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COUNTY MOVING FORWARD WITH GOLF COURSE PURCHASE

An iconic DeFuniak Springs business that began in 1924 could soon be controlled by the county. Walton County Commissioners unanimously voted last month to move forward in the process of obtaining the DeFuniak Springs Country Club. County Administrator Larry Jones and Commissioner Danny Glidewell said this wasn’t a deal the county sought out. The club’s leadership, having seen it’s membership ...

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TINDER HOOKUP LEADS TO HOME INVASION

A Tinder hook up, a marijuana deal and an angry mom led to a home invasion and five arrests according to court records filed by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. BCSO Investigators were called to a home in the 3000 block of East Orlando Avenue where the victim said three men forced their way into his home through a window, ...

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CORRECTIONS OFFICER EARNS STATE RECOGNITION

Walton County recently gained its first corrections officer named as the Florida Sheriff’s Association Corrections Officer of the Year. With around a year and a half of experience working at the Walton County Jail, Walton resident Thomas Corbett credited his faith, dedication and colleagues for his achievement. “It feels good on one part to know that I have made an ...

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DESANTIS CALLS FOR GRAND JURY PROBE OF SCHOOL SAFETY

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of Florida’s deadliest school shooting, Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate whether school districts are complying with mandatory safety measures designed to protect students. DeSantis made the announcement Wednesday, flanked by family members of the 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and ...

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VACANT HOME BURNS DOWN IN CRESTVIEW

Wednesday night the Crestview Fire Department responded to a fully involved house fire on Bay Street. Firefighters were able to put out the fire within thirty minutes of arriving on the scene. The home was vacant and no injuries were reported. The house is a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown and the Florida Bureau of Fire ...

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SEMI TRUCK CRASHES INTO AMBULANCE IN OKALOOSA COUNTY

The Florida Highway Patrol said that Carl Watson, 63 of Crestview, was driving a semi truck north on State Road 85. Troopers say he turned left into the path of an ambulance with emergency lights and active siren driven by 38-year-old Timothy Deer. Deer attempted to avoid the crash but collided with the front of the semi truck. Deer was ...

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WARRANT SERVICE NETS METH, FENTANYL, MARIJUANA & CASH

A warrant service conducted Wednesday evening at a Fort Walton Beach area apartment led to the arrest of two people and confiscation of methamphetamine, fentanyl, marijuana, and cash. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit went to Apartment 43 at 1325 Greendale Avenue to serve warrants on 28-year old Ian Wilde of that address. While at the residence another individual, ...

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RIBBON CUTTING ON NEW BUSINESS PARK IN FREEPORT

County Planning and Building Departments, Tax Collector and Sheriff’s Office On Wednesday, February 27th at 9:00am, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Freeport Business Park located at 842 State Highway 20 East in Freeport, FL. In January, the Freeport Business Park became the new home of a centralized Walton ...

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WOMAN GETS 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR TRAFFICKING OVER $138,000 WORTH OF DRUGS

A 38-year-old woman has been sentenced to twenty years in state prison after entering a no contest plea to drug trafficking charges. According to a release from the State Attorney’s Office, on June 1, 2018 Destiny Monique Hobson allegedly sold approximately thirty ounces of methamphetamine to a confidential informant at a Warrington hotel. Hobson was taken into custody and a ...

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