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GENEVA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOIL HOME BURGLARY

  Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms says his deputies along with Geneva police responded to a home burglary around 3:30 Sunday morning. Authorities noticed an older model SUV parked off the roadway with the driver’s door open near the intersection of Highways 52 and 4. Sheriff Helms says the driver was behind the wheel with the vehicle running. When approached, ...

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PDL BURGLARIES

  Holmes County Sheriff’s Office brought in two men on charges stemming from a series of burglaries occurring earlier this year. In a continuing investigation of burglaries of a business on County Road 10-A and two residences on Government Street back in January, investigators gathered information and evidence that 30-year-old Anthony Mcmillian and 32-year-old Thomas Ritchie are responsible for the ...

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WALTON MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS

A 24-year-old man accused of abusing a 5-year-old will spend the next 25 years in prison. Steven Alexander Pettit pleaded No Contest to one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim less than 12 years of age.  He was immediately sentenced by Walton County Circuit Judge Kelvin Wells to the minimum mandatory of 25 years in prison. “Pettit ...

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MAN REFUSES TO LEAVE CRESTVIEW HILTON

 A man who refused to leave the Hilton Motel after being told to do so for 25 minutes was charged with trespassing. The 57-year-old Crestview man was in a room when management told him to leave. A Crestview Police Department officer also told the man to leave, telling him repeatedly to take his possessions and go. He would not obey. ...

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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVES LANGUAGE PROPOSED BALLOT

The Florida Supreme Court is approving the language of a proposed ballot initiative seeking to automatically restore voting rights for most felons once they complete their sentences. The court ruled Thursday that the initiative can be put on the 2018 ballot with its current language. The effort, though, is still a long way from receiving enough signatures to be included ...

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WASHINGTON COUNTY MAY LOSE SOME VOTING PRECINCTS

  Washington County, Florida residents may soon get some new voting equipment. But in return, they may lose some of their voting precincts. At the last week’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, Supervisor of Elections Carol Finch Rudd proposed eliminating 4 to 6 of the 16 total voting precincts in the county. She said some of the Commissioners have approached ...

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SURTAX FOR WALTON COUNTY?

Is there a surtax in the immediate future for Walton County? The Board of County Commissioners have talked about the possibility in an effort to generate funds to pay for infrastructure needs. Commissioners point to the possibility of adding a half-cent sales tax to be used for infrastructure projects. A half-cents sales tax would generate $10 million annually to be ...

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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SIGNS OFF ON PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

The Florida Supreme Court is signing off on a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voter approval for new casinos. A divided court ruled 4-2 on Thursday that the amendment was not misleading and sticks to one subject. Backers of the amendment will still need to gather another 700,000 signatures to make the 2018 ballot. The amendment is being pushed ...

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GENE DOUGLASS 1932-2017

Gene Douglass, age 84, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at her residence.  She was born December 27, 1932 in Port Arthur, Texas to Edward Carlisle and Lilly Mae Langhum. After graduating from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama, she attended Huntington College and then became a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators where she served ...

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