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OCSO ISSUES 15 SCHOOL ZONE CITATIONS DURING THIRD WEEK OF “OPERATION SAFE SCHOOLS”

OCSO ISSUES 15 SCHOOL ZONE CITATIONS DURING THIRD WEEK OF “OPERATION SAFE SCHOOLS” The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is taking part in an initiative created by the Florida Sheriff’s Association called “Operation Safe Schools.” In the third week of operation, the OCSO tracked 88 calls for service with 15 citations for speed within an active school zone. In addition, deputies ...

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DOH-OKALOOSA OBSERVES SEPTEMBER AS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

DOH-OKALOOSA OBSERVES SEPTEMBER          AS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH   The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) is observing September as National Preparedness Month in order to remind residents of easy ways to keep their families prepared and safe during emergencies. DOH-Okaloosa will be releasing weekly messaging to media outlets and community partners to help spread the word about the ...

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FIRE SEVERELY DAMAGES DFS HOME

FIRE SEVERELY DAMAGES DFS HOME The DeFuniak Springs Fire Department and Police responded to 35 Hidden Lakes Trail around 6:30 Sunday morning to a fully engulfed house fire. A passer-by noticed the smoke and flames and sounded the alarm. Firemen worked tirelessly to protect adjacent homes in the Hidden Lakes community and fought the blaze for several hours. Fortunately, the ...

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TROPIC WATCH

TROPIC WATCH The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Grace, located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. A low- to mid-level ridge to the north of Grace should maintain a swift motion toward the west or slightly north of west over the next few days. Westerly shear on Grace is forecast to increase over ...

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GENEVA COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE REMAIN CLOSED ON WEDNESDAYS

GENEVA COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE REMAIN CLOSED ON WEDNESDAYS Budget cuts continue to hit Alabama hard. The closing of drivers license offices, a critical shortage of State Troopers and limited operating hours of many County Probate Judges offices. In Geneva County, the Clerk’s office remains closed on Wednesdays. On 03/20/2013, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court ordered that ...

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DOCS VS GLOCKS

DOCS VS GLOCKS Physician groups are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling upholding a Florida law restricting what doctors can ask patients about guns. Organizations representing some 11,000 medical providers want the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear arguments about the so-called “Docs vs. Glocks” law. A divided three-judge panel of the court rejected challenges to ...

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LABOR DAY GAS PRICES ARE LOWEST IN 11 YEARS

LABOR DAY GAS PRICES ARE LOWEST IN 11 YEARS Low gas prices influenced what AAA forecasts to be the most Labor Day motorists to take a road trip in seven years. The average price for gasoline was the lowest on the holiday in 11 years.  “These low gas prices likely influenced many Americans to take a last minute road trip,” said Mark Jenkins, ...

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TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO STOLEN FIREARM, DRUGS

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO STOLEN FIREARM, DRUGS While many were still asleep or getting ready for church Sunday, Walton County deputies were hard at work. Deputies pulled over a car early Sunday morning around 6 AM near Hwy. 331 South and U.S. Hwy. 90 driven by 31-year-old Douglass Clay Harvell of Defuniak Springs. Harvell also  had a 17-year-old girl with ...

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SAFETY CHECKPOINT YIELDS MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS

SAFETY CHECKPOINT YIELDS MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS  DeFuniak Springs Police conducted a Safety Sobriety Checkpoint Friday night for several hours on U.S. Highway 90 West. City Marshall Mark Weeks says the operation was a success and officers checked over 300 vehicles for sobriety, drivers licenses, registration, insurance and safety equipment. Westbound traffic on U.S. Highway 90 West was temporarily diverted for about ...

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MISFIRE

MISFIRE A local man is lucky to be alive this morning after accidentally shooting himself over the weekend. DeFuniak Springs Police were called to Healthmark Regional Medical Center at Saturday afternoon after a 66-year-old man showed up with a gunshot wound Police say the man was reportedly showing off his .22 caliber rim-fire pistol to a fellow customer at a ...

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