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AARP RAISES MORE THAN $900,000 FOR PANHANDLE SENIORS RECOVERING FROM MICHAEL

The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, announced a donation aimed to help thousands of seniors across the panhandle. AARP raised more than $900,000 to give to 11 different organizations in north Florida. Senior organizations in counties like Bay, Jackson, Gulf, Liberty and more each received $75,000. The Bay County Council on Aging accepted the donation in our area. ...

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TRIUMPH GULF COAST BOARD TO DISCUSS USING FUNDS FOR HURRICANE RECOVERY

After calls from the State capitol to use BP settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, for Hurricane Michael recovery, Triumph Gulf Coast will hold a special meeting next week. It’s then they’ll discuss the consideration of using some of those funds for Hurricane Relief – which Panama City businessman and Triumph Gulf Coast Board member, Allan Bense, said ...

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SOUTH WALTON HOTEL CELEBRATES LOCAL ARTISTS

South Walton is known for their beautiful beaches, but they’re also known for their culture and art. Jordan McCool was live at one hotel who is focusing on everything the county has to offer. The Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is celebrating local art and culture by displaying all kinds of artwork throughout the hotel. Contributing artists to Hyatt ...

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DRASTIC DROP IN SHARK BITES, WHY SOME SCIENTISTS ARE CONCERNED

The number of shark bites in Florida plummeted in 2018 with scientists pointing to a possible decrease in shark populations in coastal Atlantic waters as one reason for the decline. Just 16 unprovoked shark bites were reported in Florida last year, compared to 31 the previous year, according to a report released this week by the University of Florida’s International ...

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SANTA ROSA COMPANY SPECIALIZES IN SUPPRESSORS

A Santa Rosa Beach company recently transitioned from making firearms to producing suppressors. Elevated Silence, located at 794 North County Highway 393 G, is now offering a range of options for gun enthusiasts to muffle the sometimes harmful effects firearms have on hearing. “You can, actually, effectively communicate with people that you’re with (while firing guns with their suppressors),” said ...

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WALTON TDC TO RENOVATE 10 BEACH ACCESSES

Renovations will soon begin at 10 neighborhood beach accesses in the Seagrove Beach and Seacrest Beach communities. The Walton County Tourist Development Council’s Beach Operations Department announced that the renovations will begin the last week of February and will include new deck boards, handrails and other structural components. The construction projects will be completed in phases of three or four ...

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PATSY JUNE CHMITLIN 1939-2019

Ms. Patsy June Chmitlin, age 79, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019. She was born on December 15, 1939, in Findlay, Ohio to Roy Andrew Chmitlin and Mary Margaret Simon Chmitlin. Ms. Chmitlin was a resident of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.  She was Christian by faith and a member of Beachside Fellowship Church in Panama City Beach, Florida.  She attended ...

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JERRY LEON FARLEY 1954-2019

Mr. Jerry Leon Farley, age 64, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019. He was born on March 5, 1954 in Merritt Island, Florida to Don Farley and Evelyn Horne Farley. Mr. Farley was a resident of Walton County, Florida. He was a veteran of the United States Armed Forces for over 11 years serving his country in the United States ...

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SECOND SOLDIER PLEADS GUILTY IN COCAINE SMUGGLING CASE

A second soldier charged in an alleged cocaine smuggling scheme involving a since-discharged 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier will be pleading guilty in U.S. District Court, according to a court document filed earlier this month. Sgt. 1st Class Henry W. Royer, a former member of the 19th Special Forces Group, a Utah-headquartered National Guard unit, will be rearraigned and ...

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