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OKALOOSA COUNTY TO USE HALF-CENT SALES TAX MONEY FOR BYPASS ROAD

Half-cent sales tax money is being put to use in Okaloosa County. Crews will start widening P.J. Adams Parkway this summer, so the Okaloosa County Public Works Department is getting ready for the next phase of construction on the Crestview Southwest Bypass. Thursday, the Half-Cent Sales Tax Commission voted to put $2 million toward the bypass. “This is what we ...

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MID-BAY BRIDGE TO CLOSE NEXT WEEK AS REPAIRS GET UNDERWAY

The Mid-Bay Bridge will be closed on March 6 and 7 as permanent repairs to the post-tensioning tendons get underway, officials said. According to a press release from the Florida Department of Transportation, the closure will begin at 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 and end at 2 a.m. Thursday, March 7 as crews begin to replace the first of eight ...

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LOCAL REAL ESTATE AGENT SAVES MAN’S LIFE

A local real estate agent who saved a man’s life Tuesday said fate brought them together. Laura Calhoun, an Inlet Beach resident and agent for Hilary & Reverie, was sprucing up a listing in Panama City Beach when she noticed a neighbor working in his yard. She decided to introduce herself. “We talked about real estate for about 10 minutes ...

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YOU, TOO, CAN HAVE YOUR OWN FIREHOUSE DOG

To bring more attention to some of the dogs up for adoption, the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society teamed up with the Ocean City-Wright Fire District for photos you didn’t know you needed to see. PAWS Director Dee Thompson said the cute photos, which include one of a puppy lurking from a firefighter’s uniform pants pocket, are part of an effort ...

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VEHICLE TAKES A PLUNGE INTO LAKE DEFUNIAK

It’s not every day that Officers are called to swimmers in Lake DeFuniak, but this morning was a real exception to the norm. Officers responded to a report of a vehicle being submerged in Lake DeFuniak from the vehicle’s owner, 29 year old Sean Carter of DeFuniak Springs. Carter stated that he had apparently fallen asleep when his 2006 black ...

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VALERIE MARIE HARRIS 1971-2019

Mrs. Valerie Marie Harris, age 47, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019. She was born on November 25, 1971 in Weymouth, Massachusetts to Candace Johnson. Mrs. Harris was a resident of Freeport, Florida.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister.  She greatly enjoyed spending time with her family. Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her brother, Richard ...

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PONCE DE LEON HIGH SCHOOL PLACED ON LOCKDOWN AFTER FALSE CRIME STOPPERS REPORT

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a false report of violence, threatening Ponce De Leon High School. The tip came early Monday morning, causing law enforcement to advise the school district to take extra, precautionary measures. Ponce De Leon High School was placed under hard lock down after a Crime Stoppers tip alleged a possible shooting. Officials said the ...

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PROSECUTION RESTS AFTER STORMY DAY IN CRESTVIEW MURDER TRIAL

Following a contentious day in the courtroom, the prosecution in the murder trial of David Russell Holbrook rested its case late Monday afternoon. Holbrook is charged with the Jan. 6, 2006 killing of Melissa Howard, a single mother of three who was beaten and fatally stabbed in her Crestview home. Circuit Court Judge Michael Flowers halted the proceedings Monday morning ...

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TWICE-A-WEEK GARBAGE PICK-UP IN PANAMA CITY TO RESUME

Starting next week, the city of Panama City will be back to twice-a-week garbage collection. When services were moved to once-a-week, the city lowered service payments by $7.00. Beginning in March, the city will resume the normal garbage payment rates. City leaders said the change in the pick-up schedule was due being filled with debris after hurricane michael.  “Now that ...

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MAN DIES AFTER PANAMA CITY APARTMENT FIRE

One person is dead after an early morning fire at Briarwood Apartments in Panama City. According to the Panama City Fire Department, a fire broke out on a bottom floor apartment just after midnight Wednesday. All of the apartments in building E were affected in varying degrees. They say one person was taken to a hospital with burns and CPR ...

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