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BILL WOULD NAME STRETCH OF HIGHWAY 4 ‘SEN. GREG EVERS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY’

A 13-mile stretch of  Highway 4  that cuts through the Blackwater River State Forest would be named after the late former Sen. Greg Evers  under a measure filed Thursday by Rep. Jayer Williamson, R-Pace. Under Williamson’s proposal (HB 171), State Road 4 would be designated the “Senator Greg Evers Memorial Highway” between Munson Highway and State Road 189 in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. Evers, 62, died Aug. 21 in ...

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SAMSON CITIZENS CONCERNED ABOUT LOCAL CEMETERY CONDITIONS

People in Samson are concerned about conditions at Samson City Cemetery. They say it’s not properly maintained. Weeds and trees have grown up over the graves. The land was intended to serve as a cemetery for Samson’s black community, but it isn’t in the city limits. This week, the council talked about annexing the cemetery but no decision was made. Commissioner James Ruttlen says he ...

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WALTON COUNTY BUSINESS OWNERS RESPOND TO HIGH FEES

Walton County Tourist Development Council held its annual beach vendor post season meeting. Brian Kellenberger, the Director of Beach Operations gave an update on how the season went, and heard the concerns of local beach vendors that he can gather and present to the Tourist Development Council, ACCORDING TO A REPORT FILED BY Panama City’s Channel 13. At the meeting, many of ...

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NEWS BUSINESSES COMING TO FREEPORT

Freeport has landed some new businesses, according to Freeport Mayor Russ Barley. Barley says Dairy Queen has plans to open in the same plaza as the town’s new Publix grocery. Construction is expected to begin in January. Earlier this month, according to Barley, negotiations began with McDonald’s and Waffle House to come to Freeport.

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WALTON LOOKING TO MOVE ABOVE .500 TONIGHT

Every game is a playoff game FOR THE Walton Braves. This is the cry from the DeFuniak Springs camp as the Braves go into yet another tough game, this time with region opponent Marianna at 7 p.m. tonight in Marianna. The Braves (2-2) are coming off a nailbiting win over a county rival. Walton beat Freeport this past Friday 37-34, which moves the team to ...

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STAFFER INJURED IN BRAWL AT OKALOOSA YOUTH DETENTION CENTER

The Department of Juvenile Justice is investigating a brawl that took place Saturday at the Okaloosa Youth Academy detention facility. DJJ confirmed  that a staff member suffered minor injuries during the melee. A call record states “10 juveniles and 10 staff members” were involved in an altercation at the facility. The contracted provider for Okaloosa Youth Academy, Youth Opportunity Investments, notified DJJ “of a minor ...

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SEXUAL PREDATOR ADDRESS NOTIFICATION

Ricky Lee Harison was found guilty of lewd or lascivious battery upon a person older than 12, but younger than 16 in Bay County, Florida. Harrison’s address is 389 Mims Road, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433. He registered as a sexual predator on September 19th.  He is 51 years of age, stands at approximately 5’07”, and weighs 140 pounds. There are currently (23) sexual predators and (137) ...

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WALTON MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

A Walton County man who shot his neighbor was sentenced to life in prison.  James Farrell Davis Jr, 58, was convicted in July of attempted first-degree premeditated murder, burglary of a dwelling with a firearm, shooting at or into a building, and aggravated assault. Prosecutors said Davis spent May 21, 2014 drinking and growing increasingly upset over his missing dogs. He ...

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PANHANDLE MEETING

Senator George Gainer and Representative Brad Drake will be on hand to discuss public issues during a series of Legislative Delegation meetings set for November 20 in the legislative district. The meetings will be held at each county’s respective Board of County Commissioners Office at the following times: Walton County –9 a.m.; Washington County – 10:30 a.m. ; Holmes County – 11:45 a.m., and ...

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TOLLS RESUME TODAY

Tolls on a vast majority of Florida’s Turnpike system, all Florida Department of Transportation roads and bridges, and all regional toll facilities throughout the State were reinstated today at 12:01 a.m, according to a press release from the Florida Department of Transportation. Tolls were suspended on Tuesday, Sept. 5 to help facilitate Hurricane Irma evacuation and relief activities. The tolls on Destin’s ...

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