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)
THE WALTON BRAVES will begin their 96th season of football this week with the regular season opener set for August 26 at Blountstown. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
TOURNAMENT ANGLERS GATHER for a post tournament photo at Nick’s Kids Catfish Tournament. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
FORTY-FIVE ATTENDEES in all gathered on the steps of Walton County Courthouse to celebrate Juneteenth. In Florida, the Emancipation Proclamation was read on May 20, 1865 when Brig. Gen. Edward McCook proclaimed in Tallahassee that the Emancipation Proclamation was now in force in Florida. Juneteenth commemorates that event.
THE FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL football team attended a 3-day team camp at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last week and finished in second place out of eight teams.
COMPETITIVE FLORIDA GRANT COORDINATOR Bob McKnight and Economic Development Committee members discuss where the city is in the process as they approach the second year of the grant the city was awarded from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
DEPUTY CHRIS WHATMOUGH AND K9 FARO. K9 “Faro” and handler Deputy Chris Whatmough finished top 15 in the country this week at the National USPCA Canine Field Trials. (WCSO photo)
EMERALD COAST YOUNG MARINES Gunnery Sgt. Michaela Cantwell places a wreath at Gulf Cemetery to honor those that have fallen in battle. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION, students and staff were happy and honored to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report – Best High Schools in 2016’s publication as a silver recipient. Paxton and Walton High School were also recognized by the publication and the district.
Spring football is underway with Freeport playing at Bozeman on Thursday night while Walton will travel to Chipley on Friday night with South Walton making a visit to Baker for spring contests. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
WALTON SENIORS Koleman Truett (left middle) and Danny Hicks (right middle) inked football scholarship offers on Thursday at Walton High School. Truett is off to Ave Maria University while Hicks will attend Huntingdon College. (Photo by Patrick Casey)
AVID MEMBERS pose with their patriotic signs for the Vietnam Veterans’ Honor Flight. The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program at Walton High School is completing its fourth year at Walton High School. Throughout the year, AVID classes participate in a diverse selection of activities which prepare students to be outstanding citizens and successful adults in selected career paths. (Photo by Teresa Bogart)