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EXCEPTIONAL FORT WALTON BEACH TEEN NAMED ‘YOUTH OF THE YEAR’ BY BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE EMERALD COAST

  Selected among numerous outstanding youth, Jacobe has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 72nd year, the ...

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JACKSON COUNTY UNDER LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR FIRE DANGER

  Because of the excess debris, timber, and brush left on the grounds from Hurricane Michael, Jackson County is taking extra precautionary measures due to fire danger. At a special meeting Tuesday, Emergency Management director, Rodney Andreasen, went before the board of commissioners to advise that the county declare a local state of emergency. The commissioners agreed to place the ...

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MARIANNA OFFICIALS WORKING TO REDEVELOP WEST END OF THE CITY

  In Marianna, city officials are brainstorming ways to redevelop certain parts of the city. One area has drastically changed over the years, causing a large decline in business population. Officials said they aren’t giving up on the area, instead they’re working to figure out the best way to get it back up to speed. For several years, the city ...

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MARIANNA AND CHIPLEY MEN INDICTED IN DISABLED VET FRAUD CASE

  Five men, including one from Chipley and one from Marianna, were charged in a 71-count indictment with engaging in conspiracies to defraud several federal agencies by paying bribes and fraudulently obtaining at least $15 million in government contracts they were not entitled to though disabled-veteran set asides and other programs, according to federal prosecutors. The indicted men are: James ...

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CHIPLEY POLICE SEARCHING FOR SEX ASSAULT SUSPECT

  The Chipley Police Department is asking for help identifying a suspect in an abduction and sexual assault that happened Wednesday. The suspect is described as a heavier set black male approximately 5’8-5’9, no facial hair. The suspect was last seen wearing a black Georgia bulldog’s baseball cap, grey hoodie, whitewash loose fitting jeans and white high top tennis shoes, ...

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PROGRAM FOR SENIORS PROVIDES MORE THAN MEALS

  Next week will mark six months since Hurricane Michael ravaged communities across the Florida Panhandle; everyone is still working towards a “new normal” The process of recovery can be difficult for some of the some of the most vulnerable – senior citizens. The Bay County Council on Aging says their volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program strive to ...

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CRESTVIEW POLICE DEPARTMENT POSTPONES REACCREDITATION

The Crestview Police Department plans to withdraw from the reaccreditation process that recognizes it as having among the highest standards in law enforcement in Florida. The department achieved accreditation for the first time in October 2016 under the Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. Only Crestview and Gulf Breeze hold the distinction among cities in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties. ...

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MAN DOWNS M&MS, MAKES LEWD COMMENTS WITH HIS PANTS UNZIPPED

  A 46-year-old man was arrested for disorderly intoxication after downing a bag of M&Ms in the checkout lane without paying, and yelling sexual comments in a Target store. According to an arrest report provided by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a 911 call about an intoxicated man threatening to harm customers and staff. Deputies found the ...

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CHILD SEX SUSPECT SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

  A man who tried to meet a minor for sex was sentenced to 15 years in prison and designated as a sexual offender. Trenton Hooks was convicted by a Walton County Jury on December 13, 2018, of Traveling to Meet a Minor to Engage in Sexual Conduct with Consent by a Parent, Using a Computer to Facilitate or Solicit ...

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BARBARA JEAN COSSON 1946-2019

Mrs. Barbara Jean Cosson, age 72, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019. She was born December 11, 1946 in Westville, Florida to Harmon and Addie Bee Slaughter Thomas.    Mrs. Cosson was a resident of Westville, Florida all of her life.  She was a Baptist by faith and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.  She was a loving wife, ...

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