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SKYBORNE TECHNOLOGIES TO BUILD UNMANNED AIRSHIPS IN GULF COUNTY

  A new company has landed in Gulf County called Skyborne Technologies. They manufacture a variety of aviation systems including drones, unmanned vehicle systems, and airships. “We build airships and drones for different technologies, kind of like information systems whether it be telecommunications, environmental research, power grid monitoring, you name it,” said Skyborne Technology CEO Mike Lawson. They’re making Gulf ...

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SHERIFF RELEASES MORE DETAILS IN FATAL OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

  More details are being released about the officer-involved shooting in Gulf County from Sunday. Sheriff Mike Harrison spoke Friday about the investigation. He says Sunday afternoon Joseph Durman, 46, of Kingsport, Tennessee, drove away from a Bay County gas station without paying. Sheriff Harrison says Durman then struck a Tyndall Air Force officer during a pursuit. Deputies say they ...

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FORMER EMPLOYEE SUES OKALOOSA CLERK OF COURT

  A woman who claims she was forced to resign for trying to protect “seven potential victims of violence” by calling out a pair of Okaloosa County judges is suing her former employer, J.D. Peacock, in his role as clerk of court and comptroller. Beth McDonald had worked for the Clerk of Court’s office for more than 18 years and ...

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WALTON COUNTY ROAD CONSTRUCTION NOTICES

  U.S. 98 Widening from Emerald Bay Drive to Tang-O-Mar Drive — Roadway widening and drainage activities continue. Traffic and pedestrian impacts include: On the south side of U.S. 98, South Shore Drive will be reduced to a single travel lane as an “entrance only” during daytime working hours beginning Tuesday, April 2 from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Each ...

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WALTON FINALIZES COUNTRY CLUB OWNERSHIP

  With closing documents signed, Walton County will officially take control of the DeFuniak Springs Country Club on April 1. “Everything we need to do for that to be complete has been completed on our end,” said county spokesman Louis Svehla, who added that some paperwork still needs to be filed. As far as membership fees, commissioners agreed that for ...

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OKALOOSA DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER POINTING A GUN AT RUNNER

  A 53-year-old woman was arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) after she pointed a gun at a man running along the side of the road. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched to the area of Bob Sikes Boulevard and Navy Street in reference to an armed person. The victim told the deputies in the report, ...

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