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Walton officials set tentative budget and millage rate, median program tentatively included

Sep 27th, 2016 | Comments Off on Walton officials set tentative budget and millage rate, median program tentatively included

By DOTTY NIST

There is to be no increase in Walton County’s millage rate for the new fiscal year resulting from a Sept. 12 decision of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC).
The decision took place at the first of two BCC budget hearings for the year at the South Walton Annex.
Proposed for the 2016-17 fiscal year were a millage rate of 3.6363 mills and a millage rate of 0.4291 mills for North Walton Mosquito Control, both the same rates as for the current fiscal year. (One mill yields one dollar in ad valorem taxes on each

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS at the Sept. 12 budget hearing. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS at the Sept. 12 budget hearing. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

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Freeport High School Key Club helps clean up the coast!

Sep 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Freeport High School Key Club helps clean up the coast!
Members of the Freeport High School Key Club participated in the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 17th.

Members of the Freeport High School Key Club participated in the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Headline news 9/15/16

Sep 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Headline news 9/15/16

DFS CITY COUNCIL SEPT. 12 MEETING

Hears airport updates, cemetery ordinance amendments
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FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL SEPT. 13 MEETING
Will hire new staff accountant, discusses legal services RFQ
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WALTON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION SEPT. 8 MEETING
Town Center 1, Dalton Drive retail projects approved
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REMEMBERING TINA KNIGHT
Freeport volleyball coach mourned and celebrated
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HOLMES COUNTY DEFEATS FREEPORT 35-15
“Reality check” for Bulldogs
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SOUTH WALTON BEATS COTTONDALE
Seahawks “stifle” Hornets 33-6
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P.C. ARNOLD EDGES WALTON 12-9
Marlins’ first-ever varsity football win against Braves
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Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies take suicidal suspect safely into custody.

Sep 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies take suicidal suspect safely into custody.
SUICIDAL SUSPECT taken safely into custody. A man armed with a butcher knife and threatening suicide was taken into custody without injury on the night of Sept. 11. Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the suspect’s home on Markon Boulevard in Santa Rosa Beach. The man appeared extremely agitated as he held a large knife to his throat and repeatedly told deputies on scene he wanted to die by “suicide by cop.”

SUICIDAL SUSPECT taken safely into custody. A man armed with a butcher knife and threatening suicide was taken into custody without injury on the night of Sept. 11. Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the suspect’s home on Markon Boulevard in Santa Rosa Beach. The man appeared extremely agitated as he held a large knife to his throat and repeatedly told deputies on scene he wanted to die by “suicide by cop.” (Photo and text by WCSO)

 

Sandestin Investments withdraws Notice of Proposed Change application

Sep 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Sandestin Investments withdraws Notice of Proposed Change application

By DOTTY NIST 
Walton County –    There will be additional delay with a procedure that will be an important factor for future development at Sandestin Resort, due to Sandestin Investments’ decision to withdraw its Notice of Proposed Change (NOPC) application on Sept. 9.
The application had been submitted to the county in September 2015.

SANDESTIN INVESTMENTS representatives, county staff and legal counsel, representatives of affected parties and members of the public gathered on Sept. 9 at the BCC hearing scheduled for the Notice of Proposed Change. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

SANDESTIN INVESTMENTS representatives, county staff and legal counsel, representatives of affected parties and members of the public gathered on Sept. 9 at the BCC hearing scheduled for the Notice of Proposed Change. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

The NOPC withdrawal took place at the South Walton Annex at a read more » »

Seahawks air attack stifles Hornets 33-6

Sep 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Seahawks air attack stifles Hornets 33-6

 

By PATRICK CASEY

A SOUTH WALTON AND A COTTONDALE player had a mid-air collision during a play in the first half of the Seahawks fifth consecutive win against the Hornets this past Friday night. The Seahawks host Blountstown in their district opener on Friday at 7 p.m. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

A SOUTH WALTON AND A COTTONDALE player had a mid-air collision during a play in the first half of the Seahawks fifth consecutive win against the Hornets this past Friday night. The Seahawks host Blountstown in their district opener on Friday at 7 p.m. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

