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TWO ARRESTED AFTER METH FOUND INSIDE HOME

TWO ARRESTED AFTER METH FOUND INSIDE HOME Neighbors of Jimmy Ray Thomas stood outside their homes and clapped as Sheriff’s Deputies walked Thomas,46, and Kayla M. Ailey, 24, out of their home on Juniper Drive in handcuffs. Based on the results of a narcotics investigation the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division obtained a search warrant for the home. Upon ...

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WZEP CELEBRATES 60 YEARS

WZEP CELEBRATES 60 YEARS WZEP AM 1460 celebrated 60 years of broadcast history Friday. Listeners, advertisers and officials joined owner, Jason Kyzer and radio station staff at the studios on North 12th Street from 11 AM – 2 PM for lunch provided by 4C Barbeque and entertainment by Robert & James. Defuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell issued an official proclamation ...

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MAN ATTACKS POLICE IN COURT, GETS TASED

MAN ATTACKS POLICE IN COURT, GETS TASED A Florala police officer recently went to the ER – and a man went to jail – after an incident in municipal court in which the officer was assaulted and the defendant was tased. Police Chief Sonny Bedsole said the unidentified defendant in a harassment case appeared in municipal court last week, and ...

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FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE SENDS CREWS TO BATTLE TEXAS WILDFIRE

FLORIDA  FOREST SERVICE SENDS CREWS TO BATTLE TEXAS WILDFIRE Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced Friday that the Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is sending 16 wildland firefighters to assist wildfire suppression efforts on the Hidden Pines Fire in Bastrop County, Texas. The fire has burned more than 4,300 acres, ...

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DeFUNIAK SPRINGS POLICE CAPTURE FLEEING SUSPECT

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS POLICE CAPTURE FLEEING SUSPECT Good police work, superior driving skills and physical fitness were the undoing of a suspect who fled Defuniak Springs Police Thursday night. Few details were available at press time however, a suspect in a white sedan attempted to elude officers around 6:30 PM.   The unidentified suspect lost control of his vehicle at Wayside ...

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WALTON COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE HONORED WITH EXCELLENCE IN FINANCE OPERATIONS LEGACY AWARD

WALTON COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE HONORED WITH EXCELLENCE IN FINANCE OPERATIONS LEGACY AWARD Walton County Tax Collector Rhonda Skipper was presented with the Excellence in Finance Operations Legacy Award by the Florida Tax Collector’s Association at the Fall Education Forum in September. The award recognizes offices who have achieved innovation, customer focus, a well-managed budget and clean audit in the finance ...

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OPEN CARRY RIGHT GAINS STEAM, SUPPORT IN FLORIDA

OPEN CARRY RIGHT GAINS STEAM, SUPPORT IN FLORIDA In Florida, a bill that would allow people to openly carry guns in public recently cleared its first hurdle in the House. Florida is currently one of just five states that explicitly bans open carry, and Republican State Representative Matt Gaetz wants to change that. He introduced the bill, HB 163, in the Florida House ...

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ARMED ROBBER TARGETS DESTIN BUSINESS

ARMED ROBBER TARGETS DESTIN BUSINESS The OCSO is investigating an armed robbery that took place this morning at Plato’s Closet on Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. Employees say a white male wearing what looked like golf attire came in around 10:10 a.m. with a handgun and demanded money. He took some cash and fled westbound on foot. The store is ...

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WESTVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH SEX WITH MINOR

WESTVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH SEX WITH MINOR A Westville woman has been arrested on charges of having sex with a minor. 30-year-old Deanna Jean Brown, of Westville, was booked into the Holmes County Jail Wednesday last week for Unlawful Sex with Certain Minors, a charge that refers to minors ages 16 to 17 in Florida statute. Brown was released later that same day ...

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COMMISSIONER WORKS TO BRING HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND SERVICE TO COUNTY

COMMISSIONER WORKS TO BRING HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND SERVICE TO COUNTY The world could soon be just a click away thanks to the efforts of Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander. Commissioner Comander and her staff have been working for months to bring Walton County online with the 21st Century when it comes to connectivity and high-speed internet access. Project Manager ...

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