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City of Freeport discusses land acquisition/ computer services

Feb 23rd, 2017 | Comments Off on City of Freeport discusses land acquisition/ computer services

Story by JEFFREY POWELL
The city of Freeport held it first regularly scheduled meeting of the month on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2017. Fewer than one dozen citizens were in attendance. All council members were present with Janice McLean chairing the meeting in Mayor Russ Barley’s absence.
The meeting began with the approval of a consent agenda. This is the first time the council has used this process read more » »

Walton County Officials finalize Beach Activities Ordinance revisions

Feb 23rd, 2017 | Comments Off on Walton County Officials finalize Beach Activities Ordinance revisions

 

By DOTTY NIST
Revisions involving beach vending, plus additional changes to the Walton County Waterways and Beach Activities Ordinance, have been finalized in the wake of a series of county commission meetings on the topic, with input from beach vendors and community members.
Final decisions on revisions to the ordinance took place at a Feb. 7 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) public hearing at the South Walton Annex. read more » »

DeFuniak Springs City Council discusses search for new city manager

Feb 23rd, 2017 | Comments Off on DeFuniak Springs City Council discusses search for new city manager

By ELIZABETH SINCLAIR
With Councilman Mac Carpenter’s name noticeable by omission, DeFuniak Springs Interim City Manager Tilman Mears wrote a letter of appreciation to the mayor and other four council members dated Feb.13. His formal letter of resignation was presented on Feb. 1. At the city council meeting on Feb.13, Mayor Bob Campbell asked read more » »

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

Feb 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Mardi Gras comes a little early to DeFuniak Springs

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

Feb 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on South Walton District 3 champs again

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

Feb 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Lady Braves rally for district championship

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 » »