has partnered with Arc clients to provide a Walton County Courthouse shuttle service to help those in need of a lift. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

South Walton District 3 champs again

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SOUTH WALTON CHAMPS: South Walton Administrative Assistant Barb Stratton got a chance to hold the District 3, Class A championship trophy after the Seahawks earned a 58-43 victory over Baker to win their fifth district championship in the program’s history. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

By PATRICK CASEY
The third meeting between the South Walton girls basketball team and the Baker Gators went a lot like the first two. The Lady Seahawks won yet again.
Led by 23 points from senior center Savannah Slade and 19 points from junior forward Allee Coble, the Seahawks built a 25-point lead in the second half, then survived a three-point barrage by the Lady Gators over the final 16 minutes of play to capture the school’s fifth district championship in the sport with a 58-43 victory in the title game that was played in Chipley on Thursday night. read more » »

Lady Braves rally for district championship

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WALTON CHAMPS: The 2016-17 Walton Lady Braves celebrated winning the District 1, Class 5A title over West Florida Tech in Pensacola on Saturday night by posting a 59-54 victory over the Jaguars. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

By PATRICK CASEY
A Walton basketball team that went 6-20 last season and earned a spot in the Class 5A girls basketball playoffs has grown up this season, posting a 16-6 overall record after recording a dramatic 59-54 victory over district tournament host West Florida Tech on Saturday night to capture the District 1 title and a home game in the opening round of this week’s state playoffs.
How did the Braves do it? Versatility. read more » »

Officials focus on priorities for state and federal funding, strategic goals

Feb 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Officials focus on priorities for state and federal funding, strategic goals

By DOTTY NIST 
Recently approved were Walton County priorities for state and federal funding, and officials have set a workshop to consider the county’s strategic goals and objectives.

State and federal funding priorities
 
The priorities were approved at the Jan. 24 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting at the Walton County Courthouse. They will be used by the firms lobbying for state and federal funding for Walton County.
At the top of the priority list is read more » »

Discussion and action focus on open space at Jan. 30 Sandestin NOPC hearing

Feb 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Discussion and action focus on open space at Jan. 30 Sandestin NOPC hearing

By DOTTY NIST 
A county commission motion finding the Sandestin Development of Regional Impact (DRI) 28.13 acres over the requirement for open space failed to carry at the Jan. 30 quasi-judicial hearing in connection with the DRI.
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) quasi-judicial hearing took place at the South Walton Annex with a standing-room-only attendance. read more » »

Walton County’s legislative delegation to hear from public on Feb. 27

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By DOTTY NIST 
State Representative Brad Drake (R-Eucheeanna) and State Senator George Gainer (R-Panama City) have scheduled a public meeting to hear from their Walton County constituents.
The meeting is to take place at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the South Walton High School Auditorium. Any member of the public is welcome to attend and participate. Public comment will be taken on proposals for the 2017 legislative session. read more » »

State files nol pros in Runge case

Feb 8th, 2017 | Comments Off on State files nol pros in Runge case

Mark Runge

By BRUCE COLLIER
The State Attorney’s Office has filed a nolle prosequi (an agreement not to prosecute, also called a nol pros) in the case of Mark Runge, owner of AA Auto Salvage and Recycling in Mossy Head. The nol pros was filed in Circuit Court following Runge’s successful compliance with a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) that was signed by the Assistant State Attorney on Jan. 3, 2017.
The original prosecution alleged 134 counts of failure to keep required vehicle records available for request by law enforcement. Runge maintains that he has always complied with the law, and that he had properly filed records for all vehicles concerned in the allegations.
That DPA required Runge to have no violations of the law during the one-month period of the agreement, to waive his right to a speedy trial, and to “continue to comply with record keeping procedures and providing records to the appropriate authorities pursuant to Florida Statutes.”
Those conditions having been successfully completed the nol pros was filed Feb. 6, 2017, and the case closed.
Runge has said that the arrest resulted in economic loss to his business, and he is reportedly considering legal action to recoup those losses.
“Since 2008 when we began in the scrap business we have done everything in our power to comply with the law,” said Runge. “AA Auto Salvage and Recycling have been a healthy part of the community for years and plan to remain that way for the future.”

CITY OF FREEPORT recipient of new park benches from the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes of Freeport High School

Feb 7th, 2017 | Comments Off on CITY OF FREEPORT recipient of new park benches from the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes of Freeport High School

THE CITY OF FREEPORT was recently the recipient of new park benches placed in the children’s park by city hall. The benches were a gift from the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes of Freeport High School, made possible through the Taylor Haugen Foundation. Freeport Mayor Russ Barley met with the group upon delivery of the benches and offered his heartfelt thanks on behalf of the city. Pictured here (l-r) are club sponsor Carla Hunt, Zack Seay, Brittany Longmire, Wendy McCormick, Mayor Barley and Shannon Carswell. (Ard Gallery photo)