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MILTON WOMAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY CAR ON STATE ROAD 87

A Milton woman has died after state troopers say she was struck by a car early Monday morning on State Road 87. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 63-year-old Michael Ryfczynski was driving south on State Road 87 approaching Bass Lane just after midnight. An FHP report said 40-year-old Michelle Pickard was crossing State Road 87 and “traveled directly into ...

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SANTA ROSA COUNTY COMMISSIONER SAM PARKER EARNS FCF CERTIFIED COUNTY COMMISSIONER DESIGNATION

The Florida Counties Foundation (FCF) presented 39 county commissioners with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the foundation. Santa Rosa County Commissioner and Vice-Chair Sam Parker, District 1 received the designation with 38 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in ...

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PUBLIC SEEKS ANSWERS AT CUSTOMARY USE MEETING

Walton residents and visitors packed a town hall meeting Monday night looking for answers to the controversial new law that changed the way “customary use” was enforced. Private landowners with the beachfront property are currently trying to push beachgoers off the sandy beaches. Rep. Brad Drake hosted the town halls and said there is a solution to the issue. “What ...

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SCHOOL YEAR LOOKS TO BE A GREAT ONE

WCSD administrators, teachers, students, and parents came together on Monday, July 17 at the Carlene H. Anderson Training Center to celebrate, create, and build the 2018-2019 individual school improvement plans at the 2nd annual Manufacturing Day. Visitors from the Bureau of School Improvement, Florida Department of Education were also on hand to observe the process as a model for other ...

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GAS PRICES PUSHED HIGHER BY REFINERY ISSUES

Gas prices are trending lower after an abrupt jump at the pump last week. Gas prices in Florida are 8 cents higher than a week ago. The state average of $2.80 is 12 cents less than this year’s high, yet remains 66 cents more than this time last year. The most expensive gas price averages in Florida are in West ...

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PANHANDLE LIBRARY IS ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS

In historic DeFuniak Springs, you’ll find a Panhandle treasure. One that no doubt holds the literary classic “Treasure Island.”Some call it part library, part museum. The Walton-DeFuniak Library sits where Live Oak Avenue ends at Circle Drive. A 125-year-old live oak tree seemingly stands guard over the landmark. “We get feedback from people that say this is almost like a ...

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20-YEAR-OLD DEFUNIAK SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO GAS STATION AND STEALING FIVE PACKS OF CIGARETTES

A DeFuniak Springs man is behind bars after breaking into a gas station and stealing just five packs of cigarettes. Now, he faces felony charges. June 23 rd deputies were called to the Raceway located at 14338 West Highway 90 in reference to a commercial burglary. Employees had discovered the store’s phone box and alarm box had been tampered with ...

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TWO FACE CHARGES AFTER BREAKING INTO A RESIDENCE IN SPRINGFIELD

According to the Springfield Police Department, Marius Pendergrass, 23 of Springfield, and Samantha Enright started repeatedly knocking on the door to come inside of the apartment, when the homeowner refused, Pendergrass forced the front door open. Pendergrass and Enright made threats to kill the owner of the apartment, who locked herself in the bedroom and escaped out the window. The ...

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BAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FIND HALF A POUND OF CRYSTAL METH IN PANAMA CITY HOME

On July 10th, 2018, The Bay County Sheriff’s Office special investigations division served a warrant in Panama City at the home of Cruz and Almisha Whitsett. During the search, investigators found over half a pound of crystal methamphetamine and approximately 3 ounces of cocaine. At the time of the search, Almisha Whitsett was taken into custody along with Brandon Williams, ...

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