Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

FARM AUCTION SEEKING NEW HOMES FOR CHICKENS, COW AND HORSE

When you think of the Walton County Animal Shelter, you’re likely to think of dogs and cats. But don’t forget cows like the one who was recently struck by a car on a rural road near Westville. The cow, who shelter staff have named Diablo, suffered only scrapes and bruises. But several weeks after the incident, no one has come ...

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AIR FORCE COMMITS $3 BILLION TO REBUILD TYNDALL AFTER HURRICANE MICHAEL

The Air Force is committed to spending $3 billion during the next five years to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base, including an initial investment of at least $40 million by the end of 2019, senior service officials announced at a community forum Thursday. Bay County officials said the ambitious reconstruction effort likely will create between 4,000 and 5,000 jobs, a ...

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GULF TEST RANGE ‘MY TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY’

Oil and gas interests are “licking their chops” as the end of a ban looms on oil and gas leasing in part of the Gulf of Mexico that includes a military test range, Rep. Matt Gaetz said Thursday at an Air Force contracting conference at the Sandestin Hilton. Protecting the Gulf Test Range from encroachment by oil and gas exploration ...

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HOME SUSTAINS MAJOR SMOKE DAMAGE AFTER FIRE IN SOUTH WALTON

One person was found inside a home when firefighters responded to a structure fire on Country Club Drive Friday morning. Firefighters with the South Walton Fire District arrived to heavy smoke conditions, according to the fire district’s Facebook page. They were able to confine and extinguish the fire. The occupant has been confirmed safe, the fire district said. “The fire ...

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LOCAL ARCHITECT DISPLAYS ARTISTIC RENDERINGS OF DOWNTOWN

DeFuniak Springs Architect, Anthony Vallee, displays visuals of what Downtown DeFuniak Springs could look like after a revitalization. The artwork was debuted during the Chautauqua Assembly and is on display now in the McWhorter Vallee Design storefront windows downtown at 770 Baldwin Avenue. Stop by and see for yourself!

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GOV. DESANTIS WANTS TO END COMMON CORE WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER

Ron DeSantis said he plans to sign an executive order that would abolish the Common Core education standards used in the state’s education system. “We stuck with Common Core then we re-branded it … it’s all the same. It all needs to be looked at, it all needs to be scrutinized,” DeSantis said in an announcement at Ida Baker High ...

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PLASTIC BAG FILLED WITH ASHES BLOWN AWAY BY HURRICANE MICHAEL FOUND NEARLY FOUR MONTHS LATER

Thousands of items have been lost after the strong winds of Hurricane Michael ripped apart homes and businesses. The Mexico Beach Police Department is working hand in hand with clean up crews to try and salvage personal items. Nearly four months after the storm, Lorie Spann-Smith received a call she didn’t see coming. “I never thought in a million years ...

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JUDGE IN BUI TRIAL: ‘I HAVE SAD AND DISTURBING NEWS’

Judsen Cunningham, on trial for causing a boating accident that killed two people, apparently took his own life early Thursday, the day his case likely would have gone to a jury.Okaloosa County Circuit Judge John Jay Gontarek convened court Thursday morning long enough to declare a mistrial and dismiss the jury. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michele Nicholson said deputies ...

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ARREST RECORD FOR HIGH SPEED PURSUIT

On January 31st, 2019, at approximately 8:22 A.M., FHP received a BOLO for a stolen vehicle that was located at on SR-85 in Crestview, FL. A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper responded to the area and located the vehicle in a parking lot. As he attempted to make contact with the vehicle it fled the parking lot, traveling north on ...

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