WALTON FRESHMAN VINCENT FLOWERS (28) wound up on the bottom of this pile of Freeport defenders but would score the game-winning touchdown for the junior varsity with just five seconds left in the contest for a 6-0 decision in a half of football that was played at Freeport High School. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
JENNIFER BOWERS (l) of Regency Hospice and Alyssa Jesmain of Brookdale Senior Living Solutions shared a vendor table. Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (CRNC) employees and members of the general public attended the CRNC Health Fair on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 20. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
MAYORS THAT CARE: Freeport mayor Russ Barley and Malone mayor Gene Wright along with a host of volunteers made the trip to Gonzales, La. last week to deliver two truckloads of donations for the newly formed Mayors That Care program. Over the past few weeks, the two municipalities, along with the town of Jay and a few others have collected much-needed flood relief items for the people that have been hit by the recent flooding in Louisiana. (Ard Gallery photo)
LOCAL DIGNITARIES, including the entire Freeport City Council, joined hundreds of customers to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Publix store in Freeport, on Wednesday morning, September 14. “We are extremely excited to be opening this new 45,000 foot store,” said Publix Media and Community Relations Manager Dwaine Stevens. “I believe people will feel the wow factor as they enter the store today. We are offering superb service and great products. We are looking forward to fulfilling your needs and demands.” Just before the ribbon was cut Freeport Mayor Russ Barley addressed the gathering. “How exciting is this?” Barley said enthusiastically. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
Members of the Freeport High School Key Club participated in the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 17.
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)
WALTON COUNTY, FLA. — SIGNS AND other obstructions have been removed from many areas of the beach in the wake of a June 14 county commission decision and its enforcement by beach code enforcement officers. (Photo by Dotty Nist)
RILEY is a registered therapy dog with the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers who has earned the highest designation as a Distinguished Therapy Dog by the American Kennel Club.
CONSOLIDATED EFFORT: The DeFuniak Springs Kiwanis Club in conjunction with The Matrix, the Paxton Key Club, First Apostolic Church and Consolidated Ace Hardware, delivered two large trailer loads of clothes, building supplies, bottled water, toys, linens and sleeping bags to displaced families in Gonzales, Louisiana.
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY student Lia Wolfe visited the DeFuniak Springs Rotary Club on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and spoke to the club about a subject she knows all too well. She addressed the gathering about her struggles with depression and societal stigmas related to mental illness. She is currently pursuing a double major in phycology and biology and is an aspiring neuroscientist. “Sadness is a feeling but depression is a mental illness, You can not tell how someone feels from the outside,” Wolfe stressed. “Society is so empathetic and accepting to any part of the body breaking down unless it is the brain, we have to eliminate the stigmas surrounding mental illness.” (photo by Jeffrey Powell)