Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

DOROTHY MAY ROSS 1946-2019

Dorothy May Ross, age 72, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019 from complications sustained in an automobile accident March 11, 2019.  She was born December 31, 1946 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida to Harry and Rosetta Williams Rowley.  She was the tenth child of thirteen and all preceded her in death with the exception of one sister, Virginia Byrd Thompson of ...

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RICHARD “TOMMY’ THOMAS MCCALL 1937-2019

Mr. Richard ‘Tommy’ Thomas  McCall, age 81, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019. He was born in  DeFuniak Springs, Florida to Burton McCall, Sr. and Grace Murray McCall.  Mr. McCall was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. He was Methodist by faith and a member of the First United Methodist Church of DeFuniak Springs, Florida. He graduated from Walton High ...

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JOAN COE DILLON 1930-2019

Mrs.  Joan Coe Dillon, age 88, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019.  She was born April 29, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama to Thomas and Katherine Malpeli Coe.  Mrs. Dillon was a resident of  Miramar Beach , since December 2014 moving from Birmingham, Alabama. She was Presbyterian by faith and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was a loving mother, ...

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GULFARIUM GETS NEW DUNE WALK

  Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park has opened a new Dune Walk to the public. The new 551-foot feature wraps around the west side of the property and provides breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico while giving guests the opportunity to learn about the importance of dunes to the coastal ecosystem. The Dune Walk offers an exciting new perspective of ...

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WALTON COUNTY DEPUTY TRACKS DOWN OWNER OF LOST WALLET

A wallet is key to getting us through our daily lives. When an out-of-town couple loses theirs, a Walton County Sergeant makes it her mission to make sure it’s returned. “I know how inconveniencing it can be, I’m not perfect either. I’ve lost things, and especially when it’s your wallet that’s your whole life in there,” said Walton County Sergeant ...

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HEAD BAKER OF BLACK BEAR BREAD CO. IS A SEMIFINALIST FOR A JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARD

    A local baker has been nationally recognized for her outstanding efforts. Named a semifinalist in the 29th annual James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards in the Outstanding Baker category, Debbie Swenerton, head baker of Black Bear Bread Co. in Grayton Beach, said she never expected that type of recognition. Swenerton’s passion for baking stemmed from an early age ...

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ROLLOVER ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

  One person has been taken to the hospital following a rollover accident. According to a social media post from the Ocean City-Wright Fire District, crews responded to the accident on Racetrack Road at Skipper Avenue about noon. One person was taken to the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center with minor injuries. The cause of the accident is unknown at ...

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