Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

JO ANN HICKS SKIPPER 1935-2019

JoAnn Hicks Skipper, 83 of Ponce De Leon, went to her heavenly home on January 14, 2019.  She was born December 4, 1935 in Foley, Florida to Joe Dee and Lyndal Rhodes Hicks. She attended Ponce De Leon High School and Okaloosa Walton Junior College in Niceville, Florida. Mrs. Skipper was a member of Otter Creek Methodist Church her entire ...

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DESANTIS POISED TO MAKE MARIJUANA CHANGES

With one of his chief advisers tweeting the hashtag “NoSmokeIsAJoke,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he will “very soon” announce changes in how the state is carrying out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. DeSantis, a Republican, said many voters believe the state has been “foot dragging” in implementing the amendment, largely bankrolled by Orlando trial lawyer John ...

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AFTER PARDON, WILL ‘GROVELAND FOUR’ BE EXONERATED?

Nearly 70 years after being accused of raping a white woman, four African-American men were posthumously pardoned on Friday by the state of Florida, but the families say they’d like to see an exoneration, which would officially declare their innocence. The men known as the Groveland Four – Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Ernest Thomas – were accused ...

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WOMAN SHOT AND KILLED IN FORT WALTON BEACH

Police are investigating a deadly shooting at the Captain’s Quarters Apartments. According to Fort Walton Beach, police responded at around 1:50 a.m. Monday and found 44-year-old Vonda M. Browne dead inside an apartment. Police say a person of interest is in custody.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER AND SISTER KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER

A 15-year-old Tate High School football player and his 22-year-old sister were killed by a drunk driver according to the Florida Highway Patrol. FHP says 15-year-old Sean Banks and his 22-year-old sister Antoinette McCoy were killed when their car was hit head-on by 25-year-old Hunter Black early Saturday morning. The accident happened on Kingsfield Road near Kingslake Drive in Escambia ...

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LH BEAD GALLERY RAISES OVER $12,000 FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

There are those who lost everything during Hurricane Michael, but thankfully there are others who have made the choice to give back Lisa Hanna of LH Bead Gallery decided to give back to the community since her store was still standing. She started a fundraiser selling charms at $10 each, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to teachers who ...

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WORKERS, PRISON SAFETY COMPROMISED IN SHUTDOWN

As federal employees go into their second pay period without a paycheck, desperation to make ends meet could pose serious risks for workers in the federal prison system. With no end in sight for the shutdown, workers, including those who commute from out-of-state for jobs at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, are worried. Ray Coleman, a corrections officer at ...

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FIREFIGHTERS SAVE WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTY’S HOME

Firefighters knock down flames consuming the second story of a Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s home in DeFuniak Springs. At 11:28 PM on Saturday, January 12, 2018, Walton County Fire Rescue, DeFuniak Springs Fire Department, Liberty Volunteer Fire Department and Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call in reference to a structure fire on Pine Hill Drive. ...

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MAN SHOT AFTER THREATENING TO HURT LAW ENFORCEMENT

According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, a man was shot after threatening law enforcement Sunday afternoon. Sheriff’s officials said they responded to the report of a stolen vehicle in the Callaway area. They said the stolen vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, was found at a mobile home park at 2300 Sherman Avenue in Panama City. Deputies identified the suspect as ...

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TWO DEAD AFTER HEAD ON COLLISION IN JACKSON COUNTY

Two people are dead following an accident Sunday morning in Jackson County. It happened near the intersection of state road 273 and Glory Acres drive around 11 a.m. Reports said a Hyundai was driving north on 273 when it traveled into the southbound lane and hit another car head on. The driver of the Hyundai, 39 year-old Randy Kinsel of ...

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