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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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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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