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Motorcyclist killed in three vehicle crash

54-year-old Heidi Lynn Thomas of Navarre, Florida has died in an accident on U.S. Highway 98 and Coral Street. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Thomas was travelling on Highway 98 at around 6:15 p.m. when the traffic ahead of her stopped. Her motorcycle collided with a Ford Expedition driven by 29-year-old Robert John Lewis Orth Jr., also from Navarre. ...

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Two drown on Sunday in Walton County

Two people drowned Sunday in Walton County as double red flags warned beachgoers to stay clear of the water. They were the first two victims of the year on the county’s beaches.The first drowning happened around noon in the Seacrest area as beach lifeguards were working three water rescue calls at one time, Beach Safety Director David Vaughan said. Two-and-a-half ...

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Walton County School District Ranked 7th in Florida

Great news for parents, students, and faculty in Walton County. A school district’s report card is in and the staff is ready to reveal the scores. “We are just ecstatic about the results that we have received,” shared Superintendent Russell Hughes, Walton County School District. Receiving a satisfactory report card, The Walton County School District says, they are thrilled to ...

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Dump truck overturns, spills scrap metal on SR 285

A semi-truck overturned while turning left, dumping scrap metal into the shoulder of State Road 285 on Monday. According to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol, Jeffery Matthews, 57 of Bruce, was driving the semi and attempted to turn left at around 9:40 a.m. on to State Road 285 from Mossy Head Plaza Drive. The truck was going ...

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ECCAC needs volunteers in DeFuniak Springs

The Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center (PFCAC) in DeFuniak Springs is in need of volunteers. The center will host volunteer orientation and information tours at 10 a.m. July 29, 9 a.m. Aug. 28 and 1 p.m. Sept. 17. Individual orientation appointments can also be arranged. Front desk reception volunteers are needed. The front desk is staffed entirely by volunteers so ...

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Impaired driver escapes from handcuffs, strikes deputy in mouth

An impaired driver used handcuffs as a weapon to strike an Okaloosa County deputy in the face after rear-ending a car on Highway 98 in Destin Sunday evening. According to a press release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Angel Santiz Lopez, 26 of Santa Rosa Beach, was charged with DUI with property damage, driving without a license, resisting arrest ...

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Man dead after shooting himself in ER

One man is dead after he walked into the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and shot himself, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Michele Nicholson, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the shooting before 6 a.m. Nicholson said the man walked into the emergency room area, where he shot himself. No other injuries were reported, ...

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Duke Field pilot found not guilty of sexual assaults

An Air Force Reserve pilot with the 919th Special Operations Group at Duke Field has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a female senior airman during a 2017 deployment to Uganda, according to the public affairs office at Eglin Air Force Base. Lt. Col. Michael B. Black, a C-145A Skytruck pilot, was alleged to have raped the airman twice, ...

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