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SEARCH FINDS 23 FRAUDULENT ID’S, PILES OF CASH AND OTHER CONTRABAND

A traffic stop for not wearing a seatbelt leads police to find dozens of fake ID’s, piles of cash and additional contraband. Florida Highway Patrol conducted the stop in Washington County along I-10. While talking to the driver, officers said they witnessed several criminal indicators and conducted a search. The search turned up 23 fraudulent Florida driver licenses and 1 ...

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NEW ACTIVITY IS COMING TO THE SOUTH WALTON BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS

Life-long healthy activity is important to all ages. To help local residents, the Coastal Seniors of South Walton and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast have partnered to support recreational pickleball at the South Walton Club. “We are so excited to be welcoming the Coastal Seniors into our South Walton Club,” Taylor Goode, Director of the Boys ...

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MAZEL TOV!

Chabad of the Emerald Coast recently welcomed a holy addition on Sunday: a new Torah Scroll. The ceremony included music, dancing and dinner. Rabbi Shaya Tenenboim addressed the dozens in attendance on the importance of the event, and the impact the scroll would have on the local synagogue. Tenenboim said the Torah is the keystone to all synagogues, and that ...

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SOME FAVOR EMINENT DOMAIN OVER CUSTOMARY USE

Some coastal property homeowners in the high-dollar neighborhood along South Walton’s Blue Mountain Road hold deeds stating their backyards extend nearly all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Others do not. It doesn’t matter to the good folks at the Walton County Property Appraiser’s Office. To them, all of the lots carry the same hefty value of $1,815,000. “That ...

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FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO A SUSPICIOUS HOUSE FIRE IN REDBAY

Walton County firefighters respond to a suspicious fire at an abandoned home in Redbay. At 3:30 pm on Friday, February 8, 2019, a 911 call promptly dispatched Walton County Fire Rescue and Argyle Volunteer Fire Department to an abandoned home on County Highway 183 South in reference to a structure fire. Firefighters and paramedics arrived on scene to find the ...

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DEA YOUNG 1953-2019

Dea Young entered this earth on February 16, 1953 and was surrounded by loving family and friends when she went to be with her Lord on February 8, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Atlas Covington, her son, Justin Mahler, her brother, Douglas Covington, and her sister, Ann Garrett. Dea was the youngest of five ...

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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR PANAMA CITY BEACH HIT-AND-RUN SUSPECT

Law enforcement is continuing to seek the public’s help in finding the suspect in a hit-and-run crash in Panama City Beach Wednesday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Shannon Smith, 39, of Fort Pierce was standing in the northbound lane of Tarpon Street when a vehicle turning left from Surf Drive onto Tarpon Street struck him. The vehicle, identified as ...

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PARENTS, TEACHERS HOPEFUL WITH GOVERNOR’S FOCUS ON PUBLIC EDUCATION

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to give teachers a bonus of more than $9,000 in the coming year. It’s his second big education announcement, after an executive order last week to eliminate Common Core standards from Florida schools. The proposed bonus is welcome news for cash-strapped teachers who sometimes dip into their own pockets to purchase school supplies. However, ...

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OKALOOSA COUNTY PONDERS TOBACCO-FREE POLICY

A majority of the Okaloosa County Commission recently approved moving forward with an effort to snuff out tobacco use by county employees while they’re on the clock. Besides promoting better health, the county’s potential tobacco-free workplace policy might help some of its workers quit using tobacco and could lead to lower healthcare costs. After considering various options, most commissioners agreed ...

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