Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

MAN WANTED IN CONNECTION TO CRESTVIEW BAR SHOOTING

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man they say opened fire at a Crestview night spot. Tyrone Dewayne Morris, 42, is wanted in connection to a shooting at the Split Oaks Saloon on July 5. According to the sheriff’s office, witnesses heard several gunshots and saw people running from the area. A 26-year-old man was injured and ...

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MULTI-COUNTY FUGITIVE SOUGHT BY WCSO

Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a multi-county fugitive. James Dexter Jackson, 32, is currently wanted by authorities in two Florida counties including Bay and Walton. Walton County’s warrants include multiple grand theft charges and multiple burglary charges. In addition, Jackson is wanted by Bay County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear on original ...

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TALLAHASSEE TAX PREPARER CHARGED WITH PREPARING FALSE TAX RETURNS

Kenneth Alexander, 46, of Tallahassee, was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with nine counts of preparing false tax returns, filing a false tax-related document, theft of government funds, and aggravated identity theft. The indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern ...

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MILTON WOMAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY CAR ON STATE ROAD 87

A Milton woman has died after state troopers say she was struck by a car early Monday morning on State Road 87. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 63-year-old Michael Ryfczynski was driving south on State Road 87 approaching Bass Lane just after midnight. An FHP report said 40-year-old Michelle Pickard was crossing State Road 87 and “traveled directly into ...

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SANTA ROSA COUNTY COMMISSIONER SAM PARKER EARNS FCF CERTIFIED COUNTY COMMISSIONER DESIGNATION

The Florida Counties Foundation (FCF) presented 39 county commissioners with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the foundation. Santa Rosa County Commissioner and Vice-Chair Sam Parker, District 1 received the designation with 38 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in ...

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PUBLIC SEEKS ANSWERS AT CUSTOMARY USE MEETING

Walton residents and visitors packed a town hall meeting Monday night looking for answers to the controversial new law that changed the way “customary use” was enforced. Private landowners with the beachfront property are currently trying to push beachgoers off the sandy beaches. Rep. Brad Drake hosted the town halls and said there is a solution to the issue. “What ...

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SCHOOL YEAR LOOKS TO BE A GREAT ONE

WCSD administrators, teachers, students, and parents came together on Monday, July 17 at the Carlene H. Anderson Training Center to celebrate, create, and build the 2018-2019 individual school improvement plans at the 2nd annual Manufacturing Day. Visitors from the Bureau of School Improvement, Florida Department of Education were also on hand to observe the process as a model for other ...

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GAS PRICES PUSHED HIGHER BY REFINERY ISSUES

Gas prices are trending lower after an abrupt jump at the pump last week. Gas prices in Florida are 8 cents higher than a week ago. The state average of $2.80 is 12 cents less than this year’s high, yet remains 66 cents more than this time last year. The most expensive gas price averages in Florida are in West ...

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MARY ELLEN MCKNIGHT 1950-2018

MCKNIGHT Mary Ellen, 68, of DeFuniak Springs, FL and formerly of Lexington, passed away July 10, 2018, of cancer. Born June 14, 1950, in Dallas, TX to the late Earle W. Gray, Jr. and Mary Lou Gray, she graduated from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Birmingham, AL and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Mary Ellen was ...

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PANHANDLE LIBRARY IS ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS

In historic DeFuniak Springs, you’ll find a Panhandle treasure. One that no doubt holds the literary classic “Treasure Island.”Some call it part library, part museum. The Walton-DeFuniak Library sits where Live Oak Avenue ends at Circle Drive. A 125-year-old live oak tree seemingly stands guard over the landmark. “We get feedback from people that say this is almost like a ...

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