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South Walton baseball closes in on top seed

Apr 18th, 2017 | Comments Off on South Walton baseball closes in on top seed

TAYLOR COLLIER, South Walton pitcher, earned the win over Jay by recording the first 19 outs in the contest with the Royals. The Seahawks are 12-4 after defeating Pensacola Christian 10-0 on Monday. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

By PATRICK CASEY
A two run home run by Adam Richards in the bottom of the third inning and a solid pitching performance by Taylor Collier helped the South Walton baseball team to a 5-2 home victory over Jay on April 5 in a District 3, Class A contest.
The Seahawks, who are 7-0 in district play, need only a road win at Jay or victories at Baker and Freeport to grab the top seed for the District 3 tournament that will be played at Northwest Florida State College the week of May 1. read more » »

Completion of expanded Walton U.S. 331 bay bridge and new public park celebrated

Apr 18th, 2017 | Comments Off on Completion of expanded Walton U.S. 331 bay bridge and new public park celebrated

A CEREMONIAL RIBBON is cut to commemorate the occasion marking the long-awaited completion of the new northbound span of the U.S. 331 (Clyde B. Wells) Bridge—which added two lanes to accomplish four-laning of the bridge—and the opening of Thomas Pilcher Park, a public park on the Choctawhatchee Bay that accompanied the bridge expansion project. (Photo courtesy of Walton County Public Information)

By DOTTY NIST
“There are many so many things we have to look forward to in Northwest Florida, nothing greater than this bridge,” said State Senator George Gainer (R-Panama City) told a large group of citizens, state and local officials and other dignitaries on April 7.
The occasion marked the long-awaited completion of the new northbound span of the U.S. 331 (Clyde B. Wells) Bridge—which added two lanes to accomplish four-laning of the bridge—and the opening of Thomas Pilcher Park, a public park on the Choctawhatchee Bay that accompanied the bridge expansion project.
Construction on the bridge project had begun in 2014. read more » »

Headline news 4/6/17

Apr 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Headline news 4/6/17

BCC VOTES TO PURCHASE FREEPORT PROPERTY
For single location of Planning Department
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CUSTOMARY USE BEACH ORDINANCE NOW IN EFFECT
Injunction attempts fail in lawsuits
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COURT REMOVES CINDY MEADOWS AND LARRY JONES FROM LAWSUIT
Laird v. Walton County
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WALTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HONORS ANDERSON
Dedication of Walton Initiative for Success
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PAXTON ATHLETIC DIRECTOR JEFF BRADLEY PRAISES PLAYERS
Enjoying “great situation” in softball
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SWHS SOFTBALL LOSES TO CHIPLEY 4-2
Errors cost Lady Seahawks
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PONCE DE LEON SWEEPS MALONE
Softball and baseball teams post wins
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DeFuniak Springs Marvel of Flight helps kids imagination fly

Apr 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on DeFuniak Springs Marvel of Flight helps kids imagination fly

ZANE WOODHAM from West DeFuniak Elementary School spent some time in a cockpit, with Tiger Flight pilot Joel Megginson (l) as guide. The Tigers were part of the Marvel of Flight event that was held in DeFuniak Springs March 31 and April 1. (Photo by Bruce Collier)

Strong line of storms move through Walton County

Apr 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Strong line of storms move through Walton County

A STRONG LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS came through Walton County and DeFuniak Springs on Monday, April 3. Most of the area escaped major damage but this awning over the Sunoco gas pumps was damaged. The affected area was adjacent to Whataburger on U.S. 331 South. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

Ponce de Leon Pirates Sweep Malone

Apr 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Ponce de Leon Pirates Sweep Malone

BRYCE WEST rests at third base next to head coach Chris Peterson as Ponce de Leon posted a 12-7 win over Malone on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

By PATRICK CASEY
It was a good Friday afternoon for the Ponce de Leon Pirates as both softball and baseball posted wins over District 1, Class A foe Malone.
The softball team posted a 9-3 decision over the Tigers behind the play of pitcher Devyn Butorac and the hitting of Taylor West.
The Pirates built a 6-1 lead early only to have Malone close to within 6-3 before the Pirates added three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to improve to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in district play. read more » »

Walton School District celebrates Anderson’s 41-year educational legacy with dedication

Apr 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Walton School District celebrates Anderson’s 41-year educational legacy with dedication

WALTON COUNTY SCHOOL Superintendent A. Russell Hughes and board members Bill Eddins, Kim Kirby, and Jason Catalano (r-l) have had a few very busy weeks. Last week they spent time in the state capital meeting with legislators on behalf of Walton County schools and students, and this week in a dedication ceremony to honor Former Superintendent of Schools, Carlene Anderson. They are pictured here in the Senate chambers in Tallahassee. (Picture provided by Kim Kirby)

By ALICIA LEONARD
As the Herald-Breeze goes to press a celebration will be taking place in the form of a dedication ceremony as the Walton Initiative for Success in Education (Wise) center will be renamed the Carlene H. Anderson Training Center the afternoon of April 4, 2017.
Anderson, a life-long educator and District Superintendent from 2004-2016, was honored with renaming per a resolution prepared read more » »

Walton County Officials vote to buy Freeport office units for planning department, look at north-of-bay parcels for recreation

Apr 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Walton County Officials vote to buy Freeport office units for planning department, look at north-of-bay parcels for recreation

By DOTTY NIST
In a move aimed at relieving overcrowding of Walton County Planning and Development Services, consolidating the department, and providing for additional services to the public, Walton County officials recently voted to purchase 24 office units in Freeport. County commissioners have also directed staff to negotiate for the purchase of six parcels located north of the bay for public recreation.
The decisions took place at the March 28 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) regular meeting at the Walton County Courthouse. read more » »

Customary use beach ordinance takes effect in Walton County

Apr 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Customary use beach ordinance takes effect in Walton County


By DOTTY NIST
Walton County’s customary use beach ordinance became effective on April 1 with a few revisions resulting from recommendations by the county’s Customary Use Ordinance Committee. The ordinance debut took place despite injunctions being sought in two lawsuits to bar its taking effect.

The Customary Use Ordinance

The revised form of the Customary Use Ordinance was signed read more » »

Headline news 3/30/17

Apr 3rd, 2017 | Comments Off on Headline news 3/30/17

DFS CITY COUNCIL MARCH 27 MEETING
Covers fee waivers, signs and city manager qualifications
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FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL MARCH 23 MEETING
Talks grinder pumps, city pool status
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COUNTY RECYCLING PROGRAM CONTINUES WITH SOME CHANGES
Bill McKee of Walton County Solid Waste & Recycling Department talks changes
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WALTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MARCH 21 MEETING
Draws a line in the sod
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PAXTON SOFTBALL TAKES 3-0 ROAD WIN
Defeats Seahawks in non-district contest
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WALTON SOFTBALL WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT
Three consecutive victories improves record to 7-5
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