Author Archives: TH Merritt

THE MORNING OFFERING: Embrace the Prodigal Son

Embrace the Prodigal Son Some people abandon themselves to sin in order to cover up their lack of self esteem. In their need for intimacy and acceptance, they seek out worldly pleasures, thinking these will fill the void that has kept them from happiness. In their desperate search for love, they are unable to form lasting friendships, and they spiral ...

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DONNA MARIE NANNINGA 1928 – 2017

DONNA MARIE NANNINGA  1928 – 2017 Mrs. Donna Marie Nanninga, age 88, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017. She was born May 15, 1928 in Ottawa, Illinois to Joseph and Margaret Bublitz Osmund.   Mrs. Nanninga was a resident of DeFuniak Springs, Florida. She was Lutheran by faith. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. ...

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MURDER SUSPECTS SEEKS ORDER TO RESTRICT PRE-TRIAL PUBLICITY

MURDER SUSPECTS SEEKS ORDER TO RESTRICT PRE-TRIAL PUBLICITY Murder suspect Mary Barbara Craig Rice is seeking a judges order to restrict pre-trial publicity before her trial for capital murder. Rice, 37, of Milton, was captured and her accomplice, 47-year-old William Boyette, of Pensacola, committed suicide after they were surrounded in a local motel in West Point, Georgia on February 7th. ...

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FIVE SENTENCED IN DRUG TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY

FIVE SENTENCED IN DRUG TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY Five defendants were sentenced Thursday on drug and firearm related crimes, as well as conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The sentences were announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The defendants and sentences are as follows: • ...

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Chipley Man Arrested on Felony Charges

Chipley Man Arrested on Felony Charges A felony fugitive was apprehended in Chipley on Feb. 14. Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 25-year-old Grant Jones of Chipley. Jones was taken into custody at the Summerbrook Apartments on charges of robbery without a weapon and kidnapping in the commission of a felony following a three-week investigation by Bay County ...

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MAN CRUSHED TO DEATH BY TRACTOR TRAILER

MAN CRUSHED TO DEATH BY TRACTOR TRAILER A 59-year-old construction worker was ran over and crushed to death by a tractor trailer Thursday morning. The Florida Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred around 8:20 AM on 4th Street in the Fountain community in Bay County.  Troopers say Richard Douglas Robinson, of Panama City, was a flagman in a marked construction zone ...

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South Walton Fire District Expands Its Emergency Medical Services

South Walton Fire District Expands Its Emergency Medical Services The South Walton Fire District is proud to announce an expansion of their Emergency Medical Services. On Wednesday, February 15th, SWFD began operating a non-emergency transport unit (call sign BLS-1).  BLS-1 is staffed by SWFD state certified Emergency Medical Technicians and is equipped to transport SWFD customers between facilities who require ...

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THREE BEHIND BARS FOLLOWING METH BUST

THREE BEHIND BARS FOLLOWING METH BUST Three people are behind bars following the discovering of meth at a home off Cedar Avenue in Walton County. On February 14th members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Units, along with members of the Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole completed a search of 341 Cedar Ave in the Choctaw Beach ...

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ARGUMENT OVER DOGS LEADS TO AGGRAVATED BATTERY ARREST

ARGUMENT OVER DOGS LEADS TO AGGRAVATED BATTERY ARREST A Fort Walton Beach man wanted for pulling a gun on family members last week during an argument over his dogs was picked up yesterday after an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted him walking a dog. The deputy was out to serve warrants on 21-year old Treyvon Cannon-Riggs when he saw ...

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Alabama still ranked in the top 10 states for STDs

Alabama still ranked in the top 10 states for STDs WTVY STDs reached an all-time high in 2016. That’s according to the centers of disease control and prevention. Alabama is ranked 9th out of the 50 states. Alabama being ranked 9th in 2016 is an improvement when compared to 2015. In 2015, Alabama was ranked 4th by the CDC. This ...

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