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MANATEE SIGHTINGS REPORTED IN LOCAL AREA

  What was first thought to be an alligator was later identified as a manatee off of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Monday. Brock Ellis, beach service manager for the resort, said a child saw the creature and called it out. “A kid said, “There’s a gator in the water,” but I saw its shape and knew immediately what ...

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CONSTRUCTION ON TWO ROADS IN WALTON COUNTY TO CAUSE DELAYS

  Two roads in Walton County will be repaved over the next few weeks and cause daytime lane restrictions to motorists, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. On Monday, construction began on a portion of State Road 20 in Walton County. Crews will mill and resurface S.R. 20 from S.R. 81 to the Choctawhatchee River Bridge. In May, crews ...

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PRESIDENT TRUMP PLANS CAMPAIGN RALLY IN PANAMA CITY BEACH

  Members of President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign are planning a rally for May 8 at Aaron Bessant Park, according to documents filed with the city. Emails show members of Trump’s team reached out to the city last week about the plans and permits needed to secure the site. After some back and forth, Panama City Beach City Manager Mario ...

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FREEPORT MAN DIES AFTER BOAT LAUNCH INCIDENT

Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a driver who nearly drowned while off loading his boat Monday. Henry C. Cotton, 87 of Freeport, was attempting to launch his boat at the Black Creek Lodge at approximately 3:40 p.m., according to a press release from FHP. Cotton accelerated in reverse and the vehicle entered the water. The driver was ...

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WALTON WORKS TO REDUCE INVASIVE SPECIES

Local groups hope to preserve the coastal dune lakes by removing invasive plants. According to Melinda Gates, Walton’s coastal resource liaison, the county has partnered with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance on a treatment plan she expects to take around two weeks. The project, funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will work to reduce species including ...

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WALTON COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER CELEBRATES SELECTION AS A COMMUNITY BAG PROGRAM RECIPIENT

The Walton County Animal Shelter has been selected to receive donations from Winn-Dixie’s Community Bag Program for the month of May. The Community Bag program, which launched in February of 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. With each Community Bag purchased ...

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MARIANNA MAN ARRESTED, FACES FLEEING AND DRUG-RELATED CHARGES

  According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, a Marianna man faces multiple charges after he was arrested Friday. Sheriff’s officials said a deputy was on patrol traveling southbound on Highway 73N and saw a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed in the northbound direction. They said a radar check clocked the driver traveling at about 106 miles ...

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12-YEAR-OLD HIT AND KILLED WHILE RIDING BIKE IN NICEVILLE

  A child riding his bike was killed after he was hit by a car in Niceville on Sunday morning. According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, it happened just after 11:30 a.m., at the intersection of Bluewater Boulevard and Southwind Drive. Troopers said a man driving a Toyota Highlander was exiting the round-a-bout when he hit the 12-year-old boy on ...

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GUARDIAN AD LITEM HOSTS FORGOTTEN CHILD CEREMONY IN CRESTVIEW

  More than 40 people visited Twin Hills Park on Sunday for the 7th annual Forgotten Child Ceremony. The event was sponsored by the Guardian Ad Litem Program, which supports neglected children in the court system by appointing a volunteer child advocate to campaign for the child’s best interests, according to the GAL website. The program’s mission is “I am ...

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