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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN WALTON COUNTY ADDRESSES COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS

  The Florida Department of Health in Walton County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the ...

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BUCKLE-UP AND ARRIVE ALIVE!

  As motorists take to the roads for Spring Break, DeFuniak Springs Police are urging everyone to buckle up. Officers will be out in full force, taking part in the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted. “As we kick-off the busy driving season, it is critical that everyone ...

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JUVENILE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH JACKSON COUNTY MURDER

  A juvenile is in custody and is believed to be the main suspect in a Jackson County murder. Two weeks ago, Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home on Shack Circle, just outside of Marianna. Investigators found Patricia Shack, 65, dead in her home. Investigators say she was shot in the head. Tuesday, investigators announced they arrested a ...

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HURRICANE MICHAEL INSURANCE LOSSES TOP $6 BILLION

  With Northwest Florida continuing to try to recover from Hurricane Michael, estimated insured losses have climbed to more than $6 billion, according to numbers posted on the state Office of Insurance Regulation website. As of Friday, the insured losses had hit $6,098,845,241. In all, 144,116 claims had been filed from the Oct. 10 storm, which made landfall in Mexico ...

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GOV. DESANTIS SIGNS BILL LEGALIZING SMOKABLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA

  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill into law that allows medical marijuana patients to smoke the substance. SB-182 redefines the term “medical use” to include the possession, use and administration of marijuana in a form for smoking. Gov. DeSantis signed that bill into law on Monday, officially legalizing smokable medical marijuana. “Over 70 percent of Florida voters ...

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED FOR MOLESTING A CHILD UNDER 12 YEARS OLD

Walton County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the arrest of Ronald Reed Norris Junior, 51, of DeFuniak Springs after it’s discovered he sexually victimized two children under the age of 16. An investigation was launched on March 14th after the victim’s mother discovered a video in which Norris was seen entering the children’s bedroom. In the video, Norris squats down near ...

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ELIZABETH R. HALLER 1939-2019

Elizabeth R. Haller, age 80, left this earthly life to accept her heavenly rewards on March 8, 2019.  She was born in Calvert County, Maryland to John and Ruth McKenzie on January 19, 1939.  Until her retirement, Elizabeth was employed for several years with Safeway Stores and Shoppers Warehouse in Maryland.  When she retired, she made her home in DeFuniak ...

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AMENDMENT 4 CONFUSION PERSISTS

  The Florida Legislature could be taking a closer look at Amendment 4 during this legislative session due to issues with language clarity. State voters passed Amendment 4 last fall, which amended the state constitution and granted over a million people with felony convictions in Florida the right to vote with some restrictions. On the ballot, Amendment 4 stated, “This ...

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OKALOOSA COUNTY FUGITIVE ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FLEE FROM POLICE

  Fort Walton Beach police have arrested 50-year-old Jeffrey Sowell, a man wanted on charges of sexual battery and battery by strangulation. Deputies spotted the fugitive at an apartment complex off of Billfish Avenue, that’s when he fled. He later re-appeared on a roof before jumping into a neighboring yard to try to escape. When Sowell entered the neighboring apartment’s ...

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