Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

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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FORMER SANTA ROSA COUNTY OFFICER ENTERS PLEA ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

A former Santa Rosa County officer has plead no contest on 18 counts of child pornography. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Jeffery Perkins has plead no contest to child pornography charges. An arrest report says, when Jeffery Perkins was placed on administrative leave in December he started threatening to kill himself and his wife, even turning ...

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PANAMA CITY MAN AWAITS SENTENCE FOR HAVING SEX WITH A MINOR

Matthew Jay Hale was found guilty for five different counts after having a sexual relationship with a minor but his defense is attempting to get one count dismissed. The case dates back to 2016 after the Bay County Sheriff’s Office received information of the relationship. Through interviewing the victim, deputies say Hale and the victim met for the first time ...

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CITY OF PANAMA CITY RECEIVES FIRST APPROVAL OF FUNDING FROM FEMA

The city of Panama City celebrated a recovery milestone on Wednesday. They received their first approval of funding from FEMA. Though a small amount, Mayor Greg Brudnicki said it’s a symbol of more to come. Early this month the city submitted grant proposals for $25 million for emergency protection and debris removal costs. Wednesday, they were notified they are to ...

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THE FUTURE OF A SOUTH WALTON FISHING PIER

Fishermen in the Panhandle might have to put their rods and reels up, along with any hopes for a fishing pier in Walton County. Once again tonight, a resident pleaded for local officials to build a fishing pier in South Walton. Resident Richard Loverne, has gone before the Walton County Commission several times asking for a fishing pier that  stretches ...

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RESIDENTS SAY: “THE CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY IS UNHEALTHY”

A popular body of water is said to be unhealthy. The Choctawhatchee Bay provides a large economic drive to the Panhandle for fishermen, water-sport and the seafood industry… Many residents rely on the choctawhatchee. Is the Choctawhatchee Bay healthy or unhealthy? That’s what residents want to know. For the last couple of years, residents claim they’ve seen a significant decrease ...

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MAN USES 9-INCH KNIFE IN SPRINGFIELD ROBBERY

A man is in jail after Springfield Police say he robbed another man with a 9-inch long knife. According to the police report, police responded to the AMI Gas Station located at 3401 Highway Business 98 in reference to a robbery. Once officers arrived on scene, they made contact with the victim who stated a male in his mid-40s, with ...

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