Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

JUSTICES APPROVE FELON RIGHTS, GAMBLING INITIATIVES

In a pair of high-profile issues that could go on the ballot next year, the Florida Supreme Court has approved proposed constitutional amendments that would restore felons’ voting rights and restrict the expansion of gambling in the state. The court’s approval of the measures is a critical initial step, but supporters still face the task of collecting hundreds of thousands ...

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MARSHA DIANNE DEAN 1970-2017

Mrs. Marsha Dianne Dean, age 47, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017. She was born April 7, 1970 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Mrs. Dean was a resident of  Walton County. She worked in professional janitorial services in the resort industry. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. Mrs. Dean is preceded in death by ...

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WARRIOR CARE EVENT

Warrior CARE Event and Warrior Games team training continues through April 28.  The U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, administered by the Air Force Personnel Center, will host a combined Warrior CARE event and Warrior Games team training camp at Eglin AFB through April 28 in coordination with Brig. Gen. Christopher Azzano, 96th Test Wing commander. The CARE event provides ...

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FHP MAKES TWO ARREST AFTER CHASE

  BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Two people from the Tallahassee area are facing charges in Bay County for a theft in Pier Park, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said they initially attempted to stop a 2000 Infinity car on Highway 79 Friday for reckless driving. The driver Devrick J. Byrd, 23, of Monticello didn’t stop, continued northbound, and ...

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COUNTY COMMISSION FACES LONG AGENDA TODAY

 The Walton County Board of Commissioners meet today in DeFuniak Springs to address a lengthy agenda. At he close of the regular meeting, commissioners will hear an update from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and discuss the Fire Rescue Feasibility Study. Two of the top agenda items focus on requests for monies to be used for property purchases. There is ...

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COMMISSION APPROVES RED SNAPPER SEASON

At its meeting  in Havana, Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the 2017 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters. The 78-day season will be open for Saturdays and Sundays starting May 6. On May 27, the season will be open continuously through July 9. It will then reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and ...

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SCAM ALERT

 The Fort Walton Beach Police Department has announced that an online scam has hit the local area, with reports spanning from Pensacola to Fort Walton Beach. The scam targets its victims through e-mails, advising they have a parking or traffic citation outstanding and payment is requested. These emails can be vague or detailed, some using Florida Department of Highway Safety Motor ...

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SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD

  Sometimes, apologies take a long time in public life. Other times, they come more quickly. And still other times, despite how the old saying goes, it is too late to say you’re sorry. Miami Republican Frank Artiles learned about the last variation the hard way this week. After making expletive-laden and racially explosive comments, Artiles offered apologies to his colleagues ...

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A CRESTVIEW WOMAN STILL MISSING

A Crestview woman is still missing as police continue to investigate her disappearance. Calandra Stallworth was reported missing near the end of March to the Crestview Police Department.   On March 27, Stallworth informed the police department she wasn’t missing. She told the CPD she was in Alabama with her boyfriend, Antwon Smith, for a getaway and had poor cell phone ...

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