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Headline news 9.11.14

BCC APPROVES PRELIMINARY BUDGET Millage rate raised to fund drainage and infrastructure needs _____ BCC HOLDS SPECIAL SEPT. 3 WORKSHOP Public input on beach nourishment easements _____ DESIGN REVIEW BOARD SEPT. 4 MEETING Approves signs for 30 Avenue, discusses corridor standards _____ DFS CITY COUNCIL SEPT. 8 MEETING Citizens weigh in on blight ordinance draft [...]

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Beachfront property owners still uneasy about easements

By DOTTY NIST A Sept. 3 meeting held to take public input on construction easements for the Walton County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction (beach nourishment) Project was well attended and lively, with many beachfront property owners present. This had previously been billed as a special meeting, but Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) [...]

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Preliminary county budget includes funding for stormwater, infrastructure needs

By DOTTY NIST As discussed at a workshop two months earlier, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has approved a preliminary budget for 2014-15 that edges the millage rate up to provide for stormwater drainage and infrastructure needs facing the county. The budget proposed for the new fiscal year received BCC approval at [...]

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Citizens address DFS City Council regarding blight ordinance draft

By REID TUCKER It was a packed house once more at City Hall as the DeFuniak Springs City Council addressed problems arising from a misunderstanding about the nature of its draft blight ordinance. Principally, a mistake was made in the way the draft was posted to the city website, leading to much public confusion as [...]

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Walton rolls past Freeport 47-7

By PATRICK CASEY Walton junior running back Azende Rey ran for 242 yards and three touchdowns as the Walton Braves improved to 2-0 on the 2014 season with a 47-7 road victory over the Freeport Bulldogs on Friday night. The Braves scored three touchdowns over the first 14 minutes of the game as Jalen Jones [...]

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Seahawks earn road win

By PATRICK CASEY Johnathan Ortner tossed four touchdown passes and threw for 251 yards as South Walton defeated North Bay Haven 48-18 on Friday night in a game played at Bozeman School in northern Bay County. The Seahawks, who improved to 2-0 with the victory, saw Ortner hit Jireh Crittenden and Alex Smith with a [...]

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Public input requested in DeFuniak Springs blight ordinance draft process

By REID TUCKER The DeFuniak Springs City Council and city staff are calling on the public to help them trim down the draft blight ordinance announced at the Aug. 25 council meeting. If the comments on the Herald’s Facebook page are any indication, public reaction to the draft ordinance, uploaded in its entirety to the [...]

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Business owners come together to increase downtown traffic

By ALICIA LEONARD A group of concerned business owners, citizens and local civic leaders came together on the afternoon of Aug. 28 to discuss potential ways to get people to venture beyond the U.S. 331 turn lane and into historic downtown DeFuniak Springs. One of the biggest hurdles the group discussed was getting tourists to [...]

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Commissioners renew support for potential fish hatchery

By DOTTY NIST A fish hatchery project has been on Walton County’s list of priorities for Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) funding since 2011. Recently county officials renewed their commitment to making the project a reality. Projects proposed for funding through NRDA are those aimed at addressing natural resource losses resulting from the Deepwater Horizon [...]

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Walton Defeats Blountstown 16-6

By PATRICK CASEY Junior quarterback Jace Fielder threw for 243 yards and had a pair of clutch touchdown passes as the Walton Braves earned a 16-6 road win at Blountstown on Friday night in the regular season opener for both squads. Walton took the opening kickoff and drove inside the Tigers’ 30-yard line only to [...]

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