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LAKE COUNTY MAN WITH COCAINE ARRESTED IN MEXICO BEACH

  A Lake County Florida man has been arrested after allegedly dumping debris illegally in Mexico Beach and for cocaine possession. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office said that yesterday they received a complaint about illegal dumping. Deputies later were able to question Donald Blankenship of Lake County. He said  he had an arrangement with the owner of the property to ...

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FAMILY OF WWII VETERAN RECEIVE PURPLE HEART AWARD

  Naval Support Activity Panama City honored a WWII veteran this morning. The purple heart medal was awarded to the family of Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Wheeler Raymond Ervin. He was honored for his actions taken during combat in August of 1943. Petty Officer Ervin was able to receive the purple heart but didn’t before his discharge in 1946. He ...

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STATE ROAD 388 EXPANSION PROJECT IS OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY

  The State Road 388 expansion project is officially underway which will change several elements of the existing road. One of the main improvements is the entrance to the airport, which will become a roundabout to keep traffic flowing smoothly. The second is the relocation of the Highway 79 and Highway 388 intersection about 1.3 miles north of its present ...

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PANAMA CITY BEACH LEADERS CONSIDER ADDING MEDIAN TO ROADWAY

  Panama City Beach leaders are considering adding a median to a local roadway to improve safety. Council Member Geoff McConnell said three crashes have happened on the roadway between Autozone and Friday”s off of Back Beach Road in the past two weeks. He said they’ve received more than 60 calls with complaints about traffic in the area over the ...

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INMATE STABBED IN WALTON COUNTY PRISON

  An inmate apparently was stabbed by another inmate at the Walton County Correctional Institution on Friday morning, officials say.According to the Florida Department of Corrections, the inmate was taken from the prison to be treated for his injuries. Preliminary reports indicated he was taken by medical helicopter to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center at about 9:30 a.m. He was ...

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DEFUNIAK MAN KILLED AFTER SUV HITS TREE

  A 26-year-old DeFuniak Springs man died in a single-vehicle crash Thursday after his car hit a tree. According to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol, Brock Alden Shaw was driving a Lincoln SUV on U.S. Highway 90 around 3:40 p.m. when he missed the curve, went onto the shoulder, and hit a tree. Shaw was pronounced dead ...

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WALTON TAX COLLECTOR OPENS OFFICE IN FREEPORT

The Walton County Tax Collector’s Office recently announced the opening of their new office location in Freeport at 842 Hwy. 20 E, Suite 122, in the Freeport Business Commons. At present, the current office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Skipper said, “We are very excited to bring our services to the Freeport area. We also ...

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BEACHGOERS CAN FLAG DOWN A NEW KIND OF TAXI

Visitors to Miramar Beach will have a new way to get to the beach this year. No Limitz Beach Concierge has added a golf cart taxi to their list of services. Now those who aren’t able to stay in accommodations on the water won’t have to worry about working up a sweat in the sweltering Florida heat or finding a ...

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CHARLES “CHUCK” RYAN BINFORD 1991-2019

Mr.  Charles “Chuck” Ryan Binford, age 27, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019. He was born August 14, 1991 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida to William and Brenda Connolly Binford.   Mr. Binford was a lifelong resident of Santa Rosa Beach. He loved his family, beach volley ball, paddle board, basketball. He was very athletic and always active, and he was a ...

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