Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

MAUREEN LILY BROWN 1934-2018

Mrs. Maureen Lily Brown, age 84, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018. She was born April 20, 1934, in London, England to Edward and Alice Morgan Clayfield.  Mrs. Brown was a resident of  Riverview, Florida, moving from DeFuniak Springs, Florida. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a talented dancer. She was also a talented Bowler, ...

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JOSEPH JACKSON 1958-2018

Mr. Joseph Jackson, age 60, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2018. He was born March 30, 1958, in Florala, Alabama to Danel and Charlotte Brown Jackson.  Mr. Jackson was a resident of DeFuniak Springs, Florida. He was a devoted husband, step-father, and grandfather. He worked in construction for many years having owned his owned business.  He enjoyed woodworking. Mr. Jackson ...

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CORY GRAVES 1979-2018

Mr. Graves, age 38, passed away September 16, 2018. He was born on September 23, 1979, in Yarmouth Nova Scotic, Canada to Romilly Guy Ames Graves and Phyllis Mae Jayne. Mr. Graves was a resident of Westville, Florida. He worked as a carpenter. He enjoyed spending time with his children and coaching baseball. Mr. Graves was preceded in death by ...

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PENSACOLA MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Friday that Robert Spellman was sentenced to 20 years in state prison, as a Habitual Felony Offender, by Circuit Judge Jan Shackelford. Spellman was convicted of Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure and Grand Theft following a jury trial before Circuit Judge Jan Shackelford on August 15, 2018. On December 28, 2017, in Escambia County, Florida, ...

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12TH ANNUAL MONARCH MADNESS

Join the Panhandle Butterfly House in celebrating the journey of the monarch butterfly at the 12th Annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8581 Navarre Parkway in Navarre just west of the Navarre Bridge. Visitors can tour the vivarium – a screened structure housing hundreds of butterflies and the butterfly-attracting plants – and learn ...

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SANTA ROSA TEACHER DISCIPLINED FOR USING DRUGS

A Santa Rosa County teacher who took pills from another teacher’s personal property has been formally disciplined by the state. Jamie Duncan, a former physical education teacher at Chumuckla Elementary School, removed prescription drugs from the purse and vehicle of a teacher without permission, while on school grounds, and used them during the 2016-17 school year. According to the settlement ...

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WALTON TEACHER DISCIPLINED FOR GIVING TEST ANSWER

A Walton County teacher who gave her students the answer to a question on a standardized test last year has been formally disciplined by the state. Gina Ealum, a former fourth grade Exceptional Student Education teacher at West DeFuniak Elementary School, administered the Florida Standards Assessment to her students on April 20, 2017. She read and analyzed a math problem ...

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’Coffee with a Commissioner’ to take place at local brew spot

Commissioner Nathan Boyles and Commissioner Graham Fountain would like to invite the public to their first joint ‘Coffee with a Commissioner’ Thursday, September 27 that 5:30 PM to discuss the November 6th sales tax referendum with the public. The event will take place at Casbah Coffee Company; located at 196 W. Pine Avenue, in historic downtown Crestview. The November 6th ...

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‘BETTER, NOT BITTER’

The Walton County Jail strives to rehabilitate inmates with the philosophy of becoming “better, not bitter.” Five inmates at the jail recently completed a five-week heavy equipment operator’s course. Under the instruction of Detention Deputy Frank Araneo, they learned how to operate five different pieces of heavy machinery, giving them a skill before their transition back into society. “You can’t ...

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