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PROPOSED COMMITTEE WOULD REVIEW CRAB ISLAND RULES

The Okaloosa County Commission will be asked Tuesday to approve the proposed makeup of a committee that would review and suggest possible changes to the county’s Crab Island ordinance. The commission approved the ordinance last July in light of concerns about the number of floating businesses at the island north of Destin’s Marler Bridge and the unregulated distribution of alcohol ...

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MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN FORT WALTON BEACH CRASH

A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with a hip injury following a crash on Friday, officials said. The Fort Walton Beach Police Department said a blue four-door sedan was crossing U.S. Highway 98 at Cedar Avenue around 12:40 p.m. when the vehicle pulled out in front of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was taken to the Fort Walton Beach Medical ...

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5-VEHICLE ACCIDENT INJURES 2 PEOPLE

Two drivers were injured Thursday evening in a five-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 98 near Old Blue Mountain Road. Randall Rhea, a 28-year-old from Santa Rosa Beach, was traveling west on U.S. 98 about 5:50 p.m., according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol. Rhea failed to slow down for traffic ahead and crashed into the back of a ...

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CONSTRUCTION OF NEW FIRE STATION READY TO BEGIN

Panama City Beach will soon start work on its new fire station after land for the facility was approved during the City Council meeting Thursday evening. At the last city council meeting, the council approved a contracting company to complete work on the station and the last step was to secure the land. The fire station will be on three ...

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH – DEPUTY CORELLE BANJOMAN

During the month of February, Walton County Sheriff’s Office is celebrating Black History Month by featuring deputies, employees, and staff who are a part of our family. Deputy Corelle Banjoman graduated high school in 1989 from Benton Harbor Michigan. During that time, Banjoman was an All-State choral member, football player, wrestler, as well as crowned Mr. Benton Harbor in 1989. ...

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OKALOOSA COUNTY CRASH

A 2018 Chevy Silverado was traveling southbound on State Road 85, at the intersection of Patton Drive NE, within the inside lane of travel. A bicyclist was attempting to cross the roadway from the east shoulder to west shoulder of the roadway at that intersection. When the Bicyclist entered into the southbound inside lane of travel, the front of the ...

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CRIMESTOPPERS WEEKLY WANTED

Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward to the anonymous tipster who helps authorities locate Ryan Phillip Francis Thomas and Tyler Bink Cloud. Ryan Phillip Francis Thomas – Black male, 23 years old (DOB: 03/23/1995), 5’08” tall, 175 lbs., black hair, brown eyes. Thomas is wanted on a felony warrant for fleeing and eluding law enforcement, possession of ...

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LOCAL GRADUATES FROM BASIC MILITARY TRAINING

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class James M. Leogrande graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward ...

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NEW OKALOOSA PUBLIC TRANSIT PROVIDER MAKING PROGRESS

Despite recent complaints from a vocal critic of Okaloosa County’s on-demand public transit service, the new management of the county’s Emerald Coast (EC) Rider services, featuring both fixed-route and on-demand “para-transit” vehicles, is showing signs of improving Okaloosa’s public transit, according to Deputy County Administrator Greg Kisela. In December, the County Commission unanimously approved a five-year, $14.9-million contract with Dallas-based ...

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FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE MARY ESTHER HOUSE FIRE FOR 3 HOURS

Firefighters battled a fully engulfed house fire for more than three hours Thursday morning, officials said. According to Florosa Fire Department Chief Brad Williams, fire crews were dispatched to a heavy smoke call around 7 a.m. at a home on the corner of Woodland Avenue and Spruce Street. Williams said heavy fire conditions caused a second alarm call to about ...

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