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JAIL UNDERGOES ASSESSMENT FOR REACCREDIDATION

JAIL UNDERGOES ASSESSMENT FOR REACCREDIDATION Walton County Jail is paid one of the highest honors in Florida Corrections. “Every day your detention deputies take ownership of their ‘house,’ ” said assessors during an out-briefing following a week-long accreditation process at the County Jail where staff, the facility, and even inmate’s morale is examined. “You know you have a good facility ...

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OKALOOSA PROPERTY TAX BILLS DUE, DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

OKALOOSA PROPERTY TAX BILLS DUE, DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE Tax bills should be arriving any day now and if paid by the end of the month, Property Owners can take advantage of a 4% early payment discount. Tax Collector Ben Anderson says, “Tax bills were mailed on October 30, with November 30th being the deadline to receive that 4% early payment discount.” ...

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FLORIDA FLU REVIEW Week 43

FLORIDA FLU REVIEW Week 43 State Influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) activity: Florida reported sporadic activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in week 43. Influenza activity has been increasing slightly in recent weeks but remains at low levels across the state. Most Florida counties are reporting mild or no influenza activity. In week 43, one county reported ...

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OKALOOSA & WALTON COUNTY TRAFFIC ALERT

OKALOOSA & WALTON COUNTY TRAFFIC ALERT Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction activities.  ·         Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge in Walton County – U.S. 331 across the Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge (Clyde B. Wells Bridge) in Walton County. Intermittent lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 through Friday, Nov. 13 as crews place concrete for ...

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING DEATH OF CARYVILLE MAN

DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING DEATH OF CARYVILLE MAN The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death that occurred at a Caryville area residence. Deputies responded to a call of an unresponsive male around 11:45 Wednesday night to 3919 Greenwood Drive, a Bonifay address which lies within Washington County, near Caryville. Upon arrival, investigators discovered a deceased body at the home, later ...

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MAJOR PLAYERS IN “OPERATION AVALANCHE” CONVICTED

MAJOR PLAYERS IN “OPERATION AVALANCHE” CONVICTED The results of a long, tireless investigation into illegal drug activity in Walton County are coming to fruition. State Attorney Bill Eddins announced yesterday the cases involving the subjects arrested in Operation Avalanche are substantially completed thanks to the hard work of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and 1st Judicial Circuit. In July of ...

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COVINGTON COUNTY TO GET NEW RADIO SYSTEM

COVINGTON COUNTY TO GET NEW RADIO SYSTEM Covington County E-911 will soon get an upgraded dispatching radio system. The E-911 board approved a $58,000 purchase to replace the current system, which was put in place in December 1999. Jay Spurlin of S&P Communication has been working with the board to resolve issues that have arisen due to a combination of ...

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GULF POWER CELEBRATES OKALOOSA & WALTON COUNTY SERVICE

GULF POWER CELEBRATES OKALOOSA & WALTON COUNTY SERVICE Gulf Power will recognize two community service organizations during the Power of Service awards ceremony for Okaloosa and Walton counties on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Organizations will be honored for their community outreach and service to others. The organizations being honored include Building Up Hope Inc. and The Matrix Community Outreach Center. “These organizations ...

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CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA IN STEEP DECLINE

CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA IN STEEP DECLINE In case you haven’t noticed, America is undergoing a religious polarization. With more adults shedding their religious affiliations, as evidenced in the latest from the Pew Research Center, the country is becoming more secular. In the past seven years, using the new Pew data, Americans who identify with a religion declined six percentage points. ...

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