Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

THE ART SHOW MUST GO ON

  Scattered showers weren’t enough to keep hundreds people away from the 31st annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival on Sunday. The event at Grand Boulevard was sponsored by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Some 170 artists from across the nation showcased their work Saturday and Sunday. According to Jennifer Steele, executive director of the CAA, artists apply for ...

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MAN ARRESTED FOR SOLICITING SEX FROM A MINOR

  A Panama City man is arrested in Walton County after soliciting who he thought was a 14-year-old girl, for sex. 26 year-old Christopher Jackson Jr. engaged with an undercover officer through a social media account depicting a 14-year-old female. Reports said during the exchange, Jackson got increasingly sexual in nature and asked for nude pictures.  He also indicated through ...

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MID-BAY BRIDGE TO CLOSE SATURDAY, MONDAY NIGHT

  The Mid-Bay Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday and Monday as workers continue permanent repairs. Drivers will have to use alternative routes during the temporary nighttime closures. Repairs to the post-tensioning tendons, which are prestressed steel cables inside the bridge that reinforce concrete, are expected to be complete in the fall. ...

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MAN CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING FIREFIGHTER

  A 30-year-old Holt man has been charged with one felony and two misdemeanors after he allegedly used a personal radio to contact dispatch about a fight. According to a social media post, the Sheriff’s Office heard a radio transmission April 13 that said, “S.O. I’ve got a fight in the Galati parking lot.” A communications officer then requested the ...

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MOTION FILED TO DISMISS WALTON CUSTOMARY USE CASE

  Walton County’s claim that its beaches have been enjoyed by all from “time immemorial” falls flat, according to a motion to dismiss the county’s legal effort to have its beaches declared public based on Customary Use doctrine. The motion to dismiss the Customary Use lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Walton County Court by attorney Ted Borowski on behalf of ...

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ALAQUA ANIMAL REFUGE TAKES IN 32 DOGS IN HOARDING CASE

  Alaqua Animal Refuge took in 32 dogs from a hoarding case in Washington County, refuge officials wrote in a Facebook post. Animal Control officers responded to the situation after a dog was taken to their office from a rural part of the county and was “nearly dead,” they added.  “When officers arrived on the property, they found dogs in ...

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BONIFAY MAN CHARGED IN CHILD PORN CASE

  A Bonifay man was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography Thursday.  Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 54-year-old Mark Turberville of 1344 Gavin Road, Bonifay on 20 counts of possession of child pornography. FDLE agents initiated an investigation in April when child pornography activity was identified on the internet. On Thursday, the FDLE Pensacola ...

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WHY DO WE CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY?

  Mothers and mother-figures are incomparable. They may be the first people we ever know when we enter the world, and they love and care for us as we grow up. Once a year, countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day; a day dedicated to all mothers, so that we can show our appreciation. Rooted in different traditions and individuals ...

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS TO HOST SERIES OF DISC GOLF EVENTS

  An expected 120 disc golf players will take over Chipley Park today for a unique tournament. A temporary 18-basket disc golf course will be set up around the lake, using the park’s pier, amphitheater and ample trees to challenge players. The event will be hosted by the DeFunk Disco Inc., and players from throughout the Florida Panhandle and southern ...

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WALTON COUNTY ROAD CLOSURES

  U.S. 98 Widening from Emerald Bay Drive to Tang-O-Mar Drive- Crews continue road widening and drainage improvements. Traffic and pedestrian impacts include: Construction crews will be installing drainage pipe beneath driveways on the south side of U.S. 98, between Poinciana Boulevard and Scenic Gulf Drive, the week of Monday, May 12. Only one driveway will be constructed at a ...

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