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WALTON COUNTY TRAFFIC ADVISORY

  U.S. 98 Widening from Emerald Bay Drive to Tang-O-Mar Drive- Roadway widening and drainage activities continue. Traffic and pedestrian impacts include: Beginning Tuesday, April 9 and continuing for approximately two weeks on the south side of U.S. 98, South Shore Drive will be intermittently reduced to a single travel lane as an “entrance only” during the hours of 5:30 ...

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EMERALD COAST CRIMESTOPPERS WEEKLY WANTED

  Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward to the anonymous tipster who helps authorities locate Lee Morse Grant and Tonya Elaine Sullivan. Lee Morse Grant – Black male, 47 years old (DOB: 04/08/1971), 5’06” tall, 195 lbs., black hair, brown eyes. Grant is wanted on a felony warrant for violation of probation. Grant’s last known address was ...

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WALTON COUNTY TOP-PERFORMING LOCAL ECONOMY IN FLORIDA

  Walton County has been named the top performing local economy in Florida, according to a report from watchdog.org. Walton, according to a Wall Street 24/7 analysis of Florida counties’ gross domestic product growth from 2012 to 2015, recorded a 53 percent GDP growth rate over the three-year period. The study, which pegged the size of the county’s GDP at ...

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SANTA ROSA MALL ADDS ‘STITCH’ IN TENANT MIX

  A new business has taken over the former Gametime Arcade space in the Santa Rosa Mall Saturday.Stitcher’s Quest Creative Sewing Center, a Bernina sewing machine dealership and fabric store, celebrated its grand opening in the mall Saturday. The sewing center was formerly located in one of the Mixon Plaza buildings on Beal Parkway for four years, which is now ...

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BIG MONEY FLOWS TO DEFUNIAK SPRINGS ELECTION CANDIDATES

  A year of record campaign spending will come to an end Tuesday when city voters cast ballots for three City Council member and the city marshal. Mark Weeks, the incumbent city marshal, topped all fundraisers in the run-up to the election by bringing in $17,050. James Hurley, one of his opponents, also took in significant contributions, raising $8,040. Donald ...

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ONE DEAD IN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

  According to the Crestview Police Department, one person is dead following an early morning shooting Saturday. Police said the shooting happened at Cash’s Liquors & Lounge on Ferdon Boulevard South around 2:25 a.m. They said a gunman shot and killed Fernell Thomas, 39. Another man was reportedly grazed by a bullet, but has since been released from the hospital. ...

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CHELCO VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBER SERVICES RETIRES AFTER 32 YEARS

  Steve Wolfrom, the vice president of member services for CHELCO, retired in March after 32 years of service. Officials say Wolfrom joined the electric cooperative world in 1986 as director of marketing and communications at Hancock-Wood electric in Ohio. He worked at three other electric cooperative companies in various capacities before coming to CHELCO in May of 2013. Officials ...

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MAN ARRESTED DURING ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Shalimar man after he attempted to rob the Regions Bank located at 1248 Eglin Parkway in Shalimar Friday morning. 30-year old Nathan Edward Wangerin entered the bank around 9:30 and requested to open an account. He then threatened to strike a manager and demanded money. Deputies arrived on scene within 3 minutes and ...

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LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS SUSPECT GETS $1M BOND; TARGETED 13-YEAR-OLD VICTIM AND BOUGHT HER A PHONE

  A 23-year-old man is arrested and given a $1 million bond after he sexually battered a 13-year-old girl. On March 31st Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an adult male had sex with a 13-year-old female. Deputies responded and interviewed the victim who stated the suspect, identified as Antonio Domingo Mendez, went to her home after waiting ...

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