KING ROBIN AND QUEEN TERESA of the Krewe de Yak. Mardi Gras came a little early to DeFuniak Springs when the Krewe de Yak, Krewe of Patriots and Krewe of St. Andrews paraded around Circle Drive, dancing, singing and tossing candy and beads to spectators.
WCSO BUREAU CHIEF Russell Beaty (l) and Arc shuttle drivers Christopher Johnson and Tiffany Graham. Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has partnered with Arc clients to provide a Walton County Courthouse shuttle service to help those in need of a lift. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
THE CITY OF FREEPORT was recently the recipient of new park benches placed in the children’s park by city hall. The benches were a gift from the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes of Freeport High School, made possible through the Taylor Haugen Foundation. Freeport Mayor Russ Barley met with the group upon delivery of the benches and offered his heartfelt thanks on behalf of the city. Pictured here (l-r) are club sponsor Carla Hunt, Zack Seay, Brittany Longmire, Wendy McCormick, Mayor Barley and Shannon Carswell. (Ard Gallery photo)
A LIVE OAK TREE was planted in honor of Wallace Bruce by Bruce family members. The DeFuniak Springs lakeside was a busy place over the weekend as the Florida Chautauqua Association held its 2017 Florida Chautauqua Assembly. On Friday afternoon members of the Wallace Bruce family were on hand to help plant a tree in their ancestor’s honor. The tree was also meant to honor Arbor Day. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)
THE LINE FOR THE PLANT SALE SEEMS to grow and grow every year. The Walton County Extension office along with the 4-H Cherokee Riders Horse Club kids served up stacks of hotcakes and perfect plants for many that wait all year for this event.
THE CHUCK WAGON GANG played to a packed audience, as always. They were a big part of the entertainment and reception tendered to visiting Snowbirds in DeFuniak Springs on the sixth annual Snowbird Day Jan. 19. (Photo by Elizabeth Sinclair)
SUPERINTENDENT A. RUSSELL HUGHES and the Walton County School Board joined for a groundbreaking ceremony for the New Elementary School South in Santa Rosa Beach on Jan. 17. (Photo by Alicia Leonard)
JOHN LOHR and the historic and fully-restored Carrico Bass. The Florida Chautauqua Assembly will showcase the Carrico Bass during the 2017 Assembly. It will be displayed and played during the coming years. From 1904-1909, W.L. Carrico provided the orchestra for the Florida Chautauqua Assembly. Carrico’s Orchestra was the first to play inside the new Florida Chautauqua Auditorium in 1909, when the Hall of Brotherhood opened, which was constructed to replace the original Tabernacle that was built in 1885.
STUDENTS SHOW APPRECIATION TO OFFICERS: Walton High School Students showed their appreciation for police officers by presenting baked treats and posters of gratitude for the sacrifices that officers make. Superintendent Russell Hughes accompanied students and their teachers last Friday morning (Jan. 13) as they presented homemade brownies, cookies, and other treats for officers to enjoy. “It is rewarding to know we are appreciated by our leaders of tomorrow,” said Chief Mark Weeks. “With all of the violence and negativity towards officers, an outpouring of appreciation from our students warms our hearts and reminds of us why we chose this profession.”
ELROD VO (w/certificate) was recognized for winning the distinction of being an Achieve 3000 WorldWide winner in Mrs. Amy Bennett’s eighth grade reading class. He won the most points by completing reading texts and tasks and receiving points for passing scores. Two years ago, Elrod won the most points nationwide when he was a sixth grader in Mrs. Bennett’s class. This year, Elrod entered the new school year determined to advance from being the nationwide to the worldwide level winner. Remarkably, Elrod accomplished his goal before the end of the first semester. Walton Middle School is very proud of Elrod’s accomplishments. Text by/ submitted by Kristen Rhodes/Laura Smith. (Photo by Alicia Leonard)