Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

STUDENT AWARDS AND HONORS CEREMONY

Northwest Florida State College held its annual Student Awards and Honors ceremony on Thursday, April 13. During the ceremony, NWF President Dr. Devin Stephenson gave the keynote address to students and families on the importance of pursuing excellence in all things.  Those recognized for student achievement for the 2016-2017 academic year include the following:   2016-2017 All-Florida Academic Team:  Joanna ...

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CITY OF DEFUNIAK SPRINGS FINANCE DIRECTOR RESIGNS

Joe Brown, Finance Director for the city of DeFuniak Springs, has resigned, according to Mayor Bob Campbell. Brown tendered his resignation late Friday.   “He walked his letter of resignation to me late Friday afternoon,” Campbell said. “He has some concerns that are serious enough for him to resign. In his letter, he said he was very concerned about the ...

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WALTON COUNTY DETENTION LIEUTENANT ARRESTED & FIRED FOLLOWING BATTERY CHARGE

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Michael Blizzard has been charged with misdemeanor battery following an incident with an inmate over the weekend at the Walton County Jail. An inmate was being escorted from the medical unit to housing by detention deputies at approximately 3:00pm Sunday afternoon when he threw his personal belongings bag into the open office ...

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TRAFFIC STOPS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY RESULT IN TWO ARRESTS

  On Saturday April 15, at approximately 1:30am, Washington Count Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jarvis stopped a vehicle on Pate Pond Road for a traffic infraction. Upon stopping the vehicle Deputy Jarvis discovered the driver, 23 year old Leeazia Taylor of Pennsylvania Avenue, Bonifay, had an outstanding Washington County warrant for failure to appear in court for previous driver’s license charges.During ...

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GAS PRICES

  Gas prices seemed to find level ground over the weekend after increasing for more than two weeks. Before the weekend, gas prices rose an average of 12 cents in 19 days, nationwide; 13 cents in 14 days, in Florida; 13 cents in 18 days, in Georgia; and 14 cents in 20 days, in Tennessee.   “Gas prices rose the ...

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TAX DEADLINE TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT

Citizens have until midnight tonight to file their income tax for 2017. The IRS has already processed 101 million individual returns and has issued $229 billion in refunds. The average refund is $2,851.  The tax agency said Thursday that nearly 40 million taxpayers have yet to file their returns. Taxpayers can request an automatic six-month extension.  But there is no ...

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EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF ST. SIMON HELPS CIC CHILDREN

The Episcopal Church Women of St. Simon on the Sound recently helped the kids of Children in Crisis by donating a check for $2,000.    The donation was made possible from their recent Craft Fair and Rummage Sale.   The donation will be used for food, clothing and other needed items for the children living at the CIC Neighborhood.   ...

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WCSO & WALTON COUNTY

Each year, thousands of children enter the foster care system with little more than the clothes on their backs.   In an effort to provide the necessities to the children entering foster care, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Walton County Jail donated over 100 Comfort Cases to Florida Department of Children & Families and $275 in gift cards ...

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FLORIDA BARBER KILLED FOR REFUSING $2 HAIRCUT

The owner of a Mount Dora, FL barber shop was killed Friday after refusing to cut a customer’s hair for $2, witnesses said.  According to witnesses, the shooter came into the shop earlier in the day asking for a $2 haircut. When the victim, who has not been identified, refused, the man left but later returned armed with a gun.  ...

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DISMISSED PROSECUTOR FILES AGAINST GOV. SCOTT

ORLANDO, Fla. – In her legal battle with Gov. Rick Scott, Orange Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala has her supporters. Several civil rights groups filed an Amicus brief with the Florida Supreme Court last week in support of Ayala. The brief is meant to give the court information that relates to the case. “Scott has undermined the mandate of the ...

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