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PAULINE L. WILSON 1927-2019

Mrs. Pauline L. Wilson, age 92, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019. She was born May 17, 1927 to Gehew Linton and Bonnie Bedsole Linton of Crenshaw County Alabama. Mrs. Wilson was a former resident of Walton and Washington County, Florida.  She was Baptist by faith and a member of Ebro Baptist Church.  She was strong in her faith, encouraging ...

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BILLY RAY MURPHY 1937-2019

Billy Ray Murphy, 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 7, 2019. He was born on December 2, 1937 to Thomas “TC” and Ethel Murphy. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Joyce Dukes Murphy, his parents, brother, Eugene Murphy, and brother-in-law, Owen Duke. He is survived by sister, Betty Duke, ...

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BENEDICT CARTER MESSINA 1941-2019

Mr. Benedict Carter Messina, age 77, passed away Monday, August 5, 2019. He was born on September 18, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Benedict and Alice Simmons Messina. Mr. Messina was a resident of Freeport, Florida. He was Episcopal by faith and a member of  Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. He was a veteran ...

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MAXINE RIGDON THORNE 1927-2019

Mrs. Maxine Rigdon Thorne, age 91, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019. She was born October 15, 1927 in Red Bay, Florida to James and Annie Lee McLeod Rigdon.  Mrs. Thorne was a lifelong resident of Red Bay, Florida. She was Presbyterian by faith and a member of the Red Bay Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, ...

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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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