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GULFARIUM GETS NEW DUNE WALK

  Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park has opened a new Dune Walk to the public. The new 551-foot feature wraps around the west side of the property and provides breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico while giving guests the opportunity to learn about the importance of dunes to the coastal ecosystem. The Dune Walk offers an exciting new perspective of ...

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WALTON COUNTY DEPUTY TRACKS DOWN OWNER OF LOST WALLET

A wallet is key to getting us through our daily lives. When an out-of-town couple loses theirs, a Walton County Sergeant makes it her mission to make sure it’s returned. “I know how inconveniencing it can be, I’m not perfect either. I’ve lost things, and especially when it’s your wallet that’s your whole life in there,” said Walton County Sergeant ...

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HEAD BAKER OF BLACK BEAR BREAD CO. IS A SEMIFINALIST FOR A JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARD

    A local baker has been nationally recognized for her outstanding efforts. Named a semifinalist in the 29th annual James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards in the Outstanding Baker category, Debbie Swenerton, head baker of Black Bear Bread Co. in Grayton Beach, said she never expected that type of recognition. Swenerton’s passion for baking stemmed from an early age ...

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ROLLOVER ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

  One person has been taken to the hospital following a rollover accident. According to a social media post from the Ocean City-Wright Fire District, crews responded to the accident on Racetrack Road at Skipper Avenue about noon. One person was taken to the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center with minor injuries. The cause of the accident is unknown at ...

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HOLMES COUNTY CLERK OF COURT ARRESTED ON FRAUD CHARGES

  The clerk of court in Holmes County has been arrested for organized scheme to defraud, official misconduct and money laundering. According to a press release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the investigation began in January after an annual audit allegedly showed a significant increase in travel expenses by Kyle Hudson, 38, starting in late 2017. Auditors were ...

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NAKED MAN WALKING ON 98 REPORTEDLY ON DRUGS

  A 26-year-old man reportedly abandoned his vehicle in the road and began walking into Walton County while naked, lawmen said. According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the man left his car on Highway 98 in Bay County in front of the Publix in Carillon Beach and began walking west into Walton County. A deputy was flagged down near ...

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WALTON TDC TO HIRE BEACH AMBASSADORS

  Additional efforts are in the works to supervise local beaches. Walton County commissioners on March 12 agreed for the county’s Tourist Development Council to add four full-time beach ambassadors to its payroll, bumping up the number of full-time TDC ambassadors to seven. “The ultimate goal is to create harmony on the beach for all of our visitors and locals ...

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