Walton County Heritage Museum

Learn more about the history of Walton County

Train Depot Museum

Walton County Courthouse

Growing to meet the needs of the community

Courthouse

Lake DeFuniak

One of only two perfectly round lakes in the world

Fun and relaxation

Hotel DeFuniak

Built in 1920, completely restored, the perfect place to stay!

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PLUNGERS TAKE TO THE cool gulf waters.

PLUNGERS TAKE TO THE cool gulf waters. Grey skies and an occasional sprinkle did little to detour hundreds of visitors and locals alike from participating in the 2017 South Walton Fire District (SWFD)/Gulf Place Polar Bear Plunge which was held on Sunday, Jan. 1. Close to 150 people registered for the event which is intended to raise funds to help purchase and install smoke detectors in homes were people may not be able to afford them. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

Check presented to Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) by the not-for-profit corporation Walton Skate Society (Walton Sk8s)

A $30,000 CHECK was presented to the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) on Dec. 27 by the not-for-profit corporation Walton Skate Society (Walton Sk8s), which had raised the funds to be used for the design and construction of the skate park planned for Helen McCall Park. Also at the Dec. 27 BCC meeting, a partnership agreement between the corporation and Walton County was approved, providing for Walton County to provide $60,000 or more for the design and construction of the skate park and for grant applications for the skate park to be submitted jointly by the parties. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

Walton CAA announces 15 artists chosen to exhibit their original work in the Foster Gallery

THE FOSTER GALLERY: The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announced that 15 artists were recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Winter Rotation through Feb. 25, 2017. The artists are Margaret Biggs, Victoria Guennewigg, Melody Bogle, Melissa Mercer Brown, Carol Ann Cain, Donnelle Clark, Rosalyn O’Grady, Susan Lucas, Mary Redmann, Kathleen Schumacher, Krista Schumacher, Sarah Stewart, Joan Vienot, Robin Wiesneth, and Polli Youngbeck. (Photo from CAA)

PAXTON BOYS basketball team is off to a 9-1 start

THE PAXTON BOYS basketball team is off to a 9-1 start with their only blemish a 59-58 loss to Chipley on Dec. 23 in Cottondale. (Photo by Blake McCormick)

 

EVEN WREATHS honoring military branches and POW/MIAs placed at Gulf Cemetery

EVEN WREATHS honoring military branches and POW/MIAs were placed at Gulf Cemetery DEC. 17. Wreaths from Wreaths Across America were placed by volunteers on the gravesites of 125 veterans in south Walton. This first annual event was sponsored by the Gulf Cemetery Association and its President, Dr. William Keyes. (From Harold Shover)

FREEPORT BOYS basketball team is competing at Disney World

THE FREEPORT BOYS basketball team is competing at Disney World in a three-day tournament before returning home to host their own, the 22nd annual Hilton Sandestin Beach Basketball Blowout begins on Tuesday, Dec. 27. (Photo courtesy Jason Burnham)

DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club Christmas Parade

THE PARADE ROLLED ON TIME on Saturday, Dec. 10. The DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club Christmas Parade processed around the Lakeyard, with floats, cars, organizations and clubs, music, local dignitaries, and plenty of candy and treats thrown to the crowd. Harley and Melinda Henderson were this year’s Grand Marshals. (Photo by Bruce Collier)

Negotiations continue for WCEA and WCSD

THE WALTON COUNTY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (WCEA) representatives and the Walton County School District(WCSD) representatives sat down for a brief round of negotiations the evening of Dec. 5, 2016. New WCSD negotiator Leonard Dietzen has replaced Jerry Copland for the district. No new movement on contracts or agreements was made due to new Superintendent Russell Hughes and the school board not being able to meet until the following night. Dietzen ushered in a new era of less confrontational negotiations, asking for some “leaps of faith” from the WCEA and entry into a non-adversarial relationship between the two groups as they try to work towards crafting language “together” to benefit teachers and the district, and allowing Hughes to work with principals, staff, teachers and the district to find common ground and new understandings. (Photo by Alicia Leonard)

LUCKY, the 30A 10K turkey mascot

LUCKY, the 30A 10K turkey mascot, delighted children and made for great "selfies" at the Fall Festival held on Nov. 23 at 30Avenue retail center.  (Photo by Dotty Nist)   

LUCKY, the 30A 10K turkey mascot, delighted children and made for great “selfies” at the Fall Festival held on Nov. 23 at 30Avenue retail center. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

REORGANIZATION OF THE WALTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

REORGANIZATION OF THE WALTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, and reorganization of the Walton County Public Education Finance Authority was held the evening of Nov. 22, 2016. A new chair and vice chair were elected. It was also Russell Hughes' first meeting as the new Superintendent for the district and Marsha Winegarner’s first meeting as a school board member. Pictured (l-r) Board member Marsha Winegarner, Chairperson Kim Kirby, Superintendent Russell Hughes, Board member Jason Catalano and Vice Chair William “Bill” Eddins Jr.

REORGANIZATION OF THE WALTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD and reorganization of the Walton County Public Education Finance Authority was held the evening of Nov. 22, 2016. A new chair and vice chair were elected. It was also Russell Hughes’ first meeting as the new Superintendent for the district and Marsha Winegarner’s first meeting as a school board member. Pictured (l-r) Board member Marsha Winegarner, Chairperson Kim Kirby, Superintendent Russell Hughes, Board member Jason Catalano and Vice Chair William “Bill” Eddins Jr.