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PLANE CRASHES AT DFS AIRPORT

PLANE CRASHES AT DFS AIRPORT  Emergency personnel responded to an airplane crash at approximately 11:30 AM Wednesday morning at the Municipal Airport on U.S. Hwy. 90.  A 1963 PIPER PA-28-180 Cherokee plane was inbound from the west and making a landing at the DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport when crosswinds began to cause difficulty.  The 37-year- old pilot, Kristopher Kendrick from Royston, Georgia, ...

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FIVE WALMART EMPLOYEES ARRESTED

FIVE WALMART EMPLOYEES ARRESTED Five Walmart employees, ages ranging from 19 to 25, are arrested following an organized attempt to steal items from their employer. WCSO deputies responded to the Walmart located in Santa Rosa Beach just before midnight last night regarding a group of store employees stealing merchandise.  Deputies arrived and spoke with Walmart Loss Prevention Officers and collected ...

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TWO CHARGED FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANT

TWO CHARGED FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANT The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at 598 Fifth Avenue in Crestview. Sheriff’s Investigators had information that the location was being used for the sale and use of controlled substances, including crack cocaine. The location is described as a “smoke house” and was raided by lawmen ...

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SHERIFF’S K-9 & DFS PD TEAM UP IN METH BUST

SHERIFF’S K-9 & DFS PD TEAM UP IN METH BUST A DeFuniak Springs man is behind bars after a multi-agency investigation into drugs following a traffic stop Tuesday night. Officer Jonathan Rockett from Defuniak Springs Police Department conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 90 and 8th Street on a vehicle with an expired tag.  Officer Rocket requested ...

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DFS RECEIVES DEO GRANT

DFS RECEIVES DEO GRANT The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that the City of DeFuniak Springs has been selected to participate in the Competitive Florida Partnership, a rural community development initiative. The Competitive Florida Partnership focuses on improving local economic development activities, particularly in the rural areas of our state. DEO will assist DeFuniak Springs in creating strategic ...

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PASSENGER KILLED WHILE FLEEING TROOPERS

PASSENGER KILLED IN CRASH WHILE FLEEING TROOPERS A woman is dead in Holmes County after the car she was riding in crashed while fleeing from police late Monday night. The Florida Highway Patrol says a 2005 Toyota, driven by 27-year-old Crystal Beth Williams of Geneva, AL was traveling south on Geneva County Road 33 when Alabama State Troopers attempted to stop ...

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WALTON TDC DIRECTOR RESIGNS

WALTON TDC DIRECTOR RESIGNS At the Walton County Commission meeting Tuesday, Jim Bagby, the Tourist Development Council Director submitted his resignation effective October 16th. Though Bagby cited personal reasons, including recent deaths in his family that required more of his time, it is no secret the final months of his two year tenure was filled with friction between his office ...

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PAXTON MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING BOAT & TRAILER

PAXTON MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING BOAT & TRAILER A Paxton man is behind bars after deputies discover he stole a boat and a trailer during two separate thefts in Mossy Head; concealing them in two different locations. Gregory Earley, 55, is accused of entering a parcel on Plantation Lane in Mossy Head between the dates of August 5th and 6th ...

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RIDE’EM COWBOY!

RIDE’EM COWBOY! Walton County Commissioners bestowed a unique honor on a young manTuesday during their meeting. The issued a proclamation declaring August 25th, 2015 as “Garrett McDonald Day” in recognition of his recent accomplishments. Garrett and teammate Luke Taylor recently traveled to Rock Springs, Wyoming for the National High School Rodeo Association finals and brought back the first place trophy for team ...

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WALTON COUNTY BROADBAND INITIATIVE

WALTON COUNTY BROADBAND INITIATIVE Thanks to Walton County District 3 Commissioner Sara Comander, high-speed broadband internet service could be just a click away for all of Walton County in the very near future. Comander has long pushed for better and reliable service touting the need for dependable and reliable service for emergencies, education, medicine and especially economic development. “We have ...

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