South Walton turned a 12-6 halftime lead into a 33-6 win over Cottondale as the Seahawks’ defense kept the Hornets bottled up for most of the second half as the squad improved to 3-0 on the year.
Jireh Crittenden had touchdown receptions of 81 and 20 yards to give the host squad their fifth consecutive victory in the series after losing the first five games of the non-district showdown.
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Town Center 1 townhomes, Dalton Drive retail get Planning Commission nod, thumbs down for Leisure Lake Road abandonment

Sep 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Town Center 1 townhomes, Dalton Drive retail get Planning Commission nod, thumbs down for Leisure Lake Road abandonment

 

By DOTTY NIST 

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South Walton Annex – Walton County  –  Six development proposals and other requests have cleared the Walton County Planning Commission with favorable votes, while the county board voted unanimously against one proposal, a road abandonment, moving forward.
The decisions took place at the planning commission’s Sept. 8 regular meeting at the South Walton Annex.

Miller’s Crossing

Miller’s Crossing, a proposal for 72 multi-family townhome units on the east side of J.D. Miller Road, was introduced by Mac Carpenter, read more » »

Here comes the sun

Sep 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Here comes the sun

By ALICIA LEONARD

DINNER WAS SERVED along with some information and door prizes at the ribbon cutting. Community, chamber, and co-op members got to see a glimpse of what a sunny future might look like with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the new Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc.(CHELCO) solar demo the afternoon of Sept. 8.

DINNER WAS SERVED along with some information and door prizes at the ribbon cutting. Community, chamber, and co-op members got to see a glimpse of what a sunny future might look like with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the new Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc.(CHELCO) solar demo the afternoon of Sept. 8.

DeFuniak Springs – Community, chamber, and co-op members got to see a glimpse of what a sunny future might look like with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the new Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc.(CHELCO) solar demo the afternoon of Sept. 8.
A respectable size group gathered to enjoy a light dinner, door prizes, and learn more about the solar array the company broke ground on in May of this year.
Located on U.S. 331 North at the operations center, the recently completed project will serve read more » »

WALTON COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER Pet of the Week!

Sep 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on WALTON COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER Pet of the Week!

THE WALTON COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER has more than 100 dogs and cats hoping to go HOME with their forever families before it’s too late. Our adoption fee is just $55 and that includes spay/neuter, microchip and all required shots. In some cases, you can take your new friend home with you the very same day. If you’ve never visited the Walton County Shelter, it’s a great facility with a caring staff who really really wants to see every animal get a forever home. The address is 365 Triple G Road in Defuniak Springs, north of town out by the Sheriff’s Office. Call the shelter for more information (850)892-8758.

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(Pictured here, Pluto, our longest term dog! He’s been in the shelter since July patiently waiting for his forever family to come get him. Please ask for him in Kennel AN-08!)

 

LITTLE LEAGUE COACH ARRESTED FOR SEEKING SEX WITH 10-YEAR-OLD & CHILD PORN

Sep 16th, 2016 | Comments Off on LITTLE LEAGUE COACH ARRESTED FOR SEEKING SEX WITH 10-YEAR-OLD & CHILD PORN

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For Immediate Release
September 16, 2016

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A little league coach is behind bars after investigators discover he is actively soliciting to engage in sexual acts with girls as young as 10 years old.

On August 20th a concerned citizen from Walton County came forward to report a suspect trying to solicit her via social media to allow him to perform sexual acts with her minor children for money.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigators confirmed 27-year-old Jason Cody Hughes was using two fake social media profiles to solicit mothers to allow their children to perform sexual acts for tens of thousands of dollars.

Using undercover methods WCSO Investigators were able to confirm the information and actively engage Hughes as he asked, graphically and specifically, to solicit a 10-year-old for sex and sent child porn already in his possession.

Hughes is a coach for DeFuniak Springs Little League based out of Walton County.

“He was entrusted to coach girls who were in his target age group,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “And in the most despicable and disgusting way possible he betrayed that trust.”

Hughes was arrested on September 15th on charges of using a computer to solicit parent/guardian consent to engage in sexual conduct with a child, directly promoting sexual performance by a child, and transmission of child pornography via electronic device – all felonies. He was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail. This investigation is still ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.