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Walton Middle School Groundbreaking

They gathered with shovels and more to start the rebuild of Walton Middle School. Walton Superintendent Carlene Anderson even took time behind the controls of an excavator to tear down bricks in front of the gym. While some buildings are being saved, most are coming down and the front of the new school will face north. The school will have ...

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I-10 Fatality X2 – Arrest 80cts Kiddy Porn – Missing JV

Double Fatality Two Baker residents are dead after the truck they were in went off I-10 near Mossy Head and struck a tree. Monday afternoon a 2006 GMC Sierra, driven by 63-year-old Steve Wagnor, was travelling west on I-10 between the 72 and 73 mile markers. The truck left the paved portion of the roadway and entered the south shoulder ...

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2nd DFS Blight Draft Presented

DFS Council Blight Ordinance Draft To help with a historic home the owner is not properly maintaining, the DeFuniak Springs City Council discussed creating a blight ordinance. These are common tools that gives local governments the ability to clean up their community. A draft was presented last month, but Council said they wanted to give time for public input and ...

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WCSB Budget Workshop 9-7-14

The Walton County School Board held a budget workshop at South Walton High School. With only two people from the general public in the audience, the Board heard about the proposed budget, one with reductions and building a fund balance. The budget as presented so far has a total decrease in the millage, offering a slight savings to property owners. ...

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Toddler Drowns in Family Pool; Man Also Did Not Survive

A three year old boy was taken to Healthmark Hospital after he was found unresponsive in the families pool north of DeFuniak Springs in the Glendale community.The Sheriff’s Office received the call to respond around 2 pm. Deputies arrived at the Scott Road residence and started CPR on the three year old. Karson Lawrence Howell was pronounced dead at Healthmark ...

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FDOT Reminder on Campaign Sign Regulations

At a recent community meeting, several people commented about the signs along the main highways in DeFuniak Springs. These not only include the political signs, but sometimes many signs promoting a single business or feathers in the grassy median. While the City of DeFuniak Springs has relaxed its sign ordinance, the state roads still have restrictions and almost all of ...

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Drowning And Drowning Followup

It has been a summer of fun for many, but don’t be lulled into complacency when you or your loved ones are near water. The loss of a 2-year-old, the rescue of a 3-year-old and of a man in a pool are reminders that it only takes a second for someone to slip under. Just after 1:30pm Wednesday, E911 Dispatch ...

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DFS Blight Ordinance

They do not want to lose another historic home so the DeFuniak Springs City Council started working on a possible Blight Ordinance that would give them the tool to get something done. With Monday being a holiday, the Blight Ordinance Comment time has been extended to September 17. Citizens came and asked for help with a historic home on Circle ...

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WC BCC Meeting

As the Walton Commissioner meeting started, former commissioner Gene Ryan and his family were remembered. Ryan, who also was active in several non-profit groups passed last weekend. Chester Carter asked about a resolution for the Cowford/Bruner water well. he is concerned it has become unusable for potable water consumption. Later in the meeting commissioners delayed action after questions of the ...

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