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DESANTIS CALLS FOR GRAND JURY PROBE OF SCHOOL SAFETY

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of Florida’s deadliest school shooting, Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate whether school districts are complying with mandatory safety measures designed to protect students. DeSantis made the announcement Wednesday, flanked by family members of the 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and ...

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VACANT HOME BURNS DOWN IN CRESTVIEW

Wednesday night the Crestview Fire Department responded to a fully involved house fire on Bay Street. Firefighters were able to put out the fire within thirty minutes of arriving on the scene. The home was vacant and no injuries were reported. The house is a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown and the Florida Bureau of Fire ...

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SEMI TRUCK CRASHES INTO AMBULANCE IN OKALOOSA COUNTY

The Florida Highway Patrol said that Carl Watson, 63 of Crestview, was driving a semi truck north on State Road 85. Troopers say he turned left into the path of an ambulance with emergency lights and active siren driven by 38-year-old Timothy Deer. Deer attempted to avoid the crash but collided with the front of the semi truck. Deer was ...

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WARRANT SERVICE NETS METH, FENTANYL, MARIJUANA & CASH

A warrant service conducted Wednesday evening at a Fort Walton Beach area apartment led to the arrest of two people and confiscation of methamphetamine, fentanyl, marijuana, and cash. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit went to Apartment 43 at 1325 Greendale Avenue to serve warrants on 28-year old Ian Wilde of that address. While at the residence another individual, ...

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RIBBON CUTTING ON NEW BUSINESS PARK IN FREEPORT

County Planning and Building Departments, Tax Collector and Sheriff’s Office On Wednesday, February 27th at 9:00am, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Freeport Business Park located at 842 State Highway 20 East in Freeport, FL. In January, the Freeport Business Park became the new home of a centralized Walton ...

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BILLY D HUFFMAN 1932-2019

Mr. Billy D. Huffman, age 86, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019. He was born on May 1, 1932 in Barren County, Kentucky. Mr. Huffman was a resident of Ebro, Florida having moved here from Glasgow, Kentucky. Mr. Huffman is survived by his son, Michael White Huffman of Wellington, Florida; two grandsons, John Brents Huffman of Jacksonville, Florida and Michael ...

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WOMAN GETS 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR TRAFFICKING OVER $138,000 WORTH OF DRUGS

A 38-year-old woman has been sentenced to twenty years in state prison after entering a no contest plea to drug trafficking charges. According to a release from the State Attorney’s Office, on June 1, 2018 Destiny Monique Hobson allegedly sold approximately thirty ounces of methamphetamine to a confidential informant at a Warrington hotel. Hobson was taken into custody and a ...

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FREE PROM DRESSES AND ACCESSORIES DONATED TO LOCAL STUDENTS

Many high school juniors and seniors countdown the days until prom. One organization is making sure everyone who wants to attend the night of fun has the opportunity to do so. Saturday dozens of teens got the chance to pick out a brand new prom dress and accessories, all at no cost. “If we can just do one little good ...

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VOLUNTEERS HAND OUT CHILDREN’S CLOTHES AND OTHER MUCH NEEDED SUPPLIES

As the Panhandle continues its recovery after Hurricane Michael, it’s the little things that mean the most. Together We Grow and the Believer’s In Christ Disaster Recovery Group handed out children’s clothing, diapers, toiletries while providing a hot meal and fellowship for those in attendance. Also available for the children were arts and crafts projects and sidewalk chalk. Organizers say ...

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