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NTSB REPORTS FINDINGS ON HELICOPTER CRASH NEAR SOUTH WALTON

Tie-down ropes wrapped around the rotor head were likely to blame in a helicopter crash last year that sent a lightweight mosquito helicopter into the Gulf of Mexico near Carillon Beach according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday. “In addition, a tie down rope and blade sock used to secure the helicopter rotor blades ...

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NUMEROUS CARS DAMAGED IN CYPRESS CROSSINGS; SUSPECT ADMITS TO MORE THAN 40 CASES OF CRIMINAL MISCHIEF SPANNING FOUR YEARS

A suspect is arrested after implicating himself in more than three dozen criminal mischief cases in Walton County over the last three years. Between February 23rd and February 28th, multiple criminal mischief cases were reported to Walton County Sheriff’s Office where vehicles were intentionally and maliciously damaged. In one instance, a victim’s vehicle had damage to both the driver and ...

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UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA WORKS TO DESIGNATE PANHANDLE AS NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA

University of West Florida research associates have launched a feasibility study to designate the Florida Panhandle as a National Heritage Area. Two University of West Florida centers — the Askew Institute for Multidisciplinary Studies and the Florida Public Archaeology Network — are working to make sure that these resources will be preserved and used for sustainable communities’ development, and to ...

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FLORIDA LAWMAKER PUSHES FOR CHANGE TO DAYLIGHT-SAVING TIME AS WE PREPARE TO SPRING FORWARD

A leading Florida lawmaker will make another push in Congress to change daylight-saving time rules as most of the nation prepares to turn clocks one hour forward Sunday — losing sleep for more sunlit evenings. Sen. Marco Rubio will reintroduce the so-called Sunshine Protection Act this week, according to his deputy chief of staff Dan Holler. The bill, which was ...

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TRAILER FLIPPED AFTER RUNNING OFF ROADWAY

A travel trailer overturned Monday afternoon after the driver said he tried to dodge falling boxes from another vehicle. According to 35 year old Christopher McCormick of Navarre, he was heading north on U.S. Highway 331 S. near Zaxby’s when some items fell off of a vehicle in front of him. McCormick reportedly swerved with his truck and caused the ...

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COMMISSIONER RICHARD CORCORAN APPLAUDS GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS ON COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION FOLLOWING THE STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

Governor Ron DeSantis delivered his first State of the State address, which placed an emphasis on high-quality education, and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran praised him for taking bold steps to make Florida #1 in education. Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said, “It is not enough to simply improve; we must strive for excellence. In the two months since he took ...

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FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL TO PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION SAFE DRIVE

Beginning today through March 7, 2019, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) joins its southeastern law enforcement partners to participate in the Operation Safe DRIVE (Distracted Reckless Impaired Visibility Enforcement) safety campaign. The Safe DRIVE campaign is a high visibility, education and enforcement initiative designed to deter behaviors that contribute to commercial and non-commercial motor vehicle crashes. “FHP is committed to ...

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