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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS AT WCSO

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in DeFuniak Springs. Tuesday morning the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a dozen bags full of gifts for needy children in our community from The Salvation Army and Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida. These gifts came from the donations made after the Santa Patrol (Community Christmas) held last ...

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WALTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HIRE NEW COUNTY ATTORNEY

Months after Walton County Attorney Mark Davis resigned, County Commissioners hired their new legal representative. At Tuesday’s county commission meeting, the board unanimously agreed to give the position to Davis’ former assistant, Sidney Noyes. Noyes has been the interim attorney until the Commissioners could properly advertise for the position.

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KIDS JUMP ON MAN BEATING WOMAN

A 26-year-old man is in jail after a group of children jumped on him to get him to leave a home where he allegedly was beating a woman. According to a report from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Dustin James Cordle Jr. was at a home in DeFuniak Springs on Saturday when he began to choke a woman as she was holding ...

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STATE ATTORNEY INVESTIGATING CITY OF DEFUNIAK SPRINGS

The State Attorney’s Office is investigating “multiple complaints” of financial mismanagement within DeFuniak Springs city government. First Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Eddins announced his office has launched a preliminary review of the city’s “financial operations.” Complaints received “include questions about delays in filing the proper paperwork to receive sales tax money from the state in a timely fashion,” Eddins ...

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BAY COUNTY SCHOOLS WEBSITE HACKED

Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt confirmed Sunday evening the district’s website was hacked. “Authorities are working on it right now,” Husfelt said in a tweet. “The hacking of our website was through our ‘web host’ – not our servers. NO confidential information has been released or tainted.” The website still appears to be down, but the original hacked image has been ...

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MARIANNA MAN CRITICAL AFTER MOTORCYCLE WRECK

A Marianna man is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash in Marianna Sunday morning. According to Florida Highway Patrol, Kenneth Leslie,42, was heading west on County Road 166 when he drove onto the north shoulder and lost control of his motorcycle. The motorcycle continued traveling west and onto a concrete sidewalk where it began to lean to the right. The front ...

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ONE DEAD IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

One man is injured and one woman is dead after a motorcycle crash in Panama City yesterday morning. According to the Panama City Beach Police Department, officers responded to the crash just after 4:00 a.m.  When officers arrived, they found a man and a woman who had both been ejected from the motorcycle. The male driver of the motorcycle has been ...

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FLORIDA GAS PRICES RISE

Gas prices have been on a roller-coaster ride this summer. After rising in the spring, then taking a nosedive last month, pump prices are climbing once again, only to setup for another plunge in the fall. The average price for gasoline in Florida rose 7 cents during the past week, the second-largest weekly increase of any state (Indiana). The state ...

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AMTRACK REPORT RECOMMENDS RESTORING SERVICE ALONG GULF COAST

Amtrak advocates are lobbying Congress to help restore rail passenger service along the Gulf Coast.  The Gulf Coast Working Group submitted a report recommending the service on Monday.  Residents in Chipley are excited about the possibility would like to see the old Bill Lee Station running again.  “The truth of the matter is that when this service went away after Hurricane ...

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STANDOFF IN FORT WALTON BEACH ENDS PEACEFULLY

An hours long standoff in Fort Walton Beach over the weekend ended peacefully, but the suspect is now facing multiple charges. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home on Doyce Drive around 9:00 p.m. because of a domestic dispute. They said Michael Koch Boyd pointed a gun at his sister and threatened to kill her after she asked him to move ...

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