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RIDIN’& ROPIN”

RIDIN’& ROPIN” Good Luck and Safe Travels to Walton County’s Garrett McDonald as he travels to Rock Springs, WY to compete at the National High School Finals! He and teammate, Luke Taylor of Kinston, Ala recently won the Team Roping event. Garrett is a 2015 graduate of Walton High School and was recently awarded a scholarship to attend Tennessee-Martin for ...

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HOT WEATHER CONTINUES

HOT WEATHER CONTINUES By: T.H. Merritt It’s hotter than, well, just about everywhere else.  Temperatures have hovered between 95 and 100 degrees steadily for the past few weeks. Meteorologist Don Van Dyke of the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee says we can expect more of the same; (SOUNDBITE available on www.wzep1460.com) Remember to slow down: reduce, eliminate or reschedule ...

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NEW DIGS FOR POLICE K-9s

NEW DIGS FOR POLICE K-9s The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit opens its new K9 training facility today, thanks to a partnership with the Okaloosa County School District. The agency’s K9 handlers and their dogs will be using approximately five acres of land near the Choice High School and Technical Center at 1976 Lewis Turner Boulevard.  The new facility ...

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Gov. Scott Directs Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Military Troops Killed in Tennessee Shooting

Gov. Scott Directs Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Military Troops Killed in Tennessee Shooting Governor Rick Scott has directed the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff in honor of the five service members who were murdered at recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week.   This is effective immediately throughout the ...

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TRACTOR TRAILER OVERTURNS IN CITY LIMITS

TRACTOR TRAILER OVERTURNS IN CITY LIMITS By: T.H. Merritt An early morning accident on I-10 at Hwy. 331 snarled traffic for a few hours Monday morning. Defuniak Springs Chief of Police Mark Weeks says an eastbound semi-trailer loaded with plastic spoons ran off the road around 2:20 AM, hit a sign and over corrected before overturning in the median. The ...

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WILD, WILD WALTON WRAPS UP PERFORMANCE

WILD, WILD WALTON  WRAPS UP PERFORMANCE By: T.H. Merritt  Grit & Grace, Incorporated, a non-profit community based theatre group, wrapped up their annual performance Sunday afternoon with WILD, WILD WALTON – a play written by Ronnie McBrayer, author of the book WILD, WILD WALTON.  This year’s production was directed by Brandon Elkins as he made his debut from the director’s ...

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WALTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT RESIGNS

WALTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT RESIGNS By: T.H. Merritt The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new President.  Kellie Jo Kilberg notified the Board of Directors Friday of her resignation effective August 13th. President Ed Evans said the Executive Committee will appoint a selection committee to search for a new Chamber president. This might include an interim ...

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SUSPECT CAPTURED IN FWB SLAYING

SUSPECT CAPTURED IN FWB SLAYING A Fort Walton Beach man was arrested Sunday in connection with one of several recent slayings that had sparked concern over escalating community violence. Samuel Lee Parms, 21, is charged with murder in the death of Keyontray Henry, 23, who was shot outside a home in FWB July 14. Parms was taken into custody about ...

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WALTON COMMISSIONERS TO CONSIDER REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE FLAG

WALTON COMMISSIONERS TO CONSIDER REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE FLAG By: T.H. Merritt  It’s hot. And, it’s not just the weather.  As counties and municipalites across the south capitulate to pressure to remove the Confederate Flag from public monuments, buildings and war memorials, the temperature on both sides remain as heated as 1861. Last Tuesday, Commissioners heard pleas from Attorney Daniel Uhlfelder and ...

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GAS LEAK SPARKS EVACUATION

GAS LEAK SPARKS EVACUATION By T.H. Merritt  Shoppers at The Market Shops at Sandestin in Miramar Beach got some excitement Sunday afternoon when a gas leak forced the evacuation of the popular shopping destination for locals and tourists.  South Walton Fire units and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded in force. However, according to fire officials, the evacuation was more ...

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