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ALAQUA ANIMAL REFUGE TAKES IN 32 DOGS IN HOARDING CASE

  Alaqua Animal Refuge took in 32 dogs from a hoarding case in Washington County, refuge officials wrote in a Facebook post. Animal Control officers responded to the situation after a dog was taken to their office from a rural part of the county and was “nearly dead,” they added.  “When officers arrived on the property, they found dogs in ...

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BONIFAY MAN CHARGED IN CHILD PORN CASE

  A Bonifay man was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography Thursday.  Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 54-year-old Mark Turberville of 1344 Gavin Road, Bonifay on 20 counts of possession of child pornography. FDLE agents initiated an investigation in April when child pornography activity was identified on the internet. On Thursday, the FDLE Pensacola ...

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WHY DO WE CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY?

  Mothers and mother-figures are incomparable. They may be the first people we ever know when we enter the world, and they love and care for us as we grow up. Once a year, countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day; a day dedicated to all mothers, so that we can show our appreciation. Rooted in different traditions and individuals ...

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS TO HOST SERIES OF DISC GOLF EVENTS

  An expected 120 disc golf players will take over Chipley Park today for a unique tournament. A temporary 18-basket disc golf course will be set up around the lake, using the park’s pier, amphitheater and ample trees to challenge players. The event will be hosted by the DeFunk Disco Inc., and players from throughout the Florida Panhandle and southern ...

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WALTON COUNTY ROAD CLOSURES

  U.S. 98 Widening from Emerald Bay Drive to Tang-O-Mar Drive- Crews continue road widening and drainage improvements. Traffic and pedestrian impacts include: Construction crews will be installing drainage pipe beneath driveways on the south side of U.S. 98, between Poinciana Boulevard and Scenic Gulf Drive, the week of Monday, May 12. Only one driveway will be constructed at a ...

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LOCAL NONPROFIT IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS IN SOUTH WALTON

  Caring and Sharing of South Walton is in need of volunteers to support their operations during the summer months. Volunteers are needed to help with sorting donations, organizing and working with customers in the warehouse and boutique, packing bags in the food pantry, and other tasks. Shifts are Monday through Friday for three hours starting at 9 a.m. and ...

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FORMER OKALOOSA COUNTY EMPLOYEE FACING PRISON SENTENCE

  Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced that on May 8th, 2019, Kathy Schostag Nelson, a former employee of the Okaloosa County Water and Sewer Department, entered a plea of no contest to the crimes of Aggravated White Collar Crime and Organized Fraud before Okaloosa County Circuit Judge Michael Flowers. Nelson’s sentencing date will be set ...

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EMERALD COAST CRIME STOPPERS WEEKLY WANTED

  Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward to the anonymous tipster who helps authorities locate Edwin Steven Villarreal and Darryl Anthony Jackson. Edwin Steven Villarreal – White male, 49 years old (DOB: 10/30/1969), 5’07” tall, 178 lbs., black hair, brown eyes. Villarreal is wanted on a felony warrant for failure to register as a sexual offender. Villarreal’s ...

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DEPUTIES SAY MAN HALLUCINATING ARRESTED FOR METH

  Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a campground in Ebro after getting a call from a man who said he was being chased. Deputies say James Staite, 52, of Panama City Beach, was found in the bathroom and told deputies an unknown man chased him in there and had tried to break in. He told deputies he had video ...

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