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GRAYTON BEER COMPANY HOSTS FUNDRAISER FOR RED BAR EMPLOYEES

Earlier this week, a fire destroyed a popular bar and restaurant in Walton County. The Red Bar was a place for many to gather and feel like family, so it’s no surprise that people are stepping up to help rebuild. The Grayton Beer Company hosted a fundraiser to help the employees affected by the fire. There was live music from ...

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STATE ATTORNEY ARGUING TO GET MAN ACCUSED OF KNOWINGLY SPREADING HIV TIME IN STATE PRISON

A Pensacola man, accused of not sharing his HIV positive status, has entered a plea of no contest to three counts of communicating HIV to another person. The release from the State Attorney’s Office say each of those counts Rasheem Bodiford is facing are punishable by up to five years of incarceration. Under the current sentencing guidelines, Bodiford does not ...

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FIVE DOGS DIE IN OVERNIGHT HOUSE FIRE

An Escambia County home has been heavily damaged by a fire. It happened around 10:00 p.m. on the 1500 block of Bedgood Lane. Crews arrived on scene to find a single-story structure with heavy fire showing from the front. The home appeared to be about 50% involved, and is a total loss. No one was injured, however five dogs died ...

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SOUTH WALTON SENIOR A CANDIDATE FOR U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Striving for excellence within Walton County is a senior at South Walton High School who was recently named a candidate in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Gregory Garrett, 18, said that aside from being president of his high school’s Student Government Association, holding a weighted cumulative GPA of 4.625 and logging around 200 hours of community service — including three ...

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SLEEPY SOUTH WALTON WAKES UP AS GROWTH TAKES HOLD

The once rural area of South Walton is no more. Construction crews and development signs fill the landscape along the approximate 32-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 98 toward the Bay County line. The metal frame of the Hilton Garden Inn build-out behind the Winn-Dixie in Miramar Beach is the first clue the area is changing, and fast. Bill Imfeld, Economic ...

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NIÑA, PINTA RETURN TO BAYTOWNE MARINA

The Niña and Pinta, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will be docked at Baytowne Marina, 9300 U.S. Highway 98 W in Miramar Beach, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 through March 4. The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” ...

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AARP HELPS RESIDENTS FILE TAXES

Residents of Bay County had the opportunity to get their taxes filed for free. Volunteers with AARP set up shop at the Panama City Beach Public Library to help those who had questions or concerns for their tax return. The group does this every year from the months of February all through April. Organizers say this is a great opportunity ...

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CREMAINS FOUND IN KMART PARKING LOT

A woman hoping to scoop up bargains at Kmart found a real treasure in the parking lot. In a bag inside a bag, Toni Duval found a gold necklace with cremains in a tiny vial. Now she’s hoping to find its owner. “It could be their husband’s, their brother’s, their son,” she said. “It could be their dog’s ashes.” Duval, ...

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MOTORCYCLIST DROVE BETWEEN STOPPED CARS BEFORE WRECK, LAWMEN SAY

A motorcyclist is in critical condition following a crash Sunday evening. Johnathan Parades, 27, of Fort Walton Beach, drove between two stopped vehicles and ran a red light, striking the passenger side of a truck, according to information from the Fort Walton Beach Police Department. Parades, who was not wearing a helmet, was heading north on Mary Esther Cut-Off at ...

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DESANTIS PURSUES NEW SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAM

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he wants to create a new “equal opportunity” voucher program to eliminate a waiting list of about 14,000 low-income students seeking to use state-backed scholarships to attend private schools. The governor is asking lawmakers to create a “supplement” to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, the state’s largest voucher-type program, which serves nearly 100,000 students ...

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