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SANTA ROSA MALL ADDS ‘STITCH’ IN TENANT MIX

  A new business has taken over the former Gametime Arcade space in the Santa Rosa Mall Saturday.Stitcher’s Quest Creative Sewing Center, a Bernina sewing machine dealership and fabric store, celebrated its grand opening in the mall Saturday. The sewing center was formerly located in one of the Mixon Plaza buildings on Beal Parkway for four years, which is now ...

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BIG MONEY FLOWS TO DEFUNIAK SPRINGS ELECTION CANDIDATES

  A year of record campaign spending will come to an end Tuesday when city voters cast ballots for three City Council member and the city marshal. Mark Weeks, the incumbent city marshal, topped all fundraisers in the run-up to the election by bringing in $17,050. James Hurley, one of his opponents, also took in significant contributions, raising $8,040. Donald ...

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ONE DEAD IN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

  According to the Crestview Police Department, one person is dead following an early morning shooting Saturday. Police said the shooting happened at Cash’s Liquors & Lounge on Ferdon Boulevard South around 2:25 a.m. They said a gunman shot and killed Fernell Thomas, 39. Another man was reportedly grazed by a bullet, but has since been released from the hospital. ...

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CHELCO VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBER SERVICES RETIRES AFTER 32 YEARS

  Steve Wolfrom, the vice president of member services for CHELCO, retired in March after 32 years of service. Officials say Wolfrom joined the electric cooperative world in 1986 as director of marketing and communications at Hancock-Wood electric in Ohio. He worked at three other electric cooperative companies in various capacities before coming to CHELCO in May of 2013. Officials ...

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MAN ARRESTED DURING ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Shalimar man after he attempted to rob the Regions Bank located at 1248 Eglin Parkway in Shalimar Friday morning. 30-year old Nathan Edward Wangerin entered the bank around 9:30 and requested to open an account. He then threatened to strike a manager and demanded money. Deputies arrived on scene within 3 minutes and ...

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LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS SUSPECT GETS $1M BOND; TARGETED 13-YEAR-OLD VICTIM AND BOUGHT HER A PHONE

  A 23-year-old man is arrested and given a $1 million bond after he sexually battered a 13-year-old girl. On March 31st Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an adult male had sex with a 13-year-old female. Deputies responded and interviewed the victim who stated the suspect, identified as Antonio Domingo Mendez, went to her home after waiting ...

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EXCEPTIONAL FORT WALTON BEACH TEEN NAMED ‘YOUTH OF THE YEAR’ BY BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE EMERALD COAST

  Selected among numerous outstanding youth, Jacobe has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 72nd year, the ...

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JACKSON COUNTY UNDER LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR FIRE DANGER

  Because of the excess debris, timber, and brush left on the grounds from Hurricane Michael, Jackson County is taking extra precautionary measures due to fire danger. At a special meeting Tuesday, Emergency Management director, Rodney Andreasen, went before the board of commissioners to advise that the county declare a local state of emergency. The commissioners agreed to place the ...

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MARIANNA OFFICIALS WORKING TO REDEVELOP WEST END OF THE CITY

  In Marianna, city officials are brainstorming ways to redevelop certain parts of the city. One area has drastically changed over the years, causing a large decline in business population. Officials said they aren’t giving up on the area, instead they’re working to figure out the best way to get it back up to speed. For several years, the city ...

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MARIANNA AND CHIPLEY MEN INDICTED IN DISABLED VET FRAUD CASE

  Five men, including one from Chipley and one from Marianna, were charged in a 71-count indictment with engaging in conspiracies to defraud several federal agencies by paying bribes and fraudulently obtaining at least $15 million in government contracts they were not entitled to though disabled-veteran set asides and other programs, according to federal prosecutors. The indicted men are: James ...

